Women's Fiction

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Other Birds

Other Birds is an artisan marshmallow of a book, a delightfully sweet, fluffy story about a world we wish existed. Eighteen year old Zoey Hennesey has never really had a home. Her father provided a roof over her head but he and her stepmother made it clear it was done with the greatest reluctance ...

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

If only life were as easy as lemon drop pie.  At least that’s how Lolly Blanchard feels in Rachel Linden’s Wonderbread-bland The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie.  Lolly’s whole life revolves around baking lemon meringue pies for The Eatery, the family business ever since the 1950s.  The diner has s ...

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The Fortunes of Jaded Women

The Fortunes of Jaded Women is a funny, fast-paced book that’s only slightly marred by the fact that it has nine PoV characters, sometimes making the incredibly winding tale overly complex. Thousands of years ago, a jealous ex-mother-in-law cursed her former daughter-in-law to forever bear daug ...

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Killers of a Certain Age

Killers of a Certain Age is a hilarious romp through the adventures of menopausal hitwomen, but while I loved the action the book fell a bit short on depth. Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie are an all-female hit squad for the Museum, and have worked together for the past forty years. The Mu ...

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Nora Goes off Script

Nora Goes Off Script is Annabel Monaghan’s first adult book and one of my favorite rom-coms this year. The story is fresh with humor and heart. Nora is a screenwriter for a romance channel. Her self-centered husband leaves her and their two children so of course she writes a screenplay about it ...

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Mr. Perfect on Paper

Jean Meltzer offers up another funny, sweet, poignant story with wonderful protagonists in her new novel Mr. Perfect on Paper. Dara Robinowitz comes from a long line of shadchaniyot (Jewish matchmakers) and has built an extremely successful company by combining her love of coding with the family ...

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Mad About You

Mad About You is a typical Mhairi McFarlane novel - funny, sweet, filled with fanciful characters handling their fairly heavy problems with a light heart, lots of wit, and more than a little bit of humor. When we first meet Harriet Hatley, the most in-demand wedding photographer in Leeds, the gro ...

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Dream On

Shortly after taking the bar exam, Cassidy – Cass - Walker is involved in a car accident that leaves her with two lingering challenges: she has trouble remembering details - “tasks, appointments, reminders, names”- but she can’t forget one big one - that her boyfriend was Devin Bloom. It’s ...

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Some of It Was Real

Some of It Was Real tells a beautiful story about a psychic who’s not entirely sure she’s really a psychic and the investigative journalist who assumes she’s a fraud and dedicates himself to exposing her.  The book straddles the border between Women’s Fiction and Romance, taking a deep dive ...

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Corinne

Corinne starts out strongly, with brilliantly-observed and realistic portraits of its teen characters as they struggle to walk a fine line between being worldly and being godly.  But when we flash forward, the characters lose the plot and the book loses its delicate balance.  Morrow’s writing co ...