Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite book in the romance canon. Izzy is stifled by her stagnant career in publishing where she spends her days crafting unanswered emails to arrogant prospective authors like Beau. Izzy hopes a house call might soften both Beau’s tough exterior and her boss's disapproval. As Izzy learns that things are not always as they seem, I found myself grinning alongside her, and my own cynicism for romance melting. As warm and radiant as they come and yet somehow free of the eye roll inducing cliches; my biggest qualm is that I cannot befriend these characters in real life.
Few people write historical fiction as Ruta Sepetys does, this time taking us to 1989 Romania, as citizens fight for freedom from the Communist regime. The story of Christian, an aspiring writer, will tug at your heartstrings as he navigates romance, revolt and espionage. A page-turner!!
It's 1967, and Phyllis has the life any proper housewife covets: a devoted husband, a bookish teenage daughter, and her perfect son. Yet a less ordinary life beckons. In capturing Phyllis' choices and their repercussions, Hadley offers insights into the complexity of being a human. If you've enjoyed Sally Rooney's writings, be sure not to miss this slow burn!
Told through the eyes of best childhood friends Jenny and Riley, We Are Not Like Them is a riveting portrayal of race and policing. When Jenny's husband is implicated in a police shooting, and Riley is reporting on that same case, both must grapple with their own identities, biases, and how far they are willing to go for one another. Honest, bold, and harrowing, this novel will echo in your mind long after its final pages
In chronicling her experience with Bell's palsy, Ruhl somehow offers profound wisdom about many walks of life. Down to earth, hilarious, and so so beautifully composed, I found myself lapping up each sentence.
As timeless and enchanting as the artwork tethering its two heroines, this novel tells the story of the art the Nazis endeavored to steal, the people who risked their lives to save it, and the legacy their stories have left behind. Somehow Lester gets it all right: a story that will keep you turning the pages without sparing historical accuracy or character development. Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah readers rejoice!
This is the the book for the adults who were Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fans, and for the siblings who would do anything for their other halves. Set in Belfast amidst IRA and national conflict, Berry has crafted a beautiful and realistic mystery about the thing we will do for family and country.
A novel based in Cambridge with the most relateable of main characters navigating grief, dreams of a writing career, trying to find love and her own place in the world. I wanted this book to last forever.
Adunni, a young girl growing up in a Nigerian village, is a striking narrator in this stunning novel of resilience in unimaginable circumstances. To read this book is to know this unforgettable character and to share her triumphs and tribulations.
If you have ever worried or wondered "what if," this silly, colorful, heartwarming book is a perfect pick! For all the little worriers, this "nervous Nellie" of a pig understands.
If you're in search of a thriller that's unpredictable, visceral and haunting--look no further. Alice's move into an idyllic gated community becomes anything but, as she begins to untangle the truth about herself, her neighbors and her friends. Refreshingly original and complex, but not for the faint of heart!
Ford brings tremendous vulnerabilty to her telling of her childhood as the daughter of an incarcerated father and her tense relationship with her mother. She captures the complexity of her humanity and relationships with precision, and yet I felt more like a friend being let into her world than a reader. A 2021 highlight!
In what may be her best work yet, Yoon has once again delivered an accessible yet poignant coming-of-age novel. As 18 year-old Evie reels from her parents' divorce, she loses faith in happy endings. But is fear of future emotional pain worth missing out on all of the joy in the present? This book is the perfect summer read for anyone who has loved and lost.