Just finished reading The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth. A story about Alice Stanhope and her 15 year old daughter Zoe. A single mother, Alice discovers that she has stage 3 ovarian cancer. Her mother died when she was pregnant with Zoe. As Alice said to another, “Zoe was not conceived out of love.” She is determined to be one of the 20% who survive past 5 years because her daughter needs her. Zoe suffers from severe social anxiety. Kate, a nurse and Sonja, her social worker play pivotal roles in the last months of her life. The connections between them run deeper than they realize at first. Her brother Paul, an alcoholic, tries hard to be there for his sister. Besides those key people, she has her senior clientele from her business, and her elderly neighbor Dulcie.
It is sad to know Alice does not have long to live. However you feel a mother’s love and hope for her daughter. Kate befriends Zoe and allows her stay over at her house. Alice at first is fiercely sensitive and protective of Kate’s involvement in Zoe’s life; but then she sees how her daughter will need someone to be there for her.
The stories of the three women are told in alternating chapters. Kate longs for a baby with her husband David who has two kids from a previous marriage. Sonja struggles with the abusive behavior of her husband.
An emotional, well-written novel about the bonds of love.