Women's Fiction

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The Henna Artist

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city's wealthiest women. It's a ...

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Grown-Up Pose

Back in the eighties, Cyndi Lauper reached the top of the charts with her free spirited ballad, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which celebrates the party girl lifestyle.  Grown-Up Pose is the story of what happens when a young woman, after years of being perfectly responsible, decides she’d like to p ...

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Suddenly Psychic

This book was everything I didn’t know I needed this winter. Amid a haze of historical and contemporary romances with perky young heroines along with the occasional fantasy romance, Suddenly Psychic stands out. It’s a paranormal women’s fiction book which sees women in their mid-forties develo ...

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The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant is an epic, detailed novel relating a singular story set in two different times through the eyes of three unique characters.  In 1951, college graduate Esther has been living as a middle-class housewife and mother when a vacation with her husband turns out to ...

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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

As someone who regularly asks the question posed by the title of Jenny Colgan’s mid-2000s novel Where Have All the Boys Gone?, I don’t know if I’m comforted or horrified by the proof that women have been pondering this mystery for at least a decade and a half. Regardless, I’m quite glad that ...

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The Jetsetters

Once upon a time, Charlotte Perkins had a close-knit, happy family – or so it seemed on the surface.  In reality, the kids were kind of miserable and she was miserable, but she’s painted over those memories in shades of rose.  But her children, Cord, Lee and Regan, were all – if not unsatisf ...

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Annie Beaton's Year of Positive Thinking

“Can one woman’s life go from crappy to happy in just one year?” That is the question on the cover of Mink Elliott’s Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking and I’d have to answer “Not in this case!” On her fiftieth birthday, Annie Beaton loses her job and her marriage. Instead o ...

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The Carousel

In The Carousel, author J.A. Stone introduces readers to four women who are struggling to understand not only their connections to one another, but also how they fit into an ever-changing world. It's a multi-generational tale with a ton of heart, a book that's sure to appeal to any woman who has que ...

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Meg & Jo

Meg and Jo is a charming – but yet another modern retelling of -  Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. Though there have been a ton of retellings of the novel released in latter days (such as 2017’s The Spring Girls), Meg and Jo stands apart for injecting a little bit of Southern ...

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Vacation

Jane Green is normally a much better author than this.  I’m aware that Vacation is a novella from 2005 that’s been republished (I have no idea why Zebra lists this as 325 pages long – the book I read was eighty-eight pages minus a preview chapter of another of Green’s titles), but it’s a ...