A School of Daughters
It's funny how things sneak up on you....
After 22 years of marriage, Kate Willoughby loves her husband, Brian, with an even greater passion than when she spoke her vows. "My world spins on his axis," she says. But when Kate finds a love letter to Brian from “Micky,” she’s torn between proving Brian’s innocence and nailing him to the wall with his guilt.
Seeking comfort and guidance, Kate turns to the one constant in her life: her animals. No surprise since Kate is a champion for throwaways—discarded dogs and cats, abandoned horses bound for slaughter, and all creatures great and small. But she never imagined she would become a throwaway herself. Yet few things are as they seem. Finding evidence that Brian still loves her, Kate is at a fork. Does she follow her human heart...or animal instincts?
"MacKenzie is a strong writer. Her evocative use of metaphors...combined with the steady revelation of Brian’s secrets and deceits, will keep readers engaged...Kate’s first-person narration gives readers a deep look into her thoughts, and fans of character-driven fiction will appreciate the intimacy of her portrayal and the power of her emotions. MacKenzie also does an effective job of incorporating the many animal characters into the story, allowing them to reveal Kate’s struggle without turning them into stand-ins for humans...An intensely emotional and engaging tale of marriage, separation, and growth." Kirkus Reviews For the full review, click here
"In A School of Daughters Kate René MacKenzie shows that she is a writer of great emotion, seeing the poetry in all creatures and in the sunrise as well as the sunset, and that maybe what we metaphorically view as the sunset, the ending, the abandoning, can be, in itself, an opportunity." Sascha Darlington (book blogger)
"In its entirety, this book is a captivating literary romance—and defier of romance. Plus a lovely sort of treatise on the care of all creatures great and small, wild and tame—including homo sapiens of the Kate MacKenzie sort. A School of Daughters is a page-turner; I could not put it down." Lena Hubin, author of "In the Key of Be"
"This book has surprises around every corner." Ron (Amazon reviewer)
"Once you meet Kate, you won't be able to forget her." Susan (Amazon reviewer)
"The story unfolds before us and we experience it along with the narrator, Kate, who although a bit Pollyannaish, is immensely likeable. Her love for and devotion to the animals and natural world surrounding her is worth the price of admission." John (Amazon reviewer)
"For anyone who has ever stepped off a cliff in life, whether through death, job loss, divorce, or the many other ways life upends our core sense of self, A School of Daughters will resonate." (Amazon reviewer)