It’s International Women’s Month which is a good thing for me as I love celebrating great women writers!
Below are a few of my favorites! Plus a few of these books have been recommended by friends.
Jane Ubell-Meyer, Founder, Bedside Reading
Bedside Reading Recommends…
Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce (Fiction)
When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s best friend and a panicked wife whose husband has disappeared with their children—collide as the world shutters in the pandemic lockdown of 2020.
Karma Under Fire by Love Hudson Maggio (Fiction)
In Karma Under Fire, two societies collide: the trendy, upscale ultra-hip universe of Atlanta and the alluring, bound-by-tradition world of old India. Pressured by her “challenging” mother, Harlow Kennedy, an ambitious and unattached woman, agrees to marry politically ambitious pretty boy Addison Whitmore. The match will elevate Harlow’s non-existent social standing and guarantee financial security for life. The wedding will take place as soon as Harlow returns from her BFF’s wedding in India. On the other side of the world, the parents of Tej Mayur, the hottest restauranteur in the hottest city in the South, are fretting about their son’s unmarried status. They summon him home. When Harlow and Tej find themselves seated together on the long flight to New Delhi, sparks fly. Then they touch down at Indira Gandhi International and flee one another’s company – or so they think. Karma Under Fire is the first novel by promising new writer Love Hudson-Maggio.
The Fairmounts by Valerie Nifora (Fiction)
He’s ready to hang up his uniform. Until the woman of his dreams spurs a mysterious adventure…The turn of the 19th century. Harry LaCroix yearns to make up for lost time. After spending several years serving in the war in Africa, the English veteran is delighted to reunite with his last living relative and closest confidant. But his plans take an unexpected detour when he falls for a beautiful heiress with a missing fortune. Embarking on his journey to unearth the truth for the young lady, the faithful bachelor unknowingly unleashes a chain of events that could lead to his undoing. But as Harry becomes embroiled in wealthy politics, a vicious rivalry threatens to turn him into a pawn in a jealous game of love. Can the devoted suitor unravel a tangle of lies and relish a newfound future?
In The Time of our History by Susanne Pari (Fiction)
Inspired by her own family’s experiences following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Susanne Pari explores the entangled lives within an Iranian American family grappling with generational culture clashes, the roles imposed on women, and a tragic accident that forces them to reconcile their guilt or forfeit their already tenuous bonds. Set between San Francisco and New Jersey in the late 1990s, this is a story about the universal longing to create a home in this world – and what happens when we let go of how we’ve always been told it should look.
The Truth about Adira by Anna Paulsen (Fiction)
Kaitlyn Stone is the name on my birth certificate, but I couldn’t tell you who I really am. I’ve never had a family tree or a house you’d call home. And the small, fragile identity I somehow scraped together was taken in a moment that still steals my breath and leaves me shaking. When a box arrives on my doorstep, its contents hold the keys to my past. But that’s not all. A quaint little town beckons with new opportunities and perhaps even a home if I want it. Waiting there is a man who walks through fire to save lives and protect his town. Kendrew Batten is a bona fide superhero—he’s even featured in the local fireman’s calendar as February, the month of lust. But behind his handsome façade are scars that can’t be seen, and a heart that beats for duty, not love. He might have been the hero to save me, too if he didn’t destroy me first.
Making the Rounds by Patricia Grayhall (Memoir)
What was it like to survive an illegal abortion, come out as a lesbian, and train to become a doctor in the late 1960s and early ’70s—before Roe v. Wade, before Title IX, and in a largely homophobic nation? In this unflinching and riveting coming-of-age memoir, Patricia Grayhall chronicles her journey from believing she is the only lesbian in Arizona to dipping her toes into dating in San Francisco, attending medical school in Salt Lake City as one of only five women in a class of one hundred, and completing an internship as the only woman in her cohort in Boston. Battling sexism in a male-dominated profession, she plunges into a life that is never boring—and certainly never without passion.
Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 100 Indie Books of 2022, Making the Rounds is the story of how Patricia navigates these stormy seas without signposts to reach the shores she seeks—often battered, but never broken.
Butter Side Up by Jane Enright (Personal Transformation – Memoir)
When the unexpected occurs, how do you successfully navigate change so you can land butter side up when life turns the tables? Jane Enright’s true story of surviving three life-altering events in the span of twelve months, losing everything, and coming out the other end stronger and more resilient than ever before is compelling and riveting—and full of sage advice for how to do the same. A feel-good story that everyone can relate to and learn from, Butter Side Up shows that there can be happiness and joy after unplanned change—and a super awesome life, too.
To The Ends of the Earth by Sharon Thayer (Children’s)
How far will you go to show your love? A lyrical “love story” that illustrates how far one will go to keep their little ones safe and happy. At some point, all children get bored, sick, upset, or afraid. When that happens, it’s important to know they have someone who will, literally, go to the ends of the earth for them. If you’re that someone, this story is for you.