Beloved Mother

Laura Hunter (Author) Maria Yasaka Beck (Designed by)


A story of the lives of three women, tightly woven together and surviving the harsh societal environment of an Appalachian mining town in the early to mid-1900s. Two religions contrast with each other--the Cherokee spirits of the native people and the Old Testament God of the white settlers--as each woman struggles to find her place. Love and hate, marriage and adultery, childbirth and abortion, all have their parts to play. Beloved Mother accurately portrays the evilness in humanity, in which the wicked corrupt the innocent to create a vicious cycle of abuse, until one person--with a heart of understanding and forgiveness--has the courage to end it.

Product Details

Bluewater Publications
Publish Date
April 01, 2019
5.51 X 0.66 X 8.5 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Laura Hunter was raised in Alabama hill country and now lives near Tuscaloosa. She has published sixteen award-winning fiction pieces and nine poems, in addition to the numerous articles published through different media outlets. She has written a collection of fictional short stories focused on Copeland's Crossing, Alabama, which is awaiting publication. Beloved Mother is set to be released Spring 2019.
Maria is one of the designers at Bluewater Publications, who focuses on the interior of books. She graduated with a degree in art and digital media. She has had a love for both art and books from a young age, and she combines them in her work at Bluewater. Her goal is to create a pleasant reading experience that immerses the reader in the story. She does this through careful design choices and meticulous attention to detail, all while keeping it subtle, so the elements on the page do not overpower the story but enhance it.


"A haunting, slow-burn intergenerational family saga." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hunter's unforgettable historical novel focuses on the circumstances that warp some personalities and strengthen others." - Foreword Clarion Reviews - 5 out of 5 Stars

"Beloved Motheris a compelling journey." - BlueInk Review

Laura Hunter has poured her heart and soul into the pages of Beloved Mother. Her talent and her passion are present in every scene, every chapter, every image, every line. There's magic in this book! Michael Knight - eveningland

Beloved Mother is an adventure story about three generations of daring women. Hunter tells us that "women have within them so much love and so much hate they sometimes confuse the two," one of the many mysteries about this fast-paced novel that will keep you wondering. Denton Loving- Crimes Against Birds

Beloved Mother is the kind of rich story that brands itself in memory. I can still see the mining camps, smell the scents of the woods and mountains, and recall the unique people, entwined with the land, their histories, and each other, that Hunter evokes so well. T. K. Thorne - Noah's Wife: 5500 BC

Beloved Mother, Laura Hunter's debut novel, is both inventive and lyrical. This mythic tale unfolding at the crossroads of what is real and might be real will surprise time and again. Darnell Arnoult -Sufficient Grace