The NBC drama This Is Us, which stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia as parents to three unique children, is famous for giving us all the feels. We smile, we sigh, and most of the time, we cry. As fans of the show, we couldn’t help but go in search of a few novels that can also make us emotional wrecks (in a good way, of course). Here are a few of our favorites that focus on family devotion, love, and the heartbreak that sometimes comes with it.
1) Things To Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley
Mae Summers’ life implodes suddenly after waking up one morning to find her perfect fiancé gone, having left a vague note in his place. The only thing for Mae to do is return home to New York, but the life she left behind is in shambles as well, all except for Gabe, her childhood sweetheart. Stapley’s novel is a true testament to the power of love, but most of all, forgiveness.
2) Halsey Street by Naima Coster
Penelope Grand has come to terms with the realization that her life won’t be as magical as she imagined. After a failed art career, Penelope is forced to return to Brooklyn to care for her ailing father. To make matters worse, her mother abandoned them to return to the Dominican Republic. Just when Penelope thinks she has her new life under control, her mother reaches out to reconcile. Deeply-rooted in the power of forgiveness, love, and relationships, Coster celebrates the very meaning of family.
3) The House We Grew Up In: A Novel by Lisa Jewell
Things for the Bird family are going as normal as one can hope for when living with a house full of children. But one Easter weekend, an unforeseeable tragic event threatens to tear the Bird family apart forever. Fast forward to the future and once again the Bird family, children now adults, are beckoned to return to the family home that was once their very existence. Will the magic of home be able to mend their bond and the events of that long-ago Easter?
4) Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett
A powerful story from award-winning author Ann Patchett, Commonwealth unravels the aftermath behind one innocent kiss and its impact on marriage and the children whose lives would never quite be the same.
5) This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
Now a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, This Is Where I Leave You is a comedic tale about family. After the death of their father, the entire Foxman family reunites for the first time in years. What happens when the family is forced to spend a week together is not only hilariously heartwarming, but heartbreaking, too.