David Eddings via Tony Jackson...
The books he leant me are collectively known as 'The Belgariad' by David Eddings. A set of 5 titles that follow the journey of an orphan named 'Garion' through the trials of childhood and beyond as he discovers himself and forms friendships with various characters along the way. It's a book full of warmth and humour as well the usual fight between good and bad but at the core is the love and devotion that began eons ago with a snowy owl and an old wolf.
The 5 books in the set are entitled:
Pawn of Prophecy
Queen of Sorcery
Catle of Wizardry
Enchanter's End Game
They should be available at all good book stores. If you enjoy reading them, look up the set of 5 that came next, 'The Malloreon'.
If you missed out on family life when you were younger, read these books and start filling that void.