The Mother I Never Had by Gary Goldstein #fiction #bookreview @suzyapbooktours


It’s tough enough for L.A. landscape designer Nate Cronin when his professor father, Jim, who raised him alone since birth, dies, leaving Nate an orphan at thirty years old. But when the provocative and mysterious Amy enters Nate’s life soon after, it sends him on a devastating journey to unravel the truth about his past, the veracity of Amy’s claims, and the history of the father he adored.

At the same time, Nate must come to terms with his commitment to his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer, a dance instructor whose patience with the resistant Nate frays as she attempts to help him navigate the psychological minefield set off by Amy’s arrival.

The Mother I Never Had asks readers to consider what they would do if they found themselves faced with a parent they never knew existed—and if they could accept the secrets and lies that kept her away for a lifetime.


Nate’s father has passed away. Nate is in the process of getting on with his life and dealing with his father’s things, when a lady, Amy, enters his life. And it is not the way you think…it is a secret his dad kept hidden from Nate. And Nate does not quite know what to do with this information. He is reeling!

I enjoyed Nate. I felt he could be more of…something…but he is down to earth and just an overall nice guy. But, and this is just a bit weird, Nate never calls his dad, Dad. He calls him Jim, even in his thoughts or when he is talking about him. This creates a bit of distance between these two characters in the mind of the reader. Which is probably the author’s intent. It just caught my attention.

This novel had me an emotional wreck in places. One minute I am just coming along and the next minute…BOOM! I am teary eyed! Boy! Secrets can cause a multitude of damage and regret.

Need a heart felt novel which will have you crying and laughing in the same sentence…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

About The Author:

Gary Goldstein is an award-winning writer for film, TV, and the theatre with more than thirty produced screen and stage credits. The New York native and longtime L.A. resident has also been a contributing film reviewer and arts feature writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007. His first novel, the romantic comedy The Last Birthday Party, won a 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Fiction.

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