Well-written chick lit?

(56 Posts)
mimolette Fri 28-Jun-13 09:28:03

Please don't flame me, but am after some easy reading! Can anyone recommend any well-written, not too cringey chick lit (or even mum lit)?
Or anything easy going and funny (eg really loved The Common Reader)?

GW297 Thu 04-Jul-13 23:28:47

Lindsay Kelk has a new one out.

LaQueen Thu 04-Jul-13 21:07:22

I liked Jane Green for a while...but, then it just got too twee, and saccharine.

Lisa Jewel is slightly more edgy.

Catherine Alliot is okay...but, she's written too much. She's started emplying the same plot devices...I think in 3 separate books, she has the female protagonist adopting a faux accent, for a joke, but then is forced to continue in said faux accent, when she realises (to her horror) that the person she's speaking to, has the same accent hmm

i absolutely love milly johnson and melissa hill

tumbletumble Wed 03-Jul-13 06:55:28

Maybe you're right decaff. I struggle a bit with the definition of chick lit.

Try Christina Jones, particularly Jumping To Conclusions and the one about the greyhound. The later ones get a bit too silly with all the magic spells, though Heaven Sent has good characters.

decaffwithcream Tue 02-Jul-13 20:10:21

Second Joanna Trollope, Sophie Kinsella and the earlier Emily Barr books.

decaffwithcream Tue 02-Jul-13 20:09:08

I really can't see Anne Tyler or Penelope Lively as chick lit. Great authors though.

HenriettaPye Tue 02-Jul-13 20:08:08

Paige toon! Love her books

GW297 Tue 02-Jul-13 20:04:07

Jane Costello too! Girl on the Run was my favourite.

Boonyjinkies Tue 02-Jul-13 18:55:20

Jane Green and Victoria Clayton

Chubfuddler Tue 02-Jul-13 18:41:38

Nancy Mitford.

DStone Tue 02-Jul-13 18:39:14

Jojo Moyes - brilliant! And quite a few to choose from...

drwitch Tue 02-Jul-13 16:39:58

the horsey ones by fiona walker are like the best of jilly cooper without the snobby/racist/dubious attitudes to body fat bits
Jane Fallon is the one that viannefox is talking about
Anna Maxted wrote a brilliant book about anorexia called running in heels
cause celebre (by helen fielding aka the bridget jones one) is very good as well

BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:25:04

I read Erica James' ^The Queen Of New Beginnings^- it was quite a satisfying romp,mand very funny in parts.

Theselittlelightsofmine Mon 01-Jul-13 20:57:19

The mummyfesto by Linda Green

smile

mrsmindcontrol Mon 01-Jul-13 14:46:14

Adele Parkes

I meant Erica James. Obviously

EnlightenedOwl Sun 30-Jun-13 22:22:17

just reading and enjoyed very much on Kindle quartet of books by Janet Tanner - starting with The Black Mountains, only £2 each

Erics James books are excellent with complex plots and some good twists whilst generally being happy easy reading

if you want a good weepy that's beautifully written try Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

oddslippers Sun 30-Jun-13 20:44:26

Lisa jewell books are always a good read

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 20:43:03

You had me at hello by Mhari McFarlane. Enjoyed both!

VianneFox Sun 30-Jun-13 20:42:50

Yes to Catherine Alliott. Also have enjoyed a couple of Adele Parkes and Carole Matthews. Oh and another-for the life of me I can't remember her name but she was a writer/producer on 'spaced' and married to ricky gervais

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 20:41:30

Sophie King

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 30-Jun-13 20:36:25

And the school run by .............

hmm

Sophie ?something?

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 30-Jun-13 20:34:52

I liked the personal shopper series by Carmen Reid smile

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