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4 Women Fiction Books that Will Take You on A Rollercoaster

The women’s fiction genre continues to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster. From family secrets bringing characters back to the town they fought to leave, to mysteries behind disappearances, to secrets behind murder, to the bonding of siblings. Here are four books that are worth being on the rollercoaster.

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The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

In The Wishing Tide, Lane Kramer runs an inn in Starry Point, North Carolina. A storm comes in along with an unexpected guest, a English professor working on his book. Lane connects with him in ways she never imagined along with the crazy lady on the dunes.

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The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis

In The Secrets She Carried, Leslie Nichols inherits her grandmother’s farm, Peak Plantation and she can’t wait to sell it. Jay Davenport is the caretaker of the farm and wants to keep it. Leslie and Jay delve into the mysteries behind the farm and discover it holds a lot of family secrets.

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Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love is about Annabelle, a woman who looks up to her grandparents and the love they share. Annabelle always does what is right but this time she calls off her engagement and marries an unlikely candidate. Her spare of the moment, love and first sight attitude changes her life.

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Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This says it all:

One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.
It makes you want to read it, right?
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Fuzzy Findz

My Fuzzy View of Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson

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Have you ever wanted to smack a main character for making wrong decisions? As of today, I have and her name is Felecia Lyons. This character has a beautiful life, a loving husband, three great kids and it’s all threatened because Felecia has a past she has tried to forget. We know the similar story line where the woman has to go back home to deal with what was left behind, but in Second House on the Corner it’s a little different .

Felecia gets up to the same routine everyday and sometimes wants to disappear just for a little alone time. Her routine takes a change when she receives a call from her past. Felecia should have realized this call was not going to be good and trouble would be right behind it but she doesn’t see the warning. Now her marriage is in trouble, she may have ruined her chance as a Dames (a socialite group she has been dying to become a member) and she has to deal with her best friend from way back demanding a favor that I know I wouldn’t give.

What I loved about this book is it has well-developed characters finding themselves in realistic situations. A stay at home wife wanting more personal time and her side acting career. A hardworking husband who wanted a pure wife, but who really is these days. A friend who hunts you down when there is a need and the group you have been itching to get into but may have to walk about from. And family members you want to separate from but know they are there when you need them.

The hint of drama is there, the reader’s frustration will be there and the secondary characters will keep you turning the pages. I haven’t related to characters in a book in a while but Second House from the Corner’s characters draw you in causing you frustration while also making you want to root for them. This is a wonderfully written story about a woman’s struggle of having her own, loving family, facing the past to have a future, marriage and forgiveness. This is not your typical story and readers will be captured by this author’s writing style, I know I was.

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Fuzzy Findz

Fuzzy Findz: The Summer of Me by Angela Benson

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My Fuzzy Findz for June is The Summer of Me by Angela Benson. The cover speaks especially to me, which is why I picked this book. The Summer of Me is about a single mother who is use to taking care of others while forgetting about herself. Destiny’s children go away for the summer leaving her to discover a lot about herself and what she has been missing.

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Destiny is a devoted mother who looses herself in the acts of taking care of others. She soon discovers life after a break up is not that bad. She just needs to rediscover who Destiny is.

Daniel is a charming pastor who enters Destiny’s life via a set-up by friends. He is there to help in other capacities but learns a lot about Destiny when they start working together.

Bernice is a devoted friend to Destiny, who wants the best for her friend, meaning she needs to do something special for herself while the kids are away.

Natalie is also a friend of Destiny that sometimes can be a little overbearing and judgmental even though she means no harm.

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As a reader, it was a nice journey for me to follow Destiny as her life evolves from her meeting Daniel, dealing with her friends and mother, starting school while working three jobs. Destiny is on a mission and as I continued to read her story, I couldn’t help but root for her. This book was about family, forgiveness and parenthood.

Therefore, The Summer of Me by Angela Benson is my fuzzy findz for May. I will be sharing my new fuzzy findz next month. Stay tune!

If you would like to know more about Angela Benson or would like to purchase a copy of The Summer of Me visit www.angelabenson.com.

My Fuzzy View

My Fuzzy View of Mattie’s Call by Stacy Campbell

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In three previous novels, Stacy Campbell has given readers a view into the lives of families dealing with different issues, from infidelity and betrayal in Dream Girl Awakened, to grief, loss and forgiveness in Forgive Me, to mental illness and shame in Wouldn’t Change a Thing. With her fourth novel, Mattie’s Call, Campbell turns to three siblings needing a lesson that only a mother can provide.

The book starts with readers being introduced to Mattie Benson and her caregiver, Karen, an aide at Grand Oak Acres nursing facility. Mattie is close to Karen and feels comfortable complaining about her three children, whom she feels left her at a nursing home that has her trapped. Mattie’s children Gabrielle, Joshua and Alice hardly visit their mother, which gives her a sense of abandonment.

Mattie knows her children have issues such as Gabrielle loving to be taken care of by others and not seeing anything wrong with having a wealthy sugar daddy. Joshua having problems with commitment even though he believes in love. He can’t keep running from love or his past forever, which he soon finds out. Alice, the baby of the family, doesn’t make sound decisions, hence the loveless marriage she stays in. One day Alice makes a stop at home out of her normal routine, she witnesses an act that will forever change her life and one that may make her hard decisions easier.

When the three distance siblings are informed their mother has disappeared stipulations come with it. Mattie is challenging her children to change their ways or they will not receive their inheritance.

Once again Stacy Campbell has written a story with true substance opening the eyes of her readers to the importance of loving your family, flaws and all. This book has a great plot with a hint of drama, mystery and suspense. It is a wonderful story of a mother’s love and plans to teach her children a much needed lesson. If you love stories based on family units, this book and her previous books will be just right for you.

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