Women’s fiction is the go-to cosy genre for me. I sometimes like to wrap up with a light mystery, but my illustrated covers and independent women will always be a number one. One of the things I like about the genre is that it’s predictable, but in a good way. If I’m looking for a happy ending, a cute romance or a relatable laugh, I know I can depend on women’s fiction. I’ve been in a cosy mood since September 2019 and I’m likely to stay this way until the snow passes and I don’t have to wear six layers just to walk down the street. So… I guess I’ll be like this until May?
Lonely Hearts Bookshop Series by Annie Darling
A quaint old bookshop, where happy ever after is only a page away…
Once upon a time in a crumbling bookshop, Posy Morland hid in the pages of romantic novels.
So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.
Posy has six months to transform Bookends into the shop of her dreams but as Posy and her friends fight to save the bookshop, she’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…
Books about books? Always a yes. This series is set around a quaint old bookshop and Posy Morland, the romantic novel enthusiast. The Lonely Hearts Bookshop series is the definition of cuteness. It’s one of my favourite trilogies to curl up with, even though I’ve experienced the plot more than once and know every twist before it hits. Annie Darling’s witty and quirky writing will make you laugh from the first page to the last.
Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.
Books in this series: The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic on Honeymoon, Shopaholic and Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars, Shopaholic to the Rescue
Sophie Kinsella is considered to be one of the biggest women’s fiction writers there is. Her first novel under this pen name essentially launched her career and this massively popular series. Because there are so many books in the Shopaholic series, I look at it the way I would look at a Netflix show with 10 seasons. Once you’re dedicated, you’re in for a long ride and you’re going to become addicted. It’s hard to give up reading once you start.
The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
The Wedding Date was one of my summer reads from 2018, and I’m still really fond of the characters and story. The well-developed characters and entertaining conversations are a huge win throughout the books, even the though The Wedding Date remains my favourite. The fifth book of the series, which focuses on Olivia (Alexa’s sister from the first book) is out this summer.
Bridget Jones Series by Helen Fielding
Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise
“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
The Bridget Jones series is one of the first that comes to mind when I think women’s fiction. The author of the books grew up 30 minutes from where I live, and is a huge inspiration when it comes to writing. She perfectly captures the life of a thirtysomething British singleton with the title character. The 2001 was as successful as the book, and is a movie night favourite for fellow rom-com lovers.
The Kiss Quotient Series by Helen Hoang
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan.
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
Will I ever stop promoting this book? We will never know. My first read of 2019 and one of the most unforgettable. There is one thing about this series that separates it from the others, the second book is just as good as the first. Sequels are always terrible, but in my opinion, The Bride Test is just as brilliantly written as The Kiss Quotient, yet they both have a completely different feel. I can’t wait for The Heart Principle in 2021!
HONOURABLE MENTION: The Brown Sisters Series by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?
Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
The Brown Sisters series only recently became a series after the success of Get a Life, Chloe Brown. It was definitely one of the best-written and most-diverse reads of 2019, and the novel that introduced me to Talia Hibbert. I loved the story, its rhythm and timing; there wasn’t one moment where I found myself feeling bored and I expect the same for book number two.