Friends, Lovers, and Family: Fiction Previews, Apr. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

In p opular fiction, looking for second chances. 

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Deveraux, Jude. My Heart Will Find You. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780778333487. $27.99. CD. CONTEMPORY

Gray, Anissa. Life and Other Love Songs. Berkley. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781984802460. $27. FAMILY LIFE

Henry, Emily. Happy Place. Berkley. Apr. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593441275. $27. CD. ROMANCE

Janowitz, Brenda. The Audrey Hepburn Estate. Graydon House: Harlequin. Apr. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781525819575. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781525811487. $17.99. CD. CONTEMPORY

McCall Smith, Alexander. The Enigma of Garlic. Anchor. (44 Scotland Street. Bk. 16). Apr. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780593685198. pap. $16. FAMILY LIFE

Novak, Brenda. The Seaside Library. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780778334330. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778333517. $17.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

Patterson, Susan, Susan DiLallo, & James Patterson. Things I Wish I Told My Mother. Little, Brown. Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780316406208. $27. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Roberts, Sheila. Mermaid Beach. Mira: Harlequin. (Moonlight Harbor, Bk. 7). Apr. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780778334347. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778333548. $9.99. ROMANCE

Smith, Lee. Silver Alert. Algonquin. Apr. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781643752419. $27. Downloadable. CD. FAMILY LIFE

Stradal, J. Ryan. Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Apr. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781984881076. $27. lrg. prnt. FAMILY LIFE

In perennial New York Times best-selling Deveraux’s My Heart Will Find You, a young woman stranded in Kansas City by the pandemic agrees to serve as caretaker for an isolated older man and finds a book in his library that leads to vibrant dreams of a life and love in the 1870s that could be real (125,000-copy first printing). Gray’s Life and Other Love Songs, which tracks a Black family from the Great Migration to 1990s New York, opens with Ozro Armstead taking a walk on his 37th birthday when he inexplicably vanishes; following the LibraryReads pick The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls (60,000-copy first printing). Henry features the couple Harriet and Wyn, who aren’t in a Happy Place; they have reluctantly broken up but agree to the pretense that they are still together for their annual getaway with best friends (750,000-copy first printing). Caterer Emma Jansen returns to the bulldozer-ready Long Island estate where she grew up as the estate manager’s daughter and encounters both the family's grandson, whom she loved, and chauffeur’s son Leo, her best buddy; just like Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, hence Janowitz’s title, The Audrey Hepburn Estate (75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). Beloved author McCall Smith set out to solve The Enigma of Garlic as he revisits the residents of 44 Scotland Street, Edinburgh, with shenanigans set off by excitement over Big Lou and Fat Bob's wedding. Novak convenes three friends at The Seaside Library 20 years after a tragedy altered their lives—but not, it seems, their rediscovered commitment to one another (100,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). Susan Patterson (Big Words for Little Geniuses) and lyricist/librettist DiLallo are joined by mega-best-selling James Patterson with Things I Wish I Told My Mother, the story of a mother and daughter opening up to each other on a Paris vacation (150,000-copy first printing). In Mermaid Beach, the USA TODAY best-selling Roberts returns to Moonlight Harbor, where Bonnie Brinks contentedly performs at the Drunken Sailor with her all-women band (including daughter Avril) after flaming out in Nashville; but Avril has bigger dreams, and the bar’s handsome new owner could mix things up further for Bonnie (100,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). Celebrated Southern author Smith returns with Silver Alert, featuring a curmudgeonly older man who refuses to let his life dim, instead setting off on a last glorious journey up the Florida Keys with a younger friend bearing secrets of her own (40,000-copy first printing). After the beloved best sellers Kitchens of the Great Midwest and The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Stradal stays Midwestern culinary with Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, featuring husband-and-wife Ned and Mariel Praeger and the crises they face regarding the Minnesota family restaurant businesses each has inherited (100,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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