Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Friends

Do you like to read well written books with family and relationship themes? If the answer is yes, then you may enjoy reading the following titles.

The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns book cover The Secret Keeper book cover A Grown-up Kind of Prettybook cover The Weird Sisters book cover Joy for Beginners book cover

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway: Gal Garner doesn't have much spare time what with her teaching job and frequent hospital visits due to her kidney disease.  What time she has is devoted to cultivating a new rose variety.  Her strictly ordered life is turned upside down by the arrival of her teenage niece.

The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton: At a family picnic, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her mother.  Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are getting together to celebrate their mother's ninetieth birthday. Will Laurel finally understand what happened on that long ago day?

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson:  This book explores the stories of three generations of women, fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb, Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, and Jenny, Mosey's grandmother.  There's a mystery at the heart of this moving, sometimes amusing, novel.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. This book explores the relationships between the sisters, who are very different from each other but must come together for their mother's breast cancer diagnosis.

Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister: Having survived a life-threatening illness, Kate celebrates by gathering with six close friends. The women challenge Kate to start her new lease on life by going white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon with her daughter. She agrees, but only if she can choose equally challenging things for the friends to do.

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