I am a real advocate for a good women’s fiction novel, with emphasis on the good. Over the years, I’ve read countless books centered around strong female leads. And while some of them were really good, others left me skipping page after page. Which is why, I want to give you a list of my top 5 must read women’s fiction authors, starting with the ones that are maybe a bit less known.
What a gem! I have read most of her books more than once and even won an advanced copy of her latest novel The Day We Disappeared. Was quite the fangirl moment for me.
But enough of that. Lucy Robinson really knows how to write a women’s fiction novel. Her stories are funny and easy to read, but at the same time meaningful and relatable. It’s easy to identify with her characters and the challenges they are facing. And she always has some kind of twist at the end that you didn’t see coming at all. What more could you want?
Lucy Robinson is also about to publish a book under her real name Rosie Walsh. The Man Who Didn’t Call is coming in June 2018. Looking at the blurb, it sounds like it’s going to be quite different from her old books, but I still can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Until then, make sure to check out one of her other books from the list below.
- A Passionate Love Affair With A Perfect Stranger
- The Greatest Love Story of All Time
- The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me
- The Day We Disappeared
2. Jenny Oliver
If you like Jenny Oliver as well, you have to get in line behind her number 1 fan. Me! Jenny Oliver is quite a recent find of mine and I have read all of her books within a couple of months. That’s how good they are.
Jenny Oliver has a love for mediterranean places such as Spain and Greece. Sounds lovely right now, doesn’t it? Just like Lucy Robinson, she writes funny and easy to read books without any superfluous pages or passages. Her stories can be read in one afternoon and won’t leave you bored for a minute. It might be that her storylines are a bit more predictable than the Lucy Robinson ones, but they leave you just as warm and fuzzy at the end.
My favourites would definitely have to be The Sunshine and Biscotti Club and The Summerhouse by the Sea. But then again, The Vintage Summer Wedding is amazing as well. Oh, you’ll just have to read them all!
Jenny Oliver also has a new book out in June called The House We Called Home and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! (You think Jenny Oliver might get the hint?) 🙂
- The Sunshine and Biscotti Club
- The Summerhouse by the Sea
- The Vintage Summer Wedding
- The Little Christmas Kitchen
3. Rosie Blake
Rosie Blake is annother new find of mine and one that left me rambling incomprehensible stuff here on the blog. I have only read one and listened to two of her books, but The Hygge Holiday alone wins her a place on the list of the 5 must read women’s fiction authors. She absolutely nailed it with that book. It incorporates everything that I love so much about this genre and I read it in one go.
Her other books are incredibly funny as well, but I feel like they aren’t quite up there with The Hygge Holiday. That’s hard to do tough, in my eyes. But if you are in for a laugh-out-loud, heart-warming and cozy story, definitely pick up The Hygge Holiday.
As many others, Rosie Blake also writes Historical Fiction under the name of Cesca Major. I have yet to read one of those books, but am sure that they are worthwhile as well.
- The Hygge Holiday
- How to Get a (Love) Life
4. Jenny Colgan
What top 5 must read women’s fiction authors list would it be without Jenny Colgan. In my eyes, Jenny Colgan is the queen of bakery-, café-, and shop books. Her characters are real, flawed and relatable. Her cafés are cozy and cute and her storylines interesting with a focus on simpler life. She is the perfect “escape-author” for me and lets me live my fantasy of owning my own little shop without judging.
Long story short: I have yet to find another author who manages to write shop-books so captivating and real.
Jenny Colgan has recently published her newest book The Endless Beach. It is a follow-up story of The Summer Seaside Kitchen. But from what I’ve read so far, you could easily read it without having read the first book.
- Class: Welcome to the Little School by the Sea
- Rules: Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea
- The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
- Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
- Meet Me at the Cupcake Café
And last, but by no means least, we have Sophie Kinsella whose witty women’s fiction novels are pretty well-known. Sophie Kinsella is probably best known for her Shopaholic Series, which for some reason, I don’t like that much. But that doesn’t mean that she isn’t a fabulous author.
Her characters are often clumsy, a bit naïve, but strong and kind-hearted young women who find themselves in some kind of pickle that they have to find their way out of. Especially her earlier books are real page-turners and can be devoured in one sitting. They make you laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the heroines comical clumsy behaviour.
My absolute all time favourite of hers would have to be I’ve Got Your Number. (If you read this, Sophie Kinsella, can I have a sequel please?) But there are many others that are definitely worth your time. Maybe even her new book Surprise Me. I haven’t read it yet, but it is definitely on my TBR list.
Sophie Kinsella also published books under her real name, Madeleine Wickham. They are somewhat similar to the Kinsella ones, albeit a bit less funny and a bit more serious. I have read several and quite liked them.
And that’s my Top 5 Must Read Women’s Fiction Authors list. (Quite a mouthful, huh?) If you’ve read my Is “Chick Lit” bad Literature? post, you’ll know that I’m quite fond of a good chick lit book. But then again, there are so many bad ones out there. And finding the good ones amongst all the superficial ones can be quite a gruelling experience. So I really hope that this list will help you in the future.
If there are any other authors that should have been mentioned here, and I’m sure there are, please let me know. I’m always looking for new ones so you’d be really helping me out. 🙂