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The Heir Affair

The Heir Affair is an unexpectedly tragic but affecting sequel to Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We, which liberally reimagined Kate Middleton’s early years with Prince William. Rebecca and Nick, Duke and Duchess of Clarence and future monarchs of the United Kingdom, are, at the ...

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500 Miles from You

It took me around six hours to read Jenny Colgan’s easy and comforting 500 Miles From You, a split Scotland/England story that I’m counting as my global travel for this year of lockdowns and quarantine. Lissa Westcott is a “nurse practitioner liaison” in London. One day, returning from a ...

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I Was Told It Would Get Easier

One of the joys of  reading is finding new favorite novels. I’ve discovered a few great books in 2020 but Abbi Waxman’s I Was Told It Would Get Easier has easily carved itself a spot in my top ten list. Jessica Burnstein is in the midst of a kid-life crisis. She can barely speak to her sixte ...

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The Sight of You

When you google The Sight of You, it comes up with the subheading ‘The Love Story of 2020’ a grandiose statement about a book that is the opposite of grandiose in the most lovely way. The Sight of You is very tender, and there’s a sense of humility in it and in its main characters, that makes ...

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Always the Last to Know

Kristan Higgins' most recent offering, Always the Last to Know, is a pitch-perfect picture of a family in crisis. That might sound a bit depressing, but Higgins is able to infuse the story with exactly the right amount of humor which, while not necessarily going to cause you to laugh out loud, will ...

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The Lonely Fajita

The biggest problem The Lonely Fajita has is that you’ve seen ninety percent of the things that happen between its covers in other books. Import Bridget Jones into Fried Green Tomatoes, transport the whole thing to London and ladle in some cursing and you have its general formula.  It’s the sup ...

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Summer Longing

I don't consider myself to be an overly sentimental person, but every once in a while, I feel the need to get lost in a frothy story where absolutely everything will turn out perfectly. Summer Longing, the latest novel from Jamie Brenner, is just such a book, and though I struggled with certain aspe ...

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The Second Chance Boutique

The Second Chance Boutique, the promising début novel by Louisa Leaman, features an appealing heroine who delights in matching hopeful brides with the perfect vintage wedding dress. Francesca Delaney has a passion for vintage wedding dresses. She not only collects the dresses themselves, she als ...

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The Bright Side of Going Dark

If you love light-hearted women's fiction with a deeper underlying message, Kelly Harms' latest novel is the perfect book for you. The Bright Side of Going Dark is the story of two troubled women, each attempting to do what she considers the right thing in a complex and often unforgiving world. It's ...

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Beach Read

Emily Henry’s Beach Read might, by its title, imply an easy reading experience, but it’s actually somewhat complex. I’ll start with the important stuff: yes, I liked it. January Andrews, a women’s fiction writer, is spending her summer at a beach house which was bestowed upon her at her m ...