Women's Fiction

B
A Simple Thing

Women’s fiction books fall on a continuum with some having more similarity to genre romance while others read more like mainstream fiction. While a A Simple Thing is closer to mainstream fiction than romance, there is a background romance that adds color to the story and heightened my enjoyment ...

C+
Ocean Beach

In a bit of irony last year I requested Ten Beach Road by Ms. Wax, but the package was ripped apart in shipping and I never received the book. So this year when I saw her name on the review list, I immediately requested her. I wish I had known that these books were part of a series because I never ...

B
The Good Father

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I am not sure why I have never read a book by Diane Chamberlain. I suspect my initial impression was that they were too angst-filled, but that is not the case with The Good Father. Using a deft hand, the author explores several emotionally sensitive subjects in this latest release. ...

C
The Reason is You

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Do you like stories with ghosts? Make that a hot, sexy, male ghost. Then this debut novel may just fit the bill. While it had many things that I really liked, including strong family relationships, it had too many others that I didn’t. In the end, this was just an average, albeit different, book f ...

C+
Barefoot Season

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I read last year’s Already Home by Ms. Mallery and gave it a B+, so I was up for reading this year’s release, even though the last couple of books in her Fool’s Gold series haven’t worked for me. Sadly, this book was just an okay book for me as well. I just couldn’t make the leap of faith ...

C-
The Golden Hour

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My recent Roku obsession has been Island at War. Sadly, this British TV series was only one season long, but what a season! Dealing with Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands, this gem of a show captures the horrors of being invaded by a foreign power. As the citizenry settles in for a very long wa ...

B-
A Promise of Safekeeping

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Our past. A place of joy for some, a place of pain for others. For most of us it contains a nice mix of both. There are things we would love to change, pieces of it we wouldn't trade for the world. It can be a nice place to visit but as the saying goes, you wouldn't want to live there. But every onc ...

B
The Things We Cherished

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There are times when I run across a heroine to whom I simply cannot relate. This novel held two such women - people whose every choice made me question them, whose every action made me wonder why this and not that. In the hands of the right author that experience can actually be very enlightening; i ...

B+
Sunset Bridge

Sunset Bridge, the third and final book in the Happiness Key series by Emilie Richards, concludes with an emotionally satisfying ending. Having read all three books, I became very attached to all the characters and their story arcs. As much as I hate series that go on far too long, it is difficult t ...

B-
The Weird Sisters

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Romance books typically have larger than life, perfect heroines and a satisfying fairytale ending. Both are reasons that I read romance, so when I read a book that explores human frailties, the analysis is somewhat different. Not being able to rely on the guarantee of a happily every after, I have t ...