In three previous novels, Stacy Campbell has given readers a view into the lives of families dealing with different issues, from infidelity and betrayal in Dream Girl Awakened, to grief, loss and forgiveness in Forgive Me, to mental illness and shame in Wouldn’t Change a Thing. With her fourth novel, Mattie’s Call, Campbell turns to three siblings needing a lesson that only a mother can provide.
The book starts with readers being introduced to Mattie Benson and her caregiver, Karen, an aide at Grand Oak Acres nursing facility. Mattie is close to Karen and feels comfortable complaining about her three children, whom she feels left her at a nursing home that has her trapped. Mattie’s children Gabrielle, Joshua and Alice hardly visit their mother, which gives her a sense of abandonment.
Mattie knows her children have issues such as Gabrielle loving to be taken care of by others and not seeing anything wrong with having a wealthy sugar daddy. Joshua having problems with commitment even though he believes in love. He can’t keep running from love or his past forever, which he soon finds out. Alice, the baby of the family, doesn’t make sound decisions, hence the loveless marriage she stays in. One day Alice makes a stop at home out of her normal routine, she witnesses an act that will forever change her life and one that may make her hard decisions easier.
When the three distance siblings are informed their mother has disappeared stipulations come with it. Mattie is challenging her children to change their ways or they will not receive their inheritance.
Once again Stacy Campbell has written a story with true substance opening the eyes of her readers to the importance of loving your family, flaws and all. This book has a great plot with a hint of drama, mystery and suspense. It is a wonderful story of a mother’s love and plans to teach her children a much needed lesson. If you love stories based on family units, this book and her previous books will be just right for you.
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