15 New Books Mom Will Love This Mother’s Day
These books aren't something "only a mother could love..." but your mom will love them!
Whether you have a mom, are one, or know one, chances are that you know moms don’t have a lot of free time. While we should celebrate our moms every day, there’s no time like Mother’s Day to do something special for them – especially when that something special is giving them the gift of free time. If your mom is the kind who loves to curl up with a good book and relax, here are 15 reads that we think would be perfect for her.
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After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen
You can purchase After Happily After here.
When Maggie Dolin quit her job 17 years ago to raise her daughter, she had no idea the identity crisis becoming an empty nester would cause her. As if that wasn’t bad enough, her absent husband is keeping secrets, her mother is a narcissist and the only person who she can trust – her father – is declining in health. But when Maggie meets a handsome, charming younger man, she begins to question every life decision she’s ever made.
Love in Color by Bolu Babalola
You can purchase Love in Color here.
In Bolu Babalola’s debut collection, she enchants us by retelling the most magical, mythical love stories from around the globe. With a particular focus on West African folktales, Babalola tears down the tropes we’ve engrained so toxically into our society. But somehow, she still makes certain that there is no shortage of love, wonder, and culture dripping through each page.
Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy by Kris Clink
You can purchase Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy here.
In this heartwarming opening to the Enchanted Rock series, Kris Clink reminds us that despite their best efforts, moms cannot always be invincible. After tragically losing her husband, Lark decides to pour all her money into a failing vineyard in her Texas hometown and follow her dreams of becoming a winemaker. But she’s going to need a lot more than hopes and dreams to heal her broken family. That’s where injured army vet Wyatt Gifford comes in – the pair lean on one another through their traumas, blissfully unaware that together, they might just be stronger than ever.
Competitive Grieving by Nora Zelevansky
You can purchase Competitive Grieving here.
Now that Stuart is gone, Wren – his childhood best friend – is left to deal with the fallout. Despite being wracked with grief, Stuart’s ice queen of a mother puts Wren in charge of helping Stuart’s lawyer distribute his possessions. Because Stuart was rising T.V. personality, it seems even the most lizard-like people are vying for his belongings. But as Wren reminisces on the person Stuart was, and learns of who he was becoming, she begins to wonder if she’d ever really known him at all.
The ABCs of Being Mom by Karen Bongiorno
You can purchase The ABCs of Being Mom here.
Here’s a gift for all the new mothers out there. Karen Bongiorno clues in new moms on what it’s like raising a child from birth all the way to their kindergarten years. She addresses the changes the role of “mom” brings with it, and how to take care of oneself while still taking care of a super-cute kiddo. Trust us, it's helpful.
Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi
You can purchase Yolk here.
Jayne and June are two siblings with nothing in common – except both being too prideful for their own good. There was a time when they were basically glued together, and now there’s a million things they’d rather do than see each other again. But when June gets cancer, and Jayne is the only one who can help her, the two are forced to rekindle their bond whether they like it or not. Together they fight, they heal, and they confront the fact that maybe June isn’t the only sick one in the house.
For All She Knows by Jamie Beck
You can purchase For All She Knows here.
A thrilling finale to the Potomac Point series, childhood friends Grace and Mimi are quite the dynamic duo. But after a high school party takes a dark turn and ends tragically for Grace’s son, their lifelong friendship is called into question. The only reason Mimi hasn’t lost her mind is the possibility of a new love – much to Grace’s annoyance. With all that’s suddenly in their way, Grace and Mimi must learn to cope, love, and forgive one another.
Overcoming Mom-Life Crisis by Nina Restieri
You can purchase Overcoming Mom-Life Crisis here.
This one is something that ALL moms need – whether they’re a veteran child-wrangler or just about to have a little bundle of joy. The one thing that no mom ever does is take care of themselves, and Nina Restieri reminds them to do just that. While its normal for a parent to feel overwhelmed and stressed, it doesn't mean that they have to give up their hopes and dreams. This self-help book is the perfect guide to balancing the kiddos with some well-deserved “me time.”
In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo
You can purchase In a Book Club Far Away here.
A trio of army wives forever-bound together, Sophie, Adelaide and Regina were once attached at the hip and living on Fort East. But after a rift tears them apart, they resign to never seeing each other again – at least until eight years later when Adelaide calls them in distress. With her husband stationed overseas and having to go into emergency surgery herself, there is no one else to take care of her young daughter. So as Regina and Sophie come out to help, the women find themselves trying to mend the broken pieces of their once ironclad friendship.
The Sound Between the Notes by Barbara Linn Probst
You can purchase The Sound Between the Notes here.
Moms will always give up the world for their children, even the things that they’ve always wanted, and that’s exactly what Susannah did. But when she earns the opportunity to perform as a concert pianist like she’s dreamt of every day for 15 years, her world is thrown into a tailspin. Diagnosed with a chronic condition that limits the use of her hands, Susannah must make the unthinkable choice between her health and her dream. We highly recommend reading with a box of tissues, Probst did not hold back with this one.
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
You can purchase Under the Southern Sky here.
Journalists are taught to be cutthroat, but this may be a little too much for Amelia. After the passing of her best friend’s wife, the embryos they created together have been declared abandoned, and Amelia must break the story. Parker, drowning in grief after the loss of his wife, sees the embryos as his only chance to keep a piece of her with him, making things all the more difficult. With grief swallowing the two as Parker struggles to recover and Amelia deals with a separation with her husband, the two find the smallest bit of comfort in the fact that, regardless of suffering, at least they have each other.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
You can purchase Crying in H Mart here.
Michelle Zauner’s vivacious memoir is a beautiful retelling of her life growing up as one of the few Asian students at her school in Eugene, Oregon. As if adolescence wasn’t hard enough, Zauner dealt with constant criticism, and daydreams of her grandmother’s apartment in Soeul. Years later, after her mother’s cancer diagnosis, Zauner found herself longing for the history and memories her mother had passed along. This timeless, relatable story reminds us that at our core, we remain unchanging – even when we seem most distant.
Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
You can purchase Sunflower Sisters here.
In this Lilac Girls prequel, we meet Caroline Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey. Georgey isn’t cut out for the grace and beauty that everyone expects for her, so she does what no one expected her to do – she follows her heart to join the war effort as a nurse. But when Georgey and her sister realize that there is much more to this war than they originally thought, they must try to see it from a different point of view.
One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk
You can purchase One Got Away here.
This Dexter-like sequel is sure to keep mom turning the pages all of Sunday afternoon. Nikki Griffin isn’t a fan of men who hurt people, and despite appearing innocent and introverted during the day, the evenings bring about her trauma-induced mission. Nikki’s only goal is to protect the innocent and punish the men responsible. But when Coombs leads Nikki down a path of deception, she begins to realize that – much to her disgust – the two may have more in common than she ever thought possible.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
You can purchase Dial A for Aunties here.
We all know what it’s like to have our family be a little too involved in our personal lives, but never to the extent that Meddelin Chan’s family is. When Meddelin accidentally kills her blind date, her mother calls her four aunts to come and get rid of the body – easy right? Well sure, at least the body ends up in a cooler that holds a wedding cake for a billionaire made by your family business. And to make matters worse, Meddelin’s college sweetheart shows up at the wedding, leaving her to figure out how to get him back and escape murder charges all in one weekend.
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