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The Unsinkable Greta James

Whew, this one hurt - but in a good way.  If you’ve ever experienced the death of a parent and then had to learn how to get on with a parent you weren’t particular close to, The Unsinkable Greta James is a touching experience that will strike a chord with you.  If you haven’t, it’ll still ...

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A Perfect Equation

This is the second volume in Elizabeth Everett’s The Secret Scientists of London series, about a group of ladies who form a scientific club, and manage to find true love during their adventures.  This one is a bit weaker than what came before it (A Lady's Formula for Love), but is still a welcome ...

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Count Your Lucky Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur’s Written in the Stars series – about romance and astrology in Seattle – comes to a sweet conclusion with Count Your Lucky Stars, about two former high school girlfriends who reunite unexpectedly after many years.  It’s warm and funny and real about what it’s like to ...

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The Family She Never Met

Caridad Piñeiro’s multigenerational saga about the Cuban experience is a lovely and well-told slice of women’s fiction that gives us the life stories of three wholly different women who each experience what it’s like to be biracial in the modern world.  It struck a deep chord with me, a pers ...

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Good Girl Complex

Good Girl Complex is a contemporary cross-class romance which is weighed down by its formula, and while the author gives an excellent view of her working-class hero, she doesn’t deliver on the heroine’s wealthy side of the class divide. Mackenzie - Mac - Cabot is just one of the many filthy-r ...

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Violeta

Has anyone ever chronicled (and added magic to) the lives of women with such grace and beauty as Isabel Allende?  If you’ve read one of the author’s books you don’t need me to tell you what you’ll find between the beautiful covers of Violeta.  Magical realism.  And the story of one woman ...

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His Lessons on Love

His Lessons on Love is just to the right of pure fluff, but it’s the kind of fluff that’s quite enjoyable.  The characters are likable, their growth believable, their romance sweet and tender, and their problems understandable.  However, the plot contains too many quibbles for me to give it a ...

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Real Easy

Ruby is one of a number of girls who dance at the Lovely Lady, selling fantasies and lapdances to the lonely and the horny during the day.  It’s 1999, the women stand on the brink of a new millennia, and they are weary and jaded, but do not lack humor about their lives. One of the many who wor ...

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The Siren of Sussex

Mimi Matthews tops herself with the first novel in what appears to be a fresh and brilliant new series with The Siren of Sussex, the tale of an independent horsewoman and the tailor who vows to make her the most talked about equestrienne in all of England – both of whom suddenly discover love in t ...

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One True Loves

One True Loves is sweet, honest and touching in its portrayal of that space between being a teenager and becoming an independent college student. The delightful Lenore Bennett is brilliant, talented and no romantic – though she wants to be in love, has tried to be in love, and has lost repeated ...