Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it.
Meanwhile, her daughters are each finding themselves at a crossroads. Liane, the youngest, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate but worries about what will happen if the magic fades. Ilsa, an artist, is trying to settle down, but simply putting her bohemian past behind her may not be enough to make her second marriage stick. It’s not until Fiona, the eldest—who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine—discovers that her husband has been harboring a huge secret, that the Sear women will come together as never before. In the process, they’ll realize that the past doesn’t have to define the present—and that above all else, their greatest loves have always been one another.
Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her girls, and the women surrounding them, MATING FOR LIFE is a captivating, joyful celebration of mothers and daughters, sisters and spouses, and the kinds of love that last a lifetime.
Praise for Mating for Life
“The women in Mating for Life are clever, honest, funny, and forever analytical as they stumble through the search for love. Each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease. This is one of the most charming novels I’ve read in years, and I loved every last page.”— Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses
“Brilliant…this intricate story works an irresistible spell. Acute and richly moving, Mating for Life triumphantly reaffirms the power of female relationships.”— Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers