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The Empress of Cooke County

First-time novelist Parman delivers a twisted tale of small-town drama. Fans of gothic tales or Southern novels will enjoy this.


Jenny James Is Not a Disaster

This sweet novel serves as a good reminder that sometimes the worst days can kick-start positive changes. Johnson’s Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater was turned into a Hallmark movie, and her latest has a similar tone.

Nice Work, Nora November

A hopeful exploration of living with depression and seizing second chances. Prolific romance author London (Highland Scandal; It Started with a Dog) has crafted an uplifting and engaging story with a plucky and likable heroine.

Troubled Waters

Weaving together generational trauma, untold stories of the civil rights movement, and an exploration of the impacts of environmental trauma and climate change, Heglar packs a wallop in this lyrical, powerful story of Black women, family love, endurance, and the power of place.


Piece of Cake

With a mix of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Planning for Love by Christi Barth, readers will find this story about redemption and letting go worthwhile.

Bookish People

Coll’s novel is a lot more serious than its cover communicates; it explores thorny issues such as the rise of neo-Nazism, career burnout, and the question of separating art from artist. Fans of novels with plenty of literary and political references or of relationship fiction will enjoy.

The Cartographer’s Secret

Alternating between Lettie’s story in 1911 and Evie’s story in 1880, Cooper’s (The Girl in the Painting) engrossing novel offers up several strong female characters with an intriguing mystery and a bit of romance in a gorgeous, yet harsh Australian setting.

The London House

For readers who enjoy novels featuring courageous women in World War II. Reay explores the uncertainty of history and how trauma can be carried across generations, but makes clear that it’s never too late for redemption.

Once Upon a Wardrobe

This enchanting novel of faith and hope is a must-read for fans of C. S. Lewis. Readers will be eager to return to the world of “The Chronicles of Narnia” with new insights.

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