Women's Fiction

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. ...

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When I Fall In Love

A DIKlassic originally published on March 9, 2000. When I Fall in Love is a funny, emotionally intense, and meaningful mainstream romance offered by the author of Beaches, Iris Rainer Dart. It's a striking combination of real-life tragedy set in bigger-than-life Hollywood, topped off with an endin ...

B+
A Bridge Across the Ocean

A trio of young women figure out just what it means to let go of what lies behind and anticipate what lies ahead in A Bridge Across the Ocean, a tale of love, death and new beginnings. The story enthralled me so much that immediately upon finishing it I went to the computer to check the author’s b ...

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The Odds of You and Me

Women's fiction can be an interesting change from contemporary romance (which, don't get me wrong, I mostly love), as it tends to be grittier and less inclined to small-town sheriffs and extended families. I picked up  The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante mostly because I liked the set-up, and ...

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The Nearness of You

I've read and enjoyed Amanda Eyre Ward's books in the past, and so was very excited to see The Nearness of You up for review. The synopsis intrigued me, and I settled in for what I was sure would be a captivating read. Unfortunately, not all my expectations were met. Suzette and Hyland Kendall ha ...

B+
The Mother's Promise

Last year, I discovered the writing of Sally Hepworth. I adored her novel The Things We Keep, so I was over the moon to learn she had a new book coming out. I was sure I was in for a very intense read, full of emotional depth and characters I could totally relate to, and that's exactly what she has ...

D+
The Dressmaker's Dowry: A Novel

After years of working for a high-class fashion magazine, Sarah Havensworth has quit to begin writing a historical novel about life on the Barbary Coast.  Forever conscious of her lower-middle class beginnings, she hopes that it will win her the respect of her husband’s upper-crust family– and ...

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On Second Thought

In On Second Thought Kristan Higgins returns to the fictional town of Cambry-on-Hudson, the setting of her recent book If You Only Knew, to tell the story of two half-sisters. I tend to shy away from women’s fiction, preferring more traditional romances, and was nervous when I learned this book le ...

D
This Is Not Over

I'm not sure what it says about me, but I've always loved books centered around revenge. For this reason, Holly Brown's latest novel This Is Not Over seemed like something that would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, it left me feeling completely flat. Dawn and her husband enjoy weekend getawa ...

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City is a delicious puzzle box of a book with handsome writing that gives a new look to stories set in the Jazz Age. Switching between 1920s New York and  contemporary times, the book is peopled by a witty irreverent flapper, a tough Prohibition agent, a young innocent Princeton student, ...