Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer and the Single Mother

By Cora Chevalier
Macrame Murder
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

I'm not a mom, but my best friend Jane is and she's good at it. She may be a little over protective, but London is her only child and they have been through a lot in their lives, so I think she can be forgiven for it.
Still, summer is hard on her. I think for the most part she loves having London at home. There's no rushing to get ready for school in the mornings, no fussing about homework or baths in the evening. So the summer break is a relief in that regard.
But about this point in the summer, I notice some weariness in Jane. So, I've offered to take London away for a three-day mini-vacation, just the two of us. When I offered, Jane looked so relieved I thought she might kiss me! But then, she immediately looked forlorn and guilty for feeling like she needed a break. Motherhood ain't  for sissies.
I'm hoping to have kids someday. Maybe it's too much to hope for given that I'm no where close to feeling like it's the right time. But in the mean time, I get to help my best friend with London, who means the world to me, too.
Sometimes I think it does take a village to raise a child. We're all the better for a helping hand. Jane's gets a bit of a breather, London gets to go to the beach with me, and I get to to spend time with a delightful girl whom I love very much.
This summer, if you know a mom or dad who could use a hand, why don't you offer them one? It doesn't have to be a beach trip. It could just be a few hours at the park, or local swimming pool, or mall.  In the mean time, this summer has inspired a new idea for a coat retreat this fall—one geared for moms who've been home with the kids all summer long. We've got some great treats line up for them. Stay tuned!

Coming Soon!

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as web designer and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  


  1. We all need a helping hand from time to time when the end of our rope starts to fray. Asking for it seems impossible at times though. True friendship and love is seeing it and acting on it without being asked.
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  2. So true! We do. Accepting help sometimes takes a lot of strength!

  3. It's great that Cora is there for Jane.

  4. I know I would have loved some help when my kids were younger. It's so good that Cora is available to help Jane like this.