The Trouble With Mother is a novel full of clashes: clashes of identity, conscience and worlds, as Eileen, a fairy godmother bent on reining in magical power abuses in the Fairy Kingdom ruled by her cousin, the Queen, defies convention, falls in love with a human, marries him and defects to earth. Later her cousin and old world come after her and the child Eileen should never have had…hybrids are considered dangerous, as Kingdom history confirms.
The novel spans decades as Eileen’s child, Jennifer, matures and marries. When Eileen’s forced to reveal what she is, Jennifer must decide what world she wants and is there a place in it for her troublesome mother? Whilst the novel is told from Eileen’s viewpoint, the Kingdom’s Chief Witch rebels against the Queen, making the Queen’s attitude towards Eileen reasonable. The Queen wants to know when push comes to shove which way will Eileen jump? The wrong answer could prove fatal…
What do you do when you’ve continually risked your life supporting your family despite misgivings about their misuses of magic only to fall for someone from a species your world despises? You marry him and take the consequences, including those from producing a hybrid, and wait for your past to catch you. For all the dragons and ogres Eileen Paige, a brilliant fairy godmother, fought, she never anticipated her daughter would make her face that past again or that her cousin, the Fairy Queen, would trigger this to regain control over Eileen.
Jennifer is forced to question what to do when her usually sensible parent says she’s a fairy godmother and has physical proof. This is a story about identity, losing control over your life, and the struggle to put family first regardless of external pressures.
The Trouble With Mother shows the struggle Eileen has before marriage, humans were imported to the Kingdom before with disastrous consequences, and the fall out from the Queen, who thinks Eileen’s behaviour betrayal, as she acceded to the throne through her mother’s assassination and needs all the support she can get, especially against her Council who pressurize her to wed. Chief Wizard Brankaresh feels the Queen should marry him. She decides to let her cousin marry but plans to reclaim Eileen. The human will die long before Eileen. The Queen feels she can wait but bans Eileen from reproducing with this human.
When Eileen has daughter, Jennifer, the Queen, after initial anger (and worry about a hybrid’s capabilities) decides to claim the girl as she is partly magical. The Kingdom needs all the good magical beings it can get. Eileen’s determined not to sacrifice her marriage or family and gets Jennifer through childhood, college and married off without magic breaking out. The Queen is set on bringing both to their proper world and is prepared to trigger Jennifer’s inherent magical talent when it suits her. The Trouble With Mother shows the effects on Jennifer when the Queen makes Eileen reveal her past setting up a mother-daughter clash as well as continuing the Eileen-Queen one. Once magic does show itself, there is no going back, as Eileen knows.