6.16.2014

Women's Fiction

As expected, there are always novels that are going to appeal to women much more than men - not necessarily "chick lit", but novels that feature predominantly female characters and issues. I seem to have stumbled into that arena lately with these novels...

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms is a fun premise - two women with the same name enter to win a contest of a new home (like they do on HGTV every year). Both women show up at the house to claim it, and of course, a stalemate ensues. A *great* cast of secondary characters, this novel is warm and funny, affecting and full of heart. I really enjoyed it, and missed the characters when they were gone...

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson was a great read. Shandi and her three year old, off-the-charts-smart son are in a convenience store one day when it is held up. Shandi falls head over heels when a stranger named William steps between the robber and her son. What follows is the orbit all of these characters take around each other, and where they all are in their lives. I don't want to give anything away, except to say this was a worthy read from a rock-solid author. 

Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble is definitely women's fiction. A marriage shattered after a tragedy, a new companion in the home, the raising of children, the resolution of past ills...it's all wrapped up in this novel geared towards women. I enjoyed the novel well enough at the time I was reading it, but now that time has passed, I can scarcely remember it. :-\

Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen is a women's novel about finding love unexpectedly in the second half of life. Rebecca is a photographer struggling to get by in a run down cabin, having lost her marriage and her fabulous New York City home. She trades in Central Park for the back woods, and in the process finds herself - and a new man. Gentle and unassuming, this is an easy read for any woman.

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