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The Bullet Swallower

This is a Western full of classic tropes, but it also surprises with its philosophical examination of generational trauma, justice and retribution, and racism and politics. The supernatural element ties together the timelines and the themes, adding resonance. With a powerfully drawn setting and viscerally convincing characters, James’s novel is a strong addition to any general fiction collection.

Chenneville: A Novel of Murder, Loss, and Vengeance

With memorable and compelling characters, this slower-moving story will appeal to readers of history or Westerns. Recommended for fans of Jiles’s other titles or novels such as Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.

The Year of Second Chances

The level of chaos in Robin’s life overwhelms the issue of widowhood at times in the novel, but there is a strong setting and many elements to engage readers. Recommended for fans of Emiko Jean or Marisa de los Santos.

Lucky Red

Recommended especially for readers looking for a literary Western with compelling queer content.

Someone Else’s Shoes

Moyes’s strong story contains intrigue and humor, sympathetic, complex characters, and a satisfying conclusion. For Moyes fans but also those who enjoy the novels of Karen White and Melissa de los Santos.

One Month of You

A sensitive romance that explores the emotional weight of inherited disease and how it can shape a life even when dormant. Fans of Jojo Moyes or Talia Hibbert will find this story moving.

Among Wolves

Readers will find 50 shades of domestic suspense in this sexy thriller focused on unreliable narrators and cheating spouses. Regular readers of the genre will likely have the twist figured out long before the ending, but they will enjoy the journey. Recommended for readers of Tarryn Fisher or Shari Lapena.

The Last Party

Mostly for fans of Lucas’s previous title or other “frenemy” novels such as those by Jennifer Donaldson or Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell.

Catch Us When We Fall

A well-paced story of addiction and redemption, told with sparks of humor and full of warmly drawn characters, this will appeal to fans of the issue-based fiction of Jodi Picoult or the emotional tug of Jojo Moyes. Readers who enjoy stories of hardship with happy endings will want to read this book.

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