Women's Fiction

B+
The Wishing Garden

Occasionally I'll read a book with passages so bizarre or poorly written that I'll mark them with Post-Its. More rare are those books with passages so beautiful that I'll mark them with Post-Its. The Wishing Garden is such a book, and yet, it took a comment from one of my fellow reviewers here at AA ...

B
Circle of Three

When Patricia Gaffney moved from writing historical romance last year into hardcover women's fiction, many of her fans bemoaned the loss of another terrific romance author into the mainstream. While I'm one of those readers who doesn't like to lose a romance writer to straight suspense or romantic s ...

D-
Playing Away

We all have a friend or family member we love, don't we, even if, we were being judgmental, we'd find them lacking in character? Don't we make allowances for their behavior because we care about them? Well, I don't know Connie Green, the protagonist of Playing Away, so I don't need to make allowance ...

A-
In the Midnight Rain

Don't let the "Contemporary Women's Fiction" label fool you; In the Midnight Rain is about as romantic as it gets. This is my first Ruth Wind, and oh my, how this lady can tell a tale. For those of you, like myself, who have memories of what it was like to send boys we cared about off to fight in Vi ...

F
Separate Lives

Separate Lives is billed as a romance but it is definitely not. It could be better categorized as soap opera - the dull, predictable, bland kind of soap opera of the past. While the distinct British flavor of writing is at first reminiscent of Mary Stewart or Daphne Du Maurier, this story rapidly pr ...

B+
Follow the Stars Home

Warning - Follow the Stars Home is not a two-hanky read. It’s not even a three-hanky read. Just for fun, I counted the number of Kleenex I went through during the book and came up with the grand total of 17. The Kimberly Clark Company should be thanking me by now. This is a book ...

A-
When I Fall In Love

When I Fall in Love is a funny, emotionally intense, and meaningful mainstream romance offered by the author of Beaches, Iris Rainer Dart. It's a striking combination of real-life tragedy set in bigger-than-life Hollywood, topped off with an ending worthy of a fairy tale. Lily Benjamin is a fight ...

C
The House of Gentle Men

Oprah would love this book. It features very atmospheric writing and an unusual story of guilt and redemption. While I admired the writing, the book was marred for me by characters who were not very realistic. They practically wear signs with SYMBOL on them. The book also paints a very negative pict ...

B
Hawke's Cove

Susan Wilson writes in a quiet, unassuming manner that is evocative nonetheless. In Hawke's Cove, she tells of a relationship between a man and a woman that lasts from World War II until very nearly the end of the 20th century. This author brings to life some small-town folk who, though rather ordin ...