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Relationships with family, friends, lovers; Focus is on characters who face tragedy/crisis and emerge stronger; Strong recognizable female characters; Plot driven; Issues are important, often provocative themes;
Sexual situations are rarely explicit; Exotic settings and rich-and-famous trappings also frame these stories; Could also have components of suspense, mystery and/or romance. Appealing to fans of Danielle Steel.

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Allen, Sarah Addison

Garden Spells.
A successful caterer in Bascomb, North Carolina, Claire has always remained tied to the legacy of the Waverly family, until her peaceful life is transformed by Tyler Hughes, an art teacher and new next-door neighbor, and by the return of her prodigal sister, Sydney. If Alice Hoffman’s brand of magical realism appeals then Allen is very much a match.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor.

A Sudden Change of Heart.The lives of childhood best friends take a dramatic and unexpected turn when one of them investigates artwork stolen by Nazis during the war.
Author of Woman of Substance & others in the Emma Harte series.

Delinsky, Barbara.

Lake News.
After being unjustly accused by a reporter of having had an affair with a newly-appointed Cardinal, famous singer Lily Blake returns to her home town to recover and escape further attention from the press. There she forms an unlikely alliance with a big-city reporter whose career ended disastrously, sending him to the same town to edit the local newspaper.
A Woman’s Place
A successful Boston business woman is threatened by a custody battle with a vindictive husband, but finds an ally in her business partner.

Diamant, Anita.

Good Harbor
Two women are brought together by a mutual love for books, humor and nature for a once in a lifetime friendship.

Frank, Dorothea Benton.

Sullivan’s Island: A Lowcountry Tale.
Troubled by her unfaithful husband and difficult teenaged daughter, Susan Hayes returns home to Sullivan’s Island in an attempt to reconnect with her past. The author’s first novel is set in South Carolina’s steamy low country, as are all of her other books, and is full of compelling portraits and a rich read.

Gaffney, Patricia.

Saving Graces.
A story about true friendship follows the lives of the Saving Graces–Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel–four very different women who find strength in the love, loyalty, and courage they all share.

Haigh, Jennifer

Baker Towers.
The decade following World War II becomes one of tragedy, excitement, and unexpected change for the five Novak children and the residents of their western Pennsylvania community of company houses, church festivals, union squabbles, and firemen’s parades.

Hannah, Kristin.

Summer Island.
Nora Bridge is a woman who walked out on her marriage and left her two daughters behind. Now she’s a radio talk show host and syndicated newspaper columnist. Her daughter Ruby is a comedienne who uses her mother as fuel for her humor. The two haven’t spoken in more than a decade. The tabloids unearth a scandal from Nora’s past and offer Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. But first Ruby needs to know her well enough to write the story. She returns to Summer Island and finds that Nora is not the woman Ruby has imagined all these years.

Kring, Sandra.

Thank You For All Things.
When tragedy forces her family to leave their Chicago apartment and return to her mother’s childhood home in Timber Falls, Wisconsin, eleven-year-old Lucy McGowan quickly adjusts to small-town life and embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about the father she has never known, with unexpected results. RUSA Best Short List Women’s Fiction 2009

Trigiani, Adriana.

Big Stone Gap.
The 35-year-old self-proclaimed spinster of a small Virginia village discovers a skeleton in her family’s formerly tidy closet that completely unravels her quiet, conventional life. First in a series.
Very Valentine.
Valentine Roncalli struggles to save her decades-old family business, finding love and the life she wants along the way. First in a series.

Flagg, Fannie.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.
Daisy Fay Harper turns 17 during the 1950s, and her experiences evoke the time in the deep South of strapless net evening gowns and Red Ryder. Formerly published as: Coming attractions.
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl.
TV anchorwoman Dena Nordstrom, the pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

Letts, Billie

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon.
A wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran finds his life changed when a young woman enters his roadside cafe.
Shoot the Moon.
In the 1970s, thirty years after a baby’s disappearance from the community of DeClare, Oklahoma, a grown Nicky Jack Harjo mysteriously returns.

Landvik, Lorna

Patty Jane’s House of Curl.
Two Minnesota sisters establish a beauty shop that becomes a support group and community center.

Michaels, Fern.

Kentucky Rich.
Nealy Coleman,who left the SunStar thoroughbred horse farm years ago with her illegitimate daughter, returns a rich and powerful woman, changing the lives of everyone around her and confronting the greatest challenges of her life. 1st in series,
followed by Kentucky Heat & Kentucky Sunrise.

Siddons, Anne Rivers.

Looking back on her ninety years of life while waiting for the arrival of her children and grandchildren at the family summer home, Maude Chambliss recalls a life of wealth, friendship, love, and loss.

Smith, Lee.

Last Girls.
Thirty-five years after a trip down the Mississippi on a raft with their classmates, four women are reunited to cruise the river once again where they plan to release the ashes of a fellow rafter, Margaret “Baby” Ballou.

Sparks, Nicholas.

A Bend in the Road.
Devastated by the death of his wife in a hit-and-run accident, Miles, deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, discovers new meaning in his life when he meets Sarah Andrews, a woman struggling to rebuild her own life.

Spencer, LaVyrle.