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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
MOMcarcerated is a humorous fiction novel about aging written by M.R. Abbott. Hedwig Elisabeth Dorner, or Mom, was a sprightly and relatively agile woman of seventy-six years, who still loved to take care of her garden, itself a glowing testament to the skill and green thumb of her now departed husband. She was usually accompanied by Lola, her faithful canine companion and best friend, even if Lola did sometimes worry a bit about Mom’s behavior. Things would happen and often did, such as when Mom slashed into an irrigation line as she hacked at weeds in the strawberry bed or accidentally dumped the weeds and dirt from her bucket onto the pond’s bubbler system. Lola also wondered sometimes if Mom would actually remember to feed her. Mom’s three children, Iris, Rose, and Eric, weren’t sure how to handle the whole Mom situation. Iris, who was the one living close to Mom, was getting exhausted and needed more support. She and Rose really thought Mom should be selling the house and moving somewhere smaller, and Eric, of course, agreed. But how would they get Mom to agree? And was it really what they wanted?
One really can’t help but fall in love with Mom, M.R. Abbott’s sweet and sometimes forgetful senior and the star of the humorous novel, MOMcarcerated. As I began reading, I marveled at Mom’s incredible garden and found myself hoping against hope that the kids wouldn’t put her in a home, as so many real-life kids do. Mom reminded me, in many ways, of the old cartoon character, Mr. Magoo, who blithely putters through life blissfully unaware of the chaos he trails behind him, and that’s a good thing. I think Mom and Mr. Magoo would have enjoyed each other’s company. Abbott’s plot is action-packed and fun, and the characters are credible and finely crafted. This well-written and engaging novel is most highly recommended.