Books & Bonbons for Single Moms

By Allison O'Connor

Okay, so maybe you can’t afford an extravagant vacation this year, doesn’t mean you still can’t escape with a good book.

The SMW editor’s have chosen two of their favorite single mom reads for the month of June that are guaranteed to transport to you another world…for a short time anyway.

GuersneyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This beautifully written book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, transports you to England shortly after WWII has ended. Written in letter format, you quickly become immersed in the main character and her surroundings, bringing to light the people held captive by the Nazi’s on the little island of Guersney. This book is warm, charming, and surprisingly uplifting.

Excerpt: I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

loving frankLoving Frank by Nancy Horan. Mom’s strap in! The main character in this book would not win the Mother of the Year award. From the first page, Nancy Horan convincingly depicts the internal struggles of a young mother who longs to find out who she really is. What ensues is a tumultuous love affair with the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the sacrifices she makes to be with the man she loves.

Excerpt: I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

Next month…trashy beach reads!

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