Women's Fiction

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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

One of my 2018 reading goals is to increase the number of books I read that take place in places other than the U.S. and Europe, so when I read the blurb for In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, I leapt at the chance to review it. It's a story of indescribable depth, and I'm so very glad I took a chance o ...

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Not That I Could Tell

If you read and loved Sally Hepworth's The Family Next Door, you won't want to miss Not That I Could Tell, the latest novel from Jessica Strawser. The two books, while not identical, share similar themes, and neither one was at all easy to put down. Five neighborhood women gather around a backyar ...

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Every Note Played

For the past ten years or so, I've been in awe of Lisa Genova's ability to dig into a medical issue and accurately, sensitively portray its effect on a family. In her latest novel, Every Note Played, Ms. Genova turns her attention to ALS, and spins a heartbreaking story of redemption, love, and loss ...

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The Family Next Door

Author Sally Hepworth stole my heart in early 2016 with with the beautifully rendered The Things We Keep, and I've been a devoted fan ever since. Her latest novel, The Family Next Door, isn't as poignant, but I loved it just as much as I hoped I would. Pleasant Court is the closest thing to idyll ...

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Stiletto Justice

Last month I finished A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes and upon closing it purchased The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. What these two books have in common is their discussion of America’s status as an incarceration nation. If you are young, black or brown and poor, our current criminal ju ...

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The Neighbors

I picked up Hannah Mary McKinnon’s The Neighbors without really knowing what to expect and I love it so much when a book takes me completely by surprise. The premise intrigued me, so I figured it would be a good way to pass a few hours, but, once I started reading, I realized the book was so much ...

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The Sometimes Sisters

Carolyn Brown continues her streak of winning, heartfelt novels with The Sometimes Sisters, a story of estranged sisters and frustrated romance.  There’s an uncomfortable undercurrent in the peaceful waters, both within the book’s narrative and without. We open on the scene of tragedy - the ...

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I'll Be Your Blue Sky

Marisa de los Santos's novel Love Walked In is one of my very favorite books of all time. It's a beautiful story that explores love in all its many forms: love of family, love of friends, love of self, and, of course, romantic love. It's a book I read close to ten years ago, but its characters remai ...

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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Sue Halpern's Summer Hours at the Robbers Library caught my attention initially because of its title, and then, once I read the synopsis, I knew it was a book I absolutely had to read and review. As you might have guessed, I'm an avid reader, and I love when authors center their stories around a lov ...

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Island of Sweet Pie and Soldiers

I love mystery stories, unique locations and the WWII time setting , so upon learning that Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers had all three, I was anxious to read it.  The story is interesting but very much reads as the freshmen effort it is. Hawaii in 1944 is an island under a great deal of cult ...