Mothers are not characters that I usually connect with in novels, and to be fair, they are rarely present to the point you get a good idea about who they are. I have scraped together my answer for this question as there are some maternal figures that I do really love in the reading world.
Molly Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
How could i not have a maternal figures list without having Molly Weasley right at the top of it? She truly is the woman we all want as a mother. I absolutely adore her and she is a mother figure to so many people other than her own (large amount of) children. She is definitely the best mother from any novel, ever.
Kat Hall from If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I found Mia’s mother from If I Stay to be one of the greatest maternal figures out there. She constantly pushed Mia to better herself but allowed her to stay within her comfort zone, making sure she was safe. It is said in the novel that Mia’s parents both gave up their life for their children, and that truly is a great mother in my opinion. I found the whole family to be endearing. Also, Kat is one of those really cool, hippy parents. That would be great!
Margot from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean doesn’t have a mother. She passed away some years ago and her older sister Margot had to take on the role of mother while their father worked. The sibling relationship between Margot, Lara Jean and Kitty is one of my all-time favourite book relationships. Margot takes on the role of mother to her siblings from the start and seeing her away at university is heart breaking for everyone. She’s a great maternal figure for the family.
Elena’s Mother from Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
It’s been a long time since I found a mother to be this amusing in a story. Elena’s mother could not be more determined to bring Elena home from the line she’s waiting in to see the new Star War’s movie. I found every scene she was in absolutely hilarious. I’m not sure if that’s just because she reminded me a lot of my own mother or not though.
Mrs Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This is an answer that I can’t overly give a reason for. You have to read this novel to understand my love for Mrs Mendoza. She is the mother of Aristotle and whereas she seems like quite a controlling parent, she was written so well you can tell her intentions mean well underneath her exterior. I loved her dynamic with Ari in the story and you can tell they have a strong mother/son relationship with little indication towards it. I absolutely loved her.
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