Ever since I can remember, I have adored books about families and all of their dramatic moments - the twists, turns, emotions - I love a good family saga. So, when I took the plunge and signed up for Kindle Unlimited, the first category of books which popped up on my screen was "Family Drama" (thanks, Amazon, for knowing me so well), and I browsed until I came across four books which I decided to try. I ended up really loving all of these! All four of these books are free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited - which makes sense - it's around $10 a month for Kindle Unlimited and each of these books range from $4-$9 on the Kindle, so you are saving money overall. Just a disclaimer - all of these books had a mother and/or child pass away in them.
- The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Jayne Ashford: This family novel set in WWII, weaves in and out of time as you learn about how one family is forever changed by love - and how one person's secrets and decisions affect generations of people. I really, really loved this book - I loved that it was set during such a historical time in Britain, and I appreciated that the characters were not stereotypical archetypes, but had emotions, thoughts, feelings, and empathy. This is a great beach or place read - I read it in two days!
- The Brockhurst File by Lynne Kramer and Jane Mincer: Written by two lawyers, this mystery takes you on an emotional ride through a custody battle after a mother's mysterious death. The writers crafted the story with immense care to be true to the legal side of the novel, all the while creating characters whom you grow to love and hate (and hate to love). Though the topic sounds sad, this book is far from becoming sad or depressing, and often times you will find yourself laughing out loud or even learning a little legalese. A little Woody Allen, a little sass, and a lot of page turning in The Brockhurst File.
- The Color of Water in July by Nora Carroll: I absolutely adored this book! Told from two perspectives - a granddaughter (at different ages in her life), and her grandmother, this book takes you on quite a wild ride throughout a family's history. Set on a small island in Michigan, you will not be able to put this novel down! As soon as you think you figured out one family tree, a branch smacks you in the head and all you thought was wrong - I stayed up until 3AM reading this and finished it in a day!
- Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed: If you're a fan of Liane Moriarity's novels, you're going to love this heart-wrenching family tale. From the first page of this emotional novel, you're hooked into the story and will be until the very last page. With interesting characters, a twist to the story (that I never saw coming), and great writing, this novel handles life, love, death, parenthood, grandparenthood, and grief with grace, humor, and dignity. A wonderful read.