“Mother Of Pearl” Book Review and Pearl Necklace Set #Giveaway

Margaret McSweeney Mother of Pearl


To celebrate the release of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith I’m hosting an evening of chat, laughter, and encouragement on Facebook!I’ve invited the Pearl Girl contributors to join us on the evening of September 4th. I’d be so honored if you’d come too!

We’ll be giving away a ton of fun stuff {books, gift certificates and a Beautiful Pearl Necklace set}.

Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. We’ll gather to connect, be encouraged and make some new friends!

So RSVP today and then come back on September 4th (at 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, and 8pm Eastern) and join us for the “Pearl” party. Let’s share our stories and encourage one another.

We’ll also have an update from the charities involved with Pearl Girls, Wings and Hands of Hope.

(See what others are saying about Mother of Pearl.)

About the Book: 

Like oysters, women often encounter unexpected grit during their everyday lives. In response, God’s love and grace covers this grit and transforms the pain into a precious pearl that leaves a layered, luminous lining within a shell: Mother of Pearl. This brilliant luster is strong, lasting, and purposeful—just like the love, lessons, and legacies left by the special women in our lives.

Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. Margaret McSweeney presents a collection of heartfelt vignettes from authors who communicate the importance of the unique relationships between mothers and their children, between granddaughters and grandmothers and between children and the mother-figures in their lives.

These stories tell of the power of faith, prayer, and values, exploring coming of age, the joy of becoming a mother, the importance of motherhood, the ways to heal from a bad relationship with a mother and weathering the death of a special loved one. Poignant and thought-provoking, the stories serve to inspire, encourage, instill hope, and strengthen faith.

The proceeds from the sale of Mother of Pearl will be donated to organizations helping struggling women and children. The charities include Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger) to help fund the Safe House in the Chicago suburbs and to Hands of Hope to help build wells for schoolchildren in Zambia.

Meet Margaret: 

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, Mother of Pearl and Aftermath.

With a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business, Margaret became a vice-president in the corporate finance division of a New York City bank and worked there 1986–93.

As founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs.


My Impressions:

Mother of Pearl contains vignettes or short essays from many different authors. It was amazing to read each author’s personal information or story. I almost felt as if I was peeking into a forbidden territory.  The stories that are told are very powerful and very real and evoked a wide range of emotions in me. Although I could not relate to each and every story, I could definitely “feel” the  emotions behind the author’s writing.

For the stories that I could relate to, I often found myself reflecting on my own life—-or rather my own experiences with my grandmother, mother, daughter, friend.  I was able to remember many life moments that have been pushed into the back of my mind due to the passage of time. The Mother of Pearl allowed me to reflect on lessons learned, joyous events that were experienced, troubled times that were endured, and experiences of kindness. I remembered women who passed away long ago and friends who have crossed my path but have since gone on separate journeys. I am very thankful for the reflection this book has afforded me. Thankful indeed.


I am giving the Mother of Pearl 4.5 stars out of 5.


Link to buy the book:

Inspiring Voices Bookstore


Would you like to see what other bloggers are saying about Mother of Pearl? You can find out by viewing the blog tour schedule here!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary book to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine and are accurately reflected in this post. 

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