Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

F
The Perfect Date

The Perfect Date is the most frustrating reading experience I’ve had all year.  The heroine and her son are extremely engaging, but the hero is less than worthy of her most of the time, the plot is overly dramatic and the gobs of girl hate that spatter the novel and a number of poor editorial cho ...

B
Sisters of Summer's End

Sisters of Summer’s End is a decent little story about two women who take a leap into bigger and better things after a lifetime of insular attitudes.  While the book pulls focus on one of the romantic relationships fostered by one of our heroines, the best part of the story is their newfound frie ...

B+
The Spies of Shilling Lane

Jennifer Ryan’s lovely, gristly, involving mystery about a British matron who becomes an investigator in the wake of a humiliating divorce petition, The Spies of Shilling Lane is a surprisingly cozy mystery that’s presided over by a pushy heroine who’s a touch Miss Marple, a pinch Jessica Flet ...

C
City of Girls

In this brand-new love letter to New York City, the follies of youth and the joys of the theater, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert brings us the uneven story of a woman named Vivian Morris. Morris comes to New York for a summer vacation in 1940 and never really leaves – and tells us about it ...

B+
The Missing Season

Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed, Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head, Eat your nose, Gobble your toes, And bury you where the milkweed grows. This nursery rhyme, chanted by the kids who make up the under-eighteen set in Pender, Maine, tells us of the superstitious fear they harbor that something is ...

C+
The Honeymoon

When Dan asks Chloe to marry him, she feels as if all of her dreams are about to come true. Sure, they've only known each other a month, but Dan understands her in a way no one else ever has, and she can't imagine living her life without him by her side. Of course, she says yes, and is soon caught u ...

B+
The Summer of Sunshine & Margot

Susan Mallery’s The Summer of Sunshine and Margot is the story of two sisters who are complete opposites struggling with old baggage and new lives. No matter how difficult things get, the Baxter girls are always there for one another.  Having been abandoned by their mother at birth, they were ...

C
Unexpected

Kelly Rimmer’s Unexpected is a warm, charming book - but is dotted with little, tiny details that pick at the fabric of its entrancingly-woven spell, leaving the reader to ask questions and frown at the small stuff in spite of its larger good points. Roommates Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross have ...

C-
Under the Table

Stephanie Evanovich’s Under the Table, a gender-reversed modernization of My Fair Lady, produces mainly mixed results and never manages to become anything unique, especially funny or breathtaking before reaching its infuriating conclusion. After years of living and working in Ohio, Zoey Sulliva ...

B+
Virtually Yours

Set in the near future, Sarvenaz Tash’s Virtually Yours explores virtual romance and the complications that set in when reality and fantasy collide. Mariam Vakilian isn’t the type of person to sign up for a dating service, but now that her ex, Caleb, has thrown himself out onto the market aga ...