Like The House of Mirth, this book was sent to me by Beth, and I spent forever getting around to reading it! The Husband's Secret follows the lives of different women whose lives intertwine in ways that become increasingly clear as their stories develop and close towards each other. If entwined, character-based stories are your thing, I completely recommend JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. When Annabeth meets a handsome literature professor named Alex on her 34th birthday, she thinks her quest may finally be at an end. Written in the tradition of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kim Gruenfelder’s A Total Waste of Makeup, and Melissa Pimental’s Love By The Book, it shows that love on the sweet side can exist for the modern girl, if only she’s willing to trust herself and search hard enough.
Been Searching for You was the winner of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests. Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St.
Goodwin is also a mom blogger with work appearing on Scary Mommy, Baby Gaga, and Mommy Effect. Far beneath me my daughter Sophie gives an unwitting squeal, Henrietta’s twins shriek in unison and I hear son Josh call out ‘Mummeeee!’ when as much by luck as design my left arm catches a forked limb long enough for me to grasp it and come to a bone-jolting, shoulder-wrenching stop. Dangling, I somehow hook one leg round the main trunk and cling there like my life depends on it.
A terrified glance below shows Sophie clutching on to her younger brother’s arm, their long-standing feud forgotten as they contemplate their mother’s plight. Three feet above me, inches from reach, a tortoiseshell cat stares down with baleful yellow eyes.
Disregarding me entirely, he licks his paw before stalking further out, balancing on a twig, with the arrogant grace of a tightrope walker. Several months back I’d been donated this money, you see, ten thousand pounds, which was kind of hot, but gone cold.
We’d originally substituted the would for might, because after all, how can one predict who’ll kill themselves?
Sophie’s small face gazes up at me, expression distraught in the strobe lighting, finger pointing in my direction.
Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner Pimple, is failing badly. Soon Cathy’s multiple problems include stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept maths tutor. Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell, who write together from their respective homes in Surrey, England (Pam) and Colorado, USA (Lorraine).
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey – April 5, 2016, Annabelle prides herself on telling the truth, and disagrees with her Grandmother Lovey’s policy of telling white lies when it “helps.” For someone who always does the right thing, even a white lie is unacceptable.
All Lizzie wants for Valentine’s Day is for her fiance NOT to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. It’s a race against the clock for Lizzie and Blake to find the real killer before the police decide to lock Blake up and throw away the key. When I started hearing more and more good things about it, I knew I had to put it on the top of my pile. All stories revolve around a letter found by Cecilia, written by her husband only to be opened in the event of his death.
It's pretty much the epitome of a summer beach read: Nothing challenging, nothing confusing. This may be influenced by the fact that, as a rule, I'm not interested in what you may call "light women's reading". It's a lot more complex than The Husband's Secret but also more developed and a lot less predictable! Sophie has the dream life as a well-known Chicago pastry chef who’s engaged to the man of her dreams.
The novel is about three sets of parents who are approaching the high school graduation of their youngest child.
Tina Fontana is the executive assistant to Robert Blaine – the COE of a multinational media conglomerate. Right even though he’d be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust, thanks to a traumatic experience years before that’s left her unable to commit. Things don’t quite go as planned, so Annabeth resolves to do everything she can over the next year to find the unknown recipient of her letters. Her current novel, Been Searching for You, a romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association. Sweat drips down my body, my knees shake uncontrollably and something’s poking between my ribs like a sharpened spear, causing an actual hole through clothes into flesh. Lauren, Henrietta’s eldest by two seconds, is hopping from foot to foot, pale with anxiety while her sister’s nervously studying her watch. Oh how I wish I’d ignored him when I saw that distinctive white-tipped tail swagger across the zebra crossing. I wedge my bum into a crevice between branch and tree, tighten my hold and, with a few contortions worthy of the great Houdini, extract my phone from my pocket to peer at the screen. Some people threaten it with no intention of going through with it and others, not a word and then boom – lives are devastated. At first I think it’s the cat, but it’s clearly a siren, volume increasing as it draws closer. I turn away from the cluster of grinning helmeted and booted firemen assembling at the foot of the tree as someone cranks up the ladder.
Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiance Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. After years of selling short stories independently, they began their Ellie Campbell collaboration with a first novel, How To Survive Your Sisters, followed by When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper and Million Dollar Question.
Out of the blue, Annabelle dumps her picture-perfect-hedge-fund-manager fiance and marries a musician, Ben, whom she’s known for three days. Her mother is one tough cookie and she has no intention of handing the reins over to her daughter. Thomas is a popular author of western romances who’s making the leap to women’s fiction with this tale of forgiveness.

As the owner of a charm bracelet I adore the title of this book, and how it’s used as a plot element. This novel is actually based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough. Okay, so not exactly Chick Lit, but I can’t think of another actress who epitomizes being a chick more.
If that weren’t enough drama for one evening, Lizzie and Blake find the town mayor dead and the detectives on the case put Blake at the top of their suspect list.
Eventually curiosity gets the better of her and she reads the letter to discover information that changes her life, and the lives of the other women, forever. I knew the secret within about 15 pages and, although I thought it couldn't possibly be that obvious, it turns out it was. I'd still encourage people to give it a go, though, as it seems very divisive- some people were not impressed while others absolutely loved it. Set on Sullivan Island, off the coast of Charleston, SC, the Muir family has all gathered to celebrate the weddings of sisters, Harper and Carson. Her fiance is a local celebrity sommelier, making them the golden couple of the Chicago culinary industry. But blind dates, Meetup events and online singles sites have nothing on what fate has in store for her when a co-worker unexpectedly quits and Annabeth finds herself working in close quarters with both Alex and her long ago ex, Nick. Later this year, she will release Madame Presidentess (July 25), a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, which was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction. Claire gets to know her old friends all over again and gets to know more about herself as she starts over – right back where it all started. These titles were originally published on Amazon under her former name, Jessica Strassner, but have been rereleased under the name Jessica Goodwin.
I wonder what’s upsetting them most – the thought of Aunty Cathy’s untimely demise or being late for class.
But I’d spent weeks scouring backyards, crawling on hands and knees, peeking under parked cars, over hedges, listening to sweet old Mrs Thompson choke back sobs as I admitted failure. Brilliant timing as my husband, Declan, had recently re-evaluated what he wanted from life: Rhode Island Reds and a less pressurised career, I’d been suspended from work and my house cleaner, Pimple, was tired of domestic duties. Then there’s those who talk about it all the time and no one gives a hoot because they’re labelled attention-seekers and before you can say boom again – they carry out what they’d always said they’d carry out. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships and her life to untangle these messes.
Mackenzie is going to inherit a media conglomerate – if she can manage to keep working for her mother in law, a rather eccentric woman.
In her latest novel, we get to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Majorca, Spain. When she was forty, Jesse had a one night stand that resulted in the conception of her son Lucas.
Suzanne Hamilton is an event planner who lives in Atlanta and has landed a huge event that will put her in a league of her own. Tyson Palmer is a star NFL quarter back who’s fresh out of rehab and trying to prove that his best years aren’t behind him. Annie is a newly engaged woman who returns to the English countryside to help her mother, who’s in the middle of selling her home. Clio Marsh is an ornithologist who’s having reservations about her relationship with a dashing hotel magnate, Henry Kildare.
I adore Kate Hudson and am very curious to see what she what she has to share about living a healthy and balanced life. The only hurdle in Lizzie and Blake’s way to wedded bliss is introducing their polar opposite families to each other at their engagement party. The main women are irritating: Cecilia spends far too much time fussing, simpering and generally being a do-gooder and Tess needs to stop fat-shaming her beautiful, witty cousin. It was entertaining enough and I became impatient to find out how the stories would come together even though, as I said, I didn't expect my prediction to be completely accurate. In her latest novel, Riley Griggs is a woman whose life is falling apart due to her husband Wendell’s scheming business practices.
But after a few years, she’s grown bored and is looking for a way to advance in her career. Fighting her attraction to one and loathing for the other, Annabeth is forced to face all of her old insecurities while keeping an eye on a scheming frienemy who may derail her hopes and dreams. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, going wine tasting, singing in the shower, and taking pictures of the baby. Meddling With Murder is their 6th novel and follows Looking For La La and To Catch A Creeper in the funny, cozy ‘Crouch End Confidential’ mystery series.
Caterina’s unexpected pregnancy, discovered after the love of her life leaves her, is surely not going to make her mom happy. Juliet Lyman is a top record executive who’s been sent to Majorca to get some lyrics from the record label’s top songwriter, Lionel Harding – that her company has already paid for . Arden is a single mom working hard at a digital woman’s magazine in Chicago, trying to put her daughter, Lauren, through college. While there, Gladys becomes engrossed in a book about the Duchess and is surprised to learn she once lived in the home her mother’s now selling. Clio hasn’t been honest with Henry about her past, and his desire to make a commitment causes her anxiety. Lucy is a divorced 40 year old woman who’s lonely and desperate to “get a little action.” Her friend Nancy is married, and tired of having sex with her husband. I will also say that Moriarty's use of short sentences to build up tension in the climax of the novel is well developed and certainly creates suspense.
I am a big, big fan of books with loads of characters that all come together in the end, I love seeing how they all interlink and I really enjoyed this aspect of the book.
Grandmother Dora is insisting on an Emily Post-style wedding, even though one of the sisters wants something more modern. Sarah has relied on her daughter to the extent she doesn’t know what she’ll do without her companionship. Riley and Wendell agree to a divorce and plan to tell their daughter Maggie over Memorial Day weekend on Belle Island. While Lovey is taking care of her sick husband, her world falls apart and Annabelle must decide if telling your loved ones a lie is an act of love or betrayal. Then fate steps in, in the form of an unexpected inheritance from a grandmother she never knew.

Ruby’s terrified that Mia will make the same mistakes she did, so she’s moved them to Kansas to keep her out of trouble. After her daughter starts to ask questions for a family project at school, Natalie decides it time to find out where she came from. Dani’s not buying Tyson “reformed bad boy” act – and has trouble hiding her personal disdain for him when she’s on the air. With the realization that she may have a vested personal interest in Gladys’s story, Annie heads to Paris to solve the mystery of the Duchess’s life. That any cases I took on would absolutely not involve capturing murderers or exposing criminals?
Caterina’s receives a cottage in Italian countryside, which gives her the opportunity to start over.
When Gabriella was forty, she was too busy writing best-selling novels to have a baby, which she now regrets. In Kansas, Ruby meets her biological father, Hank McAllister, who she didn’t even know existed.
Despite his best efforts, Tyson’s unable to charm her – and can’t understand why she hates him so much.
The author mixes fact and fiction to create a romantic and entertaining tale about family treasures and lost love. I’m very curious about this book – I’m so tired from running my children around all the time that an empty nest sounds pretty good.
Riley’s grandfather was the original settler of the island and her family is well respected by the residents. After accounting makes a clerical error on her expense report, she gets an unexpected and much needed windfall – one that could drastically change her life.
Not that our patch of North London known as Crouch End is inundated with killings, just that I’ve somehow succeeded in entangling myself with two in the last eighteen months.
In Italy, she learns about the father she never knew and discovers secrets that could destroy her family. Juliet’s a woman who compartmentalizes her life and she has little patience for Lionel, who oozes emotion and talks non-stop about love. And Claire’s life was so full of messy complications, due to dealing with her rebellious teenage daughter. In the midst of all this her biggest celebrity client, country music superstar Dylan Burke, asks her to plan his sister’s wedding. Hank is emotionally distant and full of grand ideas – one of which includes leaving his ranch to Ruby.
She’s struggling to mend her broken heart – all while helping to plan her little sister’s extravagant wedding. I found this predictable but I bet there are books that left me clueless where you would have got it. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any worse, wedding customers from the bakery start asking for advice that goes beyond the perfect cake. After Wendell’s doublehanded deals become public, Riley and her family are faced with losing everything they have. And now the simplest of mundane jobs has turned an everyday school drop-off into what could possibly be my final farewell. The wedding brings past mistakes back to haunt her, causing Suzanne to wonder if maybe she does have regrets after all. Ruby’s not thrilled about it, or ready to forgive her old man, but he does have a way with Mia. Soon after their arrival, Arden and Lauren realize that Lolly is starting to loose her memory and they worry about her future. The week before the wedding, Smith bumps into an old college friend, Tata Pennington, who proves to be an elixir for her aching heart. After Wendell is found murdered, Riley decides to put her investigative journalism skills to work. Of course she knows it would be wrong to keep the money – but the money is pocket change for the company and Robert. While there, Juliet meets a woman, Gabriella, who has the voice of an angel and tries to sign her to a record deal. Now the three women get the “chance” to go back and fix their mistakes, but what will that do to the futures? Chauvinism is alive and well on Wall Street –  the female traders are not paid or treated equally as their male counterparts.
There’s also a handsome rancher who’s caught her eye – all the more reason for her to try and make things work. After Brook’s reunited with Natalie, the sisters try to find the woman who gave them up to ask her why. The women in Belle’s office create a “secret society,” to work together to find a way to mellow their office’s cowboy culture.
He’s recently moved back to New York, after selling his company and separating from his wife. Belle’s home life’s a mess too, with a husband who refuses to work and doesn’t respect how hard his wife works to afford their family’s life style. She creates a list of all her divorced girlfriends, and in exchange for “favors,” they’ll sleep with the husbands of women who are sick of putting out – with the wife’s consent, of course. I see in a comment above Before I Go To Sleep was mentioned, I've read that and it was pretty cracking! Suddenly Juliet, who’s in a foreign land, is unable to get people to do what she wants, And she’s starting to feel some things, like love and friendship, and those emotions make her job hard to do well.
Then Belle’s college fiance shows up in her office, leading her to question what might have been.  The book is fun, despite the darkness of the historical 2008 Wall Street crash.
And kudos to the author, who manages to describe the market conditions in a way the reader can easily understand.
Incredible books, with really well developed characters, and elements of feminism and how shit our current society and attitudes are!

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