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11 Heartfelt Books Perfect For Mother’s Day: From Historical Fiction to Humor & More!

Celebrate Mother's Day with a moving read that honors motherhood and family!

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Spring’s arrival brings warmer days, sunshine, flowers in the garden — and it also means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re treating the moms in your life (or yourself!) with a lovely brunch, a bouquet of blooms or a really good book, it’s always special toasting these powerful women on their day. So in honor of the holiday, we rounded up some of our favorite moving books — both newer and older — that celebrate moms and family.

Keep scrolling for a variety of books in different genres. These books — from historical fiction to humor, memoir, women’s fiction and more — are sure to spark joy, nostalgia, laughs and tears.

A Thousand Miles to Graceland by Kristen Mei Chase

A Thousand Miles to Graceland by Kristen Mai Chase (books for mom)
Forever

Feeling consumed by her job, rattled by her failed marriage and guilty for avoiding her mom, Grace Johnson is ready for a change. She decides to grant her outlandish mom’s 70th birthday wish: a dream road trip from El Paso to Graceland. While learning about all things Elvis on their trip, Grace and her mom start to discover even more about each other, strengthening their bond along the way. 

What readers are saying: “My mom and I are big fans of Elvis Presley, and some of our favorite shared memories involve singing his classics in the car and seeing Elvis tribute artists perform at our local county fair each year, so when I saw this charming story about a mother-daughter road trip to Graceland—Elvis’ iconic home — I just had to pick it up. This book had it all — laughs, love, heartache, hope and even Elvis anecdotes that I called my mom about!”

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou  (books for mom)
Random House

Legendary author, poet and activist Maya Angelou penned seven autobiographies — and her last one is perhaps her deepest and most special. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou discusses — for the first time — the struggles of being abandoned by her mom, Vivian Baxter, at 3 years old, and the heartfelt catharsis of their reunion 10 years later. Over the years, Angelou became enamored with her mother’s strength and they grew to have a wonderful relationship. The book poignantly chronicles the healing and love that evolved throughout their lives.

What readers are saying: “After reading this book, you have a greater appreciation for mothers. Maya spoke so highly of her mom despite her giving them up when they were kids. Maya understood that her mom did the best she could and as she got older her mom was there for her.

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan (Books for mom)
S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books

Readers are transported back to 1945 Malaya in this rich, spellbinding saga that follows Cecily Alcantara, a strong mother who was also an unlikely spy for Japanese forces during WWII. Ten years prior, a chance meeting with General Fuijwara lured her into a life of espionage. Now, she’ll do anything to save her family. This difficult, captivating story shines a light on the dangers of war and the lengths to which we’ll go to save the ones we cherish. 

What readers are saying: “This is a truly heartwrenching story of a family during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during WWII. They all want love and stability and find ways to exist through horrible times. I loved the history and the strength of the characters. I felt their anguish and celebrated their resilience. Overall, this book is emotional and raw and the characters are endearing — the story continues to linger in my thoughts and my heart.”

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman (books for mom)
Berkley

Known for her charming and comical novels, Abbi Waxman stirs up all of the signature smiles and laughs in this one. Mother-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein travel to the East Coast for a college tour. Emily wants freedom, while Jessica wants to restore a bond with her daughter. On a bus with strangers — and two enemies — the pair face truths that may just alter their future.

What readers are saying: “I’ll admit it: I picked up this book because I could relate to the title — I keep waiting for parenting to get easier! But I can safely say, I laughed and cried as I read this heartwarming story. And ultimately, it left me feeling hopeful that the road does indeed get easier.” 

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (books for mom)
Penguin Press

Heart-wrenching moments about the unbreakable love of family abound in this novel set in a dystopian time period. Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner’s mother, Margaret, left him and his father a few years prior. One day Bird receives a letter in the mail with a cryptic drawing, and he begins an epic quest to New York City to find his mother. A story of the power of art to create change, life lessons, family love and legacies.

What readers are saying: “It took me a minute to really get into this story, but once I did, it was beautiful and painful and so perfectly written. A story about how selfless a mother’s love really can be. This will stay with me forever.”

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth 

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth  (books for mom)
St. Martin’s Press

Family, old secrets and tender moments…this novel by Sally Hepworth has it all and more. Neva Bradley is a third-generation midwife and right now she’s determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy — including who the father is — hidden from her family and coworkers for as long as possible. Meanwhile, Neva’s mother, Grace, who is an open book, struggles with her daughter’s more private nature. Then there’s Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, who can’t help but be reminded of her own past when reflecting on Neva’s current reality. Will these three generations of women reveal their secrets and heal old wounds…or are some things better left unsaid?

What readers are saying: “Family relationships, no matter how close, are filled with potholes. When three generations of women in that family share a profession, the dynamics get even trickier.
From WWII to present day, the story follows a family of midwives as they deliver babies, live their lives, and each struggle with a life-changing secret. All three women have a voice with alternating chapters, so the reader always has first person perspective. This was an engaging comfy read that I finished in a couple days.”

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle (books for mom)
Atria Books

Bestselling author of In Five Years, Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that feel like a warm hug — and her latest novel is just as unforgettable. When Katy’s mother, Carol, passes, Katy is shattered in every way. To make matters worse, their mother-daughter trip to Positano, Italy, is already planned, so Katy decides to go alone. When she arrives at the stunning Amalfi Coast, she starts to feel the warmth and joy of her mother’s spirit, and she soon comes to learn that those we love never leave us.

What readers are saying: “Having recently lost my own mother, I had a highlighter out marking the special passages that really hit my heart. This was a fantastic book! I shared it with my own daughter…and now we are planning a trip to Italy together in 2025. Absolutely hit all the feelings.”

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett (books for mom)
Harper

This touching novel about family, love and growing up by bestselling author Ann Patchett is set during the pandemic, when three grown daughters are forced to return to their family’s cherry farm in Michigan to help with the harvest. During those long, isolated days in the orchard, the daughters get their mother talking about her first love. It’s a wholesome book about the different directions a life can take and children seeing their parents in a new light. It’s also about the comforting rhythms of nature that never change, even when life spins faster and faster.

What readers are saying: “I have always been a huge fan of Ann Patchett’s vibrant, beautiful prose. And as one of three daughters who grew up near Michigan cherry orchards, I found this book to be a soothing and tranquil dose of home!”

Family Family by Laurie Frankel

Family Family by Laurie Frankel (books for mom)
Henry Holt and Co

India Allwood grew up dreaming of being an actor. Armed with steadfast determination, she miraculously goes from awkward 16-year-old to Broadway star to TV superhero. And now, her newest movie is about adoption, but its spin is the same old tragic story. In real life, India is an adoptive mom to twin 10-year-olds and she wants everyone to know there’s real joy in families like hers. What follows is a huge media backlash, ongoing drama and family antics. A story that proves family ties — no matter how they’re formed — are always a little complicated.

What readers are saying: “You know those books where you are like, ‘let me just read one more chapter?’ This was that kind of book. So good! It was laugh-out-loud funny with witty banter between the characters. I found the well-paced, thought-provoking novel on the important topic of adoption (a refreshing viewpoint), clever and easy to read. My favorite yet by Laurie Frankel. A standing ovation from me!”

Everyone but Myself by Julie Chavez

Everyone but Myself by Julie Chavez (Books for mom)
Zibby

Debut author Julie Chaves’ new memoir, Everyone But Myself, chronicles her busy life as a librarian, mom of two, wife and book lover living with anxiety. Chavez opens up about the trials and tribulations of navigating life when everything feels unmanageable. What follows is a hopeful, honest account of love and loss, a husband who can’t read minds, chaotic family outings and — despite all odds — finding a path toward peace and happiness.

What readers are saying: “I loved this book — my friend chose it for our January book club and it had me laughing and crying as I read! Not only was Julie’s storytelling so real and vivid, but I also saw my own mental health journey reflected in her story. I highly recommend this very relatable read!”

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

The Lost and found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs (books for mom)
William Morrow

Lighthearted yet poignant, this novel follows Natalie Harper after she inherits her mother’s quaint bookshop in San Francisco. During this time, she also becomes caretaker for her grandfather Andrew, who is her only living relative — not counting her estranged father. After she moves into the apartment above the shop, Natalie hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together as Peach works. Soon, Natalie uncovers new connections and revelations. She also discovers a lot about her mom, her family and herself.

What readers are saying: “Saturdays spent in a bookstore are my favorite, but that’s been tough to do lately. Luckily, this book captured the cozy feeling of getting lost in the shelves. Natalie’s transformation and connection with her mother through time is the heart of this story, but the other characters — including the bookshop itself — also made me smile.”


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