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Twelve Moons: The most beautiful and inspiring memoir you’ll read

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The familiar certainty of its stages helped provide a certainty and reassurance in contrast to the unpredictability of life. Throughout the quiet turn of each month she charts the sea swimming, rock pool immersing, hill running to calm her busy brain, and of nature weaving it’s magic, grounding, nurturing and holding the whole family safe as she reclaims herself from the sadness and scars left by shattered hopes; rediscovering and unearthing the woman concealed by motherhood. They are beautifully drawn and highlight the necessity of place in allowing fullness of life to take place whilst providing restoration for all the protagonists. The fact that there was still this moping, "pity me" tone to her writing made me want to scream and shake her.

A delicately-handled, lyrical exploration of divorce, recovery of self and fierce maternal devotion. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. How important it was to find that familiar glow, sometimes in amongst deep cloud, sometimes a bright summer night sky. An exquisitely and bravely written memoir following the lives of a single mother and her four beautiful daughters, during a year of the pandemic.

Finally, in addition to these conflicting emotions regarding the tone of the book, I found myself a little frustrated by some repetitious phrasing and inconsistencies in terms of timelines. I have both the audiobook and the print, as it's one of those beautiful reads that you just want to absorb into yourself in every possible medium. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). It was funny to read the description of jesmond - I could tell exactly where she was, it's really fun when a book includes a place you know. A passage in which the author describes having to de-register one of her children from school by the age of six was particularly emotive and hard-hitting.

TWELVE MOONS follows a year spent caught between the wild sea and the changing moon of the wide Northumberland skies. I also enjoyed the references to the lunar cycles which were interwoven throughout the narrative, and provided structure. The trauma of navigating a separation as well as school systems unable to meet her children’s needs felt overwhelming and her honesty with regards to how this impacted her sense of self was something that was identifiable, ‘How can my story be excavated from the mine of my life when so much is devoted to others?Sometimes the use of candles and their mystical power is a bit too much, but this mother's fortitude is incredible. I shared this book with a good friend, a mum like me whose everyday mothering strays from the conventional. There are plenty of us out there, raising anxious, poorly, neurodivergent children; dealing with schools, agencies and well meaning people who just don’t understand.

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