Fiction tackles friendships

New York Times bestselling author and ESPN cohost Mike Greenberg writes an unexpected story about the friendship of three women in the face of breast cancer in “All You Could Ask For.”

Brooke, Samantha and Katherine couldn’t be more different.

Brooke is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who is trying to keep her figure and her marriage spicy. Samantha is a much-younger newlywed to an older would-be politician who just has been devestated with the evidence that her husband has been cheating on her.

And Katherine is a workaholic who has a lavish lifestyle in New York – but must work with the man who broke her heart. As all three women are trying to navigate their way through their personal relationships, they get the devestating news of breast cancer.

Finding each other through a support network, the three find a friendship that helps during the toughest time of all.

This is an incredibly moving story about women’s friendships in the face of adversity. It’s usually very hard for someone to write opposite sex characters, but Greenberg does it wonderfully.

“All You Could Ask For” is published by William Morrow. It is $25.99 and 262 pages long.


An international bestseller comes to paperback with “Overseas” by Beatriz Williams.

In New York in 2007, Kate Wilson is a young Wall Street anaylst, trying to make an impression on her demanding bosses and their new and even more demanding client, Julian Laurence. And she definitely does on Julian, who is gorgeous, charming and inexplicably, fallen hard for Kate.

In Amiens, France, in 1916, a British captain, Julian Ashford, comes upon a beautiful American named Kate, who has seemed to come out of nowhere intent to warn him about his reconnaissance mission. His friends think she’s crazy, but Julian is taken with her. How does she know why he is in France?

And as 2007 and 1916, told in alternate chapters, collide, a heady romance is brewing. But can Kate and Julian ever be together? Or is their relationship doomed?

This is a trip of a romance book – the reader is aware at some point, time travel is going to be involved, but when? Two “different” romances play out between the characters in two different time periods that will leave you breathless.

“Overseas” is published by Berkley. It is $16 and 474 pages long.


A story of three women’s friendships that intersect during weekly meetings watching a television show is explored in “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” by Wendy Wax.

Samantha, Claire and Brooke seem to have nothing in common except for all living in the historic and luxurious Alexander apartment building in Atlanta. Samantha is the wealthy wife who married her husband after her parents stole money from her husband’s family’s company. She has since wanted to be the perfect wife to show him how grateful she and her younger siblings were for taking them in. But is gratitude enough to sustain a marriage? Claire is the single-mom who is struggling with being an empty nester after so many years as a “team” with her daughter. She is supposed to be working as a full-time writer but is finding herself with a bad case of writer’s block. And Brooke is a newly divorced single mom of two young girls, whose ex seems more interested in his lavish lifestyle with his new girlfriend than on taking care of his “first” family. The three women meet at their building’s screening of Downton Abbey and an unlikely friendship occurs. As the three lean on each other more and more, their lives start to change for the better. But when one of Samantha’s family members betrays her and her friends, is their friendship ruined beyond repair?

This is a warm story of friendship that will make for a wonderful afternoon of reading.

“While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” is published by Berkley. It is $15 and 354 pages long.


No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debbie Macomber tells the story of a woman making a fresh start in life with “Starting Now.”

Libby has been chasing down making a partner at a prestigious law firm to the determent of everything else, including a marriage. And now she is horrified when instead of getting the promotion, she is instead laid off.

And in the tough economy, she can’t find another job. So now, Libby begins a quest to “find a life” and finds a friend in Lydia, a knitting store, and her young daughter Casey and Casey’s friend Ava. She helps make preemie hats with the trio, which leads her to meeting a handsome doctor.

But even though she is enjoying her new life, when she blows a job interview, Libby blames it on her new priorities. Can she find a balance?

This is a wonderful story about “finding it all” and new starts.

“Starting Now” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $26 and 338 pages long.


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