A blog post to honor three strong literary mother figures
Mother’s Day is right around the corner—happy early Mother’s Day to all my loving goddesses! Thank you all so much for your compassion, patience, and love. Because of your dedication, our world is a better place.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to provide a bit of a spotlight to a few amazing literary mother figures that have touched my heart. When I read/listen to a story, I cannot help but dive head first into a book when I feel a personal connection with a story. As a result, I end up falling in love with characters, thinking about them at unexpected times and somehow making them a part of my life. I know I am not alone in this sentiment as I have watched a lot of BookTube and read blog posts from book bloggers that make similar statements. Today, I am sharing just a few of the characters that have stayed with me, long after finishing their literary journey.
Please note that I have left out a lot of what makes these women especially amazing as that would be giving away big parts of the story. My hope is that my post inspires others to start their journey with these characters or to be reminded of it.
Abby O’Chanter from Paul Durham’s series The Luck Uglies
Abby O’Chanter is Rye’s mom in Paul Durham’s series The Luck Uglies. She is an amazing enigma. She is the woman I wish I could be. By day she takes on the role of “single” mother of two who runs a shop of random magical artifacts. By night, when needed, she becomes a fearless warrior. She wards off danger with a bow and arrow and, occasionally, with a strategically placed knife aptly named “Fair Warning.” I wrote “single” in quotes because she is completely taken, although her husband seems to always be off on a mission. I think of her as an Army wife—patient, brilliant, fierce. While she is quite a strong character, you do not really get to see her in action in the first book. She takes on a bigger role in the last book of the series, which, by the way, was quite a satisfying book indeed as it provided a lot of action and resolution.
If like me you do not currently have the time to sit down and enjoy a good book, you should look to the audiobook because it is narrated by Fiona Hardingham. Her performances are consistently beautiful and steady in pace.
Mrs. Lancaster from John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars
Mrs. Lancaster is probably the character that most reminds me of my mom. She is relentless, strong, supportive, and nurturing to a fault. Thankfully my own has not had to face the exact struggles Mrs. Lancaster faced, but I could envision her handling the situation similarly. While Mrs. Lancaster has a small part in the book, she made a big impression on me. She somehow guides her family together through great heartache and finds her calling in the process. She is amazing.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green was the first fiction book that totally blew me away as an audiobook. I was captivated from beginning to end, and let me tell you, given the content of the book I am almost 100% sure that I would never have been able to read it on my own if not for the assistance of Kate Rudd. She was brilliant. Her voice lends itself perfectly to this story. While at times I found the story challenging, Kate Rudd brought a bit of levity when needed. I know I would not have been able to provide myself the same experience.
If you still have doubts about reading this book, if you have not already, you should watch this interview with Kate Rudd. It is lovely.
Bronwyn from Juliet Blackwell’s series A Witchcraft Mystery Series
Bronwyn is Lily’s business partner and trusted friend in Juliet Blackwell’s enchanting witchy series A Witchcraft Mystery Series. Bronwyn practices Wicca, a spiritual practice, and because of her beliefs has a distant relationship with her daughter, who is unaccepting of her beliefs. Of course. that broke my heart. Bronwyn is one of the kindest, open and honest characters I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She is loyal, friendly, loving, accepting and patient. She is a grounding force in the series and often provides guidance and knowledge to Lily who has serious family & trust problems. If not for Bronwyn, I think Lily would have found it much more challenging to allow so many wonderful characters into her life.
Again, I highly recommend that you listen to this series on audiobook. Xe Sands lends a bit of mystic and romance to the story I am certain would not be present in my own voice. Whether or not you have listened to one of her performances, I think you might enjoy her narration of The Velveteen Rabbit. It is a soothing, short sweet read.
I have digressed—if you love a magical, clean, and subtly romantic series. I think this series will satisfy your needs.
Who are some of your favorite fictional mother figures? How are you celebrating your mom this year? I will most likely be spending the morning with her as he works from 12 pm to 8 pm. Hopefully, we will enjoy a lovely breakfast at home…if I don’t make a mess of things, of course.
P.S. This is not a sponsored post.