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10 Books Mom Will Love This Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is May 14 this year, which means, if you act now and purchase a present, it should safely arrive beforehand. Spare yourself the stress of greeting Mom without a gift (and preventing her from rolling her eyes at another late-gift-arrival excuse) by checking out these best books to match with any kind of bookish mom.

Explore our recommendations below, and for more gift ideas, check out Simon & Schuster’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide! MOM -APPROVED FICTON

The Secret Book of Flora Lea

by Patti Callahan Henry


Evacuated to the English countryside as World War II erupts, sisters Hazel and Flora move into a cottage on the Thames River with another family. To protect her younger sister’s innocence, Hazel tells Flora a fairy tale about a magical land where the two, alone, can escape. When Flora suddenly disappears, Hazel is left carrying the guilt—doing so well into adulthood.

That is, until a mysterious book arrives at her door set in the imaginary world that only she and Flora knew about.

Thus begins a quest to find out the truth behind Flora’s disappearance that will captivate any bookish mom in need of a reminder about the power of storytelling. For added brownie points with Mom, consider getting her a second book, like one of these recommended by SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA's author, Patti Callahan Henry. And if that doesn’t do it, why not make this gift into a book bundle, including all these books that author Patti Callahan Henry recommends.


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