Women's Fiction

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Stay and Fight

Stay and Fight is a powerful novel that haunts yet has derivative features that may give the reader pause.  But overall, it provides a thought-provoking experience. Helen Conley arrived in Appalachian Ohio fully in love with her boyfriend’s ideas about living off of the grid.  After all, if t ...

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The Unbreakables

There’s something melodramatically untidy about The Unbreakables, the story of a woman who plunges herself into a period of hedonistic self-discovery in France when her husband confesses to a double-digit number of affairs.  On the whole it thinks itself much more daring than it is, and sometimes ...

B
The Plus One

If you’ve seen the John Malkovich movie Making Mister Right, you will be familiar with the premise of Sarah Archer’s The Plus One. All about a woman who literally creates her ideal boyfriend from code she’s written, It’s very much a rollicking eighties romcom with a twenty-first century glos ...

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A Rainbow Above Us

A Rainbow Above Us contains most of Sharon Sala’s go-to tropes, some of her weakest writing, and is, frankly, not worth a read, especially if this is your first entrée into her Blessings, Georgia series. Bowie James vowed years ago never to return to Blessings after he and his mom fled the tow ...

B+
The Bookshop on the Shore

Jenny Colgan is insistent that The Bookshop on the Shore is not a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner, and is adamant the novel can be read as a standalone. She is absolutely right that The Bookshop on the Shore stands alone perfectly well; however significant life events happen to the heroine from ...

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The Summer We Lost Her

The Summer We Lost Her is the latest novel from author Tish Cohen. Part mystery and part exploration of a family in crisis, it's a book that's sure to evoke big feelings in its readers. The past several years have been a whirlwind for Matt and Elise Sorenson. Matt is a lawyer, on the verge of mak ...

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Mrs. Everything

Jennifer Weiner is known for writing remarkably emotive books about women, their struggles, and their triumphs. In Mrs. Everything, she does this again, but in a much bigger, bolder way than before. Jo and Bethie Kaufman are sisters, growing up in 1950s Detroit and leading lives that are pretty a ...

B
Sisters of Summer's End

Sisters of Summer’s End is a decent little story about two women who take a leap into bigger and better things after a lifetime of insular attitudes.  While the book pulls focus on one of the romantic relationships fostered by one of our heroines, the best part of the story is their newfound frie ...

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Waisted

I'm always ready for a story with a strong revenge plot, so I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of Waisted, the latest novel from author Randy Susan Meyers. I dove in, eager to get lost in a story rife with revenge, but sadly, the novel didn't deliver quite what I was expecting. All her ...

C
City of Girls

In this brand-new love letter to New York City, the follies of youth and the joys of the theater, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert brings us the uneven story of a woman named Vivian Morris. Morris comes to New York for a summer vacation in 1940 and never really leaves – and tells us about it ...