Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert

“The day my precious Pearl entered this world, I said goodbye to my heart. It would not be the last time . . .”

Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.

Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when her attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail and Pearl shuts her out . . . or when she discovers the unthinkable about her nemesis, the football coach.

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, MOTHER OF PEARL brings us into the heart of a mother bound by an incredible burden, who ultimately finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.

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What others are saying:

“I started and finished Mother of Pearl in one night. There is no better endorsement than simply not being able to put a book down.”
~ Tina Sloan, Author of Changing Shoes, and television star from widely popular GUIDING LIGHT

“Kellie Coates Gilbert’s debut novel kept me turning pages and on the edge of my seat. Wonderful, richly-drawn characters who drew me to their hearts despite their flaws. Mother of Pearl carries a sobering message but it’s deftly threaded through a story that is anything but sober. I will eagerly await Gilbert’s next offering.”
~ Deborah Raney, author of the Hanover Falls Novels series from Howard/Simon & Schuster

“A cautionary tale for our times, Mother of Pearl is a compelling journey through loss and longing, grief and redemption, crime and justice. Kellie Coates Gilbert unfolds her story with the sensitivity of a skilled writer .”
~ Lisa Wingate, National bestselling, award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Blue Moon Bay

“Heart-wrenching yet filled with grace and hope, Kellie Coates Gilbert’s Mother of Pearl is beautifully written and a book that needs to be read by everyone with a child or grandchild.”
~ Ane Mulligan, Senior Editor NOVEL ROCKET

“A story that could have come from today’s headlines, Mother of Pearl is a compelling, thought-provoking debut. With impeccable prose, Kellie Coates Gilbert kept me turning pages in this high-stakes story of one mother’s quest for healing and justice.”

~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust


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