Women's Fiction

B+
Julie and Romeo

Julie and Romeo is simply a heart-warmer of a tale. Loosely based on the classic Romeo and Juliet, it has a happy ending and enough interesting twists for those who like something different in a romance. Julie Roseman is a sixty-year-old divorcee who owns a failing family flower business. Her par ...

A-
No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home is the third book I've read in 2002, and with such an auspicious beginning, I can only feel hopeful about what this new year will bring. What a beautiful story this was! Jewel Sabatino is smack dab in the middle of the hardest part of her life when she receives ...

B-
A Woman Betrayed

A Woman Betrayed opens with thirty-nine year old Laura Frye wide-awake, knuckles white. It's five in the morning and Jeff, her husband, never arrived home from work. There has been no call, no message, nothing. Laura is frantic. The two have been married for twenty years, have many friends and two c ...

B+
The Wedding Party

I chose to read The Wedding Party based on the good grades given to her last two books, Deep in the Valley and The House on Olive Street. Both of them were given B+ grades by other AAR reviewers, and I hoped that I would agree with their high opinions of Robyn Carr. I'm very pleased to report that I ...

B+
Last Chance Saloon

I've been waiting to read Last Chance Saloon for over a year now. Last summer I discovered Marian Keyes, and I lapped up her three books like cream. Unfortunately, then I had to wait and wait and wait for this one to cross the sea. But finally it's here, her new book, and I have to say I was not dis ...

C+
Cameo Lake

Many romance readers are not going to like Cameo Lake simply because they will not allow adultery in their romance novels. But if you're a reader who, like me, is not bothered by a plot featuring adultery, this story of a quietly sweet relationship may please you somewhat. Novelist Cleo McCarthy ...

C+
Firefly Beach

I'd heard good things about Firefly Beach and Summer Light, Luanne Rice's back-to-back summer releases, so I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one. I'm always up for a good story, and have had good luck with women's fiction lately. But Firefly Beach, though for the most part well wri ...

A-
Summer Light

Finally - a Desert Isle Keeper for me! I'm pretty sure that this is my first for this year, and I'm thankful. Luanne Rice's latest story has a touch of magic, lots of love, and a hero I loved, even when he was being a jerk. May Taylor is a wedding planner and a single mom. She creates magical wed ...

A
Never Change

One of the good things about being a reviewer at AAR is that you quite often read books that you otherwise might not have picked up. I have been exposed to a number of new authors and new sub-genres of romance in this way. Elizabeth Berg writes fiction, women's fiction, and I don't tend to read a lo ...

C-
The Secret Stones

In Dee Holmes' latest book The Secret Stones, we find a family torn apart not only by divorce but also by tragedy. Mattie Caulfield's oldest daughter Jessica has been in a car accident and is in a coma. Mattie rushes to the hospital to find her ex-husband Stephen already there. The two discover that ...