The best fiction books about women overcoming obstacles and female empowerment

Leigh M. Hall Author Of Capability
By Leigh M. Hall

Who am I?

I grew up with a single mother, lots of siblings, and little money. Books were my escape from reality. My love for reading began at an early age, back in the Babysitting Club days. I started writing as a girl but never thought it was something I would show other people. I kept my nose stuck in any book I could get my hands on, my favorites have become psychological thrillers. After spending decades in the medical field, I decided that it was time for me to write again. Once I completed my first novel and sent it out to agents, I quickly learned that I was right where I needed to be. 

I wrote...


By Leigh M. Hall,

Book cover of Capability

What is my book about?

One, a single act of brutal violence almost ends Melany's life. She now suffers through a grueling recovery. Lost and spiraling out of control, she begins to withdraw from life. The disfigured face and body she now carries start to create a personality of its own. She wonders if she will ever be able to move on. The monster that did this to her remains a mystery; she fears he may come back to finish her off.

Melany may seem like a timid housewife to some. The monster changed something inside her. After so much has been taken from her, she decides it's time to take some of it back. With a taste for revenge, darkness takes over. It has her doing things she thought she'd never be capable of.

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

By Bryn Greenwood,

Book cover of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Why this book?

Bryn has given us a beautiful story hidden behind a dark cloud. The contents of this book may be hard to swallow for some, but for others the outcome is worth the ride. A path full of harmful neglect and misguided trust will open your eyes to visions never before seen. 

I read this book years ago, and the story still sticks with me. I love a book that can bring out multiple emotions within me, and All The Ugly And Wonderful Things did just that.

The Girl in the Mirror

By Rose Carlyle,

Book cover of The Girl in the Mirror

Why this book?

I started writing books because I couldn't find the type of books that I wanted to read. Well, I found what I was looking for with this one. I like them dark and dirty; this book brings it all. A deceptive story full of mischievous, spiteful women will have a decent lady clutching her pearls. I could not put this one down, and once I was done, I wished I could rewind time and experience it all over again. My eyes were wide at that ending, and it had me salivating for more. You might think you know but trust me; you do not. 


By Tarryn Fisher,

Book cover of Marrow

Why this book?

I am a long-time Fisher fan, and I love all of her books, but this one really spoke to me. So much pain and brutality trapped inside one girl makes you think of many different scenarios, none of which are what happens. Fisher creates amazing stories with fascinating twists and turns, but this one tops the cake. Gripping and graphic to the point that you forget you are reading fiction. I love unhappy and open endings that make you think and question what you just read; this one just might be my favorite. 

The Push

By Ashley Audrain,

Book cover of The Push

Why this book?

I can't say much about this book without giving it away. I will say that this book is highly emotional to the point that most people might not make it to the end. I have a pretty happy and peaceful life now. However, I have gone through my share of heartbreak and then some. I enjoy reading gut-wrenching stories that make you want to close your eyes and scream because they dig their way into your head and plant a seed that grows into an understanding. This book does just that. The contents seem harsh but truly believable. As you can tell from my previous recommendations, I lean more towards female writers and female protagonists because I want to see them win in the end. That is not always the case, but the journey is still very much enjoyable. I would recommend that you dive into this tale with an open mind and an understanding heart. If I could sum up The Push in one word, it would be, wow!

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens,

Book cover of Where the Crawdads Sing

Why this book?

Taking us into the swamps of Louisiana, we are shipped to a time where life was simpler, yet depression lurked around every corner. A young girl with seemingly no hope powers through while sticking to her roots. Poverty does not discriminate, and anyone could be subject to its rath. A line that stood out to me in this book is, "Within all the worlds of biology, she searched for an explanation as to why a mother would leave her offspring." As humans, we are not meant to be alone in this world, and with the abandonment of all around her, Kya's mind wanders with questions. This book starts off as a dramatic woman's fiction read but quickly turns into something more. Mystery and mayhem surround this quiet 'Marsh Girl', and it will have you at the edge of your seat. I was silently hoping for vindication, and I hope you will be as well. 

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