Mothers and Motherhood

Mothers and Motherhood

Mother’s Day is May 10th and a day to celebrate with a good book so what is more fitting than a good novel featuring mothers & motherhood?
If you are seeking a great story that ends on a positive note here are just a few of the many titles you might choose from:

The Mothers by Australian writer Genevieve Gannon tells of an IVF mistake that leaves a would-be mother with another’s child.

The Dinner Lady by family saga author, Sally Worboyes, potential heartbreak when a birth mother arrives to claim an adopted son.

Nora Webster by the great Irish writer, Colm Toibin who created one of literature’s enduring characters in Nora. A widow at 40 Nora struggles to continue after the love of her life dies and to be everything to their family of young sons until she finds the power of song.

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato is a thriller about mothers and their sons.

A Keeper by Graham Norton tells of secrets. Secrets are things that might be carried to the grave but for clues left, unwittingly, behind.

The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty is the heartbreaking story of a Mum, abandoned by her husband, who is left to care for their family, one of whom develops cancer.

The Love Child by Rachel Hore is set in 1917 when it was shameful to bear an illegitimate child. A young mother is forced to give up her baby but the stories of mother and child intertwine throughout this wonderful story.

Things My Mother Told Me by Tanya Atapattu is a warm, funny tale of mending family disapproval. It travels between Sri Lanka and England.

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth looks at a terminally ill mother who looks to 2 near- strangers to establish a secure and happy future for her daughter.

Anything is Possible by US writer Elizabeth Strout. After 17;years absence from her small town family a writer returns when love and loss overtake her.

Fear of Falling by Cath Staincliffe tells an anguished story of how the delinquent behaviour of a daughter threatens to destroy her mother’s closest friendship.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See looks at inter country adoption. It is told through the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel. When spurred on by an accident and old memories a mother undertakes a road trip to revisit the past.

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney is an emotional, absorbing story of a grandmother who is left to explain her daughter’s death to her granddaughter whilst dealing herself with its pain.


Kerrie Gamble