Selection of Favorite Books for Women

Are you looking for books for that are entertaining, intelligent, heart-rending, captivating and written so well that you will believe they are true? It's hard to say any book will appeal to all women, but these books have been hits among many. They are great picks for women's book clubs and the kind of books you'll want to pass on to the important women in your life--your mother, sister, and best friend.

'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger

Time Travelers Wife cover

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The is the story of Henry, who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare, the woman who loves him for almost her entire life. This love story will draw you in and make you want to go back and read parts of the novel again and again.

'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd
'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. Amazon

Set in the South during the 1960s, this coming of age story deals with race, love and Lily Owen's search for a connection with her mother who died when she was young. It's an especially good summer read when you can imagine sipping Coke on a porch and smelling jasmine.

'The Blood of Flowers' by Anita Amirrezvani

'The Blood of Flowers' by Anita Amirrezvani
'The Blood of Flowers'. Little, Brown & Co.

Anita Amirrezvani's debut novel, ​The Blood of Flowers, tells the story of a young woman in 17th-century Iran with a passion for knotting rugs. Her life is thrown into an uproar when her father dies, and she and her mother must depend on the kindness of wealthy relatives and hope that the young woman finds a wealthy husband. The Blood of Flowers is superbly written and a moving story, sure to entrance readers.

This Oprah Book Club pick tells about a midwife on trial for manslaughter after a home delivery goes wrong. Told from the viewpoint of the midwife's daughter, this mystery deals with love, family, birth and death as the family works through the consequences of one tragic night.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a beautiful story of one woman's quest to reconcile with and understand her mother by delving into the secrets contained in her sisterhood notebook. This Southern story will make you laugh and cry.

'The Splendor of Silence' by Indu Sundaresan

'The Splendor of Silence' by Indu Sudaresen
'The Splendor of Silence'. Atria

The Splendor of Silence is the story of a young woman and the secretive American soldier she meets in India. It is romantic and passionate but doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of life under British rule. The author, Indu Sundaresan, skillfully weaves romance with historical fiction, making for a satisfying, poignant and highly-recommended read.

'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons' by Lorna Landvik

'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons' by Lorna Landvik
'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons' by Lorna Landvik. Amazon

This novel by Lorna Landvik is the story of five women in a book club in Minnesota from 1968 to 1998. These "angry housewives" do much more than eat bonbons. They support each other through good and bad, finding a lifeline in their friendships.