Women's Fiction

C+
The Reason Is You

Even before The Sixth Sense and the famous line “I see dead people”, I loved ghost stories. Long ago I discovered Elizabeth Peters' gothic books written under the pseudonym of Barbara Michaels. Since that time I search out similar ghost stories, stories that are not too scary but not too cutesy ...

C-
Invisible

The song from White Christmas tells us: Sisters, sisters There were never such devoted sisters, Never had to have a chaperone, No sir, I'm there to keep my eye on her That is certainly true of the oldest sister in this story: She was a caregiver who kept an eye on her younger sibling. Unfortu ...

C+
Sea Change

When looking on Amazon for information about the latest book in Ms. White’s Tradd Street series, I came across this book. I enjoy Ms. White’s “grit lit" - southern women’s fiction - and her writing is eloquent and evocative. Both aspects are present in this book, but I did have some problem ...

C
Three Good Things

Of course I don’t expect seismic changes to happen with women’s fiction, but I do expect more than a glimpse of everyday life. Three Good Things elaborates on a couple of issues facing Ellen McClarety and her sister Lanie, but for the most part their problems are treated in a lackadaisical manne ...

A-
Grace Grows

It is not often upon finishing a book that I feel compelled to write the review. Usually I wait a little while and think about what worked and what didn’t, but with books that move me, I have this compulsion to put words down on paper straightaway, in the hopes of conveying the emotions that enthr ...

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Better Than Chocolate

One of my very favorite vacations as a child was a trip we took to Hershey, PA. It was an extremely fun excursion, aided in large part by what we ate while there (take a guess what that was). Disney may claim it is the happiest place on earth but I have a hard time believing Hershey doesn't run a cl ...

B+
One Mountain Away

While I love books that make me laugh, reading them continuously would be like a steady diet of sweets. And if you have ever overdosed on processed sugar, then you know it can make you start craving real food. Women’s fiction books are like my real food. Though there is not the always the Hollywoo ...

B+
Life Drawing for Beginners

I read Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes last year and liked a lot. However it didn’t send me out looking for Ms. Meaney’s backlist. One reason is that I hadn’t read a novel with bittersweet elements in a while, since funny and laugh-out-loud books are typically my preference. But the i ...

B+
Enchanting Lily

We've all complained before about the books with the evil ex. It seems that to be a widow, divorcee, or ditched girlfriend of one's previous significant other must be the worst sort of person imaginable. This novel is a refreshing take on what happens when you find The One - and then lose him. Are y ...

B+
When in Doubt, Add Butter

Reading the first person excerpt, I had expectations of When in Doubt, Add Butter being a slightly humorous chick lit novel, but by the second chapter I knew that it was going to be much more. At times funny, then poignant and romantic, the book is a smorgasbord of delights. Thir ...