New York City

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The Manhattan Girls

Gill Paul’s multi-faceted look at a group of world-shaking real life female best friends whose wit, skill and wisdom will change countless lives definitely has a lot of pep. The Manhattan Girls sports snappy dialogue and a fun sense of time and place. New York City, 1920. Reviewer, poet and sat ...

B+
Girls They Write Songs About

Girls They Write Songs About successfully captures what life felt like back in the late nineties in big cities across the world.  It also captures what young friendship and fumbling early career and relationship choices feel like with painful accuracy. But it starts to meander around its halfway po ...

B
Good Morning, Love

I liked the central conflict in Good Morning Love, Ashley M. Coleman’s début novel, very much.  But the hero didn’t really set me aflame due to his pushy and occasionally controlling nature. Carlisa – Carli - Henton is a blossoming singer-songwriter who has moved to New York City to try h ...

B+
Last Call at the Nightingale

Last Call at the Nightingale combines authentic-feeling prohibition era period detail with a heroine who’s easy to love, a unique cast of supporting characters, and a genuinely surprising mystery. It’s 1924, we’re in New York City, and bisexual Irish immigrant Vivian Kelly sews at a dress s ...

C
Book Boyfriend

After reading the blurb for Kris Ripper’s Book Boyfriend, I was looking forward to reading a slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance about a somewhat hapless writer who has been in love with his best friend forever, who ends up pouring out his feelings on paper because he’s too scared to say them ou ...

B+
The Mad Girls of New York

Maya Rodale takes on the real-life tale of adventuresome journalist Nellie Bly in The Mad Girls of New York, which brings mystery to Bly’s time at a horrific mental institution. Blending fact with fiction and a typical dash of her usual strong-women-in-triumph panache, Rodale feels as home in the ...

B+
The Other Family

It has been almost a decade since I picked up a Wendy Corsi Staub novel but the plot of The Other Family sounded so intriguing I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. This is a quick, engrossing read that is ideal for whiling away a cold afternoon. Nora and Keith Howell, along with their dau ...

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When You Get the Chance

When You Get the Chance is a cute, charming little novel that will work very well for younger teenagers; those aged between thirteen and sixteen should adore its fluffiness.  Older teens, however, might be bored by the story’s lack of complexity. New York native Millie Price wants to do one th ...

B
Amor Actually

Note:  The sensuality rating of these stories ranges from Kisses to Burning If you liked the movie Love Actually but wished more of the characters had gotten happy endings, Amor Actually, which re-imagines every plot thread from the movie, might be the anthology for you. Like the original, the c ...

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Madison Square Murders

Madison Square Murders, the first book in C.S. Poe’s new Memento Mori series, is a compelling read featuring an intriguing, cleverly constructed mystery and one of the most unusual lead characters I’ve ever come across, a neuroatypical detective in New York City whose unique memory condition mak ...