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Recommendations needed for great 'Hen Lit' please!


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In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2010 22:19:58 BDT
LEP says:
For books in a similar vein to Jilly Cooper look at:

Fiona Walker
Jo Carnegie
Jessica Ruston
Jackie Collins
Penny Vincenzi
Tara Hyland
Sarah Mason
Lulu Taylor
Jo Rees
Karen Swann
Judith Krantz
Leonie Fox
Tasmina Perry
Olivia Darling

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2010 22:47:45 BDT
LEP says:
JacquelineF,

Stef Ann Holm writes nice novels in the style of Jennifer Cruise e.g. Leaving Normal; Pink Moon etc.

Posted on 10 May 2010 05:46:05 BDT
Mad Hill says:
Really enjoy Judith Hendricks too but she hasn't written many.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2010 13:28:19 BDT
Jacqueline F says:
LEP

Thanks so much for the many suggestions. Am going to give Christine Jones, Stef Ann Holm and a couple of others a try. When checking out Susan Anderson and Rachel Gibson, discovered I had read a number of these some years ago. Suspect you may be right in that not much compares to Jennifer Crusie at her best. Cant remember which Bob Mayer collaboration I read but since I cant remember and they all seem to get such poor reviews, I havent bothered to buy them (will only read them if I can get them from the library). Although have really enjoyed Janet Evanovich' Stephanie Plum books - the early ones caused some embarassment due to laughing out loud in public.
Have since moved on to other genres etc but light to change it up a bit and these suggestions have been great. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2010 13:35:33 BDT
mrs m says:
This is the first in a series of supernatural mystery thrillers - actually quite believable (not fantasy!) and all, according to reviews, are page-turners.Deadly Shades of Grey

Posted on 19 May 2011 17:39:10 BDT
elkiedee says:
did you try any of these suggestions. Julie Highmore and Bernadette Strachan are two more worth a look.

Posted on 19 May 2011 19:09:35 BDT
Happy Hour by Michele Scott. It's being called The First Beach Read of the summer in the U.S.
Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her "go to girls" The friends that she can turn to who "get it." The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley.

Jamie is the editor-in-chief of Wine Lover's Magazine, a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother-in-law ~ a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin. Jamie is still recovering, financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier. And when she finds what could be the key to happiness, can she open the door and let it in? Or will her feelings of guilt and betrayal hold her back?

Danielle is a vintner and the divorced mom of two. She's basking in what she knows is going to be a successful launch of her new wines. Wines she created on her own after her divorce. But what she doesn't expect is for her daughter to come home with news that will shock her to her core. Will an old flame help her accept the changes that are coming and find the love she's been missing in her life for so long? Or will a tragedy that no one sees coming change their lives forever?

Kat is a sommelier, co-owner of a magnificent restaurant with her chef husband, and mother of a blended family. But is being deeply in love with your husband enough to get them through the teenage years, step-children and exes? And what happens when old faces return and she's faced with the knowledge that not everything is what you thought it was. What happens when she finds she was mad at the wrong person and finds out the "right one" was in the wrong? Can she forgive and move on? Can love overcome everything and truly bring a family together?

Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner with a secret of her own. One she was hoping would stay buried deep in her closet. But the time has come for her to put someone else first, to face the past and to deal with her demons. What she never expected to find was love and her "home."

No matter what is going on in their own lives, no matter the heartache or joy they're experiencing these four women are always there to love, support and encourage each other.
Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her "go to girls" The friends that she can turn to who "get it." The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley.

Jamie is the editor-in-chief of Wine Lover's Magazine, a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother-in-law ~ a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin. Jamie is still recovering, financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier. And when she finds what could be the key to happiness, can she open the door and let it in? Or will her feelings of guilt and betrayal hold her back?

Danielle is a vintner and the divorced mom of two. She's basking in what she knows is going to be a successful launch of her new wines. Wines she created on her own after her divorce. But what she doesn't expect is for her daughter to come home with news that will shock her to her core. Will an old flame help her accept the changes that are coming and find the love she's been missing in her life for so long? Or will a tragedy that no one sees coming change their lives forever?

Kat is a sommelier, co-owner of a magnificent restaurant with her chef husband, and mother of a blended family. But is being deeply in love with your husband enough to get them through the teenage years, step-children and exes? And what happens when old faces return and she's faced with the knowledge that not everything is what you thought it was. What happens when she finds she was mad at the wrong person and finds out the "right one" was in the wrong? Can she forgive and move on? Can love overcome everything and truly bring a family together?

Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner with a secret of her own. One she was hoping would stay buried deep in her closet. But the time has come for her to put someone else first, to face the past and to deal with her demons. What she never expected to find was love and her "home."

No matter what is going on in their own lives, no matter the heartache or joy they're experiencing these four women are always there to love, support and encourage each other.
Happy Hour

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2011 23:09:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 May 2011 23:15:06 BDT
LEP says:
Little Black Dress books for Chick Lit like Christina Jones etc.

Santa Montefiore (sp?)

Christine Heggan

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 21:55:28 BDT
Vince Peddle says:
The Crone Club is hen lit for women in their 60s - emphasis on female friendship, light humorous reading, a main protagonist who develops through the book and finally triumphs.

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 07:54:01 BDT
Hi
I can recommend the kindle book The Life Of Stacey Barmcake, set in the North West of England, its been described as Bridget Jones on Acid, very funny 'chick lit' light read.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 08:13:54 BDT
I Readalot says:
Not impressed by the title I am afraid, a bit insulting actually. Crone means 'witch like old women', think Macbeth. Call a woman in her 60's (even older) a crone nowadays and chances are she will attack you with a roundhouse kick.

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 15:51:50 BDT
R. Larkin says:
If you like romantic mysteries with a dash of humor, check out Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series about an accountant turned baker in Melbourne, Australia.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 17:01:31 BDT
Barbs says:
Hi there, why not try my new novel, 'Eat the View', a rom-com set in the rolling hills of France. It's getting great reviews! If you like it, please spread the word!

Best

Barbara Jane Mackie

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 21:15:53 BDT
Catherine says:
Follow the Dove has so many great reviews, only 13 on here, but many from other sources. I have not met one person yet who doesn't love it. And they come from all tastes and all walks of life - yes, even men. It's not too expensive, not even the price of a glass of wine - what have you got to lose?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 07:09:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jul 2012 07:09:24 BDT
ElaineG says:
Thanks Catherine Byrne - Follow the Dove looks good, indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2012 16:38:18 BDT
Driver God says:
My girlfriend likes Kathy Reichs (not read themself! lol) and we've both recently enjoyed Depth of Exposure by Alex James
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2012 17:19:21 BDT
Try Seven Days to Tell You by Ruby Soames - a good look at a marriage.
Also, If you remember the '70s and like a more mature chic lit, try A Young Woman's Guide to Carrying On by Jilly Wosskow - very funny.

Posted on 18 Jul 2012 17:19:25 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2012 20:25:06 BDT
R. Warren says:
Try Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet chronicles and Falling. Not romances as such but wonderfully well written, with lots of interesting female (and male) characters. The Cazalet novels are set prior to and during the 2nd world war and Falling is one of the most interesting novels about a sinister 'romance' between an older couple I've ever read (based on real life events that happened to the author.) Not light and humorous reading like Jilly Cooper, but EJH's books are always page turners.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2012 22:47:19 BDT
If you enjoy a mystical element you might like to try Phil Rickman's series of books featuring Merrily Watkins, a vicar with a parish in Hereford who is also the area deliverance minister.
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