With Christmas just two days away, many of us will be rushing out to the stores tonight to finish that last-minute shopping. If there’s a women’s fiction fan on your gift list, make your trip to the bookstore easier with a look at five novels to make her holiday bright.
“Morning Glory” by Sarah Jio: The bestselling author actually lived on a houseboat to research her latest novel, set in a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union. After running from tragedy in New York, Ada Santorini decides to make a fresh start on a houseboat owned by a friend in Seattle. She discovers a trunk left behind by a young woman who lived on the boat in the 1950s, and learns that she disappeared after pursuing a relationship with a neighbor. While Ada tries to get to the bottom of the mystery, she slowly picks up the pieces up of her own life.
“Totlandia: The Onesies Book 4” by Josie Brown: The newest book in this addictive series about an elite mom’s group in San Francisco follows the summer of the mothers’ first year in the club. The remaining moms who’ve been battling for the spots in the group are dealing with betrayals and secrets, and Bettina, the club’s power-hungry leader, might even get what she deserves. The series is digital only, but if you’re buying an e-reader as a gift, why not pre-load all four books on it? Bonus: Book 1 is currently free on Amazon.
The Marie Antoinette trilogy (“Becoming Marie Antoinette,” “Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow” and “Confessions of Marie Antoinette”) by Juliet Grey: The final book in Grey’s Marie Antoinette trilogy, “Confessions of Marie Antoinette” has just been released, and although the novel could absolutely stand on its own, consider picking up all three for your recipient to truly appreciate the life and times of the tragic French queen. Although Marie Antoinette’s faults are evident throughout the series, Grey also gives readers a look at the queen as a devoted mother, daughter and wife.
“Dollface” by Renee Rosen: Transforming herself into a flapper, Vera Abramowitz leaves an unhappy childhood behind and gets lost in the world of jazz, speakeasies and mobsters in this historical fiction treat. She attracts the romantic interest of a nightclub owner and a sexy gambler, but when she realizes they’re mobsters from rival gangs, her life becomes more complicated – and dangerous – than she ever imagined.
“The Sister Season” by Jennifer Scott: When their alcoholic father passes away just before Christmas, the three Yancey sisters return home, bringing years of resentment with them. While each sister is facing her own demons, including a troubled teen son, they must join together to get through the holidays. Although it’s not your typical cheery Christmas fare, this is a fantastic story about the (often dysfunctional) ties of family.