~ Top 5 Saturday: Books With Family Relationship in the Title ~

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.

 This Week’s Topic: Books with Family Relationship in the Title (Mother, Father, Daughter, Brother, etc.)

**Books on this list are in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**

  1. Stepsister
Published May 14th 2019

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

2. Daughter of the Salt King (Salt Chasers #1)

Published February 2nd 2021

As a daughter of the Salt King, Emel ought to be among the most powerful women in the desert. Instead, she and her sisters have less freedom than even her father’s slaves … for the Salt King uses his own daughters to seduce visiting noblemen into becoming powerful allies by marriage.

Escape from her father’s court seems impossible, and Emel dreams of a life where she can choose her fate. When members of a secret rebellion attack, Emel stumbles upon an alluring escape route: her father’s best-kept secret—a wish-granting jinni, Saalim.

But in the land of the Salt King, wishes are never what they seem. Saalim’s magic is volatile. Emel could lose everything with a wish for her freedom as the rebellion intensifies around her. She soon finds herself playing a dangerous game that pits dreams against responsibility and love against the promise of freedom. As she finds herself drawn to the jinni for more than his magic, captivated by both him and the world he shows her outside her desert village, she has to decide if freedom is worth the loss of her family, her home and Saalim, the only man she’s ever loved.

3. Fake Dating Her Best Friend’s Brother (Love on the Court #1)

Published January 29th 2021

Falling for her best friend’s older brother wasn’t in the Fake Dating playbook.

Callie’s about to lose her job. Either she cleans up her debt, or her career at GG Financial is over. Despite the protests of her best friend’s brother, Dean, she does the only thing she can think of; she finds employment with a date-for-hire company.

NBA point guard Dean Kimball should be having the time of his life. But even his flourishing basketball career with Pittsburgh’s brand new team can’t help him forget about his feelings for his little sister’s best friend. Apparently, distance really does make the heart grow fonder. Now, she’s dating men for money, and he can’t help but worry about what will happen if the date turns into something more.

In an attempt to save his heart, Dean proposes a plan: he’ll pay Callie to be his girlfriend. Knowing she won’t agree, he convinces her it’s because he wants to win his ex-girlfriend back. Everything goes as planned, until feelings start to deepen. Now they both must decide if they can be truthful enough to allow themselves to fall in love. 

4. The Sister Surprise

Journalist Ava takes a DNA test hoping to discover her roots. Instead, she finds out she has a half-sister … whilst on a live stream watched by 100,000 people. Her boss thinks it’s the perfect click-bait story. Ava just wants to go to Moira’s tiny Scottish village and meet her.

But when Ava arrives undercover as a volunteer farmhand, she realises Moira – who’s her pig-wrestling, chatterbox polar opposite – might not be delighted by the news. And the longer Ava stays in Kilroch, with its inappropriately attractive reverend and ties to her hidden family past, the more complicated this surprise is going to get…

5. Mum‘s the Word (Bennet Brothers #3)

Published March 31st 2020

Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

My mother has summoned me home to take my place at Bower Bouquets, and as the heiress, I’m expected to do as I’m told. I’m expected to sit by her side as she does her best to decimate the Bennet family and their flower shop, Longbourne. I’m expected to play by her rules, or she’ll ruin me too.

But the day I crash into Marcus Bennet changes everything.

And the kiss seals the deal.

If my mother finds out, I’ll lose everything—my family, my life, my security. Worse, she’ll make sure the Bennets pay for my mistakes.

Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

But I might not have a choice.


For this week’s topic, I had a very difficult time trying to recall a novel with the word “father” in the title. I am sure when everyone else posts their lists that a million will come to mind, but for now, I used “sister” twice as those are two novels that I still want to read and have on my TBR. Although tons of novels that I have either read or will read include mothers, fathers, etc. as central characters, there were not a lot that I could find initially where they appear in the title. Again, I am sure when I look at the lists others post, then all the titles will come rushing back, but for now at least, I have five that I am happy with for my own list.

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