Josie and Kate from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan Amazon / Via amzn.to Josie is constantly translating and speaking languages like High School, College, Friends, and more; however, only her best friend Stu and sister Kate speak Josie’s native language. When Kate gets engaged, Josie sees it as the mistake of a lifetime and vows to break the couple up. As the journey to the wedding day grows closer, Josie is forced to confront and decipher her feelings for her boyfriends, sister, and best friend. Tessie and Birdie from The Undertaking of Tess by Lesley Kagen Amazon / Via amzn.to During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa "Tessie" Finley has her work cut out for her. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after she witnessed her father's drowning, her kid sister, Birdie, refuses to believe that their beloved Daddy is really gone. Tessie needs to make sure that she does before their Mom gets wind of how much "weirder" her sister’s getting. Stronger, and more down to Earth than ethereal Birdie, she's always watched over her sister, so it's only natural for her to come up with a plan that she jots down on one of her never-ending TO-DO lists. If Tessie can't achieve her goals, she's desperately worried that the beautiful, but self-occupied Louise, might send emotionally fragile Birdie to the County insane asylum. Her Daddy always told her, "A Finley never throws in the towel," so more than anything Tess wants to make him proud, but despite her resourcefulness and grit, she's smart enough to know that the odds are stacked against her and her time is running out. Liane, Fiona, and Lisa from Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley Amazon / Via amzn.to Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it. Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters, and the women surrounding them, Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women play, and shows that even though happy endings aren’t one-size-fits-all, some loves really can last for life. Martha and Claire from The Smart One by Jennifer Close Amazon / Via amzn.to The Coffey siblings are having a rough year. Martha is thirty and working at J. Crew after a spectacular career flameout; Claire has broken up with her fiancé and locked herself in her New York apartment until her bank account looks as grim as her mood; and the baby of the family, Max, is dating a knockout classmate named Cleo and keeping a very big, very life-altering secret. The only solution—for all of them—is to move back home. But things aren’t so easy the second time around, for them or for their mother, Weezy. Martha and Claire have regressed to fighting over the shared bathroom, Weezy can’t quite bring herself to stop planning Claire’s thwarted wedding, and Max and Cleo are exchanging secretive whispers in the basement. Jennifer Close’s funny and tender follow-up to her bestselling debut novel is a story about the ways in which we never really grow up, and the people we turn to when things go drastically wrong: family. Paige and Sloane from The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller Amazon / Via amzn.to Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave’s work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat. As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave’s work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?