• When Your Mother Doesn't

  • A Novel
  • By: Jill Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Kelly PhD
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Revealing and Intimate Story of What a Mother Will - and Will Not - Do for Her Daughters

What kind of women do daughters become when their fathers are missing and their mothers can't love them? How do they find love and ways to love themselves?

Nearly three decades of secrets lie between Lola Ashby and the two girls she reluctantly raised. Now, prompted by the one father figure she respects, older daughter Frankie agrees to drive from Portland to visit her ailing mother, who abandoned the girls when they were in high school. When younger daughter Callie announces to Frankie that she's moving her fashion-model career to Los Angeles from the East Coast, Frankie badgers her sister into meeting up in the Idaho panhandle for a family reunion to dilute the impact of their mother's indifference.

However, on Frankie's first night on the road, the trip gets more complicated when a well-dressed elderly woman at a rest stop dumps a young boy in her lap with a request to take him on to Montana. And Callie's exit from Pittsburgh is fraught with its own shady and violent difficulties. Meanwhile Lola strengthens her resolve to keep the past and its secrets where they belong.

©2015 Jill Kelly (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Difficult and depressing story

I kept thinking I was going to quit reading this book but I finished it now I need to read something a lot lighter to get this off my mind… probably the most depressing depiction of motherhood I’ve ever read and the narrator/author was way too monotone for my liking.

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If I could give no stars I would

This book has no story and is pointless.. I wish I could’ve give 0 stars..

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Intense Real and Wonderful

Loved it from start to finish. The entire book was so real that I felt I was living it. It seemed to me that the author would have to have had these experiences to be able to write them so well. I am so looking forward to her next book.

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A MUST LISTEN!!!

This is one of my favorites! I just listened to it for the 4th time!! I love this author and I have read everything I could find from her. You won't go wrong with this author!

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needs a good narrator

this was a good story until the end left me feeling as if it was not completed. I'm not sure what was decided with T Roy. That might be because I may have spaced out due to the poor narration

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Author as narrator-a very sad story full of melancholy, but continued to listen to see what would unfold next.

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Made me fall in love with ALL the main characters!!

This writer is brilliant!! Usually I pick one main character to cheer for in a book but she made me fall in love with all of them! I went from hating to loving Lola!! I loved this book!

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pretty good book, despite the author reading it in a depressing monotone. interesting exploration of some women and their mother. I thought the characters were very relatable

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Excellent

I randomly selected this title and had no idea what to expect. I could feel the emotion of the author's thoughts and words. Her voice was soothing. I highly recommend.

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Sad but compelling

At first, I struggled with the intonation of the narrator. However after several minutes, I found her voice to be soothing and I continued listening. I’m glad I did as this was a moving story those sad

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  • 07-04-22

Couldn’t even finish this audiobook

The narrator has such a dull voice I couldn’t stand to listen to it, I couldn’t follow the story because she was so boring to listen to!

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  • Mandy
  • 03-15-22

Tried and tried, the narrator made me so sad!

Audible is about the narrator as much as the story. In this case, the story didn't get a voice as I couldn't listen to the awful narration. So low and monotone, just so dreadful! Putting PhD next to your name just makes you look like a ****

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