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A perfect listen for fans of Madeline Miller, Natalie Haynes, and others who have retold ancient myths from alternative perspectives.

Sex, Lies and Sensibility

With super-sexy scenes, deeply emotional storylines, and strong Black and Indigenous characters, Payne’s (Pride and Protest) modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility will appeal to readers who enjoy multicultural, smart, and highly entertaining contemporary romances.

Brooding over Bloody Revenge: Enslaved Women’s Lethal Resistance

Spanning from the colonial period through to the early national and antebellum eras, Taylor’s extensively researched book not only powerfully depicts the trauma endured by enslaved women, it also details how federal and state governments and judicial systems propped up the institution of slavery and allowed or enacted its overwhelming violence.

Shadow Magic: Unlocking the Whole Witch Within

Readers looking to expand their approach to the practice of witchcraft will appreciate this beautifully illustrated introduction to shadow work.

Pride and Protest

Payne’s debut, a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice, is full of life, banter, and a well-developed sense of place; it is unique yet maintains the familiar beats of Austen’s beloved novel. Kacie Rogers and Ron Nery Jr.’s engaging, perfectly timed narration is the best way to enjoy Dorsey and Liza’s tumble into love.

Controlled Chaos: A Single Mom, Rock Star Romance

This story from Ash (A Chance Encounter) contains traumatic events, some in flashbacks and some spelled out in detail, but it’s also a story of second chances and redemption. The secondary characters round out the cast nicely, and readers will want to stick around to see how all the story lines end.

Pride and Protest

Featuring Liza’s delightful Bennett family and Dorsey’s complex background as an adoptee from the Philippines, this contemporary romance is funny, intelligent, and full of heart. Readers will be pleased to know that a second book inspired by Sense and Sensibility is already planned.

The Measure

The original and inspiring premise will appeal to listeners seeking magical realism blended with uplifting, emotionally intense literary fiction. Recommended for fans of Emily St. John Mandel and Chloe Benjamin.


May’s novel delves into provocative and emotional points about colorism, body images, and wealth. It is a must-listen.

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