A new year means lots of new releases of books and I thought I’d put together a few that I am looking forward to reading. This is a great time to fill up your TBR list.
A modern day woman finds a cookbook from the 1950’s with unsent letters and clues about another housewife’s life and troubling marriage. As she starts to uncover secrets about the women, she starts to find surprising parallels to her own life.
A young African American nanny is unjustly accused of kidnapping a white child, which leads to an infuriating and humiliating scene that goes viral. When the employer and Mother of the child sees the incident, she is immediately emboldened to try and make things right. The views are pretty mixed on this book but it sounds interesting and is definitely a timely topic so I plan to pick this one up.
I included this one because I read The Vacationers by Emma Staub and really enjoyed it. Her books tend to delve into complex family relationships and this is no different. The story is about a Grandmother reflects back on raising her children- which seemingly small decisions made the biggest impact, how could things have gone differently for her children? She learns lessons about courage and truth from her teenage Granddaughter that help her find her way through the past.
Yay! Marian Keyes is an author I always look forward to reading as her novels are fun and engaging. Three brothers and their families have a tight knit bond and spend lots of time together vacationing, celebrating and having fun. When one of the wives suffers an accident and suddenly starts spilling secrets, everyone is left wondering if maybe it is time to grow up. If you are not familiar with Marian Keyes, her books tend to be beach reads similar to Sophie Kinsella or Jane Green. I love all her books and happily she has written several.
This novel doesn’t come out until summer but it has already been optioned by Netflix and I bet it is an amazing miniseries. This is the story of Alex, a high achieving and successful female attorney that joins a major Manhattan law firm. As she gets caught up in the power and prestige of the firm, she learns a dark secret and has to decide if she is courageous enough to put everything on the line to expose the truth. This novel was written by an actual attorney still working at a law firm in Manhattan under a pseudonym and I bet it is a fascinating book.
This story focuses on three women living completely different lives in completely different times (1914, 1942 and 1964) that find themselves through various circumstances living at the Ritz Carlton in Paris. The story alternates between the three women and their relationships with the various historical situations serving as backdrop.
I have read two of Marie Benedict’s other novels (Carnegie’s Maid and The Other Einstein) and really enjoyed them. She takes a very public figure and writes about the women around person that are often overlooked and the reason for the person’s success. This one is written from the perspective of Winston Churchill’s wife, Lady Clementine.
Another author I am very familiar with is Lisa Jewell. She writes such creepy and interesting stories that are perfect for those that like thrillers. If you are a Gone Girl fan, her books will be right up your alley. This is the story of a young woman that unexpectedly receives an inheritance one day of a family home and slowly discovers the secrets behind the death of her parents and the dark history of the home she inherits.
This sounds like a fun and light read about a young girl that is running social media for her family business. The business is booming but her family is falling apart and in the midst of the chaos, she finds herself in a viral Twitter feud with a young man and competitor. As the two continue with their war, they slowly discover they are actually falling in love. This book is billed as the modern You’ve Got Mail which is still a classic as far as I am concerned.
Yay! Another creepy one for those that like thrillers. Continuing with the theme of this post, this book is from authors I know and love. Did you read The Wife Between Us a few years ago? If not, you need to seek that book out ASAP as it was so good! This story is about an unhappy young girl at loose ends that meets sisters that live a seemingly charmed life. As she gets closer to the sisters, she begins to realize her life might be better than she originally thought.
These books are always twisty and turny and so engrossing. If you liked A Simple Favor, you will enjoy these books.
So 10 books to start the year off on the right note. And if you missed these prior posts, you might find more books you will enjoy: