With Mother’s Day fast approaching this weekend, we’ve compiled our top picks of books to gift your Mum if you’re stuck for ideas! We’ve got something for mum’s with a variety of interests, check out our picks below:
For the romance lover:
A powerfully life-affirming story of the wonder of nature, the ties of family, and the healing power of love from bestselling novelist and national treasure Alan Titchmarsh
An ordinary life. An extraordinary choice.
Adam Gabriel has always been a child of nature. Raised on his parents’ remote Yorkshire farm, where life is measured by the rhythms of the flock, the turn of the seasons, and the yearly arrival of an itinerant local monk, he seems destined for a quietly contented life.
As Adam grows, Luke and Bethany see flickers of something extraordinary in their son – a healing touch that goes beyond his love for the land. But Adam’s gentleness has always made him an outsider, and a powerful gift can also be a heavy burden…
When tragedy turns the Gabriels’ life upside down, Adam faces a stark choice. Can he keep faith in his talents, even if it means risking the suspicion of others? Should he listen to the lure of new horizons, or does happiness lie closer to home? And when he needs it most, can he find the strength to save the people he loves?
Wellbeing book for new Mums:
The Ultimate Body Plan for New Mums is the second fitness and recipe book from actress, presenter and fitness guru Gemma Atkinson. Based on her own experiences, Gemma wants to help other new mums ease their way back into exercise and nourish themselves with the right kinds of food.
This is not about weight loss or dieting, or unachievable workout routines. Instead, it’s a book that keeps things real, with a focus on safe post-natal exercises that have been divided into those you can do at home and those you can use to build your confidence when returning to the gym. These exercises form the 12-week Baby Steps Body Plan, which can be started six weeks after giving birth.
Along with 75 nutritious and simple recipes, perfect for fitting around a newborn baby’s routine, the book will also include self-care advice for being kind to yourself during those early weeks and months of getting used to being a new mum.
Gemma will share her own experiences of giving birth and caring for her new baby, including the impact on both her body and her mental health. Crucially, she didn’t put herself under any pressure to lose weight or to follow a diet regime after giving birth to her daughter; instead, she gave herself time to find her way back to herself, through carefully structured post-natal fitness routines and eating well – and now she wants to help other new mums to do the same. Alongside the recipes and fitness plan, Gemma will also share the secrets behind her seemingly boundless energy and positivity!
A book for a Mum who loves animals:
‘Whatever else is going on, it is the water bowl in the kitchen, the dog hair on my jumper, the knowing gaze from the dog in the basket beside me that comforts me and tells me that all is well.’
From one of Britain’s best-loved comedians comes this wonderfully funny, sharp and touching memoir and a celebration of the bond between man and dog – an autobidography, if you will.
For the historical fiction fan:
Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London Clara has created the country’s only underground library, built over the tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here a secret community thrives: with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café and a theatre offering shelter, solace and escape from the bombs that fall above.
Along with her glamorous best friend and library assistant Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground. But as the war drags on, the women’s determination to remain strong in the face of adversity is tested to the limits when it seems it may come at the price of keeping those closest to them alive.
Based on true events, The Little Wartime Library is a gripping and heart-wrenching page-turner that remembers one of the greatest resistance stories of the war.
For the mum with green fingers:
From sowing seeds to deadheading flowers, growing your own potatoes to welcoming feathered friends into your own garden, discover the joy to be found in every moment of gardening by slowing down, observing nature and planning ahead for the seasons.
Happiest when surrounded by plants, Ellen Mary is passionate advocate for the benefits of nature for wellbeing, spreading the word through The Plant Based Podcast and her regular talks.
The Joy of Gardening includes:
- Understanding your soil
- How to sow seeds and care for young plants
- Tips for recycling and reducing waste in your garden
- How to encourage wildlife into your garden
- Harvesting and cooking with fresh produce
- Choosing and planting trees for both small and larger gardens
- And much, much more!
For the mum who loves to escape abroad:
From the queen of feelgood fiction, an uplifting new novel of friendship, families and finding love . . .
Amber, Lachlan and Raffaele met as teenagers in the Cornish seaside home of kind-hearted foster parents. Years on, the bond between them is unbreakable
But Amber has a secret. She’s in love with Lachlan. She can’t tell him, because that would never work – he’s definitely not the settling-down type. Surely it’s better to keep him as a friend than to risk losing him for good?
Raffaele has his own dilemma. He had the dream girlfriend in Vee, until it all went horribly wrong . . . and he still can’t understand why. Is Vee hiding something from him?
Now their widowed foster dad Teddy has found new love. Younger, charming and beautiful, Olga seems perfect. But is she? Or will she break Teddy’s fragile heart?
Against a backdrop of sparkling seas and sunny skies, the unexpected is always just around the corner. Welcome to Lanrock!