Women's Fiction

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Half of What You Hear

A story of life in a small southern town as led by the people who live and love there, Kristyn Kusek Lewis’ Half of What You Hear is a decent story about the way bigotry unkind gossip and can effect generations. Susannah – Cricket - Lane was raised staid, upper-class and southern, in old mone ...

C-
Life on the Leash

I’m very rarely a Women’s Fiction reader. I am of the camp that truly prefers Romance and sticks solidly in my genre, only a few Women’s Fiction books per year getting me to make the bridge, and that is typically because they seem to have a strong romantic subplot. Life on the Leash convinced ...

D
The Recipe Box

Reading The Recipe Box was like drinking a large, thick milkshake that tasted of nothing but sugar. This book might charitably be described as sweet, perhaps even wholesome, but I found it a cloying one-note read. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but if so, it’s not one I wish to acquire any time s ...

C+
The Spring Girls

The Spring Girls is a modern take on a very classic tale – Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  In recent years and in the wake of the success of books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Little Women is a story that’s undergone multiple modernizations and reinventions – as a werewolf novel ...

B
The Clockmaker's Daughter

I hadn’t read a Kate Morton novel before picking up The Clockmaker’s Daughter, but her books have been recommended to me numerous times, leading to my having several of them on my shelves. When this novel became available for review I was eager to read it, certain this would give me the impetus ...

C
A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light is the latest novel from bestselling author Jodi Picoult. In it, the author explores the timely issue of women's reproductive health, and the way the pro-choice vs. pro-life debate impacts the lives of people everywhere. When a gunman bursts into a women's reproductive health cen ...

B
Not Our Kind

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not really. It is however a rainy morning when our heroines meet. Eleanor Moskowitz is on the way to a job interview, frustrated by how her cab is stuck in traffic as the minutes tick away, when the impact occurs. The blow to the back of the cab pushes her into ...

B+
Hidden Among the Stars

I know whenever I pick up a novel about World War Two that I will most likely be reading a story that has a lot of heartache and sorrow in it. I hadn’t, however, expected Hidden Among the Stars to affect me quite as powerfully as it did. A haunting, atmospheric tale of love and loss, this book wil ...

C
A Girl Divided

I absolutely adore historical novels that center around the Second World War, but I will admit to being the tiniest bit tired of all the books set in either Europe or America. So when I saw that A Girl Divided took place in China, I was eager to read it, thinking it would give me a different perspec ...

B
The Sapphire Widow

Growing up, the novels of M.M. Kaye and Mary Stewart were heavy favorites of mine. Their books were all about the British Colonial period and took place in exotic locales, extolling the mannerisms and lifestyle of an era long gone by.  In The Sapphire Widow, Dinah Jeffries recaptures the elegant pr ...