I'm looking for a book but I can't remember the name. It was set around christmas time and is narrated by the daughter of a mother who was
This one took a little digging, but I think I've found something close. Could it be Her Mother's Shadow, by Diana Chamberlin? It's actually a sequel to the author's Kiss River. It's the story of a woman who is caring for a friend's rebellious daughter and remembers her own mother's death murder at a shelter.
From the Publishers Weekly review: On Christmas 1990, 13-year-old Lacey O'Neill watches as her mother, a volunteer at a battered women's shelter, is fatally shot by a man aiming at his estranged wife. Lacey grows up in thrall to her mother's memory, at first trying to emulate the saintly Annie and later rejecting her after learning about her many infidelities.
But yes, the book has many more turns and twists than that, including a few romantic ones, when a stranger arrives in town and digs up details of Lacey's past.
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