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What Start Bad a Mornin’

For readers who enjoy tales of self-reinvention and family secrets, such as in Charmaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake.

Everything Is Not Enough

For readers interested in immigrant experiences like those in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers.

My Magnolia Summer

Plot discrepancies and uneven pacing detract from full enjoyment the narrative, but fans of Dorothea Benton Frank will appreciate revisiting Sullivan’s Island.

She Started It

Gilbert’s debut thriller is an intensely compelling and clever tale of revenge. Readers who enjoy multiple perspectives unveiling the storyline, as in the works of Liane Moriarty, will relish this.


Myers, who studied archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, realistically portrays working on an archaeological dig and vividly describes the beautiful countryside, calling to mind Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway series.

The God of Good Looks

For readers who enjoy allusions to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, blended with Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.

The Half of It

Best-seller Fay (Catch Us When We Fall) presents a touching story of friendship, love, and forgiveness with relatable characters managing the emotional challenges of daily life. Fans of Anna Quindlen who enjoy expressive stories of human connection will enjoy this novel.

Killing Me

Veteran novelist Gagnon (The Tunnels) offers up a fun, quirky thriller with a flawed yet likable main character surrounded by a wacky supporting cast. For readers who enjoy a bit of dark humor, like in Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” series.

The Sisters We Were

While technical descriptions detract from emotional build-ups, Baldwin’s debut still offers an insightful and empathetic view into the daily struggles of living with obesity. A solid entry for titles with plus-sized heroines.

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