Today, I’m blogging on the InspyRomance website about mothers in novels and Christian fiction.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day in the USA. We all have mothers, whether biological or adopted, so I thought maybe it would be interesting to talk about mothers in real life and mothers in fiction. Feel free to comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Reach for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 2) in which Phoebe thinks about her adopted mother.
1. Do you look back fondly at the childhood days you spent with your mother?
What I remember the most about my mother is that she was always with us. Since she had her own business, she was able to stay at home with my brothers and me when we were little. It was very comforting to know that she was always there. After work, my father came home and ate dinner with us every evening. My parents were the stability that we needed growing up.
2. What are some of your favorite memories of your mother?
When I became a Christian, I realized that God had worked through my parents to provide for our family all through our growing years. Later in their lives, they too accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. So the best memory of all was to hear my mother and father pray to received Jesus into their hearts.
3. Do you like to read about novel characters’ relationships with their mothers?
What do you think? Have you read novels in which you find the book mothers endearing or overbearing? I write about many types of mothers in my fiction books, but I want to share about three types of mothers. So here I’m showing snapshots of how each mother appears in my books in two of my Christian beach romance series (Savannah Sweethearts and Vacation Sweethearts).
(a) Mothers who have passed away:
- In Ask You Later (Savannah Sweethearts Book 1), we are missing two mothers. Sophie lost her mother and so did Leon. In both cases, their fathers have remarried and they have to deal with their stepmothers.
- In Reach for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 2), Phoebe’s adopted mother died of cancer a long time ago. Will she find closure soon? This novel is connected to both Walk You There (Savannah Sweethearts Book 5) in a big way, and to Love You Always (Savannah Sweethearts Book 6) in a small way.
(b) Mothers who exasperate their children:
- In Tell You Soon (Savannah Sweethearts Book 2), Mama Hu is the matriarch of the family. Eccentricity is the least of her worries, as we find out later in Once a Thief (Protector Sweethearts Book 1).
- In Wish You Joy (Savannah Sweethearts Book 9), Mrs. Untermeyer has hidden a big secret from her daughter for many years. When Amy finds out, it causes a rift in their mother-daughter relationship. Will they resolve it by Christmas?
(c) Mothers with genuine love for their family:
- In Know You More (Savannah Sweethearts Book 1), Diego is blessed with a loving mother who happily raised five healthy boys in the Flores family. His mother, in turn, is blessed with a loving husband who still loves her even as they’re approaching the twilight years of their lives on earth.
- In Cherish You So (Savannah Sweethearts Book 4), Dante’s mother is very understanding about his plight as a paraplegic and the prospect that he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In the same book, Nadine’s parents work through their issues with each other and are determined to do the right thing.
Those are just snapshots of some of the mothers in my books. Have you read any of the books above? What do you think of those mothers?
Tell us about some of the books you have read. Have the mothers portrayed in those novels made an impact on you? Do comment to be entered into a random drawing for an ebook copy of my novel, Reach for Me.
If you’re a mother yourself, I would like to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. May God bless your special day in every way!
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Joyfully in Jesus,