Sit back and relax with a good book this mother’s day!
The summer seaside kitchen, Jenny Colgan
Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel. When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink- fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies… Let Jenny Colgan make your dreams come true!
The unmumsy mum, Sarah Turner
The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…
Me before you, Jojo Moyes
Lou knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour.
My former heart, Cressida Connolly
When she grew up, Ruth would say that she could place the day that her mother had decided to go away. She didn’t know the actual date, but she recalled the occasion: it was on the afternoon of a wet day, early in 1942, during a visit to the cinema. She thought she could even pinpoint the exact moment at which Iris had made up her mind to go, leaving her only child behind. Neither of them could have guessed then that they would never live together again. Spanning the second half of the last century, “My Former Heart”, Cressida Connolly’s mesmerising first novel, charts the lives of three generations of Iris’s family, the mother who walked away from her child and the lives of her two children.
Happy mum, happy baby, Giovana Fletcher
Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be. This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Giovanna would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family.
In the midst of it all, Jennifer Worth
Just as she was present in the very first moments of life as a midwife, Jennifer Worth also went on to witness the different experiences of patients drawing towards the end of their days. As a nurse and ward sister, she came across stories that were often poignant or touching. There were moments of great warmth, humour and humanity, from the businessman who set up office in a hospital broom cupboard to the family divided by a decision nobody could make. Jennifer began to ask questions about the way we have moved away from a natural acceptance of death and what are we so afraid of?
Make sure you check out all the fun events going on within Hampshire libraries for Mother’s day!
Make a card for Mothers day at Alresford library on 25 March from 10.30-12.30pm
Mothers day craft at Chandlers Ford library on 25 March from 10.30-3pm
Mothers day story time at Romsey library on 25 March from 11-1pm