Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

B+
Anchored Hearts

Priscilla Oliveras’ charming Keys to Love series continues with the story of Luis’ sister, Anamaría. While this book is a little less heart-pounding than the previous volume (thanks to an occasionally annoying hero), there’s still enough romance and cozy family drama to earn a recommendation ...

A-
An Earl, the Girl and a Toddler

Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series continues apace with An Earl, a Girl and a Toddler, the heartbreaking but ultimately exhilarating story of lady’s maid Jemima St. Maur. While readers definitely remember Jemina from the first book in the series (A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby), ...

C
Hour of the Witch

A just-all-right Salem Witch Trial drama, Hour of the Witch feels in places like The Scarlet Letter – Demi Moore’s film rewrite, not the Hawthorne classic.  Yet Chris Bohjalian’s skillful way of getting into his protagonist’s head keeps this one from sinking below the midpoint mark. Mary ...

B-
Twice Shy

Sarah Hogle’s Twice Shy is one dollop sweet romance about two wallflowers, one dollop ‘what-in-the-world-am-I-reading?’ Its heroine is so deeply entrenched in her own fantasy world at the age of thirty that I occasionally wanted to shake her, but Hogle’s talent kept me reading. Maybell Pa ...

C
My Ride Or Die

My Ride or Die is a story about sisterhood.  You can define sisterhood about a thousand different ways, but in Leslie Cohen’s book, it means that special kind of one-on-one friendship that causes you to build blanket forts and block away the outside world. Sophie and Amanda are easy to relate to, ...

A-
The Social Graces

The Social Graces is a mischievous and delightful little social comedy that brings its characters to life.  Though I’ve read deeper histories of the Vanderbilt and Astor mini-feud, this one definitely entertained me the most, a true generational saga that’s warm, sweet, funny and tender. Mrs ...

A-
Mirrorland

Mirrorland is a beautiful, complex and dizzying tale of sisterhood and coming to grips with the past via a rather horrifying trip through the present. El and Cat – Ellice MacAuley and Catriona Morgan – were twins who lived in their own wild world when they were children.  The girls do not kn ...

A-
The Good Sister

The Good Sister is one part heartbreaking story of sacrifice on the level on Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, one part Mommie Dearest, and it packs a memorable emotional wallop. Rose and Fern share a special bond – they’re twin sisters. Rose has a husband, Owen, whom she loves deeply even th ...

A-
The Intimacy Experiment

Rosie Danan does it again with her beautiful The Intimacy Experiment, which is about spirituality, sex and true love in equal measures. Ex-porn-star turned sex educator Naomi Grant – AKA Hanna Sturm – wants to expand her highly-regarded start-up website, Shameless, into the realm of public le ...

B
The Last One Home

The Last One Home is an interesting combination of women’s fiction and thriller that manages to keep its pace tense and its characters interesting, and its unique premise makes it worth a look even though its conclusion is a bit forgone. Influencer Lauren Abrams is returning home to the family ...