For better or for worse, parents can leave a lasting impact on their children and their families as a whole. Here are 7 books that cover a wide spectrum of parenting and the effects it has on their children, their friends and family and their communities. Some of these stories are dramatic and some are funny, but all of them will touch your heart.
We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt
Rob Coates has the ideal life—with an incredible wife and an extraordinary son, Jack. But when an unspeakable tragedy befalls his family and they must contend with the devastating loss of their son, Rob finds himself seeking solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and Jack used to visit. His journey through his past with his son leads Rob down the path to hope, forgiveness and discovering the power of love.
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson
Opposites can attract for only so long, and soon young Willow finds herself caught between her divorced parents. On the one side is her strict father, Rex. He expects her to go to bed on time and do her chores. Rosie, however, lets her eat candy for breakfast and stay up as late as she wants. But soon Willow learns that there may be more to her fun-loving mother than she thought. Rex had removed his Rosie colored glasses long ago, but will Willow do the same?
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
Lexie hasn’t heard from her sister in years, so when Annie calls in a panic, she’s surprised to learn that her sister can gone in premature labor. Annie is a drug addict and a thief, and if she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby. Lexie finds herself caring for the fragile newborn while her life collapses around her—but it’s when Annie tries to turn her life around in rehab that past secrets are unearthed.
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
Ashley describes herself as a “hot-mess” mom. As a former career girl, her new role as a mother finds her navigating the intimidating online world of mommy blogs and pinterest boards and feeling like a failure. To step up her motherhood game, Ashley enrolls in the Motherhood Better boot camp…but will she turn into the kind of perfect mom she sees online, or will she discover that there is no right way to be an amazing mom?
The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson
American anthropologist Leona gives birth to her daughter in a remote Maasai village. Meanwhile, Jane follows her husband to the tropics and learn about the fragility of life. Simi is a barren Maasai woman in a society that values a woman’s ability to reproduce. Though these three women are very different, they must confront their roles as mothers and women in the face of both tragedies and triumphs.
Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
Kate and Madeleine have very different parenting approached. Kate knows she’s overprotective, but doesn’t see any issues with her choices, especially in the wake of her husband’s death. Madeleine, meanwhile, believes that there is no one way to parent a child. But when her fateful decision not to vaccinate her kids has devastating consequences not only for her family, but for Kate’s, she finds herself confronting every parenting choice she’s ever made.
Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
Kat’s nine year old son Ethan is missing, having disappeared during an overnight school trip. The authorities have come up empty handed from their search, but that’s not the only thing Kat discovers when she heads up to the campsite to find her son. Another mother, Stef, may seem like she has the perfect life, but the investigation unearths secrets about her life and the two mothers find their paths crossing in a way that they never could have anticipated.
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