Women's Fiction

B+
The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot is a tangled and complex though still fun story – it definitely feels like living in a busy brownstone. It is the well told story of three women, a building in Manhattan, and the quasi-foundling who binds them together. Lauren and Leo Shaw and their three kids have inherited the ...

B+
The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone

If you know anything about doll collecting or doll house crafting will appreciate The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone. But even if you don’t, its lush fantasy climbs will enchant as it weaves its spell over you. Myra Malone lives an isolated life in the attic of her grandfather’s cabin. Ever ...

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A Thousand Miles to Graceland

Sometimes a book absolutely blows me away, and sometimes a book will make me smile. A Thousand Miles to Graceland, which combines a lot of my favorite fictional tropes into a single book, managed to make me do both. Kristen Mei Chase’s writing is extremely engaging, the trip she takes readers on a ...

C
Verity

from The New York Times in October 2022: Colleen Hoover has sold more books this year than Dr. Seuss. She’s sold more books than James Patterson and John Grisham — combined. To say she’s currently the best-selling novelist in the United States, to even compare her to other successful aut ...

B+
You Should Smile More

One part 9 to 5, one part romantic comedy, You Should Smile More is a funny, delightful romp about sweet revenge and even sweeter friendship. Cat-loving Vanessa Blair is tired of being judged both for her outward appearance and her presumptive demeanor. Yes, the book’s titular phrase is often s ...

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Spells For Forgetting

On Saoirse Island, a rain soaked isle in the Pacific Northwest, a murmuration of starlings portends death and the leaves on the trees may burst into color all at once. Here, magic is as real as greed and first love can bind two souls together forever. Emery Blackwood and August Salt were born on ...

D
Situationship

If you like Lifetime movies that include precocious children, rambunctious dogs, and judgmental, shrewish heroines, you will like Marina Adair’s Situationship. Sadly, I like neither Lifetime movies nor this book. Teagan Bianchi has ditched her gambling-addicted leach of a soon-to-be ex-husband ...

A
When Franny Stands Up

If you’re at all familiar with Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you’re probably going to be told that When Franny Stands Up, featuring a young Jewish woman in her twenties making her way in the world of stand-up comedy is a lot like it. But you should put those assumptions to one side. ...

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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 ...