- Bouquet (1998)
- An enchanting collection of stories celebrates the joys of motherhood and second chances at love and includes "The Gamble" by Roberta Gayle, "The Preacher's Wife" by Anna Larence, and Ronda Shepard's "What the Heart Knows."
- Isaac Asimov's Mother's Day (1999)
- Join science fiction luminaries Connie Willis, Tanith Lee, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and more as they explore out-of-this-world moms and stellar parent-child relations in this unique collection from the award-winning pages of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
- Mom, Apple Pie, and Murder edited by Nancy Pickard (1999) (available through C/WMARS)
- An entertaining assortment of short fiction for Mother's Day features mystery tales with a maternal twist, from Nancy Pickard, Joan Hess, Lia Matera, Margaret Maron, Susan Dunlap, Ed Gorman, Jeremiah Healy, Gillian Roberts, and other notable authors.
- A Mother's Gift (1998)
- A collection of stories by a trio of popular romance authors celebrates the trials and tribulations of motherhood and presents the special bond and love between husband and wife that allows for the special blessing of a child.
- A Very Special Love (2000)
- A collection of romances celebrates motherhood and includes Courtni Wright's "A Mother's Love," in which sales manager Jackie Peterson, a devoted mother, is forced to spend Mother's Day alone and learns the power of love.
- The Shirt Off His Back by Parry A. Brown (1998)
- Many brothers are good . . . Some are even great . . . Only a few will give you . . . The shirt off his back.
- The Mother's Day Garden by Kimberly Cates (2002)
- With her only daughter off to college, Hannah O'Connell is faced with a severe case of empty-nest syndrome, until the arrival of an abandoned baby girl reawakens her old dream for a home filled with children and brings the unspoken strains of her marriage to Sam into focus.
- Babylon Sisters by Pearl Cleage (2005)
- Catherine Sanderson seems to have it all: a fulfilling career helping immigrant women find jobs, a lovely home, and a beautiful, intelligent daughter on her way to Smith College. What Catherine doesn't have: a father for her child -- and she's spent many years dodging her daughter's questions about it. Now Phoebe is old enough to start poking around on her own.
- Live at Five by Donald Haynes (1995)
- Sparks fly when a black television anchorman looking for "real life" (and higher ratings) hooks up with a spunky young woman from the inner city.
- Every Day is Mother's Day by Hilary Mantel (2000)
- Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel's first novel. Evelyn Axon is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field.
- A Mother's Love by Mary Morris (1993)
- Ivy grapples with the burdens of single motherhood, the lingering memories of the mother who abandoned her when she was seven, and her relationship with her son's father.
- Morning Glory Mother by Carol Lynn Pearson (1997)
- A divorced mother of two, who feels like a maternal failure, reaches the end of her rope when she discovers her children had to be bribed to participate in the local church's Mother's Day pageant and decides to run away for two days.
- Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice (2007)
- Neve Halloran and her daughter have shared a fierce love for the austere beauty of Rhode Island's South County ever since Neve guided Mickey's first baby steps along the sandy shore. Now, with Mickey a teenager and Neve's last hope for happiness with her daughter's loving but unstable father gone, both will struggle to make a new life together amid the windswept landscape that sustains them.
- The Mother's Day Miracle by Lois Richer (2000)
- A single librarian and a part-Choctaw man marry to provide a home for his children -- and search for love.
- Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout (2006)
- In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings - faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment - when a dark secret is revealed.
- Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years by Sue Townsend (1995)
- In his latest confessional diary, Adrian, now thirty, is separated from his exotic and accomplished Nigerian wife, and is a single parent to his three-year-old son. He works as a cook in a smart London restaurant that specializes in repulsive working-class food. When, to his surprise, he finds he has an older son as well, he takes responsibility and finally learns to cope.
- How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law by Dorothy Cannell (1994)
- A plague of mothers-in-law descends upon the small English village of Chitterton Fells with toxic, and hilarious, results.
- Murder Can Upset Your Mother by Selma Eichler (2001) (available through C/WMARS)
- When wealthy philanthropist Miriam Weiden turns up dead just hours after trying to contact Desiree Shapiro about threats against her life, the Manhattan private detective is hired by Miriam's mother to investigate her death and sets out to find the killer before he or she can strike again.
- Bon Bon Voyage by Nancy Fairbanks (2007)
- Even if Carolyn Blue has to share a cabin with her mother-in-law, she'll still enjoy her Mother's Day present: a gourmet European cruise. That is, until both a female passenger and the double chocolate raspberry mousse go missing.
- Mother's Day by Patricia J. MacDonald (1994)
- In a quiet New England town, the Newhalls live an uneventful life with their adopted daughter. When the child's birth mother is murdered, the first suspect is the adoptive father. The author of The Unforgiven and No Way Home delivers a complex, emotionally intense "family-in-peril" thriller.
- Mother's Day Murder by Leslie Meier (2009)
- Local reporter Lucy Stone finds her swanky Mother's Day brunch with her brood marred by two mean moms -- Barbara and Tina -- who use their teenage daughters in elaborate games of one-upmanship that go too far when Tina is shot to death.
- Mother's Day by Joshua Quittner and Michelle Slatalla (1993)
- Convinced that the new baby-sitters they have found -- two middle-aged sisters -- are too good to be true, Lucy and Em Grazer leave their newborn with them, but the baby's disappearance soon sends them on the chase of their life.
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