The Memory House
(Honey Ridge #1)
By: Linda Goodnight
Julia Presley’s heart is numb from the still unsolved disappearance of her son and the demise of her marriage. It doesn’t help that her family refuses to talk about the boy, who was ripped from her life. Julia decides to open a Bed and Breakfast in a charming, antebellum house in Honey Ridge, Tennessee. As she goes through the motions of each day, keeping her hands and mind busy, she can appear to be moving forward to the outside world. Eli Donovan has just learned he has a son and when his car breaks down in this new town, he stops by the Peach Orchard Inn desperate for work. Julia must decide whether she is willing to risk her heart in the company of this duo, in order to get the extra renovations completed and maybe discover some answers about this house’s mysterious history.
The Kashmir Shawl
By: Rosie Thomas
Mair Ellis’ father has passed away and her brother and sister are helping her clear out the house, when she discovers an exquisite shawl with a bit of hair hidden in the middle. Intrigued by this unique and beautiful item, she begins a journey that takes her back to when her grandparents were first married, during World War II. Traveling alone, she discovers the enchanting life of India. Meanwhile, Nerys Watkins newly wedded bliss, is interrupted by a fascinating livelihood in Kashmir. Her quiet missionary life is now filled with nightlife, festivities and secrets. Will Mair learn the truth about her grandmother’s life, or will the past keep the secrets buried forever?
The Color of Light
By: Karen White
Jillian Parrish’s life has been turned upside down. After her divorce, she packs up her daughter and drives to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where she was happiest during her childhood. Pregnant, and driving at night, her nerves are on end, when her daughter unexpectedly screams, calling out a name, Jillian hasn’t heard in years, Lauren. Lauren was her best friend, and she mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their friend Linc was accused and run off the Island, but Jillian soon finds him back in town. Together, will they be able to heal their wounds and discover the truth about Lauren’s disappearance?
The 13th Gift
By: Joanne Huist Smith
Joanne Huist Smith’s husband passed away a few months before December. Depressed and unable to participate in the Christmas cheer, her youngest of three children worries that there won’t be a Christmas this year. One night, a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep, a gift from some their True Friends. Each night, a small present arrives in tune with the classic song, “12 Days of Christmas.” The blessing she receives from her anonymous friends, allows her to come to terms with the Christmas spirit, and to not only accept happiness, but also to look forward to participating in the excitement of this holiday.
By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Khaki Mason is an interior designer, who loves her husband and her son, but she desires to expand her family. Dealing with a newly diagnosed health issue, she sees numerous doctors to help her get pregnant. Jodi is her husband’s young cousin who has struggled with alcoholism. When Jodi finds out she is pregnant, Khaki does her best to help Jodi find her way as a new single mom. Despite how much Jodi loves her daughter Carolina, she knows Khaki would be a better mother and therefore she decides to ask Khaki to raise her baby. This is the story of these two Southern mothers, told through their letters to baby Carolina.
By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
Recommended for ages: K-2nd
Frances is an angel in the church’s Christmas play with a very important line to say. The days leading up to the play, she sees an older man with a monkey on the street corner. When Frances soon discovers that they are homeless, she tries to get her Mom to invite them to dinner. However, her Mom declines to allow strangers to enter her home, which leads Frances to invite him to her church play.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms out there! In honor of this lovely day and the lovely women who raised us, today’s topic is about children’s books.
What is your favorite childhood book that your Mom used to read to you?
Mine is, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch! Mom and I used to read this book daily and I still have it memorized!
I got to say, I was beyond blessed that I had an incredible Mom, who encouraged my love of reading.
Tell me in the comments below, what book brings back the best memories of you and your Mom.
“I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunken treasure.”
What recent treasure did you find in your local library?