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Things I Wish I Told My Mother

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What a delightful book. The surprise ending was a poignant surprise. It was a fun trip around the world, some sweet insights to a mother-daughter relationship, and some tender romance to boot.
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At first I thought Lauren, the adult daughter, was just whiney, and her mother, Dr.Liz, just sounded like any other mother who takes for granted that everyone needs her advice. During the plot, the mom shared things that were new information to her daughter, but the daughter didn't share anything with her mom, while the reader learns all about Lauren through her unspoken memories. Well, that wasn't the case at all. Mother-daughter agitation, and unresolved, or partially unreseolved, guilt are the themes. Paris and Norway were delightful as settings. 

Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley for the digital arc.
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This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.  Yes, it was a story about a mother and daughter on the trip of a lifetime and the connection they try to create but I didn’t connect with either one.  The twist at the end made up for some of the story but not enough to make this a book I would recommend.  I was hoping for more about the relationship between the mother and daughter and how they were able to fix it but that just wasn’t there.
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This is a wonderful, heartfelt mother daughter story. The characters quickly come alive and you are totally immersed in their lives. It’s a quick read that made me both laugh and cry. While reading it, I saw both myself and my mom in the story. Highly recommend and hoping these authors will collaborate in the future! #ThingsIWishIToldMyMother ##SusanPatterson #SusanDiLallo #NetGalley
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A mother and daughter literally unpack secrets while on vacation in new release, Things I Wish I Told My Mother. Laurie travels the world with a worn duffel bag while her mother travels with matching suitcases. Each woman has her own style and distinctive voice. When Laurie invites her mother on a trip to Paris and Norway, unexpected sparkles and secrets come up.

Even through all the marketing and emails from James Patterson's subscription list, I imagined the content to be different. I assumed it was a true mother-daughter story considering that both authors lost their moms in the same year. What I got was fiction—no doubt with the writing help of hubby. This book had the potential to be so much greater as a co-memoir.

Happy Pub Day, Susan Patterson and Susan DiLallo! Things I Wish I Told My Mother is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins. ~ LiteraryMarie
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This is an amazing book.  It seems to be a romantic novel about the relationship of a daughter and her mother, along with the daughter’s love life.  It is more…it is the story of what can happen with a daughter and her mother, a career oriented parent.  The journey is fascinating and fun.  This is a quick read with the characters, the two women, coming alive on the pages.  This is a cannot put down story.  The twist at the end kept me in tears.  I laughed while reading, and I cried.  It left me wanting more books by these two talented and gifted authors, and of course, James Patterson, one of my favorites of all times. Do not miss this book.  Read it and read it again.  I really liked this book, and if I could give it more than five stars, I would.  This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review.  Thanks  to the publisher and to the ingenious authors.
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Laurie and her mom, Liz (a.k.a. renowned OBGYN to the stars) are two completely different women.  Things I Wish I Told My Mother is a beautiful story about a sometimes complicated mother-daughter relationship.  Liz experiences a health scare which prompts Laurie to suggest something out of the blue.  The two women decide to take a spontaneous trip to Paris and Norway.  Along the way they argue, laugh, cry, explore, and indulge on delicious cuisine.  But most importantly, they share.  They share secrets of their lives with the other as well as sometimes hard to admit feelings about being a mother or daughter.  The ending was not what I expected at all.  Kudos to the authors on a well-written book!!!

I LOVED Things I Wish I Told My Mother!  It gave me all the feels!!!  Throughout the entire story I felt like I was thinking about my mom and our relationship.  Excuse me, while I go give her a call...

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown, and Company for the opportunity to read this gem!
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Things I Wish I Told My Mother will capture both mother and daughters hearts.

This book will no doubt be a few Book Club's selections.

I was hooked at the dedication of the book.

Laurie and Dr Liz had me laughing, shedding a tear with the ladies and cheering them on.

I thought of my own mom and I laughed all the harder.  

I must say now my sister and I say we appreciate and understand her more today than  we did growing up and we wished we could tell her so.

I don't re read many books but this one I certainly will.

I am preordering for my daughter and sister.  

I cant recommend this book highly enough. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown and Company for  delightful and insightful read.
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A 5 star book! The settings are amazing on their own but the authors immerse you into them for the duration of this book. The mother and daughter relationship will have you relating! I loved how the book was set up and the journey they take together overseas. There's humor and sadness and a bunch of emotions! I felt like I was on the trip with them.

I'll be telling my mom and aunts to read this for sure.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown, and Company for access to this title. I am auto-approved by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own

Quite simply, this was a really special book. I am always a sucker for mother-and-daughter relationship-centric books and this one really tugged at my heart. I read a review that claimed that I wouldn't want this book to end and they were right- I was very sad to finish this one.

Advertising executive, Laurie, receives a call that her mother, the famous ob/gyn Dr. Liz is in the hospital and it is serious news. Inspired to not waste time, Laurie decides to take her mother on a special trip to Paris and her mother's home country of Norway to reconnect with family members. A mother and daughter that are polar opposites traveling to Europe? A lot of hilarity and strife ensues.

Written by Susan Patterson and Susan DiLallo who both dedicate the book to their mothers made it very clear that this was a true labor of love. I love my own mother but we certainly have our moments where we don't see eye to eye so this was a relatable tale.

Enjoyable read of a random NetGalley selection I made.

Expected Publication Date 10/04/23
Goodreads Review Published 22/03/23

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When I first picked up Things I Wish I Told My Mother by Susan Patterson, Susan DiLallo, and James Patterson, I really did not know what to expect and to be honest- was not sure I would like it. This book is not what I typically like to read, but it caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did because it was one of my favorite books, I have read so far in 2023. 
When Laurie Ormson’s mom (aka the never wrong Dr. Liz) has a health scare, the only thing she wants to do is travel with her daughter. Although their relationship is not always the best at times (typical mother/daughter relationship) they decide to take a trip of a lifetime to Paris and Norway. This novel describes the adventures of their trip and how their relationship evolves and improves as time goes on. 
This book was such an unexpected delight. It had me laughing, crying and I overall just did not want it to end. I could really resonate with the mother-daughter dynamic and wanting to get to know each other before it is too late. BUT THE ENDING- amazing and I did not see it coming. I will be thinking about this book, and it will stay with me for a long time. Things I Wish I Told My Mother will be out April 10th, 2023. 5 out of 5 stars for sure!!
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This is a delightful and highly relatable read about a mother/daughter relationship.

Lauren is an advertising executive at the top of her game. She's creative, casual, late-thirties, divorced, adventurous and low maintenance. She travels the world with a duffle bag.

Her mother, Dr. Liz, is an OB-GYN to the rich and famous, always dressed to impress, and a perfectionist. She only travels with her complete set of matched luggage and couldn't be more high maintenance if she tried.

The two are total opposites from each other. Lauren has always found her mother to be hard to please and a bit distant. They don't have the close relationship she has always hoped for. A health scare of Liz's causes Lauren to offer to take the two of them on a two-week trip to Paris and Norway, her mother's homeland. Told from Lauren's view, we experience the ups and downs of the trip (and relationship) where secrets are shared, ground gained and lost, and found again.

A quick and most enjoyable read!

My thanks to Little, Brown & Company for granting me access to a DRC via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given. The novel is scheduled to be published on 4/10/23.
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I absolutely loved this entire story and the little twist at the end was great! It is so easy for the reader to envision this story as their own relationship with their mother. No sugar coating the struggles you have with each other and savoring all the great time together. Such a great story and I highly recommend it !

Thank you NetGalley, the authors and publisher for my ARC!
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Things I Wish I Told My Mother 
By Susan Patterson; Susan DiLallo
Pub Date April 10 
Little, Brown and Company 
Thanks to the authors, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 
5 star book for sure. This book real stay with you long after you have read it. 
A mother and daughter relationship- with a journey to Paris. The story is heartfelt. 4 stars
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved the fact that it was written by two women so it could really provide a well-rounded perspective on the mother-daughter dynamic. No matter the type of relationship a woman has with her mother, I feel that this novel is relatable. Whether you are trying to please a mother that can never be satisfied or have an amazing relationship that fosters the willingness to travel together, there is something for everyone in this story. An added bonus was the travel guide-style approach to the cities in Norway as well as Paris.
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A 5 star book! The settings are amazing on their own but the authors immerse you into them for the duration of this book. The mother and daughter relationship will have you relating! I loved how the book was set up and the journey they take together overseas. There's humor and sadness and a bunch of emotions! I felt like I was on the trip with them.

I'll be telling my mom and aunts to read this for sure. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for the purpose of this review.
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I don’t know how much each of these writers wrote of this story and I don’t care. It was beautiful and I cried.

Mothers and daughters. The relationship is never what we thought it would be. I read this soon after my own Mother passed and this book brought me so much peace.

A mother and daughter unpack a lifetime’s secrets while on vacation in Paris.

Laurie and her mother are two very different people. Laurie is an artist. She travels all over the world collecting experiences.

Her mother is a famous Doctor. Dr. Liz, they call her and she is full of secrets! She only travels with matched sets of luggage and is pretty near perfect.

When a medical emergency shocks them both, Laurie suggests they go on a trip to Paris and Norway. Liz is excited about it and the rest of the book is the unpacking of secrets they have both had for decades.

This book was not at all what I expected. It was, however, the book I needed to read. Relationships are complicated between a mother and her daughter. When my mother passed, I had conflicting emotions. This seems like a much better way to work through your grief.

NetGalley/ April 17, 2023, Little, Brown, and Company
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This was an unexpected delight. I never would have associated the name of James Patterson with a “woman’s” novel about the difficult relationship between Laurie and her mother Liz. Mom is a well-known OB-GYN who has always been critical of her daughter. After a heart event, they go on a journey to Paris and her mother’s native Norway. 

Every moment of their journey kept me totally enthralled. The fraught mother/daughter issues were so well done and nuanced that I felt like I could hear echoes of my (and lots of other women’s lives).  The details were exquisite and I felt transported to Paris and Norway. 

This is a book that I highly recommend. It is simply a trip that all of us will relate to. 

Bravo!  Thank you Netgalley for this terrific, beautiful, compelling novel.
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Susan Patterson and Susan DiLallo have the gift of the written word. This was a delightful read and something that every mother and daughter should read. It had great characters and the story was heartfelt and a story I will remember and look back of for days.
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I enjoyed everything about this sweet novel. Laurie Ormson is a successful New York marketing executive in her thirties who couldn't be any different than her successful mother, Dr. Liz Ormson, an OB-GYN doctor in New Jersey. When they agreed to travel together to Liz's home in Norway, I was thrilled to read about their trip and how they managed to get through each encounter with Paris and Norway without too much friction. 

Laurie has always felt that her mother expected more from her. Dr. Liz is a perfectionist and looks impeccably dressed at all times. Laurie is more adventurous and loves enjoying life in its messy state. She adores French pastry, wine, and all the cuisine Paris offers. Laurie often has to leave her mom behind when she wants to feel free and a bit wild. 

It isn't until the duo reach Norway that some of the mystery Laurie has often wondered about her mother begins to surface. I enjoyed every bit of this fantasy novel and recommend it to everyone, whether you get along ideally with your mom or not!

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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