Women's Fiction

C
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 ...

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Surprise Me

Told with Kinsella's signature wit, Surprise Me is a cautionary tale of how, with the best of intentions, you can easily ruin the best thing in your life. In other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Marriage is a fragile relationship. It's a living bond, not an institution, and subject to th ...

B+
Here We Lie

I'm always on the lookout for books that deal well with social issues, and Here We Lie, the latest novel from Paula Treick DeBoard, is just such a book. On the surface, it's a story not all that different from hundreds of others, the tale of two young women from startlingly different backgrounds who ...

B
Winter Solstice

Even though this claims to be the conclusion of a four book series, I read Winter Solstice as a standalone and had no trouble falling into the web of family relations depicted in the story. The Quinn Family of Nantucket has faced challenges aplenty over the past few years, including jail time for on ...

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Now That You Mention It

Are you a fan of books where women find themselves to be stronger than they ever imagined? What about if we throw in family situations that force them out of their comfort zone? Or have them confronting the past they’ve been running from? What if the happily-ever-after is grounded in reality rathe ...

B
The Rules of Magic

This is a difficult book to review, since I’m reluctant to compare it too much to Practical Magic, to which it stands as a prequel.  The Rules of Magic is completely its own book, separate from the original story, although the two books are connected by virtue of being about the same family. I ...

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House of Shadows

I’m a huge fan of two-stranded stories; what author Michael White describes as “novels that involve interweaving plots – one strand in the present day and the other set in the past.” So, when I saw the description of House of Shadows with its entwined tales of Stuart England and modern day O ...

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Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is the third in the delectable series of books about Polly Waterford and her charming shop in the quaint village of Mount Polbearne. The whole saga – including this entry - is satisfyingly sweet and engagingly eccentric, which makes this instalment a delight ...

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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky

I once vowed that I would never again read a book about a woman running a cupcake shop, bakery, or anything similar. I was absolutely burned out on that entire premise. Not only did The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky change my mind, it’s a book I am now recommending to everyone I can think of. I ...

A-
Sugar Daddy (#83 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 5, 2007 I bow to no one in my love of Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances. I love her style, her characters, and her wonderful sense of time and place, so when she announced her move to the contemporary arena, I’ll admit I shuddered. When I go ...