Books by Machteld Bouma

  • Regarding the Children

    Machteld Bouma

    | Fiction | This book has 256 pages

    March 2014

    • Dutch pdf available •

    As the world enters the 21st century, Wendolyn – late thirties, successful career coach, devoted to her job instead of motherhood – has a family land in her lap. Neurologist Eric, her new love, steps into her life with a son and two daughters in tow. While Wendolyn tries to combine her work with Eric and this new family life, questions arise about her bond with her own mother and Eric’s loaded past.

    She soon discovers why stepmothers are sometimes wicked: they give a great deal but seem to get little in return. What kind of bond does she have with the children? And is it easier when you have children of your own flesh and blood? It’s too late for that now, and ultimately the questions will only get more pressing.

    Regarding the Children is a moving novel about the value of family ties and the impact of the past on the present. With a sharp pen, Machteld Bouma asks probing questions about life and shows that no blood ties are necessary to lay down roots.


    ‘Regarding the Children is pacey, intelligent, sharp and humorous.’ – MARGRIET

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