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: The Caretaker
Author: Carol Schoenig
The Caretaker by Carol Schoenig tells the story of Phae as she tries to make her own life after an abusive marriage and many years as a single-parent. She decides to go to Spain to work as a caretaker for an estate. There, she meets Finn and the two start a romance.
This book is much more than a simple, straight-forward romance story. Phae is older than your typical love-interest (aged 64). Both she and Finn have loved and lost before (he is also a widower). Their love is complicated by family matters. Schoenig goes against the old trope of parental interference and instead it is Phae’s children who try to stand between her and Finn.
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.
You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.
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Silk and Scholar by Cassandra Dean
This is Book 4 in the Silk series, but stands perfectly well alone. And it is an absolute delight.
Etta Wilding-Marsh is a very unconventional young lady indeed. The daughter of a Cambridge don, she longs to study the law, an utter impossibility for a woman in the Regency era. She has only disdain for the irresponsible young men who take for granted that which she may never have, and her particular ire is reserved for Lord Christopher Hiddleston.
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Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
Date Completed: 5/25/2017
I jumped into this book knowing nothing about it, but that I had heard good things. I found that approach worked really well for me, so if you’d prefer, don’t read this, just know that you have my recommendation.
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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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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.
Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.
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