Zikora is a short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is about Zikora, an unexpectedly pregnant DC lawyer whose boyfriend leaves her when he hears she is pregnant. Throw in the mix a disapproving, strong-willed Nigerian mother and you have the perfect cocktail for a story that delves into the heart of the difficult decisions and the work women are expected to make throughout their lives without the support that they deserve.
Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene is a story of a woman finding her power (literally and figuratively) after her marriage ends. Newly divorced Jessie has taken on the job of caretaker of an old mansion belonging to a family friend in the little town of O Brien. She soon discovers that the house, her job and the colourful townspeople aren’t at all what they seem. Generally, I stay away
Set during the First World War, The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowden is a novel about a young woman finding love, experiencing loss and ultimately finding her place in the world. Emily Bryce is eagerly awaiting her 21st birthday so that she can take charge of her life as an adult and contribute towards the war effort against her parents’ wishes. Emily’s plan to become a nurse is shattered when
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown is a completely charming and delightful novel. Sisters, Cathy and Marty are the owners of Miss Clawdy’s Café, the reigning champion (and longest running winner) of the Jalapeno Jubilee blue ribbon. However this year, town busy-body Violet Prescott is gunning for the ribbon and won’t stop at anything to ensure her victory. If they want to keep the ribbon, Cathy and Marty
The Little Shop of Found things by Paula Brackston is a time travel novel with a good dose of romance. Xanthe and her mother, Flora move to the charming little town of Marlborough leaving behind them broken relationships and the lives they no longer want to live. In their future is an almost derelict antique shop that they have polled their life savings to bring back to life and pin
The Serial Dater by Rachel Cavanagh is a women’s fiction novel with a romantic twist. The book follows tech journalist, Isobel while she explores the ins and outs of online dating over a month, one date every night. Embracing her new assignment, thrust upon her by her editor William, single girl Izzy starts off by creating a shopping list of what she looks for (and doesn’t want to see) when
The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall is a women’s fictional novel spanning two time periods, the present and 1946. The book follows two women with similar goals despite the half-century that separates them. Olivia’s love life is pretty much non-existent but at least her career as a successful advertising agency executive in New York is on track. Or at least that is what she thinks. With her agency losing