Women's Fiction

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It's You

I have loved Jane Porter’s women’s fiction since I read the almost autobiographical Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out. Ms. Porter is able to convey emotions in all their raw intensity so well, she puts my heart through the wringer while also providing it solace. I cannot turn the pages of her ...

B+
Goodnight from London

Ruby Sutton thought the call into her editor’s office would result in the termination of her employment; instead, she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is to go to London and report from there on the European war. In the summer of 1940 there could be no sweeter assignment for an ambiti ...

B+
Lost and Found Sisters

I hate the term “chick lit” and often eye-roll at “women’s fiction”, to be completely frank. I’m not sure why books about a heroine’s introspective journey are genre fiction, when a hero’s introspective journey is often just “fiction” - but I digress. When Ms. Shalvis announced t ...

C+
The Forbidden Garden

The Forbidden Garden is a story of a haunted Shakespeare Garden in Wiltshire, England, and brings together together a troubled American horticulturalist and a troubled English rector. I confess to never having heard the term 'Shakespeare Garden', but thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that it’s a the ...

B
A Bridge Across the Ocean

Reading the synopsis for A Bridge Across the Ocean, one can't help but approach the book with the highest of expectations. A story that spans decades and crosses continents, it contains all the elements of a page-turner – wartime intrigue, a seventy-year-old mystery, even a touch of the paranormal ...

C+
By Any Name

While researching her mother’s life story, the youngest of Rida‘s four daughters slowly comes to learn more about her spirited, non-traditional, sassy, self-confident parent in well-known YA author Cynthia Voigt’s first novel for adults in many years.  But as brassy originality clashes with u ...

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Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You is Jessica Strawser's début novel, and it's one I'm finding it difficult to describe. Some reviewers say it's best to go into this novel knowing as little about the plot as possible, but personally, I’m not one to pick up a book I know nothing of, so I'll do my best to summarize ...

B+
It Happens All the Time

In It Happens All the Time, author Amy Hatvany takes a closer look at a story we've all heard time and time again. Date/acquaintance rape is an issue that receives relatively little attention in fiction, and Ms. Hatvany has done a stellar job of drawing our attention to this very serious problem. ...

F
An Italian Wife

Anne Hood’s encapsulation of life spanning four generations of the Rinaldi family starts out admirably.  Dreamy-minded teenaged spitfire Josephine is married off to Vincenzo, a man with some prospects, who plans to emigrate soon to America.  These initial chapters are extremely amusing, as young ...

B+
We Were On a Break

This one is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella – the humor and cultural settings are very similar. Liv and Adam’s Mexican holiday is sure to end in an engagement, or so Liv thinks. They’ve been dating for an age and surely, SURELY, he wouldn’t take her from England to Mexico without a real ...