In the Southern Hemisphere, it is starting to get cold, particularly where I hail from, Melbourne Australia. We are experiencing 4 degree days with rain and it’s only the first day of winter.
I don’t know about you, but I actually really enjoy winter. Sure, I do the obligatory whining about being freezing but being the homebody that I am, I love any excuse to stay home in my trackie pants, woolen socks, and dressing gown.
The rare times that I’m not busy being a mommy to my 4 darlings, there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book.
The good thing about reading is that you can do it anywhere. The people of the northern hemisphere can do it whilst enjoying the afternoon sun or lying by a pool and Mexicans who are ‘south of the border’ can enjoy reading whilst layering up against the cold.
I have been researching the top 10 books for mums/moms and this is the list I have compiled:
The Power of Unexpected Miracles
This book was written by a very good friend of mine Beth Elkassih. I was lucky enough to read this book before it was released and let me tell you that once I started, I couldn’t stop. I was so drawn in by the story that I had to read it all in one sitting. I definitely give it 5 stars.
The Unexpected Power of Miracles will take you on a path of divine wisdom and healing for your body, mind, and spirit, especially for all the Mothers around the globe who are or have suffered from depression after giving birth to a Woman most precious gift.
Reading this book with take you on a deep journey to tap into your Power of unexpected miracles and to live a life of joy and victory. This book is dedicated to helping you realize how ‘amazing’ you truly are and your purpose in life. More importantly, to believe or renew your belief in God and Divine Intervention. We all have the Power right inside of us to live, to harvest, to blossom, so let’s heal together. Are you ready for your victory of miracles? Your time is NOW!”
Girl Wash Your Face
With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club is the story of four mothers and their first-generation Chinese-American daughters; two generations of women struggling to come to terms with their cultural identity. Tan writes from the heart, cutting sharp edges with wit, wisdom and gentle and delicate precision. From the wealthy homes of pre-Revolutionary China to downtown San Francisco and the age of AIDS, the novel covers a remarkable spectrum and reveals the private secrets and ghosts that haunt, torment – and comfort.
An honest, moving and beautifully courageous story that shows China, Chinese-American women and their families and the mystery of the mother-daughter bond in ways that we have not experienced before.
Against All Odds
A powerful story of a mother’s unconditional love, Danielle Steel’s new book, Against All Odds, is the perfect present for your mum.
Kate Madison’s stylish boutique has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her four children since her husband’s untimely death. Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, falls for a client in a criminal case.
Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true. Justin is a struggling writer who pushes his partner for children before they’re financially or emotionally ready.
And Willie, the youngest, makes a choice that shocks them all. For Kate – loving, supportive and outspoken – the hardest lesson will be that she can’t protect her children from their choices, but can only love them as they make them.
An Unsuitable Match
An Unsuitable Match is about dealing with one’s own emotions being one thing but facing a parent’s roller-coaster of a love life is quite another…
Rose Woodrow is getting married to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter…
Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she “meets” an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change. Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. When Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks but she soon realizes Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty-bound not to leave.
A gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter, The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction.
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a very happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. That is until someone mentions that they could be together for another sixty-eight years and panic sets in. To keep their relationship alive, they decide to create little surprises for one another, from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates, but mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.
A lovely story that explores what makes a loyal, loving marriage, Surprise Me is scattered with hilarious shenanigans and few jaw-dropping revelations! Fun, light-hearted and laugh out loud, Surprise Me is everything we love about Sophie Kinsella’s books!
The Year That Changed Everything
Full of warmth and wisdom, The Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly is a story about finding happiness on your own terms.
Meet Ginger, Sam and Callie. They all share the same birthday and their milestone birthdays mark the start of a year the will change everything. Ginger isn’t spending her 30th the way she planned and it might be the first day of the rest of her life or a total disaster.
Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying but when her waters break on the morning of her 40th birthday she starts to panic about becoming a mother.
Callie is having a big party at her home in Dublin to celebrate her 50th but a knock at the door turns her perfect life upside down. As fate brings the three women together, they learn how to find strength in difficult circumstances through friendship.
Myself and Hugh . . .
We’re taking a break.’
A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’
If only. Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.
Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear- a break isn’t a breakup – yet . . .However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge.
For a lot it can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?
Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?
The Break isn’t a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.
If you enjoyed the first two Lou Clark books then you’ll love the third and final instalment of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You trilogy. In Still Me, Lou Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Sam alive across thousands of miles. As she finds herself in the world of the super-rich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life but not without facing obstacles along the way.
Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she tries to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.
Nine Perfect Strangers is the story of the retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.
Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?
These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them…
Thanks very much for sticking with me until the end. Hopefully I have inspired you to pick up a good book and experience the joy of reading.
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