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by Erika Johansen
Great debut fantasy set in a violent, medieval world where a young, untrained girl with magical powers must prove herself as leader and queen to repair a damaged kingdom. There’s lots to love in this adventure!
Recommended by Lois

by Lucinda Riley
I was drawn to this book by the cover and title then soon discovered that what begins as a Gothic/Regency becomes an intriguing mystery in which characters play out similar stories in different generations. Couldn’t put it down!
Recommended by Karen

by Susan Meissner
Here’s a new perspective of what it was like in London during the Blitz. Writing is clear and concise, painting word pictures of what is going on with the characters at a time of confusion and turmoil. Kept reading to find out how events would play out!
Recommended by Karen

by Naomi Novik
Beautifully written, captivating and dark, this novel held me in thrall well into the night. Set in a land with an evil approaching from a corrupted wood with fairy tale elements that turn disturbing and dark. A special reading experience!
Recommended by Melanie

by Tim Johnston
A fresh look on the aftermath of the devastating disappearance of the daughter/sister of a family. A family in stasis, none of them can move on. A must read and definitely one of the best books I've read this year!
Recommended by Melanie

by Taylor Stevens
Another enjoyable Vanessa Michael Munroe story. Recovering from the events of her previous job, Michael reconnects with Miles Bradford in Japan while he on a security assignment. Things seem to be going great until Miles is arrested for murder
Recommended by Melanie

by Kate Alcott
Gone with the Wind film-making historical events combine with the fictional career of young Julie Crawford, an aspiring screenwriter, who becomes assistant to Carole Lombard. Clark Gable! Vivien Lee! Great read!
Recommended by Lois

by Sarah Byrd
Loved this romantic gothic mystery set in Victorian England! Rebecca Ravenshaw returns from India, orphaned, victim of identity theft, her inheritance challenged by a man who holds her future in his hands. Is Captain Whitfield what he seems?
Recommended by Lois

by Rachel Joyce
If you liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you will enjoy this novel about Miss Queenie Hennessy, the woman who inspired Harold's journey. A wonderful story about loss, redemption and joy.
Recommended by Karen

by Anne Tyler
Once again Anne Tyler takes ordinary people and creates extraordinary characters! Loved experiencing the ups and downs of the Whitshank family and discovering their quirks along the way.
Recommended by Karen

by Anita Diamant
Addie's granddaughter asks "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" And 85 year old Addie tells her coming-of-age story beginning in 1915, when she joined the library group for girls at a Boston neighborhood settlement house. A great read!
Recommended by Karen

by Posie Graeme-Evans
Set in both 1321 and 1981 this wonderfully addictive story follows the unusual events around a turning point in an estate near the Scottish borders. Hard to put down!
Recommended by Melanie

by Fredrik Backman
A charming first novel filled with quirky characters going about their everyday lives. Simple, yet refreshingly honest with touches of humor, this book kept me wondering what would happen next.
Recommended by Karen

by Debra Lawrenson
Lawrenson draws the reader in with a mystery on a Mediterranean island then back in time to WWII France and Britain. If you like puzzles, mystery, suspense, historical intrigue with a little romance tossed in for fun check this one out!
Recommended by Karen

by Susan Crandall
In 1963 when nine-year-old Starla sets off to find a mother she hasn't seen since she was three, she's picked up by a black woman with a white baby--an unlikely friendship forms and a dangerous road trip begins. Great coming-of-age story!
Recommended by Lois

by Joe Nesbo
In this unusual tale of revenge and redemption, the protagonist volunteers to do prison time for the sins of others in exchange for drugs--until he finds out the truth about his father’s death. Crime fiction at its best from a Norwegian master.
Recommended by Melanie

by William Kent Krueger
Set in the '60's in a small mid-west town, laced with family secrets and murder--ingredients for a compelling coming-of-age story, told with sympathy and heart.
Recommended by Lois

by Sarah Jio
Through a series of letters between a famous children's author and her beloved aunt, June discovers her true self and transforms her life while bringing a community together to save a children's bookstore.
Recommended by Karen

by Eloisa James
When Lady Xenobia is hired to restyle Thorn Dautry’s country estate to help him win a perfect bride, they don’t want to admit they’ve met their perfect matches. An elegant, enchanting, passionate historical romance!
Recommended by Lois

by Daphne DuMaurier
Unique mix of history, love and mystery combine in the haunting story of Honor Harris and her General. Don't wait--check this one out!
Recommended by Lois

by Liane Moriarity
"To be opened in the event of my death." Husband's handwriting on sealed envelope--husband very much alive. Would you open it? Compelling contemporary suspense with a twisted ending! Good to the very last sentence.
Recommended by Lois

by Andrew Weir
Science fiction at its finest. The diary of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after a freak storm when his crew, thinking him dead, abandon the mission. Entertaining and terrifying!
Recommended by Melanie

by Matt Haig
Unbelieveably quirky! An alien is sent to inhabit the body of a brainy professor to prevent sharing of his world-altering mathematical discovery. Couldn't stop turning pages as the alien's simple task became increasingly difficult. Loved it!
Recommended by Lois

by Samantha Shannon
What a wonderfully imagined world with well-developed characters! Extensive world building makes for a confusing beginning, but after the first 50 pages, things became a lot clearer. Great debut novel for a young author. Can't wait for the next one!
Recommended by Melanie

by JoJo Moyes
Two love stories--one set in WWI France--the other in contemporary London--linked by one haunting portrait. Unputdownable! Loved it!
Recommended by Lois

by Hugh Howey
Third book in the Silo series. I didn't think the series could get any better but this was a great conclusion to the WOOL trilogy! Sorry to see it end.
Recommended by Melanie

by Emily Croy Baker
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world--where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive. Clever and intelligent--couldn't put it down!
Recommended by Lois

by Bee Ridgway
19th Century England, musty mansions, secret societies, magic, spunky heroine plus Regency romance add up to a campy time travel fantasy with plenty of twists and turns. I couldn't wish for more. There's gotta be a sequel!
Recommended by Lois

by Deborah Harkness
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Atmospheric and well researched with strong, interesting characters. What a great read!
Recommended by Melanie

by Patrick Rothfuss
The tale of a magically gifted young man who becomes the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. Written with a poet's hand, this masterpiece transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. A great, high-action story, wonderfully told.
Recommended by Melanie

by Jude Morgan
Louisa and Valentine Carnell create a new life for themselves after the death of their tyrannical father --a life of temptations as well as excitements. A witty, clever Regency romance. Jane Austen would love it. Really.
Recommended by Lois

by Tanis Rideout
Extraordinary and heartbreaking! An interwoven story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest and a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.
Recommended by Lois

by Sarah Maclean
Sexy, silly, romantic fun! In this historical romance permanent spinster and "good girl" Calpurnia Hartwell pens a list of forbidden adventures--then sets about to accomplish every one! Enter the disreputable Marquess of Ralston. . .
Recommended by Lois

by Maria Semple
Teenager Bee's notorious, hilarious, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, and Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her. Fun read!
Recommended by Sherrie

by JoJo Moyes
Here's a beautiful, moving story about two people trying to save each other in impossible circumstances. A full cast of interesting, eccentric characters and a story that grabs your heart and won't let go. Don't miss this one!
Recommended by Lois

by Juliet Marillier
Set in the Celtic world where old magic struggles with new religion, young Sorcha, must face insurmountable challenges to save her brothers. First in a series that is a beautifully written, magical story of loyalty and love.
Recommended by Melanie

by Hugh Howey
Welcome to the Silo. . .Thousands of them have lived underground. They have lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. A riveting, dystopian, page-turning adventure!
Recommended by Melanie

by Melanie Benjamin
Anne and Charles Lindberg were the Rock Stars of their time. In this wonderful historical novel the courageous, resilient woman behind the public image is vividly brought to life. I loved it from the first sentence to the bitter sweet end!
Recommended by Lois

by Reginald Hill
It's all about revenge! Beautifully written with rich characterization and wry humor, this is a superb mystery by a masterful storyteller.
Recommended by Melanie

by Yannick Murphy
This eccentric little book written from the point of view of a rural Vermont large animal vet casts a spell. I loved the simple, beautiful story about family, marriage, guilt, anger and letting go.
Recommended by Karen