Author name: Effie Kammenou
Name of the book: Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga
Genre of the book: Women’s fiction, Contemporary romance, Family saga
Book synopsis: In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance.
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Title: Willow’s Way
Author: Sharon Struth
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance
Willow Armstrong was a successful business woman in the world of weight loss and fitness until it was all suddenly upended following a devastating divorce. In the wake of losing everything she’s built, she learns that she’s willed a home in England from grandparents she’s never known. Now Willow must take a journey of self-discovery to learn the truth about her past as she sets about reclaiming her life.
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The newly released Healer’s Secret by Helen Pryke is a beautifully disturbing story.
Not a cozy read, it deals with controversial topics like alcoholism, domestic violence and decisions that can turn the fate of a whole family. Strung out over several generations of women who pass their healer’s knowledge on from mother to daughter, the tale draws the reader into their troubles and heartaches.
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Author name: Effie Kammenou
Name of the book: Waiting For Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga
Genre of the book: Women’s Fiction, Family Saga
Book synopsis: Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift…
In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.
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Title: Unveiled Secrets
Author: Carmen Oprea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unveiled Secrets is a story of how Leila Isidro, a thirty-something who struggles with her foster mother’s recent death, grows into a woman who knows where she came from and where she’s going. As such, it’s more of a women’s fiction story than pure romance, though there certainly is romance included as part of the growth.
Leila works for Denis Fraga, a handsome, mysterious man with a reputation for loving and leaving the women in his life, but when he starts pursuing Leila, he tells her this is new, this is different. But Leila struggles to believe him—she had a painful breakup with her fiancé at the altar on their wedding day— and her difficulties increase when she keeps finding Denis with Liz, a beautiful actress and model who seems quite eager to keep him attached to her.
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Its a narrative as old as time.
Young, naive woman meets succesful, prominent and married older man and is mesmerised by his charismatic persona that she decides to pursue him. They inevitably get caught and get caught up in a scandal. He asks for forgiveness from the public and his wife.
The wife has to put her game face on and forgive him; she stands by him and his career and puts the mantle of ‘wronged but strong woman on’ and she gets lauded for this behaviour. Its the ONLY thing that gets her through the days when she wants to scream and shout from rage at the shame and humiliation of it all.
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How to describe Eleanor Oliphant in a five hundred words or less?
She’s 29 years old and thinks telling people she works in an office is the fastest way to get them to stop asking questions about what she does.
She can go days without ever talking to another living soul. And no, her potted plant – for all its photosynthetic capabilities – does not count.
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Title: Villa del Sol
Author: Martha Reynolds
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Villa del Sol is a thoughtful tale of love, loss, and hope reborn centered around the story of Jennifer Logan, the young, recent widow of a popular, older senator.
Jennifer has had a rough life. She had an alcoholic mother and never knew her father, and she grew up with very little support from friends or family. Thus, she’s had to make it on her own every step of the way. Even after she married her rich, influential husband, she still struggled with loneliness as she kept up the image of being a perfect wife. Whether faced with his infidelities or his daughter’s bitterness over marrying someone young enough to be a sister, Jennifer has had to always live behind a polite smile.
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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
It shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder―or impossible―to lose.
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Soulmates by Jessica Grose
“For anyone who has ever suspected something sinister lurking behind the craze of new-age spirituality, Jessica Grose has crafted just the tale for you. With the delicious bite of satire and the page-turning satisfaction of a thriller, Soulmates is a deeply compelling, funny and sharply observed look at just how far we will go to achieve inner peace.”—Lena Dunham
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