Women's Fiction

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 that ...

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 ...

C+
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is a book that so badly wants to be liked that it forgoes risks in order to do so. Pity. This is the kind of novel that could have opened up vistas of the human mind. As is, it's simply a love story, and a nice one at that. But it pales in stark comparison to what it might have been. ...

C-
Summer's Child

Summer's Child read like a soap opera without all the sex. We've got our hero and heroine, a foundling child searching for her birth parents, a mysterious woman, and a whole lot of secrets. Unfortunately, it also had very little romance, and the author revealed the secrets at a pace that nearly drov ...

D+
A Sudden Change of Heart

I've wondered for a while what the difference is between "women's fiction" and romance because with a focus on relationships, they seemed fairly similar to me. Having now read two women's fiction novels in a short time span, I've noticed some differences. I have to say that I prefer my romance. ...

B+
The House on Olive Street

I am not a fan of Women's Fiction. If a book remotely seems like Women's Fiction, it is more than enough to send me away, and to be honest, when I accepted the assignment of reviewing this book, it was with more than a little bit of dread. Much to my shock, I was very pleasantly surprised. ...

C
Bebe's By Golly Wow

Bebe's by Golly Wow is the very hip, very now, very with-it tale of an African American woman's search for love. If you can get past the relentless, sometimes overpowering slang and the alternating points of view in which the tale is told, there is a pleasant story to be read. In ...

C-
Magic Spells

I have recently read two books featuring characters who are obsessive and carry guilt about something that happened to someone else in their lives. One of these books told the story better than the other. This is not that one. Jane Gregory was to have married Ned Payton seven years ago. The nigh ...