Women's Fiction

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Serena Singh Flips the Script

Serena Singh Flips the Script is a tale about the joy, sorrow, laughter and tears that relationships bring to our lives. It’s a sweet, funny, occasionally insightful story, that will remind you what a blessing good friends are. Serena Singh has finally reached one of her big career goals. It ha ...

B+
Ladies of the House

Ladies of the House is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, following a family as they fall from grace after the death of their patriarch. Mother and daughters have to grapple with their new lives, and learn to survive independently, despite a deck stacked against them. Th ...

A
Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night - a tale of how one young Jewish woman survived and thrived in WWII Italy -  had me riveted from the first page to the last. Antonia Mazin’s  father had been a famous doctor but by Autumn of 1943 the racial laws had stripped him of that title. Now the two of them live in a g ...

C-
This Time Next Year

This Time Next Year, a New Year-themed British novel about a young woman in a pandemic-less 2020, offers not an enchanting dream of what this year could have been, but a story whose moral is: rich people are as miserable as we are, so warm yourself with that thought when you loathe your life. Min ...

C+
Pretending

Pretending is a contemporary novel about a young woman sick of heartbreak and fear, who turns to another identity, a fake version of herself, to get by in the app-driven dating world. While it has a strong hook and a sympathetic main character, the story is so loosely held together that it was a dra ...

B
Just Like You

Nick Hornby’s latest working class novel takes on an interracial, intergenerational romance between two people who seem to have nothing in common – and yet fall in love regardlessly. Lucy and Joseph are like night and day. Joseph is a twenty-two-year-old black freelancer/agency worker. Lucy i ...

C
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 ...

B+
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 ...

C
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 ...

C+
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 ...