Womens Fiction

The Old Girls' Network by Judy Leigh Book Review

The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh is an uplifting novel about two sisters in their seventies reconnecting after a lifetime of butting heads due to their vastly different personalities. Good-natured Pauline’s peaceful life in an idyllic English village is about to be disrupted as her outspoken sister Barbara moves in to convalesce after an illness. Village life is not what Barbara is used to and when Pauline brings home

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau Book Review

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau is a historical thriller set on the Brooklyn shore during the gilded age. Twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg would rather spend her summer working in a Manhattan bookshop rather than socialising with her family and the moneyed elite on the shore. However, it’s 1911 and her late father’s debt means that Peggy needs to tow the line and join the family for the summer as her sister is

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs Book Review 

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs  is a light paranormal mystery with a side of romance, and is the first book in  Blackmore Sisters Mystery series. Morgan Blackmoore and her sister Fiona are learning the hard way that you need to watch what you say, or a throw away comment can become all the evidence the local police need in a murder case. Up until now life in quiet in the sea-side

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Book Review

The Calculating Stars by Mary Mary Robinette Kowal is a prequel to Lady Astronaut of Mars. The series is an alternate history imagining of what could have happened if a deteriorate had hit each in 1952, making the earth uninhabitable and changing the space race as humans look for a new world to inhabit. Elma York, a mathematician and former war pilot is a calculator for the International Aerospace Coalition’s

The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson Book Review

The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson is a contemporary romance. Rachel Vinson runs a successful events planning company that offers their wedding clients the option of having professional bridesmaids as part of their wedding party. Hired by social media It Girl influencer Sadie to be her bridesmaid at her wedding to a founder of an up and coming tech startup. With the run-up to Sadie’s wedding being filmed and the

The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford Book Review

The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford is a fictionalised account of what happened to Agatha Christie when her marriage ended. Heartbroken by the dissolution of her marriage Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express under the guise of Mary Miller. On the train, she meets a cast of people each with their own secrets that they are running from or trying to hide. Nancy Nelson, newlywed and married with

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton Audiobook Review

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is a generational story that takes part in 1913, 1975 and 2005. Cassandra leaves her home in Australia to deal with the cottage that she has inherited from her beloved grandmother, Nell, in England. Still reeling from a tragic accident that happened a few years earlier, Cassandra feels like her entire life is being ripped apart. In England Cassandra discovers that along with the

Double Dog Dare by Gretchen Archer Audiobook Review

Double Dog Dare by Gretchen Archer is book 7 in the Davis Way Crime Caper Series. You can read this as a standalone book, I have not read the rest of the series and I did not feel like I missed anything. Davis Way Cole is the head of security for the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi Mississippi. For Davis life is great she has a loving husband, wonderful

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain Audiobook Review

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain is an Audible Original narrated by Hillary Huber about Marie Curie’s earlier life. This is a short story that is an easy 1 and a half hour listen, perfect for a commute. The story starts off in 1893 Paris where 25-year-old Polish, Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne. Determined to win a male-dominated field and in a world that is

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal Book Review

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the debut novel of J. Ryan Stradal. Lars Thorvald’s life changes when his wife leaves him and their baby daughter Eva to pursue her dream of becoming a sommelier. Trying to keep his life together with the help of his brother Jarl and his girlfriend Fiona, Lars seems to be inching towards being okay when a terrible accident ends his life, leaving Jarl and