Women's Fiction

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

Semi Sweet is written by Roisin Meaney, a new to me author, although she has been published in Europe for years and gets compared on occasion to Maeve Binchy. I won't comment on that alleged similarity, but I do know that she has a very enticing writing style. This is her first book with simultaneou ...

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The Peach Keeper

After finishing this book, I could have easily started over at the beginning and read it again. While the characters do have love interests, the book encompasses considerably more. Ms. Allen's writing is exceptional. It has been accurately described as lyrical for she fills the pages with images of ...

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Already Home

Leaving behind her more carefree stories, Susan Mallery has written a book with an emotional impact, one that stays with you long after you close the last page of the book. Moving home to Georgetown, Texas, after her divorce seems like the best decision for Jenna Stevens. After her husband explai ...

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Letters From Home

In this digital age we often miss out on the simple things in life. Like letters. Nothing is quite as enduring or soul bearing as a letter. With a letter, you can't be brief, like a text or email, you can't just cover what you are doing this minute, since that will be irrelevant by the time it is re ...

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The Bikini Car Wash

Andi Wokowicz is a desperate woman. She gave up a successful career to move back to Plainview, TX in order to help her dad with her developmentally disabled sister. She needs a job - preferably a good one - if she ever wants to rent her own place and be an asset rather than burden to her father. Th ...

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The Summer Hideaway

The Summer Hideaway is part of Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles series, set at a camp in upstate New York, but it works as a standalone. It combines a contemporary romance with the story of three children growing up during World War II. I enjoyed both stories, but would have liked a bit more of eac ...