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Subject: Romance/Chick Lit - without kids
Date Posted: 8/7/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I enjoy a good romance novel (Nora Roberts, Luanne Rice, etc.), but am tired of how they always have kids or by the end of the book are pregnant or planning to be pregnant. There are plenty of us out here who don't have kids (by choice or nature) and I would really like to find some books that are geared towards us. Does such a thing exist? Any recommendations? (I'm not anti-kid, just looking for something more relevant to me.)



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Date Posted: 8/7/2010 10:02 PM ET
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Meg Cabot books don't include kids.

Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series up to the last one don't include kids.

I just read See Jane Date by Melissa Senate and Twenty Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak neither of which ended with kids.

They're Christian romance/chick lit so I don't know if they'd interest you, but Kristin Billerbeck's Ashley Stockingdale series doesn't include kids. And Kaye Dacus'  Brides of Bonneterre series don't either. I doubt her new Matchmaker series does either, but I haven't started it yet.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 7:54 PM ET
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For romances, try Kristan Higgins. Hers do not revolve around kids, and are really good books! She is my favorite author, I highly recommend any of her books.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 4:40 PM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 8/10/2010 2:54 PM ET
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If you like chick lit mysteries, the Sophie Katz books by Kyra Davis are good, too.  There's only one peripheral character with a child - he's the main character's nephew, who she thinks is a menace. 

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 12:06 PM ET
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You might enjoy Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella.  It was a fun read.

Date Posted: 8/14/2010 9:14 PM ET
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Tasmina Perry is also a great chick lit author and none of her books have kids mentioned.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:34 PM ET
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Subject: Glad I'm not alone!
Date Posted: 9/15/2010 9:33 PM ET
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I thought it was just me!  I often but books back at sales and stores when a child is mentioned on a backcover.   So here is my official list - a few authors might be repeats from previous posts.  No guarantees that they are knocked up by the last page, but at least there are no diapers and homework assignments  involved!  I hope this helps- happy reading!

Christian Chick-lit - Kristin Billerbeck, Melody Carlsson, Tamara Leigh, Siri Mitchell (Cubical Next Door, Kissing Adrian)

General Chick-lit - Cecelia Ahern (Love Rosie, PS I love you), Candace Bushnell, Ann Brasheres' The Last Summer of You and me (kleenex required), Jane Green, Marian Keyes (skip Watermelon), Elizabeth Noble (Alphabet Weekends)

Romance - Deidre Martin, LeAnne Banks (Bellagio series 1 & 3), Susan Andersen (except hot & bothered), Lori Foster, Alina Adams (when a man loves a woman), Stef Ann Holm (except All That You Are), Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl (MUST READS Talk me Down, Start Me Up, Lead me on), Julie Ortolon (Unforgettable)

A little steamier - Bella Andre, Erin McCarthy (fast track 2 & 3), Robin Kaye

Subject: re: Glad I'm not alone!
Date Posted: 9/16/2010 5:08 PM ET
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So am I!

Thanks for the suggestions.

Subject: books for humor & no kids
Date Posted: 9/21/2010 12:03 PM ET
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I love Janet Evanovich, the only times kids come into play is when they're a problem, never hers, never good, never wanted! I think she's the one of the few authors who makes me really truely laugh out loud no matter where I'm at. On a plane, in a crowd, just doesn't matter. If you've never read her books and you like romance and comedy her older books have more romance and her numbered series or more humor less romance but they are great!

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 7:51 AM ET
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I second  Twenties Girl.

Date Posted: 10/14/2010 3:15 PM ET
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I hear you on that!  I don't have children either (not that I am opposed to kids or anything), but I have noticed that many books revolve around children & I like books that I can relate to also!

It's not a "romance" but if you haven't read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert, you might consider reading it.  It's about a 30 something year old woman who is divorced & doesn't have any children.  I'm not divorced (nor have I ever been married at that) but I still related to the book in my own kind of way.  Just a suggestion though!