Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Polly Waterford is back again. Her first appearance was in Little Beach Street Bakery, by Jenny Colgan, and the author put out a second novel, continuing the story of a tiny fishing village in Cornwall where the characters are rich and the community is warm and full of strength and support when it is most important.

Polly moved into town following the dissolution of her marriage, and found herself baking bread for the village. It wasn’t easy being the new girl in town and she had a rocky start…Her apartment was drafty and lonely and the locals were a little…skeptical of her at first. But she won them over and became part of the community finally, and Summer at Beach Street Bakery starts out as a continuation of her story, as she finds her bakery under new management and finds her livelihood threatened.

Polly has a lovely boyfriend (who carried over from the first novel) and has bought a lighthouse to live in. She was happy in her newly founded life until she found herself running into some new challenges and realized she would have to fight for her dream job, her relationship, and even release her tamed Puffin into the wild (heartbreakingly).

Life isn’t always roses, and Polly has her work cut out for her from the beginning. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is a pretty typical summer read, great for the weekend or your spring break. You can get through it in a couple of relaxing days if you have the time, and it’s a light, easy choice if that’s what you like.

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham

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What is it like to fall in love in current times? Is there any mystery left when you can simply look up someone on Facebook before deciding to call them? Are there any secrets left? How is communication affected when people rarely talk to one another on the phone anymore, and so much communication can be lost in a text message?

Read Bottom Up is a novel written entirely in the form of email and imessages, a novel of romance, friendship, and popular culture. Eliot and Madeleine are two normal people struggling to find love in a digital world, facing the hurdles of communication challenges in a text-message kind of world where one can stalk a romantic interest online and find out more about them than may be productive. Do they have what it takes to make it? With the support of their best friends, Emily and David, they are about to take readers on a journey of love.

Read Bottom up is provocative and amusing, a quick, fun, light read that is perfect for your summer vacation or your next rainy weekend.

Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan

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21920687Cassie thought she had her life all figured out. She married her first love ten years ago, ruled the estate for him, kept his life in perfect order. On the night of her ten year wedding anniversary she suddenly learns that her life has been a lie. Her husband has a second family and she has been in the dark about it for years. Her best friends swoop in and make her an offer to help get her life back in order. She will spend 4 months with each friend, living like they do in New York, Paris, and London-experimenting with jobs, lifestyles, and whatever else comes along. At the end of the year she will decide what she wants to do with her life now that she’s starting over.

This novel is a great option for anyone who has ever been faced with the possibility that they will need to “start over” in life, or anyone who has been betrayed in love. The characters are rich and deep, the main character is very lovable, and there is something for everyone-fashion, cultural differences, lifestyle extremes, sexy men, new friendships and new dreams. If you are looking for your next “chick-lit” book, you will want to grab Christmas at Tiffany’s.

On the Rocks by Erin Duffy

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Abby’s life was right on track. She had finished school, established a career, and was in a long-term relationship with her college boyfriend, Ben, who had recently proposed. She was happily flitting about, choosing flowers, decorations, cake…While wearing the dress she has decided is “the one”, out shopping with her best friend, her worst nightmare ensues. Her fiancé Ben has just announced on Facebook that he is single…Without letting Abby know they were breaking up….

The 30-year-old is going to have to start fresh, and do some serious thinking. After months of feeling sorry for herself and eating ice cream alone, Abby is going to spend the summer at a beach house, dragged there by her best friend, who thinks the cure for Abby’s problems is cocktails and sun-tanned surfer dudes. But Abby isn’t quite so sure she’s ready to be on the market again…And her misadventures as she figures out what she really wants will make readers chuckle aloud and shake heads in disbelief…In a world where you can get dumped on Facebook, how is one supposed to get a good boyfriend?

On the Rocks, by Erin Duffy,  is a great beach read, especially for someone who has recently been through a breakup. If you’re looking for something fun to read on your long weekend, reading by the pool or feeling a coastal breeze, this a is a great ChickLit novel that won’t disappoint.

The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch

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Sugar Wallace is a well-mannered southern gal who makes a hobby of traveling the world, spreading warmth and cheer with her very own honey, from her very own bees. Sugar likes to bring out the best in people around her, and her new apartment building is about to have a total transformation of it’s own. But Sugar has her own secret, dark past, and despite the joy she spreads among everyone around her, she is very much alone. She never wants to love again…So when a sexy Scotsman named Theo appears in her life and just doesn’t want to go away, Sugar must truly learn to practice what she preaches…And find a love of her own.

The Wedding Bees, by Sarah-Kate Lynch, is a warm novel of the women’s fiction genre. If you want something simple and sweet, be sure to pick up The Wedding Bees today.

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

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Three  women grew up together spending summers on the Jersey Shore and went their separate ways upon adulthood. Kate moved to Philadelphia and became a very serious lawyer, Dani moved to San Francisco and is still thinking someday she will write a novel, but in the meantime she can’t seem to hold a job, and Vanessa is a very active stay-at-home mother in New York City. When they decide to come together at the beach for a stay that will bring the secrets of the past out into the open, challenging their friendships and perceptions of their own lives, and forcing them to decide whether they will move forward or hold onto the events of the past, letting it weigh them down.

All the Summer Girls, by Meg Donohue, is a good beach read and a good example of chicklit. There is some sadness and heartbreak, but the ending is satisfying. Meg Donohue also wrote How to Eat a Cupcake, which a was another great chicklit pick.

Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

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Queenie Wake (birth name Queen Elizabeth Wake, much to her chagrin) was born into a family with a slight reputation. Her mother was murdered when she was found in bed with another woman’s husband, and the reputation for low-class and promiscuity has haunted Queenie and her sister, Merry Carole, for their entire lives in North Star, Texas.  Queenie escaped as soon as possible, heading to get a culinary education and explore the world, never to look back on the town that whispered rude comments behind her back and never bothered to take her in as one of their own. When Queenie finds herself out of work after bouncing from city to city for years, and she has nowhere to go but back home to stay with her sister and face the demons she has been running from for a very long time…The love of her life, the truth about her own mother, family, and the dirty little secrets of North Star… When the chef is offered a job cooking the “last meals” for the local prison, she is forced to test her limits and decide what she really wants to do with her life.

Nowhere but Home, by Liza Palmer,  is a novel about southwestern cuisine, small town politics, forgiveness, family, and, more importantly, finding where you belong- in the least likely of places. If you haven’t read other books by this author,  be sure to pick up More Like Her, which is also an excellent example of women’s fiction that addresses deeper heartache and real-life horrors that happen to everyday people. Readers who love Joshilyn Jackson (A Grown Up Kind of Pretty) will also adore this novel.

The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman

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Most couples have had the “free pass” discussion about which celebrity dream girl/guy they are allowed to sleep with in the unlikely event that they are given the opportunity. When Hazel finds herself in a first-class seat on an airplane, right next to the celebrity dream man she has lusted over for years, she finds the temptation to use her “free pass” irresistible. Sexy rock star Finn Schiller has the hots for Hazel and he invites her into his life, but Hazel is torn…Her longtime boyfriend Will is practically her family…But she has the chance with her dream man…The seductiveness of the rock star world pulls Hazel into the haze of celebrities, music, travel, and even drugs…Will Hazel find happiness there?

An average woman must decide what she really needs in life, to find true happiness. Is it the comfort of home or the excitement of constant motion and thrills? Is it passion or warm contentment? What will Hazel learn about herself?

This novel is very humorous, very ChickLit. If you don’t mind some vulgar language and serious sarcasm, you will enjoy this novel very much. If you like humorous women’s fiction like Heather McElhatton (Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single), don’t miss The Rock Star in Seat 3A, by Jill Kargman.

Vanity Fare : a novel of lattes, literature and love by Megan Caldwell

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Molly Hagan is a single mother in Brooklyn with a passion for coffee, books, and handsome men…Her husband left her for a hot young blond and she has been hiding behind romance novels and a steaming mug ever since. But the bad news keeps coming-her husband has lost his job and will no longer be paying for her son’s insurance or much else by way of child support, either. Molly will have to get a job and become entirely independent, and find a way to take care of her son alone…And she’s very, very worried about it.

Can she go back to work after being a stay-at-home-mom for so many years? Will her literature degree mean anything to ANYONE out there in New York City? Luckily, a family friend may have a temporary solution for her, helping out his company to do writing copy for a new bakery that’s going to be the next big thing-owned by a very sexy pastry chef from the UK who seems to think that Molly is, actually, kind of tasty herself.  Just to shake things up, a few other men are trying to tickle her fancy, too. The very serious and somber Nick actually seems to have a heart hidden under that sexy brooding facade…

This novel is about new beginnings, the importance of family and good friends, and power to women, especially those who are forced to re-examine their entire existence when things don’t go exactly as planned. If you like Chicklit or Women’s fiction with a touch of humor, like Heather McElhatton or Liane Moriarty, you won’t want to miss Megan Caldwell’s Vanity Fare: a novel of lattes, literature and love.

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married by Heather McElhatton

Jennifer Johnson finally walked down the aisle with the man of her dreams. He’s handsome and wealthy, a real catch. Her mother in law is so “supportive” she bought the newlyweds a gaudy brand-new house right next to hers, and even hired Jennifer a housekeeper. She has a company credit card to spend money on important things like designer clothes, spa days and country club lunches. Anything she could possibly desire is at her fingertips…Right?

So why is Jennifer feeling so unhappy? Everyone seems to want her to be someone she isn’t, and it seems her mother-in-law is sabotaging her every move (but she can’t prove it!). The church ladies seem to find her detestable and the country club ladies treat her like she’s a joke. Her new in-laws don’t seem all too impressed by Jennifer OR her husband, and her husband has stopped coming home AT ALL sometimes. Alone in her giant gaudy house with her three-legged rescue dog, very rude talking refrigerator, and a family of immigrants, Jennifer is starting to feel like marriage isn’t all that it was cracked up to be, back when she was a single gal.

But Jennifer won’t go down easy. She’s a fighter. She will find a way to “beat” it all, and in a climax that you would have to read yourself to believe.

This novel is quite possibly the most hilarious chicklit I have ever read. I laughed until I cried. Over and over again! If you like chicklit, you will LOVE Heather McElhatton, who wrote a novel before this one entitled Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single, and also a novel called Pretty Little Mistakes, and who has mastered chicklit comedy better than anyone in the genre. If you like pretty much ANY Chicklit, or if you like humorous female heroines like you would find in Janet Evanovich or Lisa Lutz novels, buy Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married today. Satisfaction guaranteed!