Review: Steering the Mothership – The Complexities of Motherhood by Lisa Cherry

Steering the Mothership

When I was sent the press release for Steering the Mothership I was immediately drawn to this book. It is the third book written by Lisa Cherry who was born in an unmarried mother’s home and spent her life in foster care and children’s homes. It promised to explore the relationship between mothers and children through different real life perspectives.

This book certainly met with it’s hype. It certainly explored the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, in a really unique way. Not only are we privy to the childhood of the author but also of several other contributors who all share differing perspectives on motherhood – either with their own mothers or with their own children.

Having a complex relationship with my own mother this book had natural appeal to me. But what surprised me was the myriad of different maternal relationships and problems there are. No mother / child relationship is the same, and there are problems and joys that are unique in each experience. I particularly like the way that the angle is explored from both sides – from the perspective of a mother looking back at her own childhood and a mother reflecting on her experience bonding with her own children.

The manner through which this book is written, through different experiences makes it a really gripping read – it is not only interesting but also emotional and parts of it brought me to tears and others really resonated with me. It also opened me up to different points of view and made me think deeply about the problems that all sorts of mothers can face in their parenting journey.

I’d wholeheartedly recommend reading this book – it’s one not to miss.

FCM Publishers have very kindly offered a copy of this book to one of my readers. If you are interested in winning a copy the rafflecopter entry widget is below. UK entrants only please. Competition ends 30th May 2014 and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Thanks!

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  1. jannette
    May 15, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Great giveaway thank you,my mum sadly passed away when I was seven buy I do have some special memory’s I treasure in my heart x

  2. Spencer Broadley
    May 16, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    It’s not my mother I don’t get on with it’s her husband

  3. Paula Barker
    May 16, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    I had a very close relationship with my mother, but this hasn’t carried on with my daughter unfortunately, we have a volatile relationship!

  4. clair downham
    May 16, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    yes i think so ups and downs

  5. clair downham
    May 16, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    following on bloglovin

  6. laura stewart
    May 16, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    yes me and my mum are very close xx

  7. michelle banks
    May 16, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    i have an amazing relationship with my daughter, and my grandaughter, we are together every day, but unfortunatly i didnt have a good one with my own mother, she wasnt very maternal.

  8. KATHY D
    May 16, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    I never knew how good my relationship was with my mother until she died.

  9. daryl gott
    May 17, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    excellent relationship with my two daughters. two granddaughters and three grandfsons.

  10. Richard Hill
    May 17, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    yeah my mother and i have a fantastic relationship i am her only child so therefor i have been a bit spoilt over the years

  11. Pamela
    May 19, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    Yes, I have an excellent relationship with my lovely mum. However, I have nothing to do with my two much older sisters.

  12. Claire D
    May 26, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    I have a good relationship with my son and my mother, although both of these relationships is unique and totally different

  13. Emily Carter-Dunn
    May 26, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    I have a very good relationship with my mother and I love her to bits. Seeing her on Wednesday!

  14. Susan Carter
    May 27, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Not that close to my mother but can’t imagine not having that close link with my daughter

  15. Laura Vitty
    May 28, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    Yes 🙂 my mum is like my closest friend and confidante

  16. Natalie Gillham
    May 29, 2014 / 3:37 am

    fortunately I have good relationships with my mother and children 🙂 x

  17. May 29, 2014 / 8:09 am

    my mum is my best friend.we have been through so muhc i couldnt feel closer or love anyone.its there all the time right in my stomach,heart,head and limbs,shes my everything.
    as my children grow up i keep everything crossed ill be the same!!eek no pressure.

  18. Wendy Guy
    May 29, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I have a brilliant relationship with all of my four children.

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