Title: Hungry Mother Creek
Author: Heather W. Cobham
Genre/Audience: Women’s fiction, adult
Source: For review, CLP Tours
Hungry Mother Creek is the story of Maya, a young widow who lost her husband, home, and everything else in Hurricane Katrina. Two years later, she has started a new life on the creek in small town Oriental, North Carolina with her loyal lab, Doodle Bug. It is there that she begins to learn how to heal from a painful past, unhappy marriage, and guilt. With the help of several women friends and a possible new love interest, Maya begins to rebuild her life.
This story started out with a very sad and dark feeling to it as we learn about Maya’s jerk of a husband and unhappy marriage, and then his eventual demise in the hurricane. Maya just has this dark cloud hanging over her as she deals with the fallout and wonders why she stayed with him in the first place. She wants to start fresh so she can move past all of her feelings of regret, sadness, guilt, and even continued panic and nightmares about the hurricane that changed everything. She wants a simple life in the small town by the water from the moment she first takes a trip there with her sister. When she finds a small boathouse to rent from an elderly woman Hazel, who lives on the property in a large, old home, her life begins to change for the better.
A variety of people from all different walks of life enter Maya’s life, and she soon forms friendships with many unexpected people. Each of these people help play a role in Maya learning to really live again and heal from her past. I enjoyed seeing these friendships grow and Maya evolve. I also have to say, I loved Doodle Bug… I am a sucker for dogs! I also particularly enjoyed that Maya is a runner since I am as well but haven’t been able to do much with it lately because of some pregnancy issues we had. Yay for living vicariously through other people’s running. 🙂
All in all, this was a quiet but enjoyable read, albeit a bit sad. There were some spiritual parts which kind of threw me for a loop as I wasn’t expecting them and really couldn’t relate to them either, but I know some people will enjoy that aspect, even though it wasn’t for me. I would happily read future works from Heather.
My Rating: 3.5/5