My boys are lucky when it comes to Mother’s Day as they know they can’t go wrong buying me a new book. It’s a gift that doesn’t break the bank and I can think of nothing better to do on Mother’s Day than hanging out with my three favourite boys before relaxing later in the day reading a new novel. So if your Mum is a bookworm too, here are some of my favourite reads for Mother’s Day 2018.
- My top pick would have to be Cathy Kelly’s – The Year That Changed Everything. Reading Cathy Kelly is like sitting down for coffee with your best friends, warm , funny and comforting. This book tells the story of three women who are turning…. 30, 40 and 50 respectively. But their milestone birthdays mark the start of a year that changes everything. Ginger is not celebrating her 30th birthday the way she wants to.Tonight could be the best night of her life …. or a total disaster. Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. Her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday…. but is she ready for motherhood? Callie seems to have it all. She is celebrating her 50th birthday by hosting a lavish party at her palatial home….until a knock at the door changes everything. You will laugh, cry and cheer for these women as they come to understand and live their lives on their own terms.
- The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning takes you from modern-day London, Australia and China with trader Alexandra who goes in search of family secrets after the death of her grandfather. Step back in time to 1939 as Alexandra’s grandmother Romy moves from a war-torn Austria to Shanghai, ‘The Paris of the East’ and develops a fierce friendship with local Li before their friendship and loyalty is divided when the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women. Will Alexandra find the answers she is seeking in Shanghai? Will new love blossom under the shade of the plane trees?
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows is not a new book but is a new film out this year. If you have not read the book now is the time. It is told in letter form and gives a greater insight into the characters and events than the film version. Juliet Ashton is a writer who becomes immersed in the lives of the people of Guernsey who formed a book club out of necessity during the time of German occupation. Through their letters she begins to know the characters and characteristics of the book club members and after visiting this picturesque island she finds a new home and family. It is a truly beautiful story! You will want to visit the island of Guernsey after reading this novel.
- The Juliet Code by Christine Wells is the latest novel from this Brisbane author. It tells the story of Juliet Barnard who is tormented by secrets from the war. She was a British agent and wireless operator in occupied Paris until her mission went critically wrong and she was caught by the Germans, imprisoned and tortured in a mansion in Avenue Foch, in the heart of this beautiful city. The last thing Juliet ever wanted to do was go back to Paris but when Mac, an SAS officer turned Nazi Hunter, demands her help searching for his sister Denise, she cannot refuse. Adventure, romance and a spy thriller all rolled into one. You will not want to put this one down.
- Another new BBC series on television is C.B Strike based on the Robert Galbraith books, which were actually written by JK Rowling. For fans of mystery and crime the Strike series is contemporary crime fiction set in London, where war veteran turned private detective, Cormoran Strike, solves murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott. The first in the series- The Cuckoo’s Calling is a cracker of a read.
These are just a few of my favourites from some brand new releases to old favourites that I reread again and again. Will you be buying a book for your Mum this year? Let me know some of your favourite reads.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).