Top 5 Books About Relationship Struggles and Mistakes

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These books about relationships are great for women interested in reading about family drama, marriage and the struggles that shape relationships. These are some of the best fiction relationship books from the past few years.

The title of by Lolly Winston is honest advertising--you are not buying a happy, upbeat book when you pick it up. It was, however, realistic and engaging. Even when I wanted to, I could not put Happiness Sold Separately down. The story is well-written and the characters are believable. It is a good book, but happiness is sold separately.

Finishing Touches by Deanna Kizis tells the story of Jesse Holtz, a young woman whose best friend dies in a car accident. Several months later, Jesse begins dating that friend's grieving husband. Finishing Touches has some of the gloss and fluff of chick-lit fiction, but the meat of the novel deals sensitively with themes of grief, love, friendship, and family. Overall, Kizis' story is well-written and absorbing, and it will appeal to fans of chick lit and fans of literary fiction alike.

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 eating bonbons. They support each other through good and bad, finding a lifeline in their friendships. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is written from several perspectives. It is a fun, engaging read that any women with a close group of friends will love.

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Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard tells the tale of Ronnie Swan, a Mormon teenager whose happy, sheltered life is horrifically torn apart when a schizophrenic man murders her two young sisters. Set in Utah and later southern California, Cage of Stars deals with complex issues of grief, retribution, and family along with more common literary themes including coming-of-age and first love. Cage of Stars will appeal to fans of Mitchard’s previous books, including The Deep End of the Ocean.

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

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In Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells SiddaLee Walker has a falling out with her mother, ViVi. Vivi's friends, the Ya-Yas, try to reconcile the mother and daughter by helping SiddaLee understand her mother's past.