The first time I saw this cover, I knew it was perfect for this latest mystery in the Rachael Flynn series. The red shoes, the stylish skirt, the Gerberish baby in the corner, the brief case. So very Rachael Flynn. Rachael Flynn is smart, intuitive, makes mistakes, learns from them, and she’s one of the people who inhabit my mind that I’ve come to think of as a friend.
Days and Hours, which released this week, hallelujah, was written during the first half of this year, during a time of transition like no other I’ve experienced. Big move, a job change, adult kids moving out. It was surreal sometimes. Too real, other times. Writing about Rachael Flynn having strange dreams – of hearing babies crying for their mothers – added a little haunting drama to the mix and reminded me that I really didn’t have it so bad.
This book is about the pull and power of motherlove. It’s about young, single mothers. About their kids and about how life sometimes doesn’t pay you any favors no matter how hard you try. Here’s a little teaser from the back cover:
“Readers of suspense fiction will once again be enthralled with the latest entry in the compelling series featuring attorney Rachael Flynn and her continuing cast of intriguing characters.
A newborn is found alive in a trash bin and a young, single mother insists her baby was abducted. While St. Paul police are skeptical, attorney Rachael Flynn’s strange dreams lead her to believe the mother is telling the truth. But who would steal a baby only to leave it for dead?
When the baby disappears again, Rachael agonizes over her decision to allow the baby to be returned to his mother. Did she make a terrible mistake? And where is that missing baby? Who would wish the child harm? Rachael races to see past the deception that threatens to send a young mother to prison and a newborn to a terrible fate.”
When I was a guardian ad litem for the state of Minnesota, I saw how hard some young mothers have it. I saw how hard some young mothers make it for themselves. Some make no effort to rise above their circumstances. some make every effort and still cannot pull themselves out of poverty. Some are living the life they were taught to live. They mirror the inadequate mothers who mothered them because that is all they know. The thing is, we tend to attach stigma to the young impoverished single mom without knowing a thing about her. This book is certainly no treatise on the plight of the unmarried, teenage mother. But delving into that world for this book sure made me think about what I know about these struggling women and what I don’t.
This is the third in the Rachael Flynn series, and I left it open at the end for more. She’s a cool chick and I kinda like her and her friends.
Hope you get a chance to read this one. And if you do, I’d love to hear what you think . . .