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Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly

imagesIn Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly, Lisa Kallisto is a modern mom who has overextended herself like so many others.  She has 3 children, a house, and several pets to take care of.   All of the kids are constantly needing this or that, she feels she is neglecting her hard working and stoic husband, and she has a high pressure job as the head of and animal shelter.  She is very well meaning but kind of a “jack of all trades, master of none”.  One day her best friend’s child (who is best friends with Lisa’s daughter) goes missing and she was supposed to be spending the night at Lisa’s house.  Lisa had forgotten about giving permission for it and when her daughter had gotten up sick that morning, Lisa told her to just go ahead and stay home from school and she went on to work.  Since the other girl was supposed to come over after school for the sleepover, no-one realizes the child is missing until the next day.  The community lays the blame at Lisa’s feet.  This book is stuffed with secrets: secrets between children and parents, between husbands and wives, and between family and outsiders.  There are also a lot of interesting animal shelter situations.  Fast paced.

Stacy W.

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