Monday, March 1, 2010

Mother Daughter Duet

Mother Daughter Duet - Getting to the Relationship You Want with Your Adult Daughter

Written by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum
Published at Waterbrook

About the book
A harmonious relationship is possible.

When your daughter was born, you had a thousand hopes and dreams for her. . .including that one day you'd be best friends.

But as life unfolds, even the best intentions go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. Thankfully, a harmonious relationship with your daughter is possible.

Written by a mother and daughter who have successfully navigated the minefield from distance and tension to acceptance and friendship, Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms open wide the door of communication so that daughters want to walk through it. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on proven principles, each chapter offers timeless wisdom as well as a daughter’s perspective. Often these principles apply to daughters-in-law as well.

The relationship between mothers and daughters is intense, personal, complex, and unique. But you can have the loving, authentic bond you always dreamed of—when you learn the mother-daughter duet.

Who are Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum?
Cheri Fuller is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold more than one million copies. She speaks to a wide range of women at women's conferences and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

Ali Plum is Cheri's daughter, a writer and songwriter, a wife, and a mother to Noah and Luke. She and her mom have weathered the ups and downs of their relationship to find one of the most treasured, honest relationships of their lives. Ali has recorded background vocals for popular musicians, and Mother-Daughter Duet is her debut into book publishing.

My Thoughts
I will be blunt. I have a daughter and I want my relationship with her to be better than the one I am living right now with my own mother. Simple enough don’t you think. Mind you my daughter is 2 years old right not... so I have a few years before she is considered an adult. LOL

But I needed to have some perspective about my own relationship with my mom to discover where I need to make corrections to avoid the problems I am having these days. So I was pleased to receive this book to review.

The book is very encouraging for me. I can learn in advance where I need to be flexible and not annoying for my daughter. The book will guide you through various themes like letting go, generational differences, validating her in what she do or the decisions she makes, respect, communication, connecting and bonding, when she will get married, when she will have kids of her own, when crisis comes in her life, and much more.

Each chapter starts with a quote and then jump into the subject of the chapter. You will read personal experiences from the authors as well as answers from interviews they have done with mothers/daughters. It is always interesting to get a new perspective from other families I find. It makes you realize that you are not alone living something similar. There is also a section titled A Daughter’s Perspective in which Ali is expanding on her view of what her mom wrote previously in the chapter. Then the conclusion, Two-Part Harmony, gives your ideas on how to get better in your relationship with your daughter.

At the end of the book, there are discussion questions that you can use as part of a book reading club or a study group. You can also take these questions and ponder more in dept your own reading and experience.

As I am reading this book, I pray and hope that my relationship with my daughter will be stronger than the one I am experiencing right now with my mom. Yes she might make decisions that I won’t approve but deep down I need to remember that she is an adult and she can learn and grow on her own.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Mother Daughter Duet is available at a bookstore near you and also on and

I have a copy of Mother Daughter Duet to give away. Here’s how you can win it.

1) Leave me a comment about why you would like to get this book. And include your email so I can reach you if you win (This must be done first before getting additional entries.)
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* Note: You have to post a comment for each thing you do. This will allow me to track your chances to win. Thanks!

This contest is open to Canadians only and will run until March 7th inclusively.


  1. Hey it's Kathy Isabelle. I'd love a copy of that book. My mom and I had a horrible relationship and I want better for Gill and I. I don't have Twitter so I can't manage that part though.

  2. Thanks for running this draw :) I would love to get tips on how to keep the wonderful, close relationship I have with my daughter throughout our lives!
    I also follow this blog & twitter & retweeted :)

  3. Oooo, that sounds really interesting!!

  4. I would love to read this book because my mom and I live far apart and this book would be wonderful for helping close the gap when we visit in person.

  5. I just became a follower of your blog.

  6. Hi again,
    I am also following your blog :)

  7. I have tweeted about your giveaway :)

  8. I've used to figure out who won the book...

    #6 won! Congrats K Charron!