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5 Women's Fiction Reads With A Little Bit Of Charm

Whether it's a magic mixture that makes you pretty or using your looks to get through life, these five fall reads will make you think about what genuine beauty really is, how society perceives it, and true beauty's role in the game of love.

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1. The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Best friends Evie, Krista and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls with average looks worried about common problems: making it in the corporate world, figuring out online dating and making rent. Everything changes when they come across Pretty, a magic mixture that makes them gorgeous. The sudden change in their looks cause some huge changes in their lives. But they learn that Pretty has a dark side and are left to figure out: what would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

2. One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison

Prinny is the owner of Cosmos, a shop that specializes in crystals, potions and special cocktails that mend broken hearts and help people fall in love. Chelsea is a living statue at tourist spots in Washington, D.C., and works part-time at Cosmos. Her dreams of becoming an actress seem further away than ever and her dream of falling in love seems even more distant. Diana is married to a charismatic, yet unfaithful man, but she can’t decide whether she would rather be single and alone, or married and lonely. In One Less Problem Without You, three very different women find themselves thrust together and it will take love, strength and a little magic to help them figure out what path to choose.

3. Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl still obsessing over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else. Felicity has been in love with her boss for over 17 years and is finally taking a chance to make the feelings mutual. The lives of these women, along with seven others-- including a private detective, a Hollywood starlet and a young model-- are about to changed by the season’s hottest fashion trend, a little black dress.

4. A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel by Yvonne Georgina Puig

Vivienne Cally comes from a long line of highly respectable and wealthy ancestors. Orphaned as a child and raised by an emotionally distant aunt, Vivienne has always been told to rely on her beauty in order to marry a man that will uphold the family name. Preston Duffin has known Vivienne since childhood, but despite his growing feelings for her, he’s not sure he belongs in such a traditional life. A Wife of Noble Character is a hilarious view into the lives of wealthy thirty-something-year-olds navigating through friendship, love and their flourishing careers in Houston's thriving oil industry.

5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Babe Paley shines brighter than all the other New York socialites. Her flawless face is constantly sweeping the cover of Vogue and she is adored and admired by all her friends. She has it all: money, fame, beauty, glamour, jewels, powerful friends, various mansions and a prestigious husband. However, her perfectly portrayed image and life is all a show, deep down Babe desperately longs for the feeling of true love and connection. When Babe meets Truman Capote, her life is instantly thrown off track by the growing connection with this larger-than-life man. However, Truman’s fame is at an all time high and an irreparable scandal threatens to disrupt his relationship with Babe and the other swans of Fifth Avenue.

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