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Recipe for a Charmed Life

With delicate touches of magical realism and an abiding sense of comfort, Linden offers a gentle hug of a story. Suggest to fans of Sarah Addison Allen.

Balancing Act

Gentle, wholesome, and satisfying, with pops of the unexpected, this tenderhearted tale with a touching, uplifting storyline will please March’s fans and anyone looking for a captivating escape.

A Grandmother Begins the Story

Highly recommended, especially for fans of stories of generational relations and the connections between women. The tender, tough, funny, and heartbreaking voices of the characters will seep into readers’ souls.


An intriguing thought experiment that imagines the lasting impact of Chaplin’s real-life visit to Cambodia. Readers looking for deep biographical details should look elsewhere, but those who are interested in the 1930s and world history might appreciate.

The Names of the Things That Were There: Stories

This commendable compilation could be considered an octogenarian writer’s valedictory gift to the literary community, who will revel in its thematic originality and stylistic bravura.


Bookended by the events of March 2020, when the world went into pandemic lockdown, the novel lands lightly on the major happenings of British life, from the queen’s coronation to Diana’s funeral and the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Coe (Middle England) deftly encapsulates 80 years of British history in this tender portrait of a woman, based on his mother, who lived through it all.

Hazardous Spirits

Readers of gothic mysteries, historical fiction, and domestic drama will all find satisfaction within Salam’s atmospheric, layered world.

The List

A real nail-biter, this impeccably written debut from journalist Adegoke (coauthor of Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible) keeps audiences wondering until the end. Boasting cinematic qualities that will ease its jump to the screen, this book has already been sold for a TV series.

The Wolfe at the Door

Wolfe (1931–2019) has always been considered one of the most literary of SFF writers; though he hewed closely to genre tropes, he also sent them in directions no one had imagined. This collection picks up where 2009’s The Best of Gene Wolfe left off and will be appreciated most by readers and scholars of the author’s work.

A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories

Fans of Pratchett (The Shepherd’s Crown) will love questing through these stories for bits of Ankh-Morpork.

The Secret

This is a slow, methodical thriller that fans of the series will enjoy. The authors do a good job of creating characters that work for the story.

Kiss and Spell

As atmospheric and cozy as its precedent, the vivid writing and imaginative worldbuilding makes this a lovely addition to the series and all witchy romance collections.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023

Although all of the stories here have been previously published, this is always a much anticipated collection, and readers of SF/F in short form will be glad to have so many standout stories, some already award-winners, in a single volume.

All You Have To Do Is Call

Maher’s well-researched novel explores pressing issues without sounding too didactic. Historical-fiction readers who are looking to stretch beyond World War II will find a lot to enjoy here.

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Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night

The Christmas details are light, memorably centering on Catchpool decorating multiple trees while simultaneously interviewing suspects, but the case is heavy and offers much to consider. Fans will devour this novel, but it is also a nice place to jump into Hannah’s series.

Shards of Glass

Recommended for readers who have been caught up in the fantasy mystery trend, anyone looking for a way into Elantra without wading through its vast lore, and those who fell away from the series and are looking for a route back.

Guilt Strikes at Granger’s Store

The Samuel Craddock series may be the best regional crime series around today. This installment is no exception.

The Passover Protocols

A good story that is very timely, given the current political situation.

The Star and the Strange Moon

Readers who love timeslip fiction and twisty, puzzling stories will appreciate the latest from Sayers (The Ladies of the Secret Circus).

The Gifts

Short chapters quickly move along in this clever blend of gothic, historical, and fantasy, with just the right touch of melodrama, grounded by well-researched detail. Hyder’s novel is sure to be popular with devoted readers of historical fiction, especially those who appreciate the struggles of women to exercise their talents with the same freedom and recognition as men.

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An Ordinary Violence

Great for fans of Erika T. Wurth and Stephen Graham Jones.

The Wake-Up Call

O’Leary’s latest (after The No-Show) is full of heart, humor, and a sprinkle of holiday magic. While this will easily find a spot on holiday displays, it will also appeal to readers who love enemies-to-lovers storylines with supporting characters who shine.

The Pale House Devil

This solid novella will appeal to horror readers who like quirky protagonists. Recommended for fans of Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim” series or of Edgar Cantero and Jim Butcher.

Antiques Foe

For die-hard fans of the series.

Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror

While some readers might be drawn to this book by Peele’s star power, this is a well-crafted anthology that’s perfect for introducing readers to emerging and established Black authors.

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Candy Cain Kills

This Christmas slasher, in the vein of movies like Silent Night, Deadly Night, is a quick read and a perfect book for gorehounds to devour on a cold Christmas night where there’s a fire in the hearth, some cocoa on the nightstand, and possibly something murderous in the snowy dark.

What Start Bad a Mornin’

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

Murders of a Feather

This follow-up to Last but Not Leashed is for those who enjoy small-town mysteries and engaging animal characters.

Good Girls Don’t Die

Featuring a unique premise and culminating in an engaging twist, this book offers a poignant feminist horror story with strong women characters.

Let’s Get Quizzical

Trivia-loving readers will enjoy this clever and charming second-chance romance from Ohlert (To Get to the Other Side). Perfect for fans of rom-coms looking for a story with lots of heart and fun, random facts.

On Moonberry Lake

Varni, host of the Moments from Moonberry Lake podcast, delivers a solid debut focusing on the stories of ordinary Midwesterners. The faith content is vague enough that general-fiction readers of Fannie Flagg, J. Ryan Stradal, and Viola Shipman will appreciate the small-town flavor and humorous anecdotes.

The Light on Halsey Street

Friendship and the power of community are the shining stars of this novel, which doesn’t shy away from tough issues but also offers a hefty dose of hope and humor. Read-alikes include Lean on Me by Pat Simmons and No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert.

The Wind Blows in Sleeping Grass

Powner’s real-life experience as a seasoned foster mother shines through in this tale of finding treasure in the people and things that others have cast aside. The secondary characters are funny, flawed, and so unusual that readers will be clamoring for more.

Calling on the Matchmaker

Hedlund (“Colorado Cowboys” series) seems to have a hit no matter what time period she writes, and this book is no exception. With its strong supporting characters set to continue this new series, readers will appreciate a unique U.S. immigrant story not set on the coasts. Fans of historical fare from Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings will want to open up this matchmaking adventure.

Appalachian Song

Shocklee (Count the Nights by Stars) delivers another powerful stand-alone novel for readers who love Appalachian stories in the style of Ann H. Gabhart and Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Hush Harbor

Throughout, there’s a sense of edgy anticipation, and not just because of the content. Readers will also understand that they are encountering an exciting new voice in literature.

The Unsettled

Another triumph for Mathis.

The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale

This charming update of a classic should appeal to readers who enjoyed Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible or Cathleen Schine’s The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

Let Us Descend

This testament to Ward’s mastery of language should leave readers scrambling for a highlighter.

The Roaring Days of Zora Lily

Filled with likable characters and a few villains, this quick read will have a special appeal to those interested in historical fashion or Hollywood.

Amazing Grace Adams

An utterly charming debut, sure to appeal to those who loved Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine or Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.


Jack’s friend Ben says of his master’s thesis, “Ostensibly it’s about Wicker Park. But really? It’s about life.” Hill’s book is ostensibly about one couple’s relationship. But really? It’s about life. Highly recommended.

The Unmaking of June Farrow

Young weaves these elements together in a seamlessly blended story that is enhanced by the well-crafted setting and nicely drawn characters. Readers who enjoyed Weyward by Emilia Hart will find much to love here.

Christmas at Corgi Cove

Although it could use more corgi and more Christmas, this quick-moving novel will especially appeal to readers who like small-town stories and opposites-attract romances, with a sprinkling of the enemies-to-lovers trope.


Recommended for New Adult collections where there is a heavy interest in new versions of mythology; otherwise, with so many feminist retellings of various myths, this doesn’t stand out in the crowd.

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop

Readers looking for a chance to escape their own holiday hubbub will find a perfect respite in spending quality time with Carmen at McCredie’s splendidly decorated bookshop.

Family Meal

A group portrait that strikingly captures both pain and healing; highly recommended.

One Blood

A bracing and important read with insights into adoption and motherhood, ending with the heartening words, “She wasn’t afraid. She was doing her best. She was free.”

Come and Get It

An emotionally intense exploration of power dynamics within relationships that doesn’t settle for easy villains and victims.

The Book Club Hotel

Fans of Christina Lauren, Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Jenny Colgan, or Mary Kay Andrews will want to put Morgan’s lastest on hold immediately.

Lies and Other Love Languages

Recommended for Dev’s lush descriptions of food, fashion, dancing, college life, romance, and friendship and her sensitive portrayals of infertility, loss, and hope.

A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens

A captivating modern fable set in a vividly depicted Miami, rich with Latino and Afro-Latino culture, magic, and snark.

Hot Springs Drive

And by the way, who was the killer? Hunter keeps readers guessing in a book that’s both thriller-taut and an immersive study of human behavior.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

Readers looking for a quick and satisfying Christmas novel, with the bonus of uplifting dog rescues, will love every page.

Reasonable Adults

In her debut novel, Lefler delights readers with snicker-worthy banter and a lovable cast of characters.

The Trouble with Tinsel

This soapy rom-com from married screenwriting couple Juliet and Keith Giglio (The Summer of Christmas) may appeal to library patrons looking for read-alikes for Jenny Bayliss or Sophie Cousens.

This Spells Love

Offering a satisfying slow burn that transforms into delightful heat, the dazzling chemistry in this life-altering rom-com shows how love that transcends dimensions is worth the risk. This debut is an essential purchase for romance shelves.

Recipe for Second Chances

In her fiction debut, cookbook author Rosen (Modern Freezer Meals) creates main characters with believable motivations and emotional baggage in an engaging second-chance romance. Rustic Italian recipes are also included.

Protecting Her Heart

Readers will delight in this suspenseful Victorian mystery mixed with a slow-burn romance and will enjoy seeing many characters from other series installments play an integral role in solving the murder. Those new to the series should start with The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart.

Hunt on Dark Waters

A clever-witch-meets-stern-pirate, open-door, one-bed delight.


With its interesting, well-paced plot, dog lovers and rom-com fans will enjoy this drama-free romance from Burton (The Accidental Newlywed Game).

For Never & Always

Fans of Greer’s Season of Love will clamor for this sequel that shares the Carrigan’s Inn setting, as will fans of Courtney Kae and Jean Meltzer.

The Cutthroat Countess

For anyone who loves the “Bridgerton” books but wishes its heroines were more adept with close combat and weaponry than the pianoforte, Spencer’s novel delivers.

A Dish Best Served Hot

Highly recommended for fans of contemporary romances with strong social justice and family themes. This second “Vega Family Love Stories” book (following A Proposal They Can’t Refuse) works well as a stand-alone.

Sweeten the Deal

Fans of Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient will be charmed by neurodivergent Caroline and worldly, handsome Adrian in Shepard’s (Bear with Me Now) latest.

Mr. Hook-up

Mann (Dominated) delivers another steamy, sexy novel that leaves nothing to the reader’s imagination. Fans of Chelle Sloan, Colleen Hoover, and E.L. James will be drawn to this new series.

Never Wager with a Wallflower

Heath brings the Regency “Merriwell Sisters” series to a fulfilling close (following Never Rescue a Rogue), with Gal and Vee’s stories fleshing out the characters and relationship that readers only thought they knew.

The Mis-Arrangement of Sana Saeed

Mughees’s debut presents a captivating romance filled with tension and uncertainty along with many other storylines. Recommend to enthusiasts of Bollywood or Indian soap operas, as the novel’s elements may resonate with this audience.

The Christmas Swap

Samuels’s debut will appeal to readers looking for a quick, lighthearted story filled with cozy romantic tropes.

Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

Blake continues to write compelling and lovable characters with engaging and empathetic storylines. Readers will love this foray back into Bright Falls.

The Takedown

Walker (author of Always, Clementine, as Carlie Sorosiak) makes her adult debut with this might-be-mob caper that is both a romantic comedy and a holiday mystery, complete with snow, carols, and gorgeous bodyguards wrapped in a bow.

Stars in Your Eyes

This gorgeously written, romantic story of growth and healing tackles deep subjects while still giving audiences the optimistic ending that the characters deserve.

Plot Twist

La Rosa’s second “Hollywood Series” book, after For Butter or Worse, is recommended for all collections where contemporary romance is popular.

Next-Door Nemesis

Martin’s (Better Than Fiction) sexy friends-to-lovers rom-com is full of endearing characters and emotional plotlines, set against a whimsical Midwestern backdrop. Will appeal to readers of feel-good contemporary romances.

Silver Lady

Recommended for readers who like some fantasy in their historical romance and appreciate stories with chosen family and strong women.

All That We Are Together

Kellen’s angst-filled follow-up to All That We Never Were brings this duology to a conclusion that falls flat after such a dramatic ending in the previous book.

A Haunting on the Hill

Where Jackson gave glimpses of possibility, Hand purposefully pulls back the curtain on a Hill House in its full derangement, but this haunted-house tale stands on its own very spooky legs.

My Darling Girl

With detail that is simultaneously luscious and eerie and a story that is at once familiar and yet possessed by something unnamable, this novel won’t disappoint fans of McMahon (The Children on the Hill) or first-time readers.

The Horror at Pleasant Brook

The sheer number of expendable characters sometimes slows down the action, but fans of Stephen King’s and Dean Koontz’s stories of small-town evil infestation will love seeing Pleasant Brook fall into darkness.

Midnight Showing

For fans of horror and Hollywood (and Holly-weird) and for any creative who has contemplated the nature of art, the concept of reality, and a creator’s responsibility for their creations.

Cold Turkey

Fans of the series will enjoy the camaraderie and supportiveness between Tish and recurring characters, as well as the delicious menu cooked up for the upcoming holiday and Tish’s new café.

The Darkness Surrounds Us

Lukasik blends all the elements needed for a dark suspense novel: a forbidding mansion, ghostly presences, secret passages, a hostile housekeeper, a temperamental employer, and residents unwilling to talk to outsiders. For fans of Rebecca, The Woman in White, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

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