Large variety in women’s fiction

There’s a variety in women’s fiction this week!

First is an 1813 romance of spies and adventure in Stefanie Sloane’s “The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match.”

Grace became the wife of a terrible man and doctor through a game of chance in which she was part of the stakes her father bet.

And thanks to her husband, she is led into a notorious gang known as the Kingsmen. Spy Langdon Bourne (a distant relative of Jason perhaps?) is determined to take on the Kingsmen and finds an association with the widow just may be profitable.

As the two team up to take on the corrupt group, they discover a passion for something other than spying brewing between the two…

This is a fun blend of romance and adventure in a historical novel setting. Those looking for a different 1800s romance will enjoy this one.

“The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match” is published by Ballentine Books. It is $7.99 and 314 pages long.

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International bestselling author Susan Lewis tells a story of two very different women’s friendship in “Never Say Goodbye.”

Josie is a working mom who is struggling to make ends meet with her husband.

Her older children are struggling, her son is in prison and her daughter is marrying, which Josie also thinks is a mistake. And Josie has a life-changing secret that she has been keeping from everybody…

Bel is a wealthy property developer who seems to have it all. Except she is still struggling over the death of her twin sister. And then she gets news that devastates and brings back the horrible sadness of her sister’s death.

When the two women forge a friendship based on their fight against cancer, they find that their friendship is something they need to rely on to get through the battle.

A story of love, loss, heartbreak and strength in adversity, Josie and Bel are well-developed characters that readers will identify with. And their story is one that many must fight through every day.

“Never Say Goodbye” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $15 and 516 pages long.

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#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debbie Macomber gets readers ready for wedding season in “Blossom Street Brides.”

Several women in a close-knit neighborhood get ready for love and romance as they struggle with relationships and all visit their local yarn shop, A Good Yarn. Lauren has been waiting for TV personality boyfriend to propose for years, and finally realizes it isn’t going to happen. When he breaks a date yet again, she breaks up with him, and in a flighty moment, asks a friend of a friend out to dinner. One dinner leads to a relationship no one saw coming, but can they make it last? Bethanne is recently married to her second husband, Max, and trying to make their long-distance marriage last as they work out where they are going to live. But Bethanne’s cheating first husband has decided that he wants his family back, and is enlisting his grown daughter to help Bethanne see the “error of her ways.” Will the stress put on Bethanne ruin her relationship with Max? And as Lydia, owner of the Good Yarn worries how she will keep her business afloat, a mystery benefactor is putting up baskets of yarn around town asking people to make a scarf for charity. Who is it?

The women’s stories all weave together in a compelling and lovely story about second-chance romances, friendship and the strength of love.

“Blossom Street Brides” is published by Ballentine Books. It is $26 and 315 pages long.

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