Tidelands by Philippa Gregory: During England’s seventeenth-century civil war, Alinor, a woman without a husband and skilled with herbs, helps a young man on the run and unwittingly brings disaster into the heart of her life.
The Tender Land by William Kent Krueger: The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphan’s life-changing adventure traveling down America’s great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair.
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera: It’s 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Three women who seemingly have nothing in common unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued their small town, and they find strength in the bond that ties women together.
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: Just as the winds of his optimism are beginning to pick up for newly divorced Dr. Toby Fleishman, they’re quickly dampened, and then extinguished, when his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears. If Toby ever wants to really understand where Rachel went and what really happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen it all that clearly in the first place.
The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger: Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. It’s a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall: Set in the years 1950-1970 in a changing America and London, follows two married couples–ministers and academics–whose intricate bonds of faith and friendship, jealousy and understanding, are tested by the birth of an autistic child.
Tender Melody by Elizabeth Penney: During a community music festive, the owners of the Magnolia Harbor Inn prepare to host Daria Hargreaves, a young and beautiful vocalist. At the peak of her talent, she appears to have it all. But Daria’s life is not what it seems. She’s trapped in a devastating situation, and she worries about her future. Will her stay at the inn give her the courage to confront her fears and make a fresh start?
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: A young woman’s new job apartment sitting in the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings, may cost more than it pays. No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. When a fellow apartment sitter disappears, she begins searching for the truth and digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: It seems too good to be true: a live-in nanny post, with a staggeringly generous salary. When Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare– which will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.