Women's Fiction

C-
The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found is one of those books that one takes out of the library for a weekend and then forgets entirely about by Monday.  Consumed between bites of sandwich and sips of tea, it plays out in bland, unexciting, and predictable ways.  The author shows some real flashes of talent ...

C-
Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin falls somewhere in the middle of a Venn Diagram of Texas, tea, and Jane Austen, and since I consider all three of those interests of mine, I thought I would give it a chance. Sadly, I found it lacking on all three fronts, too slow, and overly long with little to say. There are quotes ...

C
The Perfect Dress

Mitzi Taylor, Jody Andrews and Paula own a custom wedding dress shop for plus-sized women – the titular Perfect Dress - which is pretty ironic considering none of them have ever been married.  Paula is a superstitious half-Cajun who believes in curses, Jody’s come the closest to actually achiev ...

C+
The Secret of Clouds

I've read and loved two of Alyson Richman's World War II-era historical novels, so I was really looking forward to her latest novel, The Secret of Clouds. It is set in a completely different time period, and I was eager to see how it would compare to her previous works. The year is 1999, and twen ...

B+
The River Widow

Ann Howard Creel’s southern gothic mystery tale The River Widow combines homespun drama with wicked mystery.  It’s a superb tale, but it’s not without its problems. When we first meet Adah Branch, it’s 1937, the Great Depression is ongoing, and she’s trying to salvage what she can from ...

D
My Very '90s Romance

NOTE: This is a re-issue of the 2010 book Talking to Addison Florist and psychology degree holder Holly sells flowers at the New Covent Garden Market while waiting for a better position, and has terrific taste in blossoms. But when it comes to picking the right place to live – not so much.  Pa ...

A+
Queenie

Queenie is, quite simply, the best novel I’ve read this year so far.  The publicity describes the book as Bridget Jones meets Zadie Smith, but I’d go a step farther – this is an original voice with something fresh to say about the lives of young black British women struggling to maintain thei ...

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The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See – novelist of well-researched and sometimes amazing, sometimes infuriating novels like Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, China Girls, Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls – returns with The Island of Sea Women, a beautiful and heartbreaking tale about two lifelong friends who become part of t ...

B+
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

I'd been hearing great things about Anissa Gray's début novel The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls for almost a year before I finally picked it up. It was one of those books I really wanted to read, but at the same time, I hated the thought of not having it to look forward to. My brain d ...

B
The Military Wife

Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife is a poignant, gently moving story that explores the various facets of military life as faced by the families of servicemen and women, who have to deal with challenges just as complex and difficult as their enlisted loved ones. It’s an entertaining and informat ...