Genre: Women's Fiction
Lightning Review

Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

Mix Tape

Trigger warning (for the book, not the review): There is a teen pregnancy in the book and the father and sister are trying very hard to make the girl have an abortion when she doesn’t want to. I don’t know how this resolves, because see the DNF grade. But if you have triggers around emotionally abusive families or around other people deciding your healthcare, proceed with caution. I picked up this book because it looked … Continue reading Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

Book Review

Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

Dating by the Book

I started Dating by the Book with high hopes: You’ve Got Mail is my favorite 90s romantic comedy and this was supposed to be a charming retelling set in a cozy bookshop. Unfortunately, the enemies in Dating by the Book — author vs. critic instead of independent bookstore vs big retailer — marred my enjoyment. Additionally, the heroine’s frustrating actions — including her baffling behavior as a soon-to-be-published author and her selfishness — ultimately ruined … Continue reading Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

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Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins

Good Luck With That

TL;DR: this is one of the most hurtful and painfully cruel books I have ever attempted to read. I have serious concerns about readers’ potential experiences with this story, and the harm and hurt it may cause. My notes begin with the following sentence and I stand by it: THIS BOOK IS TOXIC. Please proceed with this review and with this book with extreme caution. TW/CW: fat shaming, disordered eating, and physical and emotional self-harm … Continue reading Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins

Book Review

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network

This is also part of my, “Okay, universe, just tell me what to read” campaign. This book has a lot of my catnip: lady spies, a dual chronology, and a host of people trying to put their lives back together after a war. In 1947, Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair is in England with her mother. She’s on her way to Switzerland for an abortion. She’s a college sophomore, unmarried, and her parents have decided that the … Continue reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Book Review

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Lost and Found Sisters

Jill Shalvis is my go-to feel good author for contemporaries. I was stoked to see she had a new series coming out (Lost and Found Sisters is the first book in the Wildstone series). I enjoyed the book, but strictly speaking, it’s not a romance novel. So I enjoyed what I got -but I didn’t get what I expected. While I can’t fault the book for being tagged as a romance at places like Goodreads, I … Continue reading Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Book Review

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

I realized that I’ve spent the past few weeks just letting the universe decide what I should read. Either it’s something somebody mentioned that sounded interesting, or an author went on The Daily Show and pimped her book, or a book that publisher sent me. I haven’t gone actively looking for a book in a while, and since the variety that the universe has sent my way has been REALLY interesting, I’m just going to keep … Continue reading Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

RITA Reader Challenge Review

The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean

The Color of a Promise

I picked this book mostly because it had a pretty title, which is the e-book variant on judging a book by its cover, I suppose! I don’t read in the Mainstream / Women’s Fiction genre much, and I like to use the RITAs to broaden my horizons. Usually, this makes books a little easier to review, because I am slightly less immersed in the experience, and can be more usefully critical. The Color of Promise … Continue reading The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean

Lightning Review

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussien

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

One of the important things that books do for us is provide a window into other lives. What Nadiya Hussain does in her debut novel is give us a window into a Bangladeshi family that lives in a small village in England, with four daughters (and a son) and a number of secrets. Fatima is the eldest, near 30, still living at home, and trying to figure out where her path as a dutiful daughter is leading … Continue reading The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussien

Book Review

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Delicious!

For those who love an element of foodie-ness in their fiction, Delicious! is a tempting piece of women’s fiction about self-discovery centered around people’s love of food. Its cast of eccentric characters is very Alice in Wonderland-esque, but too many pans in the fire and the heroine’s infallibility tended to make the book a bit of a slog. Billie Breslin has traveled to New York from California to take a job at a food magazine named … Continue reading Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Book Review

Keeper Shelf: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells

Squee from the Keeper Shelf is a new feature wherein we share why we love the books we love, specifically the stories which are permanent residents of our Keeper shelves. Despite flaws, despite changes in age and perspective, despite the passage of time, we love particular books beyond reason, and the only thing better than re-reading them is telling other people about them. At length. If you’d like to submit your reasons for loving and … Continue reading Keeper Shelf: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Book Review

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner

I read this book while I was half out of my mind with a high-fever flu, and it was exactly what I needed. It wasn’t a perfect romance – the romance is very understated – but a book about books, about finding yourself and others books to be friends with, and about finding the life you want had a deeply beneficial medicinal value for me, and I was tremendously comforted by it. Summary time! Nina … Continue reading The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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Guest Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

NB: The Readers of Broken wheel Recommend has been on our radar for a while, so we’re happy to have this squee-worthy guest review from Kim W. Kim W. is a grantwriter for a nonprofit in Northern California. She enjoys knitting, plundering the library, and dog-watching with her new husband. — The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with a little of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. If … Continue reading Guest Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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