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Adulting

Talley’s latest (after The Wedding War) could have easily been a whimsical romance novel with some cautionary Hollywood tabloid fodder plot points, but the difficult topics (and possible triggers) of addiction, child abuse, rape, and suicide instead make it a more serious look at two women who need to heal in order to try to make peace with their pasts and move forward with their lives. For fans of women’s fiction with a little romance thrown in to break up the serious plotlines.
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A Question Mark Is Half a Heart

Lundberg’s sophomore work (after The Red Address Book) deftly and sensitively tells Elin’s past and present life stories in the ever-popular alternating chapter format. She builds Elin’s story slowly, but once the OMG moment hits, readers will turn the pages as if they are burning. For fans of narratives about conflicted and tormented heroines trying to make peace with their pasts.
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It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake

Christian’s sophomore novel (but her debut adult novel--Beautiful Mess was her debut YA novel) is an inspirational chick lit/romantic comedy that should appeal to readers who like stories about self-discovery and self-esteem, friendships, and romantic and sexual entanglements. However, it is definitely not for readers who don’t care for explicit sexual scenes.

Girls with Bright Futures

Fans of mother/daughter relationship novels won’t want to miss this fast-paced take on mama bears and the cubs they will do anything to protect.

The Love Proof

Departing from the light chick-lit tone of her previous novel (Breathe In, Cash Out), Henry uses deep characterizations and poetic descriptions to deliver a mesmerizing love story that contains a lot of serious science talk but luckily doesn’t require prior knowledge of physics. Fans of stories about the power of first love and the struggle to listen to one’s head or heart should not pass this one up.
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A Palm Beach Scandal

For readers who appreciate modern and sensitively written stories about family, especially sisters. It also won’t hurt if readers enjoy lots of designer brand mentions.
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I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Recommended for fans of mother-daughter fiction with both lighthearted and serious moments.
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Thin Girls

Recommended for readers who like well-drawn, character-driven stories but can also handle detailed descriptions of eating disorder behavior. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]
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One To Watch

A long and entertaining if overstuffed novel about reality TV, romance, fat-shaming, and self-esteem that will appeal to rom-com fans and likely strike a chord with plus-size readers.
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