Contemporary Fiction

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Lauren Delaney has endured a highly unsatisfactory marriage for 24 years to a man who’s controlling and mean. Brad’s a successful surgeon whose done nothing but demean and belittle her their entire marriage. She declares to herself that there will not be a 25th year in this relationship now that her two daughters have finished… Continue reading The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

Looker by Laura Sims

The focus of this story is an unnamed woman who is a married college professor teaching poetry and attempting to get pregnant. When her exhaustive attempts to have a child are unsuccessful, we watch her descent into something akin to madness as her life fails to live up to the vision she had for herself.… Continue reading Looker by Laura Sims

Blog Tour, Book Excerpt, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance

The Goodbye Café by Mariah Stewart: Review, Excerpt and #Giveaway

California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can’t wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. After all, her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles. But Allie’s divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy,… Continue reading The Goodbye Café by Mariah Stewart: Review, Excerpt and #Giveaway

Contemporary Fiction

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves

  Annika Rose is an unusual young woman by most standards. Though she’s beautiful, smart and kind, her social awkwardness and struggles keep others at a distance, some even resorting to cruel and rude responses. When she begins college at the University of Illinois, it gets even worse until her roommate befriends her and she… Continue reading The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories

Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

      I read this some time ago but realized I haven’t shared any of my short story reading. I hope you enjoy.       This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while… Continue reading Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Contemporary Fiction

The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

The three Hudson sisters are well into the restoration of their family’s old theater, the Sugarhouse, a condition of their father’s will in order for them to receive the inheritance. A freak storm has damaged the ceiling, which is an art form in itself, creating new challenges, financial and creative. Des Hudson, the sister charged… Continue reading The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

Contemporary Fiction

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Having lost her mother at a tender age, Lucy Goodwin was looking forward to finding a surrogate in her mother-in-law but realized at their first encounter that wasn’t going to be a reality. Diana Goodwin was a complicated woman with strong convictions about life and service. Though her husband, Tom, provided balance to her somewhat… Continue reading The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Holiday

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

Meet the McBride sisters who are preparing for Christmas at home in Scotland. Beth is married and a stay at home mother to two small children but contemplating a return to an outside career. Oldest sister, Hannah, has a highly successful career that seems to keep her from the family but they believe she’s deliberately… Continue reading The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

  Frances Metcalfe is a married, stay at home mother of an 11-year old son who is struggling socially, as is she. She’s slightly overweight and doesn’t fit in with the other mothers of the children attending her son’s private school who go out of their way to make her feel socially unacceptable. Enter Karen… Continue reading Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

I began this series some time ago and recently finished. I was captivated by the first book, drawn to this family of extraordinary women.   It’s bad enough to find out your husband is cheating but to catch him in the act is pretty painful. Joelle Gordon stuck it out for a few months after… Continue reading Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams