Four Novels That Will Satisfy Your Curiosity

Today’s post by Marybeth Whalen | @MarybethWhalen

Some would say that readers are escapists, that we want to hit the pause button on life and just enjoy the chance to be somewhere else for a little while. This isn’t far from the truth, actually. But we think there is also deep curiosity at work. Readers want to know what it’s like to be someone else as well. We wonder what it’s like to be a surrogate mother, the daughter of a felon, a stage mom, or an Alzheimer’s patient. So we read. Women’s fiction in particular satisfies this curiosity splendidly. So today we’ve got four fabulous novels to add to your reading list. Let us know which ones stir your curiosity!


Dear ThingDEAR THING by Julie Cohen

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.

Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn’t prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make…

Thought-provoking, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting, Julie Cohen’s Dear Thing is a book you won’t be able to put down, until you pass it on to your best friends.


Multiple ListingsMULTIPLE LISTINGS by Tracy McMillan

What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit…indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki’s dad unexpectedly wants to move in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.

Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She’s finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.

Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once—there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he’s eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven’t spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?

Imbued with wit and profound insight into relationships, Multiple Listings speaks poignantly—and often hilariously—about the ties that bind families of all types together.


No Ordinary LifeNO ORDINARY LIFE by Suzanne Redfearn

Suzanne Redfearn delivers another gripping page-turner in her latest novel, a story about a young mother’s fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood.

Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and their three children . . . or that she’d have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don’t come without a price. In a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it’s impossible to know whom to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.

Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children’s lives.


The Things We KeepTHE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth

Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.

4 Responses to Four Novels That Will Satisfy Your Curiosity

  1. Nancy Pate March 28, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    I have Multiple Listings on my TBR pile, and I’ll add No Ordinary Life. The other two are both too close to home (Alzheimer’s in family; child custody dispute in extended family). Not my idea of escape!

  2. Kate @ Mom's Radius March 28, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Great list! I read Multiple Listings and The Things We Keep, and I loved them both! No Ordinary Things is already on my TBS list, but I just added Dear Things. That cover is so amazing and the story description sounds like my kind of book!

  3. Marybeth Whalen March 28, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Yay! Glad we added to both your TBR lists. We’re just here to enable, I mean, serve. 🙂

  4. BJ March 29, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Between ya’ll and the Modern Mrs. Darcy, my TBR list just keeps getting bigger and bigger and my Nook/Kindle keeps getting fatter and fatter!

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