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Women’s Fiction books to Pack on Vacation

By: Hidden Gems on June 25, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on June 25, 2024


Women’s Fiction books can vary widely in terms of theme, but what they all have in common is that they are centered around a women’s life experiences. These books are generally targeted towards female readers and their popularity comes from how relatable many of them are to the women that read them. With summer just around the corner, if you’re looking for a great women’s literature/fiction book to pack on vacation, take a peek at these titles that our Hidden Gems readers recently loved.

Unwavering Branches

Unwavering Branches by Kelly Comiskey

With 15+ reviews and an impressive 4.8 star average on Amazon, Unwavering Branches tells the story of four different women impacted by World War II. Readers are touched by the stories of hope, courage and of course, sacrifice.

Kristy raves in her five star Amazon review, “I have read every [World War II] historical fiction book I can get my hands on – likely hundreds. This is now in my top three…which is a huge feat. The author puts you into the hearts and minds of these four women and allows you to see the heartbreak of [World War II] through their eyes. I was so emotionally invested not only in the four main characters but in their supporting cast. Highly recommend!”

“Each of the four women could have been a book on their own, but the way the author tells their very different stories pulls the reader in. Learned so much from this harrowing but ultimately uplifting story,” concurs Susan F. in her five star Amazon review.

The Wild Atlantic Witch

The Wild Atlantic Witch by Tara Heavey

With 90 reviews and a 4.6 average star rating on Amazon, The Wild Atlantic Witch is a clash of genres, and takes the reader on a journey as Rosaleen O’Connor grapples with her husband’s infidelity and discovery of her witch powers.

JohnandDebbie explain in their five star Amazon review, “…Rosaleen’s story grabs right from the beginning. Her husband’s betrayal and the loss of all she holds dear gives her reason to return to Ireland to live in the cottage left her by her grandmother. In Ireland Rosaleen is introduced to a new life, one she doesn’t entirely understand. She slowly realizes there is more in this world than she realized and she is more than she imagined. Witches, werewolves, Light Fae, Dark Fae, Selkies and more! Make a cup of tea, butter a slice of soda bread and prepare to be enchanted…”

“I enjoyed reading this well-written story. The characters are fully developed with the good guys likable and the villains nasty. The plot is interesting and well paced…” concurs Kindle Customer in their five star Amazon review.

Escape Plan

Escape Plan by Rachel Rafferty

With an outstanding 4.5 star average, Escape Plan is a hidden gem that just released at the end of April 2024, and tells the tale of Elva as she battles her inner demons. This coming of age novel is also available for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

B. Bryant explains in their five star Amazon review, “I found myself completely immersed in Elva’s journey through her struggles with alcohol and the relationship impacts it had with her family and friends. I couldn’t put the book down. The way the author captured her inner turmoil and growth was just incredible…”

“Any time I pick up a Rachel Rafferty book I read it cover to cover in a single day. This is the best one yet! I felt every word of Elva’s spiral. And was willing her to turn it around. A compelling and emotional read. Cannot WAIT for the next book,” concurs Amazon Customer in their five star Amazon review.

Mia's Journey

Mia’s Journey by Diane Byington

With a handful of reviews posted and more coming in, Mia’s Journey is another new release and a hidden gem which tells the story of astronaut Mia as she deals with a life changing accident. With a 4.3 average star rating on Amazon, Mia’s Journey is filled with intrigue and discovery. Readers overwhelmingly enjoy the journey of emotional growth for our main character, Mia.

Karen explains in her five star Amazon review, “Mia’s Journey is a compelling story and one that I settled into quickly. Mia, an astronaut who is determined to go to space, is altered dramatically by a car accident, resulting in a brain injury, as well as other severe physical injuries. Her journey of how to adjust to the new realities in her life took a rather surprising (to me) turn…As Mia grapples with the limitations imposed by her injuries, readers are taken on a poignant journey of self-discovery, resilience, and love…”

“A perfect blend of women’s fiction and science fiction…” concurs Molly’s Mom  in her five star Amazon review. “Byington does a fantastic job of showing how people can work together and use their skills and knowledge to escape what has become a prison. Mia pulls all her astronaut training together to organize this group of people who have come to know and trust each other and become friends.”

Finding Sarah

Finding Sarah by Nina Purtee

A recently released hidden gem with a 4.6 star average on Amazon, Finding Sarah is the final book in the three book Annie’s Journey series. Relatable and resilient, readers marvel over the obstacles Sarah overcomes.

“…Finding Sarah is an inspiring novel of courage, perseverance, and the desire to find happiness and purpose. I loved how Nina Purtee intertwined subjects of art, conservation efforts, history, and romance into a novel that was hard to put down,” Ana explains in her five star Amazon review.

“…I definitely recommend this entire series (which still has more stories to come developing more depth to the original characters). You will enjoy following these characters on their epic adventures,” concurs an Amazon Customer in their five star review.

Hidden Gems readers got to read these novels first, so if you want more stories to spend your summer weekends with, sign up today! Subscribers to Hidden Gems receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – for free. Authors send these out in the hopes that the readers will write an honest review once they’re done.

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