Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Amazing Novels for Moms to Read This Summer!

Did you know that when your kids see you read, it vastly encourages their love of reading?  It is vitally important for kids to see you enjoying books as much as they do.  
But forget my kids.  Nothing makes me happier than finding a good book.  I want to crave it.    I want to wait impatiently for the end of the day so I can climb into bed and read.  I want to literally have the urge to neglect my children all day long so I can read my book.
The problem is that it's really hard to find books that fit that description.  Most of them are pretty good.  Some are downright boring.  So, I'm going to share with you three amazing books that you can read this summer.  

1.  The Midnight Rose: A Novel by Lucinda Riley.  

I pretty much love everything Ms. Riley has written, but this one is by far the best.  It is one of those amazing multi-generational books that I love (think Thornbirds) and there is a mystery there as well. It is based mostly in England, but the main character hails from India so there is some amazing imagery as well from India, where the air is warm, the flowers are rich and colorful, and the people are loving.  I don't know much about India, so it was fascinating to learn about India in the early 20th century.  You will definitely want to stick your kids in front of the TV so you can read this one all day (not that I encourage that behavior, I just want to have the urge to do it).



2.  The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton

Again, I love this all this author's books, but this one is the best.  The story takes place in England, before and during WWII.  I'm beginning to feel that I don't want any more books about WWII, but this one is so unique that it's worth it.  It has such an amazing twist (hence the name, Secret Keeper), that you will finish the book and feel so thrilled about what happened.  The story starts out with a young girl witnessing her mother commit a murder.  Laurel's mother was never caught.  Laurel never tells anyone what she saw and life goes on.  We then get to see flashbacks about Laurel's mother and she is such a warm, fun, and amazing Mom that we are puzzled as to how she could have killed anyone.  You will love all the characters in this book and love helping Laurel solve the mystery of her mother's heinous crime.


3.  The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1)

Did you know that many American families in the early nineteenth century loved the idea of communism?  They loved it so much that many CHOSE to move to communist Russia and live in abject poverty, where most of them died.  The Bronze Horseman is truly a love story (and an amazing one at that), but I also enjoyed learning all about a piece of Russian and American history that I never knew about before.  Again, I craved this book all day long until I turned the last page.



Hopefully you enjoy these books as much as I do.  Please let me know if you read them, and please comment and share what are some of your favorite books so I can look forward to neglecting my children all summer!
Also, please consider checking out my own book!  You will find ideas on engaging your children and keeping them busy, co-written by an amazing Kindergarten Teacher! We give you lots of fun ideas on ways to work on fine motor skills, reading, math, science, and lots more.   The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn.  
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