The best women’s fiction of 2019

best women's fiction of 2019

Who doesn’t appreciate good women’s fiction? From dating, marriage, drama to lost love, forbidden relationships and mistakes that last a lifetime, we’ve got a list of women’s fiction that you’ll love. Here are our picks for the best women’s fiction of 2019.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Khai Diep has autism and avoids relationships of all sorts. When his mother goes to Vietnam to bring him home a potential wife, she thinks she has figured out a way to make her son happy. When Esme arrives in America, she’s hopeful and becomes smitten with Khai. But will he know how to return her affection and can this relationship turn to love?


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

In 1940, 19-year-old Vivian is sent to live with her aunt, who runs a theater in New York City that’s crumbling. There, Vivian is introduced to a world of theater and the unique people involved. When she makes a mistake that turns into a scandal, her new world turns upside down. She must consider the life she wants and what it will take to achieve it. At 89 years old, Vivian recalls her story and shares the events that shaped her life into what it is today.


Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Female firefighter Cassie Hanwell moves from Texas to Boston when her mother gets sick. Working at an old-school firehouse is drastically different from the familiarity of her Texas job, and the guys aren’t very welcoming to her. Well, not all of them. A rookie firefighter has taken interest in Cassie but she knows the rules. Love isn’t her thing, it’s too girly, and she’s always been told never to date a fellow firefighter. With her feelings getting in the way, she might just risk everything she has for something she’s been told to stay away from. 


The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

A personal favorite, I fell in love with Annika and Jonathan in The Girl He Used to Know. When Annika and Jonathan run into each other years after their failed relationship, they realize they may have missed out on the best thing they could have ever had – each other. As the two reunite and try to ignite the fire they once had, they will have to overcome some obstacles to get where they want to be again.


Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

Get to know Holly Banks, who’s just moved to a new town and isn’t making the best impression. But come on, what mom hasn’t dropped the kids off at school still wearing pajamas? Aside from this, she suspects her husband is having an affair and she’s not doing anything with her degree. The school PTA president has got her sights on her (and not in a good way), and a neighborhood mystery occurs right when her crazy mother shows up to offer ‘help’ that Holly doesn’t want. It’s no wonder that Holly Banks is full of angst!


Invisible As Air by Zoe Fishman

Another personal fave, Zoe Fishman is an author to know. Her latest, Invisible As Air is the story of a grief-stricken mom who turns to pills to get through her days. She convinces herself that it’s a temporary thing and she’ll get off the pills as soon as she feels better. But with her son’s bar mitzvah approaching and her husband laid up with a broken ankle, it might be harder than she thinks to quit.


One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase

A hot summer night at the family’s lake house. Leah, her boyfriend Ollie and Leah’s best friend, June. Leah can’t wait to spend time with the people she cares for most and she’s hoping for a proposal. But seven years later, Leah is no longer in the picture and Ollie and June, who are now a couple, return to the lake house where the memories, and their grief, are still fresh.


I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

Penelope is everything: wife, mother, the breadwinner of the family but she’s struggling while her best friend, Jenny. Jenny has the perfect house, a passionate marriage and the perfect child. When a tragedy occurs and Penelope realizes Jenny’s life isn’t what she thought it was, she decides she needs to make a few changes in her own life. She and her husband, Sanjay, decide to make lists of what they want to see change in the other person. They commit to be totally honest with one another and work to make these changes, but the idea is harder than they thought and Penelope begins to wonder if honesty is really the best policy in their relationship.

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Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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