Books Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Harlequin Mother’s Day Must Haves

Founded in 1949 with more than 60 years of experienced of success as a leading publisher of books for women. Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins, publishes more than 110 titles a month, in both print and digital formats, in as many as 150+ international markets and more than 30 languages, on six continents. Harlequin titles regularly hit the New York Times, USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly and Bookscan bestseller lists, including appearances at the coveted #1 position. They offer readers a broad range of genres, from general and women’s fiction to young adult and narrative nonfiction, and more. To date they’ve have sold over 6.7 billion books.






Author: Jodi Thomas

Imprint: HQN Books

ISBN: 9781335507556

On-Sale: May 7, 2019

Description: A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.

Redhead, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college.

As Zoe, Emily and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other, and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all.



Author: Lucy Parker

Imprint: Carina Press

OnSale: April 30, 2019

ISBN: 9781335006899

Description: Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.

She can’t take her eyes off him. Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes—or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks. Instead all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous…but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.




Author: Vanetta Chapman

Imprint: Love Inspired

OnSale: April 16, 2019

ISBN: 9781335428837

Description: After three failed relationships, Amish bachelor Noah Graber would rather disappoint his parents than try again. But when matchmaker Olivia Mae Miller agrees to provide courting lessons, Noah’s perfect match becomes clear—it’s Olivia Mae herself! With ailing grandparents at home, she hadn’t planned on love or marriage. Might a future with Noah be everything she’s been missing?



Author: Michelle Smart

Imprint: Presents

OnSale: April 16, 2019

ISBN: 9781335478269

Description: Alessio Palvetti will do anything to bring his young nephew into the family business. To secure his heir, he’ll use his incredible chemistry with the boy’s legal guardian, Beth Hardingstone, and command her to marry him! For Alessio, the Palvetti empire always comes first, but all orphaned Beth has ever wanted is to matter to someone. Will their intensely passionate marriage be enough for this innocent Cinderella? Fall in love with this Cinderella story…



Author: Rochelle Alers

Imprint: Special Edition

On-Sale: April 16, 2019

ISBN: 9781335573872

Description: When a business deal becomes an affair of the heart. Big-city Noah Wainwright’s always viewed business as a game. But when he stumbles across bed-and-breakfast owner Viviana Remington, she’s playing by different rules. Rules of honor that bring the love-’em-and-leave-’em playboy to his knees. And reserved Viviana’s hardly immune to the real-estate guru’s many charms. When Viv learns how the Wainright family plays the game, though, all bets are off…



Author: Viola Shipman

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Imprint: Graydon House

Pages: 384

On-Sale: April 23, 2019

ISBN: 9781525834233

About: Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Creaky Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She’s determined not to let her husband’s affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn’t love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.

But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn’t quite the efficient home-reno experience she’s seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck’s contentious preservation society, costly surprises and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.



Author: Kelly Rimmer

Genre: Fiction

Imprint: Graydon House

Pages: 448

On-sale date: March 19, 2019

ISBN: 9781525823565

Book description: In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married.

But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.



Author: Robyn Carr

Genre: Fiction, women’s fiction

Imprint: MIRA Books

Pages: 336

On-sale date: April 30, 2019

ISBN: 9780778369790

Book description: Two people, each on the brink of leaving their marriages, meet by chance and become friends. They support each other as they each start over again and, despite judgment from family and friends, their relationship turns to love. The novel explores the reasons people choose to stay unhappily married and the courage it takes to leave. Ultimately, two decent people realize they have been living their lives for the benefit of their families but at a huge cost to their own well-being. They encourage each other to be brave enough to claim the happiness they deserve by choosing to be with the person who is right for them. A multigenerational story about love, marriage and family, The View from Alameda Island is a sensitive, emotional, funny look at an issue that touches everyone.




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