Nobody can deny that anything is more important than family and friends. Family and friends are the reason for one’s true happiness. When one is surrounded by them, one realizes that nothing in the world could replace them. The novels, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Wars by Timothy Findley, both present characters that have influencers guiding their lives. The relationships the characters have help them find genuine happiness. Marie-Laure is a girl who goes blind at the age of six and having to survive through war. Robert Ross, on the other hand, is a man who struggles through life, after his sister’s death, which influences him to enlist in the war. By having important relationships in both these characters lives, they are able to find happiness through the horrors of war. Most importantly, Marie-Laure and Robert both have close relationships with friends and family in their lives that help them fight through war, by developing further into their close bonds, influencing their lives from their words and actions, and helping them to believe that there will be happiness and a better life after war. These two protagonists struggle through loss and suffering, but have companions in their lives that motivate them through the horrors of war and find genuine happiness to make their lives worth living. In both novels, the relationship between parent and child plays an important role in the development of Robert and Marie-Laure. When Marie-Laure’s mother passes away from giving birth, Marie-Laure and and her father, Daniel, “weathers the storm” by continuing on having a strong degree of love between their father-daughter relationship. Daniel promises Marie-Laure that “he will never leave her, not in a million years.” (Doerr 342). Marie’s bond with her father is the most important relationship in her life and she cannot imagine what she would do without him. Daniel always puts his daughter first in any situation.