Mother May I

Don’t mess with a mother searching for her child.

Book title

Mother May I


Joshilyn Jackson

Standalone or series


First time reading this author?


Why I picked this

The idea of someone taking your child sets off very primal fears in a parent. The idea of what you would do if something happened is a scary one, and sometimes the best way to deal with scary ideas is to read about them.

Review copy or purchase

Review copy via publisher Raven Books and NetGalley UK in exchange for an honest review.

What it’s about

Someone has taken Bree’s baby. The instructions are clear. Tell no one, not even your husband. Go home. You might just see your baby again. What would you do?


How far would a mother go to protect her child?

Bree Cabbat loves her husband and her three children. Her life with them is a million miles away from her own poor upbringing, and she has a positive outlook despite being raised by a mother who lived in fear after fleeing an abusive relationship with Bree’s now deceased father.

All Bree’s peacefulness ends when her baby son is taken under her very nose. As Bree follows the instructions from the woman who has her son, she slowly begins to understand why her family has been targeted and why maybe her mother’s fear of the world had a solid foundation.

This is a really good story. Bree is a great character. She’s strong and resilient and very believable. She’s willing to do anything to get her son back, but maintains a very strong sense of right and wrong. The only fault I can find with this book is that the epilogue feels a little rushed/tacked on.

The book does deal with some weighty subjects in an approachable way. Everyone has shades of grey about them, and the only unforgivable character failing is being unable to admit when you’ve done something wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this.


Rating: 4 out of 5.
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