Favorite Hen Lit

Hen Lit is grown-up chick lit with an older heroine who probably has a kid or two and a mortgage. But she’s still just as much fun as her twenty-something chick lit sisters.

The generous gardener by Trisha Ashley — Living in an idyllic Welsh village with a handsome husband and a loving daughter, 40-something Fran March has reason to be happy with her lot. Then her daughter, the result of an unforgettable one-night stand, starts asking awkward questions about her "real" father.

Hens dancing by Raffaella Barker — Abandoned by her husband, Venetia Summers is not alone. Living in a dilapidated house in Norfolk, she is surrounded by her three children, a houseful of animals, and a garden run amok.

Savannah blues: a novel by Mary Kay Andrews — Antique “picker” “Weezie” Foley is still angry that ex-husband Talmadge got her painstakingly restored Savannah townhouse in the divorce. So finding the dead body of Talmadge’s new girlfriend casts suspicion on her.

Fast women by Jennifer Crusie — Recently divorced Nell Dysart begins life afresh when she takes a job as secretary to private investigator Gabe McKenna. As Nell begins to organize the office against Gabe’s wishes, she discovers embezzlement, bribery and a decidedly unprofessional attraction to Gabe.

The only boy for me by Gil McNeil — Single mother Annie and Charlie, her energetic six-year-old, have a chaotic but wonderful life in the country—only a short commute to her London job as a free-lance producer. When Annie meets Mack, she falls for him immediately. But can he fit into her life?

Diary of a provincial lady by E.M. Delafield ; with a preface by Mary Borden ; with illustrations by Arthur Watts — Published in 1931, the diarist’s (generally futile) attempts to balance her bank account, keep up with fashionand art, and deal with her husband and children make her Bridget Jones’ spiritual grandmother.

My life on a plate by India Knight — Thirty-three-year-old Clara Hutt has some extra pounds on her hips, a part-time writing job, two young boys, and a detached husband. Something is wrong with her life and she needs to find out how to fix it.

The ex-wife's survival guide by Debbie Holt — Sarah Stagg's husband runs off with a 20-something just as her teenaged sons leave the nest. Despite some mistakes on her part and one very mean dog, Sarah finds a new life on her own terms.

Stately pursuits by Katie Fforde — Althea is divorced with three children, a bossy dog, a know-it-all younger sister and no love life. When she loses her job she starts a gadening business which leads her to meet the perfect man.

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