Women's Fiction

B-
California Girls

The story of three sisters who are dumped by their boyfriends/husbands in the same week, California Girls is Susan Mallery at her most interesting - but the novel also suffers from flaws which make it difficult for me to rate it more highly. Finola Corrado, Ali Schmitt and Zennie Schmitt couldn†...

B
The Object of Your Affections

Falguni Kothari's The Object of Your Affections isn't an easy book to define. It's the story of best friends who embark on a journey that will change their lives in unimaginable ways. It's a quiet story that focuses on the inner development of its characters rather than on the high drama that fills ...

A+
The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Every once in a great while, a book comes along and punches me right in the gut. It sounds unpleasant, and in a way, I suppose it is, but it's also the best way I can describe my visceral reaction to certain very powerful stories such as Yara Zgheib's début novel, The Girls of 17 Swann Street. It's ...

B
The Wartime Sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman's The Wartime Sisters checked a couple of my book-catnip boxes. As you’ll know if you've followed my reviews for any length of time, I absolutely adore books that take place during the Second World War. I also really enjoy reading about the close but messy relationships shared ...

B-
More Than Words

Jill Santopolo follows up her runaway hit The Light We Lost with More than Words, the story of both a love triangle and the grieving process. Nina Gregory has always been close to her father, Joseph, who raised her alone after her mother died when Nina was eight. She’s buried herself in her wor ...

A-
Forget You Know Me

Forget You Know Me is the latest offering from author Jessica Strawser. It's a book that can't be easily categorized, but it's one I'm definitely glad I picked up. Molly and Liza used to be the best of friends. In fact, there was once a time when neither woman could imagine life without the other ...

B-
Half of What You Hear

A story of life in a small southern town as led by the people who live and love there, Kristyn Kusek Lewis’ Half of What You Hear is a decent story about the way bigotry unkind gossip and can effect generations. Susannah – Cricket - Lane was raised staid, upper-class and southern, in old mone ...

C-
Life on the Leash

I’m very rarely a Women’s Fiction reader. I am of the camp that truly prefers Romance and sticks solidly in my genre, only a few Women’s Fiction books per year getting me to make the bridge, and that is typically because they seem to have a strong romantic subplot. Life on the Leash convinced ...

D
The Recipe Box

Reading The Recipe Box was like drinking a large, thick milkshake that tasted of nothing but sugar. This book might charitably be described as sweet, perhaps even wholesome, but I found it a cloying one-note read. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but if so, it’s not one I wish to acquire any time s ...

C+
The Spring Girls

The Spring Girls is a modern take on a very classic tale – Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  In recent years and in the wake of the success of books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Little Women is a story that’s undergone multiple modernizations and reinventions – as a werewolf novel ...