Women’s Fiction is one of those genres that is often confused with romance. So, I am going to give you MY definition to help you understand the books that are in this section.
“a novel about a woman on the brink of life change and personal growth”
This may or may not be a romance. Often women on the brink of a life change are involved in or moving toward romance. However, there are many life changes that are not romantic.
Sometimes books can be categorized as both Women’s Fiction and Romance. My Sweetwater Canyon books fall into this situation. Each book is Women’s Fiction because it deals with issues each woman faces as they are on the brink of a life change. It also happens that each book has a romance as part of that story. However, the romance and the life change and dealing with a specific issue (divorce, rape, alcoholism, cancer, death of a spouse) are equal. In a romance, the romance is always the central plot line.
Also to differentiate Women’s Fiction from romance, Women’s Fiction does not necessarily have a Happily Ever After (HEA) ending like that required in romance. However, in all my books there is at least a “happy for now” ending. For my books, the woman must end the story feeling good about her decisions and her path forward.