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Dive into our top picks of must-read fiction books for adults from belly-laugh-inducing romances to gripping thrillers. These are the popular fiction reads that everyone’s talking about and some of the highest-rated and lesser-known gems you don’t want to miss.

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Welcome to our list of the most exciting new fiction books that take its readers around the world and through time. Thanks to talented and imaginative writers we had a chance to read some thrilling and deeply atmospheric books.

While some of these fiction novels deal with complex and meaningful subjects there are also quite a few new ones that are brilliantly light and upbeat and will surely provide a feel-good reading time.

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No matter if you’re here because you’re looking for a new novel about epic love stories, magical adventures, or family connections because you’ll find here something special you won’t be able to put down.

We collected here some of the most popular new fiction as well as some lesser-known but acclaimed fiction books by diverse writers who wrote outstanding and highly emotional stories for adult modern fiction lovers.

So, get ready to travel back in time, into the future, or to visit your favorite cities and countries and get some travel inspiration while getting lost between the pages of your new favorite books.

If you want to check out even more book lists filled with some of the most exhilarating fiction and fantasy, novels, classics, and lesser-known gems from around the world then check out our online book nook.

The Volcano Daughters by Gina María Balibrera

Historical Magical Fiction, Sisterhood Survival Novel, El Salvadorian Saga

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Publishing Date: August 2024
Genres: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction

Synopsis:

 Gina María Balibrera’s The Volcano Daughters is a debut novel that’s as daring as it is inventive. Picture this: El Salvador, under the thumb of a dictator cheekily named El Gran Pendejo. Here, we meet sisters Graciela and Consuelo, dodging the grim shadow of genocide.

Their story? It’s a wild ride from Hollywood to Paris, and even cannery row, all while being haunted by a chorus of furies – think ghostly pals demanding their tales be told.

Flashback to 1923, and there’s Graciela, yanked from her volcano-side home to play oracle for the big bad dictator. Then, bam! She’s reunited with Consuelo, her long-lost sis, in the heart of the regime. These two aren’t just sitting pretty; they’re quietly sticking it to the man. But let’s face it, they’re up against a wall of cruelty.

As their country spirals, Graciela faces a harsh truth: she’s been predicting some pretty dark stuff. The sisters make a break for it, each thinking the other’s a goner, and embark on their own globe-trotting adventures of survival and reinvention.

The Volcano Daughters is a lush novel that reimagines El Salvador’s past and gives a voice to the voiceless, all nicely wrapped up in a tale of sisterhood and resilience.

Oye by Melissa Mogollon

Coming-of-Age Novel, Humorous Family Story, Cultural Saga Fiction

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Publishing Date: May 2024
Genres: Coming-of-Age, Humor, Family Saga

Synopsis:

Melissa Mogollon’s Oye is a debut novel that’s a perfect blend of coming-of-age comedy, telenovela drama, and a touching family saga, all unfolding through a series of captivating phone calls.

Meet Luciana, the youngest of a Colombian American family, usually floating on the edges of her family’s melodrama. But when a hurricane hits South Florida, and with her big sis Mari at college, Luciana suddenly finds herself playing the grown-up.

To spice things up, her grandmother, Abue – a glamorous, stubborn force of nature – flat-out refuses to leave her home, storm or no storm, despite facing a serious health challenge.

Now, with Abue camping in her bedroom, Luciana’s life gets a whole new level of crazy. She’s navigating the stormy seas of teenagehood, Abue’s over-the-top shenanigans, a secret romance, and a mountain of family secrets.

Through her phone chats with Mari, Luciana takes us on a rollercoaster ride through her senior year, giving us a VIP pass to her journey into adulthood.

Reading Oye feels like you’re secretly listening in on the world’s most fascinating conversation – it’s a riot of emotions, from laugh-out-loud moments to tearjerkers, showcasing those family ties that manage to be both maddening and utterly lovable.

The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza

Historical Mystery Novel, Multigenerational Family Saga, Women’s Heroism Fiction

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Publishing Date: April 2024
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

Jo Piazza’s The Sicilian Inheritance: A Novel is anything but your typical inheritance story. So, Sara Marsala’s life is kind of a mess. And just when she thinks it can’t get weirder, she inherits not just property, but a family mystery aged like fine wine, from her great-aunt Rosie.

Off Sara goes to Sicily, thinking it’s just an escape from her train-wreck life. But nope, Aunt Rosie drops a bombshell – Sara’s great-grandma Serafina didn’t just die, she was murdered. Cue the dramatic music. Serafina was this badass women’s rights crusader back in the 1900s, who apparently made some dangerous enemies.

Now Sara’s not just sipping espresso and enjoying the view. She’s piecing together a puzzle that’s a century old. And get this – she ends up facing the same kind of trouble that got Serafina. Talk about family patterns!

This novel is like a rollercoaster through history, celebrating women who don’t just stand their ground, but shake it.

The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

Romantic Fiction, Contemporary Relationship Novel, Humorous Fiction

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Publishing Date: April 2024
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Magical Realism

Synopsis:

In Holly Gramazio’s The Husbands, we’re thrown into a delightfully quirky and humorous exploration of relationships and the never-ending quest for ‘The One.’

Imagine Lauren’s astonishment when she discovers a strange man in her flat, confidently claiming to be her husband – and alarmingly, everything from photographs to utility bills seems to confirm his story.

But the plot thickens. Lauren soon realizes her attic holds an extraordinary secret: it’s inexplicably producing an endless supply of husbands.

Each husband is distinct: there’s the one who creates music with his toes, the heartthrob who seems too good to be true, the culinary wizard of breakfast sandwiches, the master of witty double entendres, and the one whose mere touch brings peace to her soul.

Lauren’s situation is as bizarre as it is intriguing. Faced with the ability to switch husbands as easily as flipping a light switch, she’s left pondering the ultimate question: how does one choose the right partner?

Gramazio’s The Husbands offers a playful yet thought-provoking take on love, choice, and the endless “what ifs” that accompany relationships.

Women of Good Fortune by Sophie Wan

Fictional Heist Novel, Women’s Empowerment Fiction, Contemporary Society Novel

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Publishing Date: March 2024
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Humor

Synopsis:

Sophie Wan’s Women of Good Fortune, coming out in March 2024, takes us to a high-society Shanghai wedding, serving up a story that’s as witty as it is glitzy.

At its heart? A bride who’s not quite on board and her two best friends, ready to flip societal norms the bird.

First, meet Lulu, the bride, who’s convinced that cash is king. When the city’s top catch proposes, she says ‘I do’ more for her parents than herself.

Then there’s Rina, all about her career but stuck playing second fiddle to the men in her office, and Jane, the bold, luxury-loving housewife plotting an escape from her hubby.

What’s their big idea? A daring cash grab on Lulu’s big day. Think: the wedding of the century, with enough dough floating around to solve all their problems.

They need a slick plan and a team they can count on. But as their caper gets real, they start seeing the price tag on their dreams – and it might be heftier than they thought.

Nosy Neighbors by Freya Sampson

Fictional Detective Story, Neighborly Mystery Novel, Fictional Community Adventure

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Publishing Date: March 2024
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Synopsis:

In Freya Sampson’s Nosy Neighbors, welcome to Shelley House, where snooping is practically a sport and secrets are the local currency. Meet our star players: Dorothy Darling, 77, reigning champ of the nosy brigade, and Kat Bennett, 25, the newbie with a cactus vibe and a secret heavy enough to bend her spines.

Just when life at Shelley House couldn’t get more sitcom-worthy, there’s a twist: the building’s facing demolition. Cue an odd-couple team-up with Dorothy and Kat leading the charge to save their quirky castle.

But wait, it’s not all about picket signs and angry letters. Things get real when a neighbor gets attacked and the police wrap it up faster than a sitcom laugh track.

Enter our dynamic (and unlikely) duo, with a sidekick Jack Russell terrier because, why not? They’re on a mission to crack the case and restore peace to their eccentric abode. It’s like watching your favorite sitcom, but with a mystery twist – and a dog!

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown

Magical Realism, Fiction-Fantasy, Mysterious Powers

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Publishing Date: February 2024
Genres: Magical Realism, Adventure

Synopsis:

Gareth Brown’s The Book of Doors is your ticket to an electrifying journey through magical realism. Picture Cassie Andrews, just your average New York City bookseller, who stumbles upon an odd book filled with strange writings and drawings.

This isn’t just any book; it’s the Book of Doors, a magical key that turns any door into a portal to, well, anywhere.

Cassie and her best friend Izzy soon find themselves jumping through these magical doors, a far cry from their mundane lives. But, as it turns out, they’re not the only ones with access to such power. Others are out there, wielding their own powerful books, and let’s just say they’re not looking to make friends.

Then there’s Drummond Fox, a man shrouded in mystery, armed with his own collection of magical books and a few personal demons. He’s the unexpected ally Cassie and Izzy need as they face an unnamed evil that’s on their tail.

The Fetishist by Katherine Min

Revenge Drama, Cultural Identity, Emotional Complexity

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Publishing Date: January 2024
Genres: Literary Fiction, Dark Comedy, Drama

Synopsis:

Katherine Min’s The Fetishist is anything but your run-of-the-mill sob story. We’ve got Kyoko, a 23-year-old Japanese American with a punk rock vibe, a knife, and enough grudges to fill a concert hall.

She’s drenched, it’s dark, and she’s out for revenge against Daniel, the violinist she blames for her mom’s death. Sounds like a classic revenge plot, right? Well, strap in, it’s about to get bumpy.

Kyoko’s grand plan? Kidnap Daniel. But of course, things go haywire pretty fast. There’s also Daniel, stuck facing the music, and Alma, a Korean American cello genius and Daniel’s so-called true love, who’s wrestling with doubts about their romance.

Min’s The Fetishist is a wild mix of humor and heartache. Written before Min left us in 2019, this book’s a testament to her genius – witty, wise, and just a tad bonkers.

Family Family by Laurie Frankel

Adoption Narrative, Family Dynamics, Media Controversy

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Publishing Date: January 2024
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Family Saga
Themes: The novel is a heartwarming, thought-provoking, and realistic portrayal of the complexities of family life, especially in the context of adoption.

Synopsis:

Alright, let’s dive into “Family Family” by Laurie Frankel, hitting the shelves in January 2024. Picture this: India Allwood, our main gal, has done it all – from a wide-eyed sixteen-year-old with Broadway dreams to a household name playing a TV superhero.

Now, she’s in the thick of it, starring in a movie about adoption. But here’s the twist – India’s an adoptive mom herself and she’s not buying the gloom-and-doom narrative the movie sells.

Cue the drama: India blurts out the truth to a journalist – bad move. The media goes berserk, painting her as everything from a hero to a villain. Meanwhile, her twin ten-year-olds are like, “We need backup,” and who do they call? Family, obviously. But family, as India knows all too well, is anything but simple.

Frankel’s got this knack for showing us that family isn’t just about blood or love; it’s a whole rollercoaster of complicated. If you’re into stories that make you rethink the whole ‘blood is thicker than water’ thing, and love a bit of behind-the-scenes Hollywood flair, this one’s for you.

One Moment in Time by Shari Low

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Published: 2023

Synopsis:

Hang onto your sequins and cocktail glasses because One Moment in Time by Shari Low is taking us to Vegas, baby!

Brenda Jones is plotting her marriage exit strategy, clueless that her daughter Zara’s grand plan is to whisk her and hubby to Vegas to relive their wedding glory days. Zara? She’s channeling her inner detective, trying to track down two mystery friends from her parents’ wedding photo.

Enter Aiden Gregg, who’s nursing his own broken heart, and bam. He’s roped into this wild plan because guess what? That photo might have his folks in it. But wait, there’s a twist! Apparently, some drama went down 30 years ago. So, what happens in Vegas… unravels decades of secrets?

One Moment in Time is a ride of nostalgia meets romance meets unexpected twists. Perfect for anyone up for a sentimental journey with a dash of chaos.

The Last List of Mabel Beaumont by Laura Pearson

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Published: 2023

Synopsis:

All aboard the emotional rollercoaster crafted by Laura Pearson in The Last List of Mabel Beaumont. Mabel’s late husband Arthur had a thing for lists. They were everywhere, from grocery reminders to sweet love notes.

But his last list? A cryptic single entry: “Find D”. This sends Mabel on a heart-rending goose chase after her long-lost friend, Dot. But buckle up, folks! This isn’t just a straightforward quest.

Oh no, Mabel’s got to play savior to an array of folks with their own missing person sagas before she gets any closer to Dot.

The Last List of Mabel Beaumont is a touching tale of uncovering yesteryears’ secrets and rediscovering joy. If you’re the type who cheered for Ove or rooted for Eleanor Oliphant, this is your next tearjerker with a dash of hope. Grab tissues.

Call the Canaries Home by Laura Barrow

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Published: 2023

Synopsis:

Let’s unravel the southern charm of Laura Barrow’s Call the Canaries Home. Imagine the dramatic tension of three sisters, drifting apart thanks to a childhood mystery, then reunited in a quest involving… a time capsule. Only, it’s not just about the capsule—it’s about their missing twin sister, Georgia.

As they unearth memories, quite literally, the sisters spot a mysterious woman in an old photograph. “Who’s that lurking in the back, eh?” Savannah’s thinking. While the others might shrug it off, she’s diving deep into detective mode.

Call the Canaries Home is a rich gumbo of emotions, sibling banter, and decades-old secrets. Perfect for those who relish a heartfelt family mystery with a sprinkle of southern flair. Grab a cuppa and let’s journey to Louisiana.

The Book of Beginnings by Sally Page

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Published: 2023

Synopsis:

Alrighty, let’s dive into Sally Page’s latest delight, The Book of Beginnings. Picture this: Jo Sorsby, escaping her past, now in charge of an uncle’s stationery shop.

Yes, a haven for pen lovers, but it’s more than just paper and ink. It’s where Jo’s escape meets Ruth’s secrets and Malcolm’s budding writing ambitions.

Through vintage notebooks and scribbled notes, they form a bond that just screams: “Why didn’t I make friends in a stationery shop sooner?!

Overall? It’s a tale of finding kinship in the quirkiest of corners, sprinkled with life’s unexpected twists. A must-read for anyone who believes in the magic of fresh starts and the age-old saying, “It’s never too late.

 

Reproduction by Louisa Hall – Fiction, June 2023

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A lucid, genre-defying novel that explores the surreality of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in a country in crisis

A novelist attempts to write a book about Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, a mother and artist whose harrowing pregnancies reveal the cost of human reproduction.

Soon, however, the novelist’s own painful experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as her increasing awareness of larger threats from climate change to pandemic, force her to give up on the book and turn instead to writing a contemporary Frankenstein, based on the story of an old friend who mysteriously reappears in her life.

In telling a story that ranges from pregnancy to miscarriage to traumatic birth, from motherhood to the frontiers of reproductive science, Louisa Hall draws powerfully from her own experiences, as well as the stories of two other women: Mary Shelley and Anna, a scientist and would-be parent who is contemplating the possibilities, and morality, of genetic modification.

Both devastating and joyful, elegant and exacting, Reproduction is a powerful reminder of the hazards and the rewards involved in creating new life, and a profoundly feminist exploration of motherhood, female friendship, and artistic ambition.

Reproduction is a great choice for readers who are looking for unique and thought-provoking books about motherhood written in captivating lyrical prose style.

The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer – Romance Fiction, May 2023

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Mikki Brammer’s The Collected Regrets of Clover is a big-hearted and life-affirming debut about a death doula who, in caring for others at the end of their life, has forgotten how to live her own, for readers of The Midnight Library.

What’s the point of giving someone a beautiful death if you can’t give yourself a beautiful life?

From the day she watched her kindergarten teacher drop dead during a dramatic telling of Peter Rabbit, Clover Brooks has felt a stronger connection with the dying than she has with the living.

After the beloved grandfather who raised her dies alone while she is traveling, Clover becomes a death doula in New York City, dedicating her life to ushering people peacefully through their end-of-life process.

Clover spends so much time with the dying that she has no life of her own, until the final wishes of a feisty old woman send Clover on a trip across the country to uncover a forgotten love story––and perhaps, her own happy ending.

As she finds herself struggling to navigate the uncharted roads of romance and friendship, Clover is forced to examine what she really wants, and whether she’ll have the courage to go after it.

Probing, clever, and hopeful, The Collected Regrets of Clover turns the normally taboo subject of death into a reason to celebrate life.

The Collected Regrets of Clover is a bittersweet contemporary romance fiction novel about death and the beauty of life.

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister – New fiction book, May 2023

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One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives. New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister’s No Two Persons is “a gloriously original celebration of fiction, and the ways it deepens our lives.”

That was the beauty of books, wasn’t it? They took you places you didn’t know you needed to go…

Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel.

Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief.

Each one is drawn into Alice’s novel; each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives.

Together, their stories reveal how books can affect us in the most beautiful and unexpected of ways—and how we are all more closely connected to one another than we might think.

“With its beautiful parts that add up to a brilliant whole, No Two Persons made my reader’s heart sing.”—Nina de Gramont, New York Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair

No Two Persons is one of the most anticipated new fiction books for adults who love atmospheric and feel-good novels.

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano – Contemporary Ficiton, March 2023

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William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him. So it’s a relief when his skill on the basketball court earns him a scholarship to college, far away from his childhood home.

He soon meets Julia Padavano, a spirited and ambitious young woman who surprises William with her appreciation of his quiet steadiness.

With Julia comes her family; she is inseparable from her three younger sisters: Sylvie, the dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book and imagines a future different from the expected path of wife and mother; Cecelia, the family’s artist; and Emeline, who patiently takes care of all of them.

Happily, the Padavanos fold Julia’s new boyfriend into their loving, chaotic household.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable loyalty to one another.

The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

Vibrating with tenderness, Hello Beautiful is a gorgeous, profoundly moving portrait of what’s possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

Hello Beautiful is one of the most emotional new historical fiction books for adults about family and love.

Weyward by Emilia Hart – New Paranormal Fiction Book, March 2023

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Three women. Five centuries. One secret.

‘I had nature in my heart, she said. Like she did, and her mother before her. There was something about us – the Weyward women – that bonded us more tightly with the natural world.
We can feel it, she said, the same way we feel rage, sorrow or joy.’

In 2019, Kate flees an abusive relationship in London for Crows Beck, a remote Cumbrian village. Her destination is Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist.

As Kate struggles with the trauma of her past, she uncovers a secret about the women in her family. A secret dating back to 1619, when her ancestor Altha Weyward was put on trial for witchcraft…

Weyward is a stunning debut novel about gender and control – about the long echoes of male violence through the centuries. But more than that, it is a celebration of nature, female power and breaking free.

Weyward is one of the most exciting new fiction books for adults who love contemporary historical fiction stories about witches and all things supernatural.

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang – New Fiction Book, May 2023

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Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena’s a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn’t even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song–complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo?

Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface takes on questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation not only in the publishing industry but the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society. R. F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

Yellowface is one of the most exciting new fiction books for adults and is a great choice for those readers who love hilarious yet chilling mystery stories.

Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune – New Romance Fiction Book, May 2023

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A random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects, in this breathtaking new novel from the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of Every Summer After.

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in Toronto.

The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.

At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s Muskoka lakeside resort–something she vowed never to do.

The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.

She needs a plan–a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips.

Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive-suit wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is.

But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?

Meet Me at the Lake is one of the most heartwarming contemporary romance books for adults who love sweeping romance stories and deeply atmospheric settings.

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai – New Mystery Fiction Novel, February 2023

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The riveting new novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist The Great Believers

A successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is content to forget her past—the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four largely miserable years at a New Hampshire boarding school, and the murder of her former roommate, Thalia Keith, in the spring of their senior year.

Though the circumstances surrounding Thalia’s death and the conviction of the school’s athletic trainer, Omar Evans, are hotly debated online, Bodie prefers—needs—to let sleeping dogs lie.

But when the Granby School invites her back to teach a course, Bodie is inexorably drawn to the case and its increasingly apparent flaws. In their rush to convict Omar, did the school and the police overlook other suspects? Is the real killer still out there?

As she falls down the very rabbit hole she was so determined to avoid, Bodie begins to wonder if she wasn’t as much of an outsider at Granby as she’d thought—if, perhaps, back in 1995, she knew something that might have held the key to solving the case.

In I Have Some Questions for You, award-winning author Rebecca Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart.

Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is at once a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.

I Have Some Questions for You is one of the darkest new contemporary thriller fiction books for adults who love twisted mysteries.

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley – Contemporary Fiction Book, March 2023

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Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting around in sweatpants and playing video games nineteen hours a day.

Since she has no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it.

One slip on the rug. That’s all it took for Louise Wilt’s daughter to demand that Louise have a full-time nanny living with her.

Never mind that she can still walk fine, finish her daily crossword puzzle, and pour the two fingers of vodka she drinks every afternoon. Bottom line — Louise wants a caretaker even less than Tanner wants to be one.

The two start off their living arrangement happily ignoring each other until Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like, why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up tighter than a prison?

And why is the local news fixated on the suspect of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history who looks eerily like Louise? And why does Louise suddenly appear in her room, with a packed bag at 1 a.m. insisting that they leave town immediately?

Thus begins the story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman and an aimless young woman who—if they can outrun the mistakes of their past—might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise is one of the most hilarious new fiction books for adults who love contemporary and fun mystery novels with a pinch of romance.

Happy Place by Emily Henry – New romance fiction book, April 2023

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A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade.

Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place.

They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show.

It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?

Happy Place is one of the most feel-good new fiction books for adults who love hilarious and charming contemporary romance novels.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

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Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life.

No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week.

The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.

Nora Goes Off Script is one of the most hilarious and highest-rated new romance fiction books with the best kind of love story about romance at work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

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A novel tracing a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up.

Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors–until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.

Remarkably Bright Creatures is one of the highest-rated new mystery domestic fiction books with an unforgettably unique story.

The Measure by Nikki Erlick

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Eight ordinary people. One extraordinary choice. It seems like any other day. You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and head out.

But today, when you open your front door, waiting for you is a small wooden box. This box holds your fate inside: the answer to the exact number of years you will live.

From suburban doorsteps to desert tents, every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy. Where did these boxes come from? What do they mean? Is there truth to what they promise?

As society comes together and pulls apart, everyone faces the same shocking choice: Do they wish to know how long they’ll live? And, if so, what will they do with that knowledge?

The Measure charts the dawn of this new world through an unforgettable cast of characters whose decisions and fates interweave with one another: best friends whose dreams are forever entwined, pen pals finding refuge in the unknown, a couple who thought they didn’t have to rush, a doctor who cannot save himself, and a politician whose box becomes the powder keg that ultimately changes everything.

The Measure is one of the most thrilling and highest-rated new dystopian sci-fi fiction books with a twisty and riveting story.

 

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

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Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi.

Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison. But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent–which has more than doubled–and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed.

One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling.

Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

NightCrawling is one of the most riveting and thought-provoking new urban fiction books of 2022 with a creative story and brilliantly crafted characters.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles.

And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father, Javier, as her coach. A former champion himself, Javier has trained her since the age of two.

But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan.

At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.

Even if the sports media says that they never liked “the Battle-Axe” anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did.

And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.

In spite of it all, Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season.

Carrie Soto is Back is one of the highest-rated new fiction books of 2022 and is perfect for those who are looking for a deeply emotional, motivating, and unforgettable read.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

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Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits.

But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf.

Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso.

Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble?

As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty.

Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess’s future hangs entirely in the balance.

Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life, and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

The Marriage Portrait is perfect for those who love historical fiction books about real historical figures and thought-provoking stories.

 

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

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A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild.

Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter.

But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk.

Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.

Reminders of Him is one of the most emotional contemporary romance fiction novels that’ll surely make you cry.


Who’s Lying Now? by Susan Lewis

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You think you’re safe.
You think you know your neighbours.
But can you ever really know who’s telling the truth?

Jeannie Symonds is a force to be reckoned with – an eccentric, award-winning publisher, spending lockdown with her husband in a house near Kesterly-on-Sea. She seems to have it all: a high-flying career, a happy marriage, a niece she adores.

And then one day, she vanishes.

Cara Jakes is a new trainee investigator – young, intelligent and eager to prove herself. When she teams up with detective Andee Lawrence to look into the disappearance, she is determined to find out what has really happened to Jeannie.

Cara begins to question the residents of this close-knit community, sure that someone has a secret to hide.

But how can she separate the truth from the lies?

Who’s Lying Now? is one of the most intense and top-rated psychological thriller fiction novels for readers who love surprising plot twists and dark mysteries.

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Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true.

Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.

For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable.

Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.

When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.

Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

Every Summer is one of the most feel-good new contemporary romance fiction books to read in 2022.


The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

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Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye.

But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay.

Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Romance is most certainly dead… but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.

A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

The Dead Romantics is one of the most hilarious paranormal romance fiction books for readers who love unique stories and atmospheric novels.

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Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

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After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down.

The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor.

And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important.

Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.

Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?

Part of Your World is one of the funniest cozy modern romance fiction novels filled with hilarious and heartwarming moments.


Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench.

Montgomery, Alabama 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies.

But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a worn down one-room cabin, she’s shocked to learn that her new patients are children—just 11 and 13 years old.

Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black and for those handling the family’s welfare benefits that’s reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica and their family into her heart.

Until one day, she arrives at the door to learn the unthinkable has happened and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten.That must not be forgotten.

Because history repeats what we don’t remember.

Take My Hand is one of the highest-rated thought-provoking fiction novels that takes its readers on an unforgettable and moving adventure.


Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart.

In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story.

But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

Book Lovers is one of the most touching contemporary romance novels for adults who’re looking for a meaningful but light read.

 

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