Women's Fiction

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Prospect Street

I confess - I initially put off reading Prospect Street, Emilie Richards' hardcover debut novel. It's a rather long book, a little intimidating looking, and sometimes reviewing longer books can be a chore, especially if they don't hold your interest. It turned out, that was not something I should ha ...

B
Step-Ball-Change

Step-Ball-Change is a short, quiet little story about the joys of change and the challenges of family. I discovered Ray this spring when I ran across a copy of her first book, Julie and Romeo. I've been waiting for this one somewhat anxiously, curious to see if Ray would be able to reproduce the won ...

B+
Just Over the Mountain

I want to live in Grace Valley. I want to go there and meet these wonderful, lovely, funny, serious, hard-working, sensible, tolerant people, and be one of them. If Just Over the Mountain had been a true romance, it would have been my first grade-A Keeper in a long, long time. As it is, this is more ...

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For Better, For Worse

For Better, For Worse is a silly book. Sometimes this can be a good thing. Silly books can make you laugh, forget about a busted water heater, or just help to not take life so seriously for a few hours. You could say that the world is a better place for having silly books, but in this case, I wouldn ...

B+
Love in Bloom's

Finally, an enjoyable story that entertains from beginning to end! With its snappy, sassy style and unpredictable characters, Love in Bloom's is the perfect book to grab for a long day at the beach or any old day when you're feeling stressed and are longing for a quirky romantic pick-me-up. ...

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I Think I Love You

When was the last time you read a book that left you laughing, smiling, and overall feeling great? I hadn't had one of those books in a while - until I picked up Stephanie Bond's latest. I Think I Love You is the story of a dysfunctional Southern family whose secrets are finally catching up with the ...

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The Beach House

Mary Alice Monroe's The Beach House is profoundly moving, from the short prologue in which a woman feels sorrow and regret about her relationships with her now-grown children, to the final pages in which hope replaces sorrow. Caretta Rutledge has been asked to visit her mother, Lovie, in their Lo ...

B+
The Beach House

If the title of this book, The Beach House, and the cover illustration of dunes, a beach umbrella, and the water don't clue you in, I'll just go ahead and say it: this is a great beach read. I grew up "down the shore" myself, and reading this novel in landlocked Atlanta made me long for salt air and ...

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Heart and Soul

I've wavered several times on what grade to give this book. It's a quick and easy read with a likable heroine but the content is depressing and I'm not sure there's enough substance to make it worth its hardcover price. Bess Stallone (no relation to Sylvester) is our narrator and ...

B
Disturbing the Peace

Sarah Bridges turns thirty-five, and runs smack-dab into a mid-life crisis. She enjoys her job as an ESL teacher very much, but it takes up almost all of her energy and free time. She likes her boyfriend, Stoddard, and yet, three years into their relationship, they're both insisting that it's "casua ...