Nine Women, One Dress, by Jane L. Rosen

9women1dressTitle: Nine Women, One Dress

Author: Rosen, Jane L. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Bibliographic: Doubleday, 272 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Audiobook List Price $24.50, Audiobook CD List Price $35.00, ISBNs 9780385541404
9781410492975, 9780385541435

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Heartwarming, engaging

Why I picked it up: I needed to read some chick lit for my readers’ advisory class, and I had heard that books with dresses on the cover were a good place to start.

S.I.A.S.: A series of women in New York City have their lives changed by one particular dress.

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The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel

veinsoftheoceanTitle: The Veins of the Ocean

Author: Engel, Patricia (Author’s Website)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Bibliographic: Grove Press, 320, Hardcover List Price $25.00, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $27.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.99, ISBNs 9780802124890, 9780802189998, 9780802126740, 9781534608092

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: Stars of Five for Quality/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Character-driven, atmospheric, reflective, descriptive, lyrical

Why I picked it up: Thanks to the 2016 presidential election results, I found myself growing grim about the mouth, bringing up the rear of every funeral I met, and knowing a damp drizzly November in my soul. It was high time to get to sea as soon as I could.

S.I.A.S.: Reina struggles to come to terms with her family’s legacy, while Nesto struggles to come to terms with his family’s present.

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

nobodysbabybutmineTitle:  Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance

Bibliographic: William Morrow Paperbacks, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $12.99, Mass Market Paperback $7.99, Audiobook List Price $35.93, ISBNs 9780380782345, 9780060894702, 9780062004666, 9780062107008, 9780783881973, 9780061793219, 9780066212203, 9780749937775

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Funny, steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to said it was really funny.

S.I.A.S.: Physicist Jane Darlington desperately wants to have a baby, but doesn’t want it to be brilliant like her, so she sets out to find a stupid man.

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Taking the Heat, by Victoria Dahl

takingtheheatTitle: Taking the Heat

Author: Dahl, Victoria (Author’s Website)

Genre: Contemporary romance

Bibliographic: HQN Books, 379 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780373779703, 9781460384022

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Racy humor, steamy, banter-filled, engaging

Why I picked it up: The sexy librarian stereotype really gets on my nerves sometimes, so it was nice to see a sexy male librarian.

S.I.A.S.: Gabe is only in town for a year, but his romance with Veronica may be more serious than he planned.

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