Women's Fiction

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Sisters and Secrets

Secrets and Sisters is gently predictable in the way its title suggests it might be. You’ve seen this set-up before; the sister that moved away returns after great tragedy, meeting once more with her free-spirited younger sister and her harried housewife elder sister; the boy she left behind and a ...

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The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season has the plot and makings of your traditional piece of women’s fiction.  The abused women, the family secrets, the stalker and the Good Man the heroine falls for, the traumatized child who blossoms under the summer sun; the tropes here are familiar and well-wo ...

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The New Girl

This is a story of three women and a tangled web of secrets and fears that leads them to despair, paranoia – and eventually murder. Margot Jones is a magazine editor at the fashion monthly Haute, and is on the cusp of heading out on her maternity leave.  One of her last duties before doing so ...

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EIghty Days to Elsewhere

Eighty Days to Elsewhere is a cute-unto-cutesy slice of women’s fiction with some unfortunate problems.  With lots of typical rom-commy asides and a sense of silliness that works for instead of against the book, it’s a generally pleasant ride, with a writing style that keeps it warmly engaging ...

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A Happy Catastrophe

This yikesworthy sequel to Matchmaking for Beginners finds Marnie MacGraw and Patrick Delaney coping with their growing relationship – and a sudden change that shifts their shared living situation forever. It also has the worst treatment of clinical depression with psychoaffective disorder in a wo ...

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The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Fiona Davis is known for writing dual-timeline novels centered around iconic New York City landmarks. In her fifth book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, she turns her attention to the New York Public Library, creating a multi-layered love letter to books and those who love them. It's 1913, and Laura, ...

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Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop

Brimming with family, food and fun, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a sweet story that celebrates Paris, paintings, pastries and the joy of discovering your own unique path through life. Vanessa Yu sees dead people. Well, not really but she can foresee death, adultery, proposals, argumen ...

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Musical Chairs

This book was so much fun to read! Amy Poeppel’s Musical Chairs is a delight and I highly recommend adding it to your summer TBR pile. Fifty-something single mom Bridget Stratton is looking forward to a romantic, sexy summer with her  boyfriend Sterling. She has escaped from NYC and is settlin ...

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The Lost Girls of Devon

From the time I was an infant, I've loved my maternal grandmother better than pretty much anyone else I can think of, so I knew I absolutely had to read the latest novel by Barbara O'Neal. The Lost Girls of Devon is about a woman who returns home to find her missing best friend, but even more import ...

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Mother Land

Leah Franqui’s Mother Land isn’t quite as interesting as her first novel (America for Beginners), but in its messy, wonderfully insular sense of family, culture and the notion of rebelling against both, it’s quite the unique gem. Rachel Meyer, recently moved to Mumbai with her new husband D ...