Women's Fiction

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Life and Other Inconveniences

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of ...

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Met Her Match

Jude Deveraux’s baffling Met Her Match features two central mysteries. The first is what happened to the heroine’s mother. The second is What Genre Is This Book, which has the cover of a contemporary romance but confused me so much that I had to perform research to make sure that was correct. In ...

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Don't You Forget About Me

Don’t You Forget About Me reminded me a lot of Jojo Moyes’s work, especially her book Me Before You. Set in England, it features an underemployed heroine with a close family, an undeserving boyfriend, and who idolizes a specific piece of her wardrobe (this book’s heroine, Georgina Horspool, ad ...

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The Words Between Us

The Words Between Us is a story of loss and discovery. Loss of friends, loss of love, loss of family and what happens when we discover it was only ever lost because we were the ones that misplaced it. This narrative is told in a first person, dual timeline format, beginning in the present. The da ...

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Beard with Me

Like all fans of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid, I’ve been awaiting the release of Beard With Me (the origin story of the series) with equal parts excitement and trepidation. I knew this would be a sad story, and part of me really did not want to read it - a big part of me. But I needed ...

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The Stationmaster's Daughter

Motherhood and frustrated love collide in The Stationmaster’s Daughter, the story of two different romances – one fraught and heavily one-sided, the other conducted as a form of emotional healing.  Only one truly affected me, but the decency of the writing and the pull of the bittersweet prose ...

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The Empty Nesters

The Empty Nesters is a very good Carolyn Brown novel.  Combining her usual formula of close female friends, small town southern living, tough older women and lightly embroidering the ambrosia with faith-based inspirational talk and gentle romance, this time she throws in a road trip on top, produci ...

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Save Me

Lisa Scottoline’s Save Me starts with a situation that could affect almost anyone, and that hooked me immediately. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom at the school her daughter Melly attends, and notices a girl called Amanda making fun of Melly’s large port-wine birthmark. In tears, Melly ru ...

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After the Flood

Like Waterworld, only good, not campy and more difficult to love, is a decent way to describe After the Flood. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity survives in mountains and on the ocean, it draws focus on one woman, her young daughter, the man they rescue, and the adventure they embark ...

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The Starlet and the Spy

“I go to work thinking of death” begins Ji-min Lee’s The Starlet and the Spy a sentence that sets the pace for a very readable historical novel that takes a wholly different but understandably downbeat look at Marilyn Monroe’s iconic 1954 visit to troops serving in the Korean War.  From its ...