The Broke and the Bookish is a Mother's Day freebie. So I thought I would do a list of memorable mothers - not main characters who are mothers but the mothers of main characters. Some are good, some not so much but all stick in my mind for some reason or other.
Emily Inglethorp - This overbearing mother was Agatha Christie's first victim in The Mysterious Affair at Styles and far from the last mother she killed off but she was one of the most entertaining.
Violet Bridgerton - I adore Violet Bridgerton because how can you not? She's one of the best side characters in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. She's funny and nice but has her own bit of snark to her. Plus she can hold her own against her own strong willed children. Since I know how her own romance ends I don't think I want a book about her but more books with her as a side character please!
Marmee - The long suffering mother from Little Women at times drove me a bit crazy with all her listen giving but she was also a woman in a seriously tough situation and it was hard not to respect her even though I thought she was WAAY to easy on Amy.
Mrs. Bennett - Well I can't have a list about memorable mothers without including the matchmaking Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice now can I?
Ma Ingals -She might not have the charisma that Little House on the Prairie's Pa has but Ma keeps the family going with her kindness and good sense.
Marilla Cuthbert - While she's not Anne Shirley's mother in Anne of Green Gables Marilla is definitely the most important maternal figure in Anne's life. Marilla's change through the course of the Anne books is one of my very favorite things.
Sophie Stern - Sophie's more like a sister to The Shell Seekers Penelope Keeling but with her French accent, gentle manner, and sparkling sense of humor she's a delight any time she's on the page.
Iris Stanford - She's a little more recent but Iris from The Honeychurch Hall series of cozy mysteries from Hannah Dennison is definitely memorable. She has more secrets than she knows what to do with and a gift for meddling in her daughter, Kat's, affairs.
What memorable mothers have you come across in your reading?