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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Although Kate was not initially thrilled with the move to the ranch in Arizona, she finds comfort in the company of her furry and feathered friends. Moreover, Brian Willoughby, her loving husband of twenty-two years, is always at her side, even though he has to commute frequently to his workplace in Anchorage. The affirmations of love exchanged between the couple on every possible occasion keep her going. Kate’s life is following a smooth course until she discovers a card from another woman in Brian’s bag. Is this a mere fling, or is it something serious? How can you reconcile with the fact that after twenty-two long years of bliss, your marriage means nothing? What will Kate do now that her life seems to have come to a standstill? A School of Daughters by Kate René MacKenzie will reveal the answers.
Based on actual events, A School of Daughters is full of raw, visceral emotions that moved me to my core. It chronicles all the stages of Kate’s grief, from initial denial to eventual acceptance. The changes came about gradually, one small step at a time. She made me into a companion in her journey, where I was rooting for her and supporting her during one of the fiercest battles she's had to face. She openly shares her most intimate thoughts and vulnerable moments. I empathized with Kate when she clung to the hope that Brian would reconcile with her despite all evidence to the contrary. Her astute observations and profound realizations about the inherent differences between men and women hit home.
As she dug deeper into the matter, more threads unraveled, and past indiscretions came to light. Some parts of the story read like a sleuthing event that caught my attention. Frequent glimpses of her disturbed childhood help me admire Kate even more. I realized why she felt such an intense bonding with her non-human friends, especially the helpless, stray ones. Her kindness and all-consuming love for the broken animals make her noble. The life lessons and epiphanies she gathers from nature and fellow non-human friends made this story wholesome. Kate René MacKenzie has produced an empowering read that will stay with me and continue to inspire me for a long time.