It’s Mothers Day in the U.K.! Which seemed like the perfect day to recommend these five amazing books, that all focus around motherhood in very different ways. I am always drawn to a great parent/child dynamic in stories, and these five stand out amongst my favourites:
This beautiful, but heart breaking story focuses on the sheer desire to become a mother, and the anguish that comes with difficulty conceiving and miscarriage. When a boat washes up on Isabel and Tom’s island, carrying a dead man and a living baby, they’re forced to choose between their heads and their hearts. This book has since been made into a film, and it is just as stunning.
This unique read combines thriller and a mysterious sense of magical realism to tell the story of Jess, and her unborn child. When she logs into Facebook to find her feed is 18 months in the future, she’s horrified to see she is set to die, leaving friends and family behind. Worst of all, she also finds she’s leaving a young boy, the son she doesn’t even know she’s due to have. Though certainly a strange concept, it works really well, and I devoured this unforgettable story.
A story of a choice no parent should ever have to make. Max and Pip have always been a strong and happy couple. But now, they are forced to make an impossible decision regarding their poorly child. When the couple disagree, the story takes a turn, and in this unique telling of both outcomes, you will find yourself crying and hoping all the way through.
How far would a mother go to protect her child? This novel explores the aftermath of murder, and how Emma, mother of two boys, copes with the accusations fired their way. Her boy, Jacob, is constantly misunderstood due to having Asperger’s Syndrome, while other son Theo is often left in the shadows. A real gripping read by a bestselling author.
This stunning read explores motherhood in two very different aspects. In one, is a mother’s sacrifice, the giving up of a beloved child in the hope they will escape violence and live a better life. On the other side, we see how a child can be accepted into a family, and embraced as one of their own. A beautiful book, with heart jerking themes, and an important message.
A huge Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there! Especially the amazing writer-mummies I know through this blog – you are inspiring!
If you’ve any favourite mother/child books, share the title below, I’m always on the look out for new reads.