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Sometimes the smallest secret creates the biggest ripple of trouble.

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Little Gods
by Meng Jin
"The Mystery of Su Lan"
Posted June 25, 2020

On the 4th of June, 1989, as Tiananmen Square Massacres were winding down, a pregnant woman enters the hospital with her husband. As she is giving birth to a daughter, the woman's husband steps out and never returns. The woman, known as Su Lan, along with her daughter Read more...

The Library of Legends
by Janie Chang
"When Old Gives Birth to new..."
Posted June 25, 2020

In 1937, Hu Lian is a proud Minghua University student in the city of Nanking. Secretive, poor, and studious, Hu Lian is a dedicated daughter to her mother and often worries about her. She is also planning on traveling to Shanghai to be with her mother because of her Read more...

Sister Dear
by Hannah Mary McKinnon
"You'll devour this ultimate tale of greed, lies, and deceit. . ."
Posted June 18, 2020

Eleanor Hardwicke's father recently passed away from an illness. But before he died, he revealed to Eleanor that another man is her biological father. Desperate to find friends and family that will show Eleanor the love she lacked with her narcissistic mother who openly favored her half-sister Read more...

The Wartime Sisters
by Lynda Cohen Loigman
"A captivating story of sisters set against the backdrop of WWII"
Posted June 14, 2020

From the time Ruth and Millie were children, the two sisters were as different as night and day. Ruth is viewed as a cold fish, highly intelligent, and, when being compared to her younger sister, unattractive. Millie, on the other hand, is highly social, sensitive, and beautiful. On the Read more...

The Summer of Ellen
by Agnete Friis
"A brutal and intriguing coming of age novel..."
Posted May 28, 2020

Coming of age means being shaped like a sculpture, ready to be weathered by natural forces, by hands of history that are too numerous to fathom. This is an experience all humans must go through, but it's only in time that we can tell how the hands of Read more...

A Tender Thing
by Emily Neuberger
"When a Star is born"
Posted April 30, 2020

Ever since she was a child, Eleanor O'Hanlon has always been passionate about musical theater, listening to the greats such as Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein and paying attention to the players who dominated the field. Feeling stifled by her upbringing on a farm in Wisconsin, Eleanor learns Read more...

The Operator
by Gretchen Berg
"Desperate Housewives of the 1950s..."
Posted April 30, 2020

Meet Vivian Dalton, an extremely vain switchboard operator who works in Wooster, Ohio, and is happily married to Edward Dalton, and has a teenage daughter, Charlotte. Forced to drop out of school at the start of the Great Depression, Vivian also is obsessed with nursery rhymes and strange words Read more...

The Lost Orphan
by Stacey Halls
"Seizing the day in Georgian England..."
Posted April 9, 2020

In 1747, an unmarried young mother, Elizabeth "Bess" Bright, makes a fateful decision to give up her newborn daughter to a foundling hospital, hoping to reclaim her in a few years. Six years later, Bess finally makes the decision to go and reclaim her daughter, only discover that her Read more...

The Familiar Dark
by Amy Engel
"Hell has no fury like a mother scorned"
Posted April 9, 2020

In Barren Springs, Missouri, two pre-teen girls are found murdered in a park. Who did this terrible deed haunts every resident, but none more so than Eve Taggert, mother to one of the murdered girls. Eve becomes determined to find her daughter's killer at all costs. But Read more...

Lost Autumn
by Mary-Rose MacColl
"Three timelines tied by two extraordinary women..."
Posted April 2, 2020

In 1920, seventeen-year-old Madeline "Maddie" Bright, a poet's daughter who has to support her family after her father's breakdown, gets a job as a maid for Prince Edward when he arrives in Australia to do a royal tour after WWI. Along the way, Maddie befriends Read more...

A Good Man
by Ani Katz
""When pretty ones leave you high then low""
Posted March 19, 2020

A GOOD MAN by Ani Katz begins in innocence but ends in ruination; it is a tale that conceals rather than reveals and demands a lot from its audience.


The Sea of Lost Girls
by Carol Goodman
"A modern-day witch hunt with murder. . ."
Posted March 5, 2020

Coming from a marginalized and impoverished background, Tess has achieved the life of her dreams: a family, wealth and keeping up with the Jones," thanks to her husband's ancenstry and standing. Yet, there are a lot of secrets she is hiding from her husband and beloved son, Rudy Read more...

All the Ways We Said Goodbye
by Karen White, Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams
"Three Women tempered by 20th century steel"
Posted January 23, 2020

In France, just as The Great War was beginning in 1914, Aurelie de Courcelles makes a choice of leaving Paris behind and staying with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. Just as the war begins to heat up, the duo is forced to deal with unwelcome guests, including a Read more...

Crimson Lake
by Candice Fox
"Can they discover the truth?"
Posted January 12, 2020

Ted Conkaffey, a former detective from Sydney, Australia, who is falsely accused of abduction, is forced to escape to Crimson Lake and abandon his family. In Crimson lake he is forced to keep a low profile from those who will recognize him and take justice in their own hands Read more...

Miracle Creek
by Angie Kim
"Four Days to discover the truth...can it be done?"
Posted December 19, 2019

Desperate to heal their children from either autism, cerebral palsy or numerous other diseases, Elizabeth, Teresa, and Kitt partake in a daring new healing technique simply titled H-BOT, which involves transferring 100 percent pure oxygen into the children's bodies in hopes of revitalizing their cells. Along with Read more...

Little Faith
by Nickolas Butler
"What role does faith play in our lives?"
Posted December 19, 2019

Lyle Hovde is very close to his six-year-old grandson Isaac and has a fragile relationship with Isaac's mother, his daughter Shiloh, a single parent. Lyle is enjoying his golden years - visiting with friends, doing odd jobs here and there, and making obligatory visits to church on Read more...

by Monica Duncan
"A slice of life in rural Michigan. . ."
Posted November 13, 2019

In the early 2000s, twenty-something Juniper Kowalski has a normal life in Gobles, Michigan. She works as a housekeeper for a hotel and often hangs out with her friends and her mother, Cora. Juniper has recently returned home after living in Chicago and giving up her dreams of Read more...

A Wedding in December
by Sarah Morgan
"Will she end up married by Christmas day?"
Posted November 7, 2019

Every year on Christmas the White family have their own traditions to celebrate. But this year, the youngest daughter, Rosie decides to impulsively marry her soulmate whom she has only known for a short time on Christmas day, upending the familiar traditions and forcing her parents and older sister Read more...

The Peacock Summer
by Hannah Richell
"A gilded cage that entraps and inspires..."
Posted September 26, 2019

In 1955, twenty-six-year-old Lillian Oberon should be the happiest of women--she's the wife to Charles Oberon, a man whose vast estate of Cloudesley is home to peacocks as well as and enchanting landscape. Lillian, however, feels trapped by the obligations she carries towards her Read more...

Without Her
by Rosalind Brackenbury
"What does friendship mean for them?"
Posted September 19, 2019

From the time they were children in England during the 1950s, Hannah and Claudia became the best of friends. From girlhood to adulthood, they traveled extremely different lifepaths, ending up in the least of expected places. However, friendship has always tied them together, and the two were always aware Read more...

Svetlana Libenson

Currently I am a contributor to Fresh Fiction, and I have my own blog where I read and review all sorts of books. My loves are historical fiction, literary fiction, multicultural fiction, women's fiction, psychological and some Mysteries. Genres I don't review are science fiction, Christian/ inspirational fiction and Nonfiction. I live with my parents and son in Texas area.

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Svetlana Libenson | Fresh Fiction Reviewer Top Reads of 2019
December 30, 2019

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Re: Matzah Ball Surprise (11:14pm March 20):

Thanks so much for introducing a romance book about

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