Heartwood by Belva Plain - an unforgettable story of family and friendship, love and marriage, the challenges of life and the true secret of happiness. This was Plain's last novel as she died in 2000 and is the fifth in the Werner Family Saga. Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage, but as the mother of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she often is confronted with the choices her children have made.
Crossroads by Belva Plain - a powerful tale about the consequences of greed—and the acts of love and forgiveness that can heal the heart. Crossroads is about the jealousy of two women: Gwen, born into wealth, who marries Stan, a common man, and Jewel, born into poverty, who marries Jeff, a privileged man.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah - a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past. Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters.
A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber - In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth. This heart tugging story of three related women driving across country leads to challenges to each woman's plans.
Wideacre by Philippa Gregory - Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded as she is beautiful, refuses to conform to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her family name and beloved Wideacre estate once she is wed, Beatrice will use any means necessary to protect her ancestral heritage.
The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory - The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But, in the Dower House, two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the estate, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favored child.
Vegas Sunrise by Fern Michaels - this is the third book in a 3 book series. If you want to start at the beginning, it is Vegas Rich and then Vegas Heat and lastly this title. When Thornton dynasty matriarch Fanny Thornton Reed chooses her first husband's illegitimate son to run the family's successful Vegas casino, it is a decision she will live to regret--one that turns her children against each other and threatens to destroy the Thornton family once and for all.