Perfect Pairings: Books and Flowers

I hope we don’t need to remind you (again), Savvy Readers, but Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday, so it’s time to quit lallygagging and pick up a special gift for your mom! If you’re looking for the perfect pairing (see what we did there?), we recommend these books and flower combinations that your mom is sure to love!

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal & a floral garden

Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives. A bouquet of multi-coloured flowers is the perfect addition to this bundle!

The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood & a bouquet of pastel flowers

For fans of Sold on a Monday and The Home for Unwanted GirlsThe Quintland Sisters tells the story of the Dionne Quintuplets, the world’s first identical quintuplets to survive birth, told from the perspective of a midwife in training who helps bring them into the world. Pair this up with a bouquet of pastel-coloured flowers to perfectly match the cover!

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson & an arrangement that features blue flowers prominently

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek. As if it weren’t obvious enough, pairing this with blue flowers is a must!

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini & a bouquet of purples and pinks

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s DressmakerResistance Women is an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin. If you’re looking for the perfect flower pairing, a bouquet with a delicate balance of purples and pinks is definitely the way to go.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grimes & a dark purple orchid

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents. Even Stella’s mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. Soon, Stella learns that her survival is worthless without her independence, which her family will deny her at any cost. This richly told debut is a tale of ancient and twisted family transgressions. In my opinion, a nice, dark purple orchid would make the perfect accompaniment for this book.

One Summer In Paris by Sarah Morgan & a collection of blues and purples

A story of the unlikely friendship that develops between a newly single forty-something woman, embarking solo on the holiday of a lifetime to Paris, and the rebellious teenage neighbor she takes under her wing. It follows the heart-warming (and heart-rending!) ups and downs of their relationship as they teach each other about family, love, sex, and self-confidence! A perfect addition to this book would be a beautiful bouquet of blues and purples that screams Paris.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis & a bright, loud bouquet of flowers

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself. If you’ve ever seen Rachel Hollis speak, you’ll know she’s a bundle of positivity and energy, which is why this book and a bright, colourful bouquet of flowers is the perfect bundle!

Why Mommy Swears by Gill Sims & a bouquet of traditional roses

It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning… After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen? Let’s face it, raising children is a full-time job in and of itself. Show mom you appreciate her by getting a classic, go-to bouquet of fresh roses (as a sort of apology…) and a nice, tall glass of wine.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick & an assortment that prominently features some pastels to match the cover

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. This beautiful ode to the joy of books + a stunning bouquet of flowers that prominently feature some pastel colours is sure to be a winning bundle this Mother’s Day.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin & a matching bouquet

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The House Girl comes a novel about our most precious and dangerous attachment: family. In the vein of Commonwealth and The Nest, this is a panoramic, tenderly insightful novel about one devoted, imperfect family. The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the responsibilities we bear both gracefully and unwillingly, and the all-important, ever-complex definition of love. This is a cover that just lends itself to being bundled with flowers, so a bouquet that features the same colours as the vines on the cover is definitely a go-to combination.

What do you think, Savvy Readers? What books are you picking up for mom this Mother’s Day? Or, if you’re a mother, what books are you hoping to kick back and relax with this weekend? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading,

Jesse

 

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