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The Summer Country

Not always a comfortable read, but a compelling one, this book is appropriate for readers who like complex family dramas in exotic locations. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]
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City of Windows

A fast-paced, topical thriller that checks the boxes in the genre, perhaps a little automatically. Will appeal to fans of John Sandford, Lee Child, and Brian Freeman. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

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Bite Club

Fans of the series will enjoy this outing, and newcomers will find a satisfying mystery and plenty of canine content, including behind-the-scenes secrets of dog shows, which will make them seek further volumes about Melanie and her pack of poodles.

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Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding

A sparkling tale that will delight Francophiles and fans of historical fiction alike. These characters are engaging and expertly drawn, and their story is as evocative as the lingering traces of a fine eau de parfum. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

The Work of Art

In her sixth historical romance, Matthews (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon; A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty) weaves suspense and mystery within an absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end. Highly recommended to historical romance and/or mystery buffs and especially animal lovers.

The Promise of Endless Variety | Romance, July 2019

A Conversation with Jo Baker, author of The Body Lies

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The Cruel Stars

Continual space battle action, despicable enemies, tight corners, and plucky heroines enliven the story, though one-dimensional characters, improbable last-minute saves, and familiar tropes weaken it. For larger collections; space opera lovers will enjoy a fast and reasonably exciting read.
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Darkdawn

Readers who enjoyed the first two books will not be disappointed by this dark, addictive story that contains coarse language and plenty of sexual content. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

Lock Every Door

Likable characters, great writing, just enough twists, and a Rosemary’s Baby vibe will make this a summer hit. Purchase for Stephen King and Gillian Flynn fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Betrayal in Time

Despite some awkward use of 21st-century jargon, this is an entertaining mystery with considerable period detail and a touch of romance. Fans of historical mysteries with strong female characters, such as Rhys Bowen’s “Molly Murphy” series or Laurie King’s “Mary Russell” books will enjoy.
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A Love Like Yours

Readers who appreciate seeing their couples struggle to grow up and grab their HEA while overcoming difficult circumstances will need tissues as Sam and Lucy fight their way back to each other.
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Butterfly in Frost

Fans of Day’s “Crossfire” series will relish this subtle and emotional companion piece and its unflinching look at depression and loss. However, the novella’s abrupt twist of an ending and point-of-view shift feels a little out of left field and might leave some readers wishing that this story could have been fleshed out more in a full-length novel.
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Nothing But Trouble

With a charming secondary romance for Wade’s brother Wyatt, contemporary echoes of Western mail-order-bride schemes, and a small farming community filled with quirky characters, this series opener will appeal to fans of small-town romance and anyone who enjoys a “falling for the boss” story.
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Just One of the Groomsmen

While the opening views on gender may be problematic to some, the way Addison reclaims herself will have readers rooting for the sassy heroine and charming ex-lawyer. The small-town atmosphere will make readers feel like coming home.

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Kwok’s tightly woven novel is an emotional and thrilling page-turner that also provides insight into her Asian culture. A major change of pace for Kwok; readers who enjoyed the work of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl should appreciate. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/18.]

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Where We Come From

Cásares, a Brownsville native and University of Texas associate professor of creative writing, delivers this third book (after the story collection Brownsville and novel Amigoland), a timely and sensitive examination of U.S.–Mexico border issues as illuminated by the backstories of major and minor characters.

Home Remedies: Stories

Wang’s stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.

The Last Book Party

Part coming of age, part gossipy peek into the enclave of writers, editors, poets, and artists who annually escaped the heat of Boston and New York to talk, drink, and work on Cape Cod, this seminostalgic debut is the ideal summer read for book people. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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The Capital

The tension between a supranational European vision and a rising tide of nationalism is at the center of this trenchant political satire. Given that increasing nationalism is not a strictly European phenomenon, this German Book Prize winner may well find an audience on this side of the Atlantic. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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Rabbits for Food

Kirshenbaum has excelled at capturing one woman’s disturbing mental illness and the daily struggles to cope with survival even in a setting that supposedly offers support and rehabilitation. Drawing parallels to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes easily because of the similar setting and a cast of characters supporting the main character. Recommended.

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The Safe House

The lengthy setup in this second installment of “The Black Market” series may have readers yawning until Swinson’s trademark violence finally explodes.

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Breathe In, Cash Out

While the heavy use of business and yoga jargon slows things down, the wit that pervades Allegra’s search for #bliss and the requisite quirky supporting cast make this a fab read for chick lit fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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The Marriage Clock

This charming and humorous novel will appeal to a wide audience and should be an excellent fit for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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Cygnet

Brimming with powerful and sometimes raw emotions, occasional glimmers of hope, and solid descriptive writing and character development, Butler’s debut intertwines multiple themes to create a thoughtful coming-of-age story and a young adult’s pursuit for adventure in a new locale and the eventual face-to-face dance with mortality, not just the elderly. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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The Trouble with Cowboys

James (Christmas with the Sheriff) has delivered a delightful cast of small-town characters who will have readers wanting to visit Wishing River again. This charming title is for fans of hot cowboys and sweet romances.
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Home Improvement: A Love Story

Lain (“Love in Laguna” series) writes a tender hidden-identity romance with appeal for fans of Heidi Cullinan, Alexis Hall, or Annabeth Albert. Recommended for all libraries.

Rumor Mill

The Friend Zone

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A Conversation with Julie Kibler, author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

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On a Quiet Street

Every suspect, along with Antelope and Dr. Pepper, takes a turn telling a version of the story. The accounts and short chapters break up the narrative, making it choppy and sometimes hard to follow. Overall, this might be too disjointed a read for most.
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Death in a Desert Land

As in the beloved Agatha Christie novels, a large cast of characters and many red herrings keep readers guessing. A strong sense of place and a thoughtful protagonist add interest. For readers of classic mysteries and, of course, Christie’s legions of fans.
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Supper Club

Williams’s first novel (after the short story collection A Selfie as Big as the Ritz) delivers a poignant tale of a woman finding her place in the world as she approaches the big three-oh. An homage to female rage and the bonds of friendship, this will entice readers like a gourmet feast and leave them just as satisfied.

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The Book Charmer

This heartwarming story by Hawkins (“MacLean Curse” and “Hurst Amulet” series) will delight fans of cozy romantic fiction with its quirky characters and charming small town.

Ayesha at Last

There’s an overabundance of Pride and Prejudice retellings, but few are as thoughtful and creative as this stellar debut from an author to watch. Jalaluddin takes a familiar plot and transforms it into a contemporary #ownvoices romance that is fresh, insightful, and thoroughly modern. The story of Ayesha and Khalid will leave readers swooning, but it will also get them thinking.

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One Little Secret

Holahan’s latest stand-alone (after Lies She Told) is a great beach read for those with a penchant for scandalous secrets and gossipy, suspenseful mysteries.
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Twice in a Blue Moon

With a then-and-now plot similar to Lauren’s Love and Other Words, the writing duo’s latest has a youthful voice that may be a good fit for fans of new adult romances.
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Give Up the Ghost

Libraries where paranormal romances are popular should add this series.
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Evvie Drake Starts Over

Holmes’s (host, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) debut is charming, funny, and warmhearted and will please fans of Jasmine Guillory and Maria Semple.

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Girls Like Us

This fast-paced psychological thriller by Alger (The Banker’s Wife) will intrigue mystery readers as they shadow Nell’s precarious quest for the truth at all costs, despite the consequences. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

The Warehouse

Highly recommended for dystopian fiction fans. The film rights have Ron Howard associated, which will pique more interest.
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The Dark Above

Fans of Justin Cronin’s The Passage, TV’s Stranger Things, and all versions of Stephen King’s IT will want to sit under summertime stars to binge this quick read. Any teen or adult fan of sf thrillers will enjoy this story, although they may want to read the first installment before jumping in.

Jade War

The follow-up to Lee’s Jade City delves further into her Asia-inspired world, embracing topics of family, relocation, and relations between rival factions. The setup for the final book will leave readers breathless with anticipation.
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Dark Nights 2: Resurrection

Fans of space operas or sf assessing technological benevolence with lots of detail and point-of-view characters will enjoy.
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Murder in Bel-Air

Readers will enjoy the exciting trip through Paris and the colorful characters who turn up along the way in this latest page-turner from Black that will make readers want to hop the next flight to the City of Light. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]
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Rotherweird

Some readers may find playwright Caldecott’s debut worth reading for originality and inventiveness, but others might find it difficult or baffling.

The Soul of Power

An excellent and exciting conclusion to an outstanding romantic fantasy trilogy. Sophy is as intriguing and complex a hero as Elanna and Jahan (The Memory of Fire), while the secondary characters remain just as well drawn. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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The Sum of All Shadows

Van Lustbader (The Testament) concludes his “Testament” series with this fast-paced supernatural thriller that is equal parts Indiana Jones, Robert Langdon, and Old Testament. Recommended for fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler.
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Alphabet Squadron

Freed (Rogue One; Battlefront Twilight Company) offers a traditional “Star Wars” story told from the point of view of the five recruits and a couple of Imperial holdouts. Fans of the political intrigue, pitched space battles, and interpersonal humor of the original movie trilogy will rush to consume this first of a new trilogy.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Like a 19th-century avatar, Fitch gives a 360-degree view of the suffering caused by the Bolsheviks’ consolidation of power and tells a long and sweeping story without wasting a word. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Under Currents

Prolific and hugely popular author Roberts (Shelter in Place; Year One), who also writes as J.D. Robb (“In Death” series), combines complex characters with a vivid setting to create a real page-turner. Broken into four sections, each of which packs a punch, this contemporary fiction mixed with a bit of suspense is completely engaging. Expect wide appeal beyond the author’s regular fanbase. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Bunny

Intertwining a great deal of intrigue as she moves rapidly toward an enigmatic conclusion, Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl) uses lyrical descriptions and metaphors throughout that lend a bit of whimsy to an otherwise dark story that defies categorization. [See Prepub Aldert, 12/17/18.]
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If You Want To Make God Laugh

As with her debut, Marais excels at creating compelling characters; readers will be turning the pages, wondering what life has in store for each. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Beijing Payback

This late-coming-of-age thriller, in which Victor learns just what he is capable of doing, grabs readers early and doesn’t readily let go. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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The Body in the Castle Well

This will satisfy fans of the series, and also those who enjoy intricate mysteries in unique settings with plenty of local details.
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The Stories You Tell

Building to a chilling and surprising conclusion, the third book in Lepionka’s Shamus Award–winning series (The Last Place You Look) is both intricately plotted and character-driven, with a complicated protagonist. Suggest for fans of detective novels with unconventional sleuths. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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Moonscape

This mystery should flourish in collections where the author’s other novels did well. Fans of Western or historical mysteries may also want to give this series a try.
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Paper Son

Rozan’s detective stories have won every prize in the book, so expect mystery lovers to flock to this one.
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Killer in the Carriage House

The mystery might appeal to those interested in historical renovations of towns, but is mostly suggested only for fans of the author or the previous book
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Rag and Bone

Jay is an obsessed, flawed character in the latest grim book by the Anthony Award–nominated author of Give Up the Dead. The bleak outlook, for the story and for Jay, will appeal to fans of noir fiction.
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Shamed

Castillo’s latest, following A Gathering of Secrets, is another violent, fascinating story. Readers who are unfamiliar with the gritty series may be surprised that this is not an Amish cozy, but fans of Castillo’s “Kate Burkholder” series will be satisfied with this recent installment. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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The Whisper Man

Fans of Thomas Harris or Kevin O’Brien will enjoy this dive with a new voice in suspense. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]
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Those People

While no character can be described as likable, readers will be able to identify with their struggle and increasing desperation. As in her previous title, Our House, Candlish adds some last-minute twists to produce a solid domestic thriller.
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Stone Cold Heart

Highly recommended for fans of police procedurals with compelling detectives. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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Call Your Daughter Home

Lovers of historical Southern fiction and gritty female characters will feel as if they are living in the desperation of these families, then rallying behind these courageous women as they fight for justice. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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In at the Deep End

Touted as a “Bridget Jones for 2019,” this might be more aptly compared to the television show Girls with its combination of humor and a frank exploration of contemporary sexuality. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]
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City of Girls

Tart-voiced Vivian and her adventures in 20th-century Manhattan will please readers who enjoyed Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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The Orphan’s Song

Kate, best known for her YA fantasy novels, brings the romance of 18th-century Venice to life in this light historical. While some of the twists are predictable, it’s an engaging read with likable characters and an emotionally potent plot. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]
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Very Nice

Powerful themes of mother love and daughter fidelity give this frothy novel a depth that lingers after the rush of enjoyment. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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The Need

Is this literary work a story of magical realism, a straight-up horror novel featuring home invaders and shadow-selves, or a product of Molly’s exhausted imagination? Of course, it’s all of the above and makes for an unforgettable—and polarizing
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The Border Keeper

For fans of occult-tinged speculative fiction.
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The Best Science Fiction of the Year. Vol. 4

Scrutinizing politics and personal journeys, artificial intelligence and human emotion, this anthology will give new sf readers a breadth of material to ponder, while showing established fans new writers to follow. Recommended for all libraries.
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Null Set

Huang’s sophomore novel brings us the same tight action, compelling characters, and mathematics magic as Zero Sum Game. Fans of the TV series Jessica Jones will enjoy meeting Cas.
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Dahlia Black

The documentary approach causes some emotional distance, and the sheer amount of footnotes slows reader engagement, but there is plenty of narrative tension to keep the pages turning. Recommended for fans of Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants or Max Brooks’s World War Z.
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Bursts of Fire

This exciting new series will have fantasy fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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Dragonslayer

An entertaining, but not particularly groundbreaking, fantasy. Recommended for fans of dragons and medieval settings.
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The Mask Collectors

Although some suspension of belief is required on occasion, debut novelist Vilhauer has written an unsettling and visionary novel of suspense. [See “Unmasking Motives,” LJ 5/19.]
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The Bird Boys

Reminiscent of classic mysteries by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, with more character development and a strong, capable female lead, this will appeal to fans of Lou Berney, Walter Mosley, and Kent Anderson.

Fake Like Me

The creative process confronts reality in this compelling literary thriller centering on art, identity, and deception, as told in Bourland’s (I’ll Eat When I’m Dead) sharp prose. A must for those with an artistic bent, a sheer reading pleasure for all.

Someone To Honor

A strong, compassionate heroine and a hero who learns to appreciate his worth discover the true meaning of love in this tender, perceptive, and infinitely entertaining romance that delightfully continues the saga of the unconventional Westcotts. Balogh (Someone To Trust) lives in Canada.

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Arctic Wild

Sexy, gentle, and graced with humor, this engaging romance is a strong addition to Albert’s latest series. Albert (Arctic Sun) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Wolf Rain

Stratagems, insanity, and violence are here tempered by bright humor and the warmth and importance of family, pack, and belonging. Another hands-down winner that expands Singh’s brilliantly conceived world. Singh (Ocean Light) lives in New Zealand. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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Dead Big Dawg

Houston’s latest, following Dead Firefly, may appeal to Sean McCafferty’s readers, fans of fly-fishing, and wilderness mysteries. At the same time, readers who appreciate Steven F. Havill’s tales of close-knit communities may also want to try.
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Arches Enemy

Fans of Nevada Barr’s “Anna Pigeon” series or readers of environmental mysteries may appreciate this lush tale, but those who read for character may dislike the sometimes sarcastic, sometimes unlikable protagonist.

The Turn of the Key

Ware hits another one out of the park. Fans of hers or anyone with a taste for the disturbing will stay up late devouring this.

Under the Cold Bright Lights

In any novel by old pro Disher (Port Vila Blues), the characters have substance, the plots are strong, the action is credible and swift. This outstanding work will appeal to all detective-o-philes.

The Book Supremacy

Fans of the “Bibliophile” series will enjoy catching up with the courageous couple in this 13th installment (after Buried in Books). Readers of Carolyn Hart’s “Death on Demand” series will also appreciate.
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Stradal’s follow up to Kitchens of the Great Midwest wins you over with its good-heartedness, despite its flirtation with cloying folksiness at times. For regional collections and where beer is popular. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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The Ditch

Koch (The Dinner) creates a story open to interpretation that will appeal to readers who enjoy an unresolved mystery.

Dream Sequence

From Foulds (In the Wolf’s Mouth), a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, comes a wonderfully written, warmly recommended new novel. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

A Touch of Forever

Crisp descriptions, insightful character development, and four savvy kids bring depth to this romantic historical charmer that is pure gold. Goodman (A Touch of Flame) lives in West Virginia.

Travelers

Through six interconnected sections, Caine Prize winner and Chinua Achebe Fellow Habila evokes the visceral, heartbreaking anguish of the outsider’s dilemma: to assimilate or return to the land one calls home. Guaranteed to promote empathy and understanding for refugees worldwide. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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Mostly Dead Things

Taxidermy as a through-line may be off-putting for some, but it grabs the reader like a horror novel; it’s gruesome and yet civilized, resulting in a lifelike, if kitschy, work of art.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had

While this reviewer thinks the novel would have benefited from fewer characters and a tighter plot, readers of women’s fiction and multigenerational family stories may delight in the episodic approach. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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Fatal Inheritance

Rhys (Dangerous Crossing), the pen name of a London-based suspense author, crafts a part-mystery, part-romance in this intriguing and intricate historical tale of a woman’s journey to self-discovery.

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The Welcoming

On an undercover assignment to deal with a criminal gang operating out of an inn on Puget Sound’s Orcas Island, FBI Agent Roman DeWinter is attracted to the inn’s owner, Charity Ford, as his investigation puts them both in danger...

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Her Other Secret

Lovers intent on putting their pasts behind them find fulfillment and danger on a secluded private island where everyone has something to hide. This riveting story with a sexy, edgy vibe moves at breakneck speed and splendidly launches a hot new series. Dimon (The Reluctant Heir) lives in San Diego.

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