Women's Fiction

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The Café by the Sea : A Novel

The first chapter of Jenny Colgan’s The Café By the Sea had me squirming in anticipation. Written in a sort of first-person, all-knowing viewpoint, I loved the unique style of storytelling that felt like having my best, snarkiest friend narrate a movie that I was watching. However, this style qui ...

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Cocoa Beach

Some authors write character based stories, some write plot based ones. Beatriz Williams writes great characters and places them within a gripping plot. Such is the case with her latest novel, Cocoa Beach. Although most of her books are standalones she is able to uniquely link her novels through a s ...

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Picture this: a group of older women, likely in their seventies and eighties, sitting around chatting. Could be the bus or train, the park, that one corner or the community center. What do you think they are talking about? I would have thought aches and pains, or their kids or grandkids. Maybe the w ...

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The Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is such a classic example of women’s fiction that, were you to look the genre up in a dictionary, you might see a picture of this book’s cover as the definition.  It’s got unexpected motherhood, marital infidelity, a custody battle, cancer, evil mother figures, and prose ...

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The Gypsy Moth Summer

Upon first reading the synopsis of Julia Fierro's The Gypsy Moth Summer, I had no real idea what kind of book it was supposed to be. Its mention of young love in the midst of troubled times made me think I would be losing myself in a young adult tale of star-crossed lovers, but, the more I read, the ...

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It's You

I have loved Jane Porter’s women’s fiction since I read the almost autobiographical Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out. Ms. Porter is able to convey emotions in all their raw intensity so well, she puts my heart through the wringer while also providing it solace. I cannot turn the pages of her ...

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Goodnight from London

Ruby Sutton thought the call into her editor’s office would result in the termination of her employment; instead, she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is to go to London and report from there on the European war. In the summer of 1940 there could be no sweeter assignment for an ambiti ...

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Lost and Found Sisters

I hate the term “chick lit” and often eye-roll at “women’s fiction”, to be completely frank. I’m not sure why books about a heroine’s introspective journey are genre fiction, when a hero’s introspective journey is often just “fiction” - but I digress. When Ms. Shalvis announced t ...

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The Forbidden Garden

The Forbidden Garden is a story of a haunted Shakespeare Garden in Wiltshire, England, and brings together together a troubled American horticulturalist and a troubled English rector. I confess to never having heard the term 'Shakespeare Garden', but thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that it’s a the ...

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A Bridge Across the Ocean

Reading the synopsis for A Bridge Across the Ocean, one can't help but approach the book with the highest of expectations. A story that spans decades and crosses continents, it contains all the elements of a page-turner – wartime intrigue, a seventy-year-old mystery, even a touch of the paranormal ...