Women's Fiction

B-
River of Summer

River of Summer is an excellent first novel which combines outstanding writing with a deeply emotional plot. This book, however, is not for the easily depressed. If the tortured hero and heroine is not your cup of tea, you may not enjoy this one to the fullest. Zoe Harper has been dumped by her ...

A
One Hundred and One Ways

Mako Yoshikawa's debut novel is exquisite. Here is a tale of a modern, young Japanese-American woman's search for truth, presented as a tapestry interwoven with luminous threads of emotion, sensuality, and human connections in a world in which joy seldom comes without its measure of pain. This is no ...

C+
The Book Club

As a member of a book club, I couldn't help but be intrigued by a book actually called The Book Club. Mary Alice Monroe lists her own book club in the acknowledgments, and notes that the characters are nothing like the people in her book club. The characters are also nothing like the people in my bo ...

B-
Sis Boom Bah

If you're hungry for a light, funny read with likable characters, a smidgen of romance, and a dash of mystery and adventure, Sis Boom Bah is a tasty morsel, but at $24.00, it's kind of an expensive little treat. This is the story of the Peltz sisters - never married Deborah and thrice-divorced ...

C+
Lost in Translation

Ah literary fiction! Quality books in beautiful covers! The blurb on the back of Lost in Translation makes it sound like a romance novel, but the stunning art work and handsome binding let you know it is something better. Right? This is a book you can be proud to read on the subway or keep on your c ...

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The Saving Graces

Grieve with me. Patricia Gaffney is going mainstream. Make no mistake - The Saving Graces is emphatically not a romance. Don't let that stop you, though, because Gaffney's written a beautiful story of four women and the friendship that sustains them through trials, tears, and laughter. ...

B-
Shattered Silk

Shattered Silk tells the tale of a woman regaining her self esteem after a very bad marriage. There is also a little bit of mystery and a very tiny pinch of romance in the book. As a matter of fact, the romance is so subtle, if you blink while you are reading, you might miss it. I felt a little bit ...

B-
Homecoming

Susan Bowden's Homecoming is a contemporary tale of Tessa Hargrave's coming home to the English countryside after spending her adult life estranged from her family. She's nearly forty and her beloved Uncle Stephen is dying and wants to see her again. Though it will mean facing her aunt and cousin tw ...

A
Honey Moon

I thought at first that this book was going to be about someone's honeymoon which didn't much appeal to me. But no, Honey Jane Moon, is the name of the delightful heroine of this novel. Brought up in a dilapidated South Carolina amusement park, she makes the trek to Hollywood at age 16 and ends up a ...

B+
On Mystic Lake

Kristin Hannah's latest, her first in hardcover, is definitely more mainstream fiction than genre romance, despite the fact that one of its main components is a strong love story. At its core, it's the story of self-discovery. It's a beautifully drawn portrait of a woman going backward before she ca ...