Romance Novels for Smart Women

Stories about Smart Women, for Smart Women. Find your next read here! Two authors - DP McHenry, and Octavia Randolph - one who writes romances, one who does not - look at favorite romances (and near romances, i.e. "women's stories"), old and new. Comments, please!
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Read the Best Selling Circle of Ceridwen FREE. More than 600 Amazon 5 Star Reviews. Over 200,000 words of action and adventure, set in 9th Century England during the Viking invasions."Riveting from the first few pages. Warfare, suspense, incredible tension." "A truly splendid read."

The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga by Octavia Randolph, Marta Roselló - Young women with courage. Vikings with tattoos.

Cyprus during the 70's, Greek and Turkish Cypriot families trying to live peacefully, some fighting with the resistance, others ruthlessly trying to make money. Motherhood and all its heartbreak; romantic love and lust for power; brothers torn apart; and ultimately friendship between two women on opposite sides. Well done.

Cyprus during the 70's, Greek and Turkish Cypriot families trying to live peacefully, some fighting with the resistance, others ruthlessly trying to make money. Motherhood and all its heartbreak; romantic love and lust for power; brothers torn apart; and ultimately friendship between two women on opposite sides. Well done.

Octavia Kissing Apollo / OK,OK, it's a photo, not a book...but it is kinda romantic, don't you think? Love conquers all, even if one of you is bronze...

Octavia Kissing Apollo / OK,OK, it's a photo, not a book...but it is kinda romantic, don't you think? Love conquers all, even if one of you is bronze...

Read it for the gorgeous writing, and for the camaraderie of these women who have to kiss a few frogs before finding Mr. Right. It's not about the men, but about the strong, beautiful women.

A wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while "waiting to exhale": waiting for that man who will take their breath away.

This short-short is radiant with beautiful language, and suffused with the almost palpable atmosphere of mid-14th century Bruges, the tapestry-weaving centre of the world. Young weaver Agnes is struggling to complete a commission meant to block the Black Death from an aristocrat's home. No one is beyond the reach of the plague, but as she works she finds a way to memorialize both her lost lover, and herself. A perfect introduction to the work of the author of the impressive "The Gondola…

The Tapestry: A Short Story: A Brief Tale of the Plaguebr /br /In Bruges, a young woman falls for a foreign silk dyer’s son as she weaves a tapestry for the duke. But as the Black Death casts its shadow over the city, what will become of the young lovers?

I loved this story. It is heart wrenching and some will need to exercise their suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy this tale. A mountain climber with an acrophobic wife promises to come back to her as she pleads with him not to take a particular climb. The story is told first person by three people, and told well.

The Memory Thief-In Emily Colin’s exquisite debut novel, one man’s vow to his wife sparks a remarkable journey that tests the pull of memory and reaffirms the bonds of love.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim is the tale of four women who share a villa in Italy to escape their lives and the dreary London weather. Two are escaping unappreciative husbands, one feels her life is near the end and the last is a beauty who is tired of the attentions of men. Their relationships, and their personalities, develop in the Italian sunshine. Lovely book.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim Hilarious, romantic and charming. Expertly illuminates the hearts of women.

This was recommended by my friend Cheryl, and I'm adding it to my "to read" list, since I trust Cheryl's taste in books implicitly. Anyone read it? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

This was recommended by my friend Cheryl, and I'm adding it to my "to read" list, since I trust Cheryl's taste in books implicitly.

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