Check It Out Category: Fiction

New Fiction in January

New Fiction in January
 

New year, new reads! Browse below or click here for our expanded January list to kick off 2022 with a fresh story to match your current reading mood. No matter what strikes your fancy, all adult and young adult reads are eligible for a prize through our Winter Reading Program from January 1 to February 28! Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for titles curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 

From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, comes Reckless Girls, a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

Thriller / Suspenseful / Addictive 

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The Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

Sharing the dream of being the best horsewoman in the world, Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter champion riders, break their vow of never going up against each other when they both participate in the competitions leading up to the Olympics.

Sports fiction / Energetic / Romantic

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Olga Dies Dreaming by Zochitl Gonzalez

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, must confront the effects of long-held family secrets when she falls in love with Matteo, while other family members must weather their own storms.

Domestic fiction / Passionate / Likeable characters

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Violeta by Isabel Allende

Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.

Historical fiction / Sweeping timeline / Inspiring

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The Maid by Nita Prose

When she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.

Mystery / Sharp protagonist / Twisty

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How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan 

Grace Travis definitely has it all figured out. In between finishing interior design school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree. She’ll have her dream job. When an opportunity to fix up-and live in-an adorable little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door. Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. A real estate developer with a knack for betting and winning big, he’s not one to let a good opportunity slip away. So when a beachside house with great bones is ripe for a remodel and flip, Noah doesn’t hesitate. Except in order to spruce it up properly, he’ll need to take over the house next door. The house with the willful and combative and way-too-intriguing woman living in it. With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can turn out to be the person who shows you that home is always where the heart is.

Romantic comedy / Charismatic / Upbeat

Celebrating the Holidays in Fiction

Celebrating the Holidays in Fiction

Celebrate the season with festive delights for the ears and eyes! Cozy up to your pick of recent holiday fiction titles in print and holiday fiction picks on audio. Our seasonal experts have selected a few snow-dusted gems and sprinkled them below for a peek under the bells and bows. If you are looking for more personalized suggestions: fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070.

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The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

When she is out of a job just in time for the holidays, Carmen, with little cash and few options, is forced to move in with her perfect sister where she takes a job at a book store that desperately needs her help–and helps her in return.

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A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

A very practical, straightlaced twenty-eight-year-old, Niki Randhawa, attends a friend’s wedding in India where she arrives in time to celebrate Diwali and meets a free-spirited London musician who helps her get in touch with her passionate and creative side.

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The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

When her publisher insists that she write a Hanukkah romance, Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a Jewish woman with a secret career as a Christmas romance novelist, unexpectedly finds inspiration when she encounters a childhood acquaintance at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah.

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The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze and Josie Silver’s One Day in December.

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The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole

Meg Julliard returns to her hometown of Chicago to run her late father’s apartment building. The building is in rough shape and the tenants are unusual. Ellie is an older woman living in the building but getting ready to move into a nursing home. Both women feel the upcoming holiday will be the worst Christmas ever. Can an unexpected friendship and a dress make for a magical season?

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Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo

Victoria and Oliver’s pretend engagement dissolves as their very real chemistry threatens to upend all their carefully laid-out secrets.

New Fiction in December

End the year on a high note with one or more books hitting our shelves in December. Keep warm with a steamy romance, an action-packed thriller, or a hopeful fantasy featuring a talking cat! Choose from our spotlight selection below or explore more new titles. Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 
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Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods 

After a dangerous adventure has him traveling up and down the coast, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some down time at his Manhattan abode. But when an acquaintance alerts him to a hinky plot being hatched across the city, he finds himself eager to pursue justice.

Thriller / Action-Packed / Fast-Paced 

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A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson 

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love. She’s making a mistake. Ivy enters Kate’s Scottish fairytale cottage . . . and she doesn’t come out. She’s the first to go missing. She won’t be the last.

Psychological Suspense / Disturbing / Atmospheric

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The Love Con by Seressia Glass 

Kenya Davenport finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There’s just one catch: the challenge for the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants’ significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Roleplaying a couple in love will force them to explore what they’re hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she’s ever had?

Contemporary Romance / Heartwarming / Steamy 

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The Perishing by Natashia Deaon 

Lou, a young Black woman, wakes up in an alley in 1930s Los Angeles, nearly naked and with no memory of how she got there or where she’s from, only a fleeting sense that this isn’t the first time she’s found herself in similar circumstances. When she befriends a firefighter at a downtown boxing gym, Lou is shocked to realize that though she has no memory of ever meeting him she’s been drawing his face for years. Increasingly certain that their paths have previously crossed-perhaps even in a past life-and coupled with unexplainable flashes from different times that have been haunting her dreams, Lou begins to believe she may be an immortal sent to this place and time for a very important reason. 

Science Fiction Mystery / Haunting / Lyrical 

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The Cats Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa 

When a talking cat named Tiger demands that he help save books with him, high school student Rintaro Natsuki and Tiger embark on an amazing journey, liberating books from their neglectful owners and meeting a colorful cast of characters along the way. 

Fantasy / Hopeful / Offbeat 

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The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss 

After her sister exposes the family’s fraud and runs away to Hollywood, Harriet, who has only ever known life onstage posing as a conjoined twin in a vaudeville act, begins to form her first relationships outside her family, which forces her to make a difficult decision. 

Historical Fiction / Richly Detailed / Moving  

New Fiction in November

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Looking for something new to be thankful for? Check out new fiction in November! Devour one or more of the titles below, or feast your eyes on an expanded list for even more reads to fit your current taste.

Don’t see anything that matches your mood? Fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070.

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All Her Little Secrets by Wanda Morris

The lone black female corporate attorney in midtown Manhattan discovers her white boss, and lover, dead with a gunshot wound to his head, and must deal with office suspicions and gossip when she is promoted as his successor.

Thriller/Suspense, Intricately Plotted, Intensifying

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A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Robin Blyth is accidentally named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society and is forced to contend with the beauty and danger operating beneath normal reality while uncovering what happened to his predecessor.

Historical Fantasy, Atmospheric, Compelling

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The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard, investigating a New Year’s Eve murder along with an unsolved murder, teams up Detective Harry Bosch once again when their two cases–one old and one new–intersect, while an undetected killer watches their every move.

Police Procedural, Suspenseful, Gritty

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Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti

After receiving a brain cancer diagnosis at seventy, one of the world’s richest women tells her children that she wants to announce her death early so that she can read her obituaries, which ultimately reveal devastating secrets.

Domestic Fiction, Character-driven, Family Drama

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The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Romantic Comedy, Banter-filled, Steamy

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Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most.

Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Moving

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

A novel set in the decades between the two World Wars offers the story of a man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything.

Historical Fiction, Leisurely Paced, Likeable

New Fiction in August

New fiction in August

August is National Romance Awareness Month, and if that quickens your heart, there are several new, sizzling romance books ready for you to meet! New Fiction in August offers much more than romances, though, as you may see from the variety featured below, as well as from a broader spotlight here

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Bloodless by Douglas J. Preston

When completely exsanguinated bodies are found in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Pendergast investigates amid growing panic and whispers of an infamous local vampire in the 20th novel in the series, following Crooked River.

Thriller; Fast-Paced

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The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

When she suddenly loses her ability to play the violin, Anna Sun must learn to listen to her heart and falls in love with a man her parents disapprove of, forcing her to choose between meeting expectations and finding happiness in who she really is.

Romance; Amusing

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Protected by horror movies — especially the ones where the masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them, Jade Daniels, an angry, half-Indian outcast, pulls us into her dark mind when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian lake.

Horror; Stylistically Complex

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Edge Case by Y.Z. Chin

After another taxing day as the sole female employee at her New York City tech startup, Edwina comes home to find that her husband, Marlin, has packed up a suitcase and left. The only question now is why. Did he give up on their quest to secure their green cards and decide to return to Malaysia? Was it the death of his father? Or has his strange, sudden change in personality finally made Marlin and Edwina strangers to each other?

Darkly Humorous; Thought-Provoking

Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

The first Black women allowed to serve in the army, Grace Steele and Eliza Jones, helping form the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, navigate their way through the segregated ranks, finally making it overseas where they do their parts for the country they love.

Historical Fiction; Compelling

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Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In 1970s Mexico City, Maite, a secretary with a penchant for romance novels, searches for her missing neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, which leads her to an eccentric gangster who longs to escape his own life, and together, they set out to discover the dangerous truth.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

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Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

After hopping off a boxcar in early 1960s Denver, aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard meets and instantly connects with Joanne McDuffy, a college student who is involved with a shady professor caught up in a drug-addled cult.

Family Saga; Noir