Barrayar - Lois McMaster Bujold What a fantastic book! I was on the edge of my seat through parts of this and then crying and laughing at other times. Cordelia and Aral are trying to do the best they can and especially Cordelia finds out how desperation can make her do things she never thought possible. The author's afterwards is definitely worth reading and there's a quote that I had to add on Goodreads because I found it profound (at least to me). Growing up, I have discovered over time, is rather like housework: never finished. She talks about this when discussing raising children and I found that for me this was definitely true.

Great sci-fi series. I would definitely recommend it!