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The Good Daughter

Burt's (Remember Mia) latest offers a compelling premise and flashes of suspense but often feels convoluted to the point of abstruseness. The story, which is primarily told from the alternating perspectives of Dahlia and Memphis, becomes bogged down when three additional characters begin sharing their points of view. Despite a promising start, the book devolves into an overly complicated yarn with a plot arc that moves at the speed of stone.

Small Admissions

Debut author Poeppel, who did a stint as an admissions officer, gives us an inside peek into the selection process at an elite prep school. The result is a witty and captivating page-turner punctuated with quirky characters and laugh-out-loud moments that are sure to appeal to chick lit lovers of the Marian Keyes/Jennifer Weiner/Susan Isaacs variety. [See Prepub Alert, 6/13/16.]

The Things We Wish Were True

Whalen, director of the celebrated She Reads online book club and author of several works of CF, has crafted a compelling page-turner populated by characters we've all met and know in our everyday lives. Or do we? This book upends the myth of the American dream, examines the secrets that hide beneath the drapes of a typical neighborhood and, ultimately, provides a compassionate testament to the power of community.

Invincible Summer

Debut author Adams has crafted a light, charming tale of love, loss, and the lasting power of friendship. The format of the book occasionally feels jarring—each chapter jumps forward in time, sometimes by months, sometimes years—and readers are left wondering where and when they are. But the characters are engaging and one cannot help but care about them. All in all, a perfect summer read. [See Prepub Alert, 12/7/15.]


Book clubs will devour this gripping page-turner, which is a poignant examination of loss, love, and the bonds that constitute a family. [See Prepub Alert, 12/7/15.]

The Things We Keep

While on the surface a sad, realistic portrayal of a heartbreaking disease, Hepworth's (The Secrets of Midwives) latest is much more. The story, told through the alternating voices of Anna, Eve, and Eve's young daughter, is nothing less than a poignant testament to the immeasurable and restorative power of love. Sure to appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova; book clubs will be lining up.

All the Stars in the Heavens

In this historical novel, best-selling author and filmmaker Trigiani re-creates the golden age of Hollywood with the same rich, sumptuous detail that distinguished The Shoemaker's Wife. Her ability to breathe life into the luminous cast of characters, which includes Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, and Carole Lombard, will captivate readers, then have them scouring Netflix for film classics of the 1930s. A tinsel-trimmed treat for movie buffs and Trigiani fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 4/13/15.]

Losing Me

Fans of Nancy Thayer, Cecelia Ahern, and Marian Keyes will devour this tale of middle-aged loss and second chances and laugh out loud while doing so.

Hotel Moscow

This tense thriller, based in part on author Carner's (Jerusalem Maiden) own experiences in post-Communist Russia, is an eye-opening exposé of life following the collapse of the Iron Curtain. While occasionally ponderous—the narrative too often lapses into business-speak and the dialog is occasionally stilted—Carner's novel of vividly drawn characters and taut suspense adds up to a real-life dystopian page-turner of the un-put-downable variety.

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