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Will Jane Ever Find a Safe Place in the World?

Feeling as if she had no choice but to abandon her newborn to the authorities, Jane Bertram is eager to turn her life around. She escapes Iowa aboard a train to Chicago, determined to rise above her abusive past, hoping a new environment will allow her to break away from her dysfunctional relationships and start over.

Memories, however, can never be left behind, and some wounds never heal. Can Jane silence her mother’s harsh criticism echoing in her head, or is she condemned to follow in her mother’s footsteps? Will her struggles lead to personal growth or only more heartache?

My Mother’s Daughter is the second novel of a four-book fictional autobiographical series that began with Blackbird. This series explores the taboo subject of mother-daughter abuse.

Leslie Kathleen HankinsProfessor and Chair, Department of English and Creative Writing, Cornell College
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“Caught in a strange dynamic of both arguing with her abusive mother and becoming a version of her, Jane must dive deep and wrestle through the hot messes she all too often makes.”
Debbie Wagner, retired Director of Business DevelopmentDignity Health
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“Trying to change her family trajectory and escape a dead-end childhood, Jane is forced to strike out on her own. She makes costly mistakes, but her resilience, perseverance, and determination to build a better life sustain her. You will be reminded that new beginnings and redemption are always possible.”
Linda Krause
Linda Krauseretired educator
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“Jane shows us what is possible when one is willing to take charge of one’s life. The Jane Bertram who speaks at the conclusion of this book is not recognizable as the woman I met at the start. Her harrowing experiences helped her become her own person.”
Dr. Linda Pitcher
Dr. Linda Pitcherformer Assistant Superintendent, Northville Public Schools
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“Jane starts a new life in Chicago. But although she leaves her mother behind in Iowa, she can’t escape her mother’s voice—it is lodged in her head. I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see if she becomes the person she wants to be.”
Elisa Parker,
Elisa Parker,Equal Future, Fund for Women’s Equality
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“It became clear Jane is a hostage to forces she does not understand, as her life and mistakes eerily echo those of her mother, despite her best efforts to the contrary.”
Julie Marlay
Julie Marlayretired Industrial Engineer, John Deere
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“Jane is learning to live without her mother’s direct influence. However, she continually fights the negative thoughts of self that her mother instilled. A fascinating tale of working against the defeatist view she learned while fighting to become her own woman.”
Ernie Norris
Ernie Norrisretired businessman
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“As she continues grappling with the emotional scars her horrific childhood experiences created, Jane struggles to perceive the differences between loving, being loved, and making love. She is unwilling to be a victim and won’t give in to the many challenges she encounters.”
Karen Uglem
Karen Uglemwife, mother, and retired schoolteacher
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“Jane is ready to leave her past behind, but her mother’s voice keeps haunting her. One passage that struck a chord for me was when Jane had to tie her own knots for ziplining, emphasizing the point that our lives are in our own hands—food for thought!”
Annette Domgaard
Annette Domgaardetired insurance secretary
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“Jane struggles to overcome her abusive past and avoid becoming like her mother. She begins to understand herself and her mother when she is forced to confront the messes she makes resulting from her poor life decisions. I am rooting for her.”