Women's Fiction

B
A Little Christmas Spirit

Warning: A Little Christmas Spirit not only tackles life post-Covid, it’s also one of those throwback novels where only The Magic of Christmas And Other People can heal extreme emotional trauma. If you want to dodge either subject, this book definitely isn’t for you. But the book’s off-kilter ...

B-
The Holiday Swap

It’s October, and you know what that means – yep, the time for Christmas books is upon us!  The Holiday Swap is a cute if inessential entry into the field.  It’s pretty heavy on the corn and cheese, and its sense of personality is influenced by same, but it’s a generally inoffensive offeri ...

A-
Catch Us When We Fall

Catch Us When We Fall pairs a Sweet Dee (of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-fame) esque heroine with a handsome, snarky baseball player.  Our female lead is a barrel of laughs and tough talk, a working class world is well-established and some very true truths about alcoholism and dysfunctional ...

C+
The Magic of Found Objects

There’s a note of hippie magic to The Magic of Found Objects, and not the least bit of a wink to the 1987 film Moonstruck. Maddie Dawson tries to mill much quirkiness from her unusual heroine, but grounds her in a formula that makes for some disappointing plot twists and very dull, rote format cho ...

C+
Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes

Three out of Ms. Martin’s four football romances have earned DIK status from me and her debut novel received a solid B, so I think it would be fair to label me a big fan of her work. Which is why Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes was a surprise.  This women’s fiction story has some of the humor and ...

B
Aria's Travelling Bookshop

While Aria’s Travelling Bookshop appears to be listed as a stand alone novel, it did not read that way to me. I felt I had a better grasp on the story because I had read the first book Aria appeared in, Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop. Both narratives detail the joys of van-life and the delight of b ...

B+
The Summer Seekers

The Summer Seekers is a lovely road-trip novel that starts with violence from a woman clinging to her independence and ends with an important meeting that we - frustratingly - never get to see.  In between, there are little black dresses, marriages that are healed, and white water rafting trips. ...

C-
The Rehearsals

The Rehearsals is one big problem.  Billed as a combination of Groundhog Day with the 2020 film Palm Springs, it does have romantic potential, as hundreds of series that have done time-travel episode can attest to.  But when you have your characters doing some pretty unlikable things, it’s hard ...

C
Lady Sunshine

One can already see the motion picture brewing at the fringes of Lady Sunshine.  It’s an old fashioned slice of women’s fiction about That One Summer When Everything Changed, well, it is at first.  A girl finds herself among the bohemian set, there is a Big Tragedy which kills a character.  M ...

B+
The Rules of Arrangement

While periodicals like Salon and The Atlantic sounded the death knell on chick lit back in the 2010s, I’ve been noticing a mild resurgence of the genre via reprints and new releases. The Rules of Arrangement is one of the latter, a modernized iteration of the classic formula of a young woman juggl ...