Women's Fiction

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The Plus One

There are some books out there that feel like dead-on clones for other works.  Sophia Money-Coutts’ The Plus One is a perfect ringer for two; a  Bridget Jones in a lot of ways – give or take a few plot points - it also retells the Marianne Dashwood/Colonel Brandon/Willoughby triangle from Sens ...

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Things You Save in a Fire

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an em ...

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Ellie and the Harpmaker

Ellie and the Harpmaker is, tragically, one of those books that is bound to conjure comparisons with other, better works.  While it’s fairly competent and it’s nice to see an autistic character get a beautiful love story, I could only think of more evenhanded, thoughtfully produced books I’d ...

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The Book Charmer

The Book Charmer is a story about a quirky Southern borough filled with eccentric characters and bizarre happenstance which the locals label magic. Fans of droll small town stories will find a lot to love here. Our tale begins in 2001, when Sarah Dove discovers books can talk. She isn’t complet ...

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When We Believed in Mermaids

In the fall of 2014, I fell in love with an utterly charming novel called The All You Can Dream Buffet. Since that time, author Barbara O'Neal has been on my radar, and while her books aren't auto buys for me, I almost always end up reading them eventually. Her latest novel, When We Believed in Merm ...

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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck & Fortune

There’s something unexpected and unique about Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.  Magical and sublime with a core that’s a real heartbreaker, it nonetheless has a few problems that keep it from being a full-out A-grade homerun. Natalie Tan once vowed to herself that she’d never retu ...

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The Marriage Clock

Zara Raheem’s The Marriage Clock is a unique, beautiful story about a woman coming to accept herself – and the notion that maybe marriage isn’t everything. Leila Abid is looking for love, glamour and adventure, but so far all life’s given her is a mid-level job teaching high school Englis ...

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Razia

Slavery. It’s easy to assume it’s no longer an issue since it’s been banned in Western countries but the fact is, slavery is an ongoing issue in many parts of the world. And much as we don’t like to think about it, it often rears its head in our own backyards. Razia takes a look at the ‘ne ...

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Breathe In, Cash Out

Breathe In, Cash Out is the honest Wall Street book I didn’t know I wanted to read. Having recently joined the Accounting/Finance world (after 5 years in NYC for school), I’m intimately familiar with the lifestyle this book depicts. And while I’ve enjoyed reading about alpha-male CEOs in the p ...

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Stay and Fight

Stay and Fight is a powerful novel that haunts yet has derivative features that may give the reader pause.  But overall, it provides a thought-provoking experience. Helen Conley arrived in Appalachian Ohio fully in love with her boyfriend’s ideas about living off of the grid.  After all, if t ...