Women's Fiction

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Stiletto Justice

Last month I finished A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes and upon closing it purchased The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. What these two books have in common is their discussion of America’s status as an incarceration nation. If you are young, black or brown and poor, our current criminal ju ...

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The Neighbors

I picked up Hannah Mary McKinnon’s The Neighbors without really knowing what to expect and I love it so much when a book takes me completely by surprise. The premise intrigued me, so I figured it would be a good way to pass a few hours, but, once I started reading, I realized the book was so much ...

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The Sometimes Sisters

Carolyn Brown continues her streak of winning, heartfelt novels with The Sometimes Sisters, a story of estranged sisters and frustrated romance.  There’s an uncomfortable undercurrent in the peaceful waters, both within the book’s narrative and without. We open on the scene of tragedy - the ...

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I'll Be Your Blue Sky

Marisa de los Santos's novel Love Walked In is one of my very favorite books of all time. It's a beautiful story that explores love in all its many forms: love of family, love of friends, love of self, and, of course, romantic love. It's a book I read close to ten years ago, but its characters remai ...

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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Sue Halpern's Summer Hours at the Robbers Library caught my attention initially because of its title, and then, once I read the synopsis, I knew it was a book I absolutely had to read and review. As you might have guessed, I'm an avid reader, and I love when authors center their stories around a lov ...

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Island of Sweet Pie and Soldiers

I love mystery stories, unique locations and the WWII time setting , so upon learning that Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers had all three, I was anxious to read it.  The story is interesting but very much reads as the freshmen effort it is. Hawaii in 1944 is an island under a great deal of cult ...

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Surprise Me

Told with Kinsella's signature wit, Surprise Me is a cautionary tale of how, with the best of intentions, you can easily ruin the best thing in your life. In other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Marriage is a fragile relationship. It's a living bond, not an institution, and subject to th ...

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Here We Lie

I'm always on the lookout for books that deal well with social issues, and Here We Lie, the latest novel from Paula Treick DeBoard, is just such a book. On the surface, it's a story not all that different from hundreds of others, the tale of two young women from startlingly different backgrounds who ...

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Winter Solstice

Even though this claims to be the conclusion of a four book series, I read Winter Solstice as a standalone and had no trouble falling into the web of family relations depicted in the story. The Quinn Family of Nantucket has faced challenges aplenty over the past few years, including jail time for on ...

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Now That You Mention It

Are you a fan of books where women find themselves to be stronger than they ever imagined? What about if we throw in family situations that force them out of their comfort zone? Or have them confronting the past they’ve been running from? What if the happily-ever-after is grounded in reality rathe ...