- “The Bright Side of Disaster” by Katherine Center
Jenny Harris always expected that she’d fall in love, get married and have a baby—in that order. Now, very pregnant and not quite married, she actually doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, started their family earlier than planned. But then one night Dean runs out for cigarettes and just doesn’t come back, and the very next day, Jenny goes into labor. She never anticipated single motherhood—but at least there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart.
- “Wedding Season: a Comedy of Manners” by Darcy Cosper
Joy Silverman is happy in her single life until the arrival of 17 invitations for weddings over six months forces her to reevaluate her attitude toward marriage, a situation complicated by her boyfriend’s proposal.
- “Second Chance” by Jane Green
This is the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they never could have foreseen.
- “The Things We Do for Love” by Kristin Hannah
Returning to her hometown to care for her aging mother and run the family restaurant, Angie Malone hires job-seeking teen Lauren Ribaldo, with whom she shares an emotional journey that helps both women realize the meaning of family.
- “This Charming Man” by Marian Keyes
A tale told from the viewpoints of four different women traces their experiences of heartbreak at the hands of up-and-coming Dublin politician Paddy de Courcy, a charismatic womanizer who hides the truth about his fickle nature.
- “Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella
Awakening in the hospital after a car crash believing that she is a single, 25-year-old sales associate, Lexi discovers that she has lost three years of her life and she is married to a handsome millionaire, but her perfect new life soon begins to go awry.
- “First Comes Love” by Whitney Lyles
Thoroughly enjoying newlywed bliss with Ethan, Cate Padgett is suddenly confronted by a new dilemma when the couple discovers that they are the only ones among their friends who do not have a child, and the pressure is on to transform their happy twosome into three.
- “The Senator’s Wife” by Susan Miller
Two unconventional women, neighbors in adjacent New England townhouses—Meri Fowler, pregnant, newly married and discovering the gap between reality and expectation, and Delia Naughton, wife of a notoriously unfaithful liberal senator—confront the costs and challenges of love.
- “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” by Ayelet Waldman
Harvard Law graduate Emilia Greenleaf’s perfect life with her beloved husband Jack is turned upside down by her new preschool-age stepson, William, a situation that is further complicated when she loses her own newborn daughter.
- “Happiness Sold Separately” by Lolly Winston
Corporate lawyer Elinor Mackey, now 40, wonders why she didn’t try to have kids earlier. She and podiatrist husband Ted have only been married three years, but children, despite repeated IVF treatments, seem to be elusive. She funnels her sadness and fears into doing laundry. He responds to her withdrawal with frustration and by going to the gym, where he meets and eventually beds fitness instructor Gina. Elinor discovers the affair early on in this sophomore effort from Winston. It’s where the couple goes from there that captivates and engages the reader. (From Library Journal)