Is it just me or are the books for moms sadly lacking?

For the most part, I tend to stick with non-fiction books.  But occasionally, I get tired of all that seriousness and want to branch out with something a bit less serious or intense.  When I do, I’ve found the best luck in picking authors to focus on reading and pick up several of their books.  Generally, I find that if I liked one book they wrote I will like another.  These aren’t always necessarily a series, but often have a similar style.  The following are a few of my favorite women authors:

 

1-L.M. Montgomery

Many girls and their mommas have read Anne of Green Gables, but did you know that there are several books past the first 4 the popular movie covers?  I especially enjoyed Rilla of Ingleside in this series, Rilla is Anne’s daughter and it takes place during World War I. I appreciated reading and relating to her experiences as a young wife and mother in Anne’s House of Dreams as well.  If you liked these, you may also want to check out another series she wrote called, Emily of New Moon with similar small town stories and morals.

2-Charlotte Mary Yonge

Ms. Yonge was a famous authoress from the 1850’s.  She was apparently very popular in her day and even rivaled Dickens.  The stories tend to follow large English families and have definite and clear moral themes to them.  Books I would recommend are The Daisy Chain, which follows the story of a small town doctor after his wife unexpectedly passes and
The Heir of Redclyffe.

3-Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte

Of course, no list would be complete without the Bronte sisters.  They are the standard for engaging stories and high moral standards.  I haven’t read all of them, but I have read many of them.  One of my favorite books was Agnes Gray a book by Anne about a young governess.  This book was not terribly long, but it had a compelling story and made me think long after I had finished reading.

4-Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott also wrote in the late 1800’s and became very famous for her novels.  Most of us have probably already read Little Women, but may not know there is another book to this series.  Little Men follows the story of Jo’s children and is equally as sweet and charming as Little Women.  There are also a dozen or so more books in addition to these with which you could peruse including The Mysterious Key and What it Opened and one I read recently, The Inheritance.

5-Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the first modern day authoress I have enjoyed reading.  Her books remind one of all that used to be right in novels; Interesting themes with standards and an educational value.  My 12 year old enjoyed them, as well.  My favorites were Goose Girl and Princess Academy both are about young women trying to find their place in the world and of course, include a sweet little romance.

6-Nancy E. Turner

Nancy wrote about life in the early 1900’s in America in a series of books starting with These is my Words.  This book gave me a greater appreciation for what life was like back then and I also appreciated that like Anne, the main character grapples with issues of being a young wife and mother.  There are 2 additional books in this series.

Many of these are free or close to free if you already have a kindle or can download the kindle app to another device you have.  Using a kindle, makes it easy to always have a book on hand to read.

What about you?  What are some women authors you would recommend whose stories are engaging, educational and clean?