Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. She is the author of The Kissing Season, Tease Me, Cowboy, Man Drought, Jilted, Outback Dreams, Outback Blaze, Outback Ghost, The Next Season (ebook), and The Road to Hope.
Whenever I go into a bookshop, I cannot escape without buying a book. It’s an addiction, but not one I want cured. So if I’m looking for a gift for a friend, I often choose a novel or picture book (depending on the person’s age) as I love to share my addiction around. As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d recommend some fun and feel-good books that I’m sure will help that special woman in your life relax on the big day. All the books are fiction because when I read to relax, I like to escape!
For those readers who like laugh-out-loud books, you can’t go past Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, Stella Makes Good by Lisa Heidke and chick-lit cult classic Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding.
If you prefer reading tear-jerkers, stack up on tissues for Goodnight Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson. I very rarely (aka almost never) cry in books, but this moving story about friendship and love made me bawl.
For realistic and heart-warming women’s fiction about everyday issues, try The Good Woman by Jane Porter or Liane Moriarty’s exceptionally clever The Husband’s Secret. Or any other books written by these talented authors. They’re on my auto-buy list.
A couple of my fave Aussie reads are Angel Puss by Colleen McCullough and Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman, both interesting stories with amazing characters set in two very different parts of our wonderful country.
And because my list of favourite women’s fiction would not be complete without a book from romance queen Nora Roberts, I give you Northern Lights – the first Nora book I ever read. Set in Alaska, this is a beautiful romance that I plan to re-read as a treat to myself this Mother’s Day.