This week’s theme was favorite mother/maternal figures…
1.) August Boatwright from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
August Boatright breaks all preconceived notions of women of color during this time. August is educated, runs her own successful business, owns a home, and does all this without a husband. August is fiercly independent, however her main purpose in this novel is to aid in Lily’s journey to self discovery. August lets Lily figure out things for herself, but stays close to offer wisdom and guidance.
2.) Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I mean come on, is anyone NOT going to put the matriarch of the Weasley family on their T5W post? I anticipate she will make most T5W posts this week, if not all posts. Mrs. Weasley’s fierce protectiveness of her family is second to none. I admired her ability to strike fear into the hearts of her children… maybe I should send my 9-year-old a howler at school… maybe then that would change his pre-teen attitude that he has developed 🙂 Also, she welcomed Harry into her family with open arms and treated him as if he was one of her own. Do I even need to mention the fact that she killed ____________!!!! ((Obviously I’m not going to say who she kills just in case there is someone who has been living under a rock and HASN’T read the HP books…) She is a Motherly bad-ass for sure.
3.) Fannie, Queenie, & Dollbaby from Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
Okay, so I’m hard core cheating on this one. I adored all the female characters of this book, and all were mother figures to Libby… I couldn’t just chose one, so I’m grouping them all together 🙂 Fannie, the sweet and eccentric grandmother. Queenie, the hard working matron. Dollbaby, the one who stood up for her beliefs in what was right. Together these women raise Libby, and come together as a family.
You can read my review of Dollbaby here → Book Review: Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
4.) Margaret March (“Marmee”) from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Is there a more perfect mother figure in literature than Marmee? Mrs. March is the prime example of a loving mother, who allows her daughter to make mistakes, but is always there to help and teach a lesson. She holds everyone together during the hard times and does so with such poise. The woman is basically a saint, working for the less fortunate from sun up to sun down. If you look up the word “selfless” in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Margaret March.
5. Curiosity Freeman from the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati
I know you all are probably sick of hearing about this series, but I’m not sorry. Seriously, if you like historical fiction, go buy these books… like now. Anyways! Curiosity Freeman becomes a maternal staple in this series. She is one of those strong women who tell it like it is. She isn’t one to sugar coat it. I respect that about her character. She is the character that EVERYONE goes to for advice and wisdom. She is one of my favorite characters of all time.