• Book Review: Been There, Married That by Gig Levangie

    Book Review: Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie

    Title: Been There, Married That Author: Gigi Levangie Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication date: February 11, 2020 Genre: Women’s Fiction Summary: Agnes Murphy Nash has been married to big shot movie producer Trevor Nash for over a decade, but Trevor has decided he needs out of the marriage. Completely caught off guard, Agnes does the only sensible thing and chooses to fight tooth and nail for custody of their tween daughter Pep (short for Penelope), hoping that giving in on everything else won’t prolong their Hollywood-style divorce. Unfortunately, Trevor is determined to make her life a living hell, throwing wrenches into her life so he comes out looking his best. But, with a trio of Spanish…

  • Guest Post: Appaloosa Sky by Karen Brenner

    Guest Post: Karen Brenner, Author of Appaloosa Sky

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Karen Brenner, author of the fiction novel Appaloosa Sky! Enjoy a brief excerpt from her novel and a short piece about what publishing a debut novel was like. Title: Appaloosa Sky Author: Karen Brenner Publisher: Brenner Pathways Publication date: December 13, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary (from Amazon): At only eleven years old, Ginny Spangler is left orphaned after a horse theft gone bad. As Ginny grows from a self-reliant young girl to the fiery matriarch of a sprawling Texas ranch family, she passes on her resiliency and bold spirit to her nieces, Scottie, Rory, and Georgie O’Brien – sisters that are growing up with a distant…

  • The Books I Reviewed in 2019

    The Books I Reviewed in 2019

    Do note that I said reviewed in the title and not read. I did read some of the books I reviewed in January back in December of 2018 and I am still reading books (of course I am), but those reviews won’t be posted until January and February of next year. I honestly can’t remember which books I started reading this past January, so I’m forced to simply talk about the books I reviewed over the past year. The Stats in Paragraph Form Because I Prefer Words to Numbers I wish I knew how many books I have actually read this year as I’m curious to see how close I…

  • Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

    Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

    Title: Freefall: A Divine Comedy Author: Lily Iona MacKenzie Publisher: Pen-L Publishing Publication date: January 1, 2019 Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor Summary: Nearly 60, installation artist Tillie Bloom reunites with her three friends: Sybil, Daddy, and Moll. They converge on Sybil’s vacation home in Whistler, British Columbia after spending years apart, letting time and distance get in the way of their friendship. Faced with turning 60, they reflect on their coming of age in the ’50s and ’60s, discover what each has been up to over the years, and come face to face with a bear and survive, more or less, to tell the tale. As their reunion closes, Tillie manages to convince them to travel…

  • Book Review: Beside Herself by Elizabeth LeBan

    Book Review: Beside Herself by Elizabeth LaBan

    Title: Beside Herself Author: Elizabeth LaBan Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Publication date: October 22, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary: Hannah is a happily married mother of two. Until she discovers her husband cheated on her. He assures her it’s over and literally becomes ill every time it comes up, but Hannah is still angry. After witnessing her best friend’s slow decline after her divorce, Hannah is caught between wanting a divorce and wanting to stay, but how can she even the score? By having her own affair, of course. Simple in theory, she quickly learns diving back into the dating pool is far from easy, and begins to learn what’s really important to her. To…

  • Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton

    Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton

    Title: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen Authors: Ada Bright and Cass Grafton Publisher: Canelo Publication date: September 12, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary: All Rose wants to do is enjoy the Jane Austen festival in Bath with her online friend from California, Morgan. All while longing for Dr. Aiden Trevallyn to notice her. Instead, she makes the acquaintance of a time traveling Jane Austen. Thanks to an accident with a dog, Rose and Jane end up in an alternate timeline where Jane had never written any of her novels, and they must figure out how to return to their own time to fix the timeline. As a fan of Jane Austen’s…

  • Book Review of The Cottage at Plum Tree Bay by Darcie Boleyn

    Book Review: The Cottage at Plum Tree Bay by Darcie Boleyn

    Title: The Cottage at Plum Tree Bay Author: Darcie Boleyn Publisher: Canelo Publication date: July 25, 2019 Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction Summary: Catherine is thirty-four, works as a teacher, lives with and takes care of her needy mother, and has only had one romance, which she gave up in order to stay with her mother. Mark is recently out of a very long-term relationship and has gone to stay in Penhallow Sands to recover and fight through writer’s block. Neither are looking for romance, but neither can deny the attraction between them. If you’re looking for romance, you’ll find it in spades. If you’re looking for women’s fiction, you’ll sort of find…

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan - a book review

    Book Review: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

    Title: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe Author: Jenny Colgan Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Publication date: July 2, 2019 Genre: Women’s Fiction Summary: Issy Randall was raised in her grandfather’s bakery, but, instead of opening her own, she got an office job in London and moved her grandfather into a nursing home. When she’s abruptly laid off and seemingly loses her boyfriend/ex-boss, she takes it as the perfect opportunity to open her own cafe. It’s a slow start with a single employee, someone she met in a class for those who had been laid off, but, with the support of friends and a very handsome banker, she manages to get her cafe off the ground. Until her…

  • Book Review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

    Book Review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

    Title: After the End Author: Clare Mackintosh Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group Putnam Publication Date: June 25, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary: When their young son is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, Max and Pip must make an impossible choice: seek further treatment that might extend his life or let him go. As they become further at odds with each other, and the world begins to tune in to their story, a decision is made, but what happens after the end is just the beginning of another journey for this young couple. As a parent, especially that of young children, this book made me cry. I had to stop…

  • Book Review: If Only by Melanie Murphy

    Book Review: If Only by Melanie Murphy

    Title: If Only Author: Melanie Murphy Publisher: Hatchette Books Ireland Publication date: June 6, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s fiction Summary: Erin has just broken up with her fiance, has a job she hates, and is jealous of her new flatmate who is basically everything she isn’t. On the bright side, she has a fantastic friend in Reid, has just discovered her childhood friend Finn has moved to the same building, and is about to celebrate her thirtieth birthday with her beloved grandmother in Ireland. But her granny has a surprise for her: a special pendant that can give her the opportunity to briefly live a life she could have had that will…