Cracking open a good book is a great way to recapture some of that pre-child “me time.” Reading is also an excellent way to lower stress levels, and we all know relaxed moms can better handle all those crazy challenges thrown their way on a daily basis.
The following list of five fiction titles are light and family-centric—perfect for breezing through (and easy to jump back into even with regular interruptions). So, when you have a few spare minutes after the little ones have gone to bed, why not pick up one of these great reads and unwind with a compelling, mom-friendly story?
Recently separated archivist Abby Morgan is putting together artifacts for an exhibition and stumbles across a powerful moment captured in a photo. After some digging, she identifies the subjects in the photo to be Rosamund Bailey and Dominic Blake, a journalist and explorer from the 1960s. She soon discovers this was their last kiss before their happy-ever-after was taken away from them. The book follows Abby and Rosamund’s unexpected journey to finding out who Dominic truly was and his eventual fate.
Martha and David Winter have enjoyed 50 happy years in their home surrounded by loved ones. On Martha’s 80th birthday, she plans to reveal secrets that will have her whole village reeling. She calls upon her children and other close relatives, who long ago fled the nest, to return. In turn, they come armed with a few secrets of their own. Will the secrets and lies tear this family apart?
This is the second book in the author’s Mistletoe collection. Set in New York, the lead character is 32-year-old Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership. Kimberly desperately dreams of becoming an author, and eventually meets fellow aspiring author Zeke. He goes on to question her writing style, and inadvertently, the way she lives her life. After getting to know Zeke, she realizes he’s been hiding a dark past that he’s unwilling to share. Will Kimberly be brave enough to follow her heart?
Becca Timm’s heart was broken three years ago when college sweetheart Denny went off to war. But this year, her only real Christmas wish is to get over him, so she hatches a plan to travel to Denny’s hometown to stay with her brother. She soon finds herself as an uninvited guest at her brother’s men-only weekend. Then, an accident occurs that forces her to extend her stay. Will her extended Christmas visit help Becca heal her broken heart?
A moving story that spans many years in the early 19th century, this novel is loosely based on a true story that follows the lives of a privileged Charleston family and their black slaves. Sarah, one of the daughters, befriends her handmaid Hetty and tries to empower her. The latter part of the book follows sisters Sarah and Nina as they fight to be heard on women’s rights issues and abolishing slavery.
While there are plenty of excellent reads out there, these are a handful that would be easy to curl up with on a cold winter’s evening. And don’t forget to check to see if there’s a used copy available in your local VarageSale community!
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