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Books Mom Will Love 2011

Mother's Day

Books Mom Will Love 2011

Mother's Day is a time to recognize the woman who raised and nurtured us. Why not brighten her special day with some great books? From April 15th through May 2nd, readers had the chance to win one of our 10 Mother's Day gift baskets. Each basket was filled with a selection of 12 books from our 24 featured titles, giving Mom a book to read each month and making Mother's Day truly a yearlong celebration. Also included were a variety of gifts to treat her: a Godiva chocolate bar, a gift set from Crabtree & Evelyn, Tazo Tea, and a 4x6 picture frame (frame colors may vary).

Our featured Mother's Day titles can be found here. With books that are moving, uplifting, humorous and informative, look no further than for the perfect gift for Mom.


Our Mother’s Day Contest has ended, and we’re pleased to announce our winners:

Carla from Largo, FL
Carly from Fort Mill, SC
Donna from Louisville, KY
Dorothy from Ellicott City, MD
Kate from North Liberty, IA
Kathy from Chalfont, PA
Monica from Coral Gables
Noreen from Richmond, VA
Patricia from Kingston, TN
Victoria from Marshfield, MA

This contest has ended.

Already Home by Susan Mallery - Romance


After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni - Thriller

The great battle between Heaven and Earth still rages on, with dark angels living among us. The Fallen Ones are ethereal inhuman creatures whose power is altogether astonishing and terrifying. Their descendants, the Nephilim, are hybrids of angels and humans who populate the Earth, living in disguise and seeking perfection and domination. Angelologists now work to recover a celestial artifact that, in the wrong hands, will either salvage or doom mankind.

Daughters-In-Law by Joanna Trollope - Fiction

As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, they don’t quite realize the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys’ two previous daughters-in-law hadn’t been able to resist Rachel’s maternal control and Anthony’s gentle charm and had settled into their husbands’ family without rocking the boat. But Charlotte—very young, very beautiful, and spoiled—has no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys and wants to establish her own household.

The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs - Fiction

Fabric shop-owner Linda Davis is torn between excitement and heartache as her only child prepares for college. On the journey to Molly’s new school, Linda compiles scraps from throughout Molly’s life to create a meaningful gift.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Fiction

It is 1962 in Jacksonville, Mississippi. The times may be changing, but not fast enough for three women, two black and one white, in this town where the lines between the races are so rigid they don’t need to be voiced.

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble - Historical Fiction

Olivia Stewart's family is one of the Four Hundred --- the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt --- and the more she is drawn to him herself. 

Minding Ben by Victoria Brown - Fiction

MINDING BEN is a captivating tale. Author Victoria Brown writes vividly, setting readers directly into Grace's shoes and giving us an entirely new perspective on life for immigrants in New York City. Grace's story is filled with both heartbreak and hope, making for a poignant and memorable debut novel.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira - Fiction

Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman - Romance

Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community. 

Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall - Fiction

Two friends from different worlds --- one Old Order Amish, one Englischer --- share the truths that bring them together. 

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - Fiction

It is 1940. Iris James is the postmistress and spinster of Franklin, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod. She firmly believes that her job is to deliver and keep people’s secrets, to pass along the news of love and sorrow that letters carry. Yet one day Iris does the unthinkable: she slips a letter into her pocket. And then she does something even worse --- she reads the letter, then doesn’t deliver it.

Promises to Keep by Jane Green - Chick Lit

Callie Perry lights up every room she enters, and adores her settled family life in tony Bedford, New York. Steffi is Callie's younger sister. At thirty, she's still a free spirit bouncing between jobs and boyfriends in Manhattan. Their long-divorced parents, Walter and Honor, share little besides their grown daughters. But when Callie receives a difficult diagnosis, the family will come together for one unforgettable and ultimately life-changing year.

Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay - Historical Fiction

When she decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, the former ballerina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.

The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice - Fiction


This is a heart-warming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time.

A Song For My Mother by Kat Martin - Romance

Ten years after eloping with her high school boyfriend, Marly Hanson returns to her hometown at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. But what starts as a short visit becomes much more complicated.

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon - Fiction

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution. Deeply in love, they escape and find refuge. But the couple is not alone --- Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl.

Swim Back to Me: Stories by Ann Packer - Fiction/Short Stories


In this emotional collection, characters are shattered and remade by loss. A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s disappearance; a mother mourns her teenage son through his favorite music; and a woman reflects on the year her family collapsed.

A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber - Fiction

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.

They're driving to Florida for Ruth's 50th high-school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She's heard he's alone, too…and, well, she's curious. Maybe even hopeful.

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio - Romance

In her 20s, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. 

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. 

When You Were Mine by Elizabeth Noble - Fiction

Despite a 10-year live-in relationship with her boyfriend, Doug, Susannah has never been fulfilled. Doug constantly drops everything for his three willful, wayward children, who live with his ex-wife, while keeping her on the outside of those relationships. Both Doug and his kids take Susannah for granted and refuse to welcome her into their inner circle. He doesn't involve himself with her family either, and their relationship is stuck in a limbo of two parallel lives that don't quite cross paths in an intimate way.

Wherever Grace is Needed by Elizabeth Bass - Historical Fiction

In this thoroughly heartwarming novel, Elizabeth Bass --- author of MISS YOU MOST OF ALL --- creates an unforgettable story of friendship, compassion, and the extraordinary love that lies at the heart of every ordinary family.