In Kim Boykin’s latest Southern-steeped novel, Palmetto Moon, a young woman struggles for independence and the right to choose her own life path in 1947 South Carolina. Vada Hadley is young, beautiful, college-educated and determined to choose a future that is certain to shock her very rich, privileged parents in post-war Charleston, South Carolina. Before she can move forward, however, she must summon the courage to walk away from the society wedding of the year—her own. To do so will disappoint her mother, outrage her father and deeply annoy her wealthy fiancé.
If you’ve read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, you know that Stephanie Perkins is both a talented writer and a true romantic. You’ll also be pleased to discover that Perkins’ latest offers some brief (and satisfying) glimpses of the main characters from her earlier books. And if you haven’t? You’re still in for an unforgettably romantic journey in this love story that stands on its own.
Once you find true love, life is supposed to lead into a happily ever after—at least that’s what the fairy tales promise. But real life and love come with the risk of real loss, as Holly Jefferson learns just six months after her wedding. Since You’ve Been Gone is a truly bittersweet story about a second chance at love, a debut novel by turns charming, funny, inexpressibly sad, and finally, hopeful.
“Can we choose each other?” It’s a question without an easy answer: Jaxon is black, and Devorah comes from a strict Hasidic community. She’s not allowed to be alone in a man’s company before marriage, let alone date a non-Jewish boy, and marriage is arranged by one’s parents. These are the norms in Devorah’s world, and she’s never questioned them—until she and Jaxon find themselves stranded in an elevator during a power outage. How can Devorah and Jaxon choose each other, when to do so could ostracize Devorah from the only world she’s ever known?
Celebrated New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns readers to the lush orchards and gardens of California’s Bella Vista in her latest novel, The Beekeeper’s Ball. Chef Isabel Johansen is not only planning the menu for her sister’s upcoming wedding, she’s also turning her family’s hacienda into a destination cooking school. She’s juggling so many details she barely has time to breathe. Then biographer Cormac “Mac” O’Neill arrives to interview her grandfather for his next book, and the handsome writer soon has Isabel questioning whether her determination to focus solely on her work is the right choice.
Nothing says summer like a grand old house on the ocean and family reunited for a season of memories, both old and new. The second book of Mary Alice Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer Trilogy delivers just that, continuing the story of Marietta Muir—otherwise known as Mamaw—and her three granddaughters, who have gathered together at Sea Breeze, the family home on Sullivan Island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
New Zealand author Nalini Singh returns to the world of the Psy-Changelings in her new novel, Shield of Winter. A highly gifted teleporter, Vasic was removed from his family as a 4-year-old and trained to become an Arrow, an elite warrior class within the Psy race. After a lifetime spent as an assassin, his “soul is drenched in blood.”
There’s a place for everything in this world—New York for theater, Paris for romance, even Roswell for alien sightings. And in Beth Kendrick’s charming new novel, Cure for the Common Breakup, there’s a perfect place for the brokenhearted—fictional Black Dog Bay, Delaware.
Flight attendant Summer Benson needs somewhere to nurse her aching heart, not to mention her battered ego. On the heels of a plane crash that left her physically scarred, it’s her emotional baggage that has apparently cost her one very attractive boyfriend, who dumps instead of proposes to her. When Summer learns about Black Dog Bay, she checks herself out of the hospital and into the Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, where cell phones are confiscated by the inn’s owner—to prevent desperate late-night calls to the ex—and where bonfires to burn relationship relics are scheduled on a regular basis.
In The Collector—the latest from powerhouse author Nora Roberts—YA writer and professional house-sitter Lila Emerson enjoys the rootless quality of her life since it allows her to explore different places and observe different people. As a matter of fact, people-watching is her hobby of sorts. One night, as Lila settles in à la Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's Rear Window to watch the activity in a nearby New York City high-rise, she witnesses an assault that ends with a woman falling from her apartment to her death. Lila’s emergency call brings the police, but there are no clear-cut leads, since she didn't see the perpetrator.
Getting to “happily ever after” may not be easy for characters in romance novels, but it is always guaranteed. Unfortunately, that’s far from the case in real life, of course, which is the basis for Elizabeth Maxwell’s wryly funny debut novel Happily Ever After.