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Discover a heartfelt journey through time and across generations in My Mother's Son, the eagerly awaited sequel to the beloved novel, My Mother's Friend. Set against the backdrop of small-town America in 1946, this emotionally charged tale follows the life-altering decisions of eighteen-year-old Phee Swensson.


Pregnant and unmarried, Phee grapples with an agonizing choice. She insists she will keep her baby, but ultimately, she can’t. Just before her son’s birth, she agrees to give him up for adoption, and it breaks her heart.


Decades later, Phee's daughter, the determined journalist Mollie MacAlister, embarks on a poignant quest to find her mother’s son. Her journey takes her to Brainerd in central Minnesota where her half-brother was born. The sole connection to that pivotal moment in time is her great aunt, Mildred Jensen, now eighty-eight and struggling with fading memories. Does she remember the time Phee lived with her in a rustic cabin on Gull Lake while awaiting the birth of her baby? Will Mildred hold the key to the identity of the baby's adoptive parents?


Delve into this captivating multigenerational story that promises to answer burning questions and touch your heart. My Mother's Son is a tale of hope, resilience, and the enduring power of family bonds. Be swept away in this emotional journey that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

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It is the summer of 1944, and the citizens of Algona, Iowa are growing accustomed to the new prisoner of war camp that opened in April just west of the city limits. Thousands of German POWs are being transported by train to Algona, and many of those men will work on farms and in factories where their labor is desperately needed. The impact of the camp on the community is substantial. 


With World War II as a backdrop, the Swensson family deals with life’s challenges and changes. Seventeen-year-old Phee Swensson’s mother passed away two years ago, and Phee has become the family’s anchor, helping her father and younger siblings navigate life on the home front as best she can. Phee is a talented pianist who, one Saturday morning, is invited to tour Camp Algona. Inside the camp theater, she discovers a beautiful baby grand piano and a handsome German soldier playing Beethoven. That morning, an unforeseen friendship begins as the two of them find common ground in their love of music. Over the next year, their friendship strengthens, leading to unexpected adventures and life-altering decisions. 

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