Fiction

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

A small town waitress seeking to shake up her life gets more than she bargained for in this light, funny, and magical paranormal romance about friendship, love, and adorable magical creations. After spending years in her small hometown living in the same house, working at the same diner, and in love with the cook, Tobias, Olivia decides she needs to get out of her rut. Then everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up at the diner, warning Olivia that she not only has magic of her own, but she’s also in grave danger.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together.  Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle.  Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship.  Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis.  Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to

The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch

In 2005, having something of a quarter-life crisis after working as a staffer on a failed presidential campaign, former Ivy leaguer Will Baker leaves New York City and his long term girlfriend for a year-long English graduate program at Oxford University.  Will quickly falls into an eclectic group of friends, and in love with smart and elegant British student Sophie.  As his year at Oxford progresses, Will increasingly questions his identity and his future.  Charles Finch’s vivid, lyrical, coming of age novel perfectly captures the bittersweet magic of studying abroad.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory is the heartbreaking story of a young teen who is struggling to cope with her father’s PTSD. 17-year-old Hayley and her father, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, have been on the move for the past five years trying to escape her father’s demons. When they finally settle down in his hometown, Hayley has a chance at a normal life. But how long will it last? ~Debra Wischmeyer

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Kate grew up during magical and haunting  summers in Lost Lake, Georgia, with her great aunt Eby. But Kate is now grown, and has recently lost her husband in a tragic biking accident. She decides to move in with her domineering mother-in-law for the sake of her whimsical young daughter Devin.  As they’re clearing out their home to move, Devin discovers an old postcard from Lost Lake.  Shocked by this discovery,  Kate toys with the idea of returning there for one more nostalgic summer before they settle into their new lives.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

Known as the Killer Duke, Temple was accused of murdering Mara Lowe, his father's bride-to-be, on the night before the wedding. Isolating himself from the life he knew, he has spent the last 12 years as a boxer in an exclusive gaming club. When Mara appears and offers to clear his name, Temple feels relief because he has no memory of what happened that night. Also wanting to enact revenge on Mara, he strikes a deal that will reveal more about Mara's past and the decisions of that fateful night. Humor, passion, and great character development make this a Regency Romance not be missed.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger

Lana Granger is psychologically wounded from a childhood trauma. With great gaps in her memory, she has taken refuge at a small college in upstate New York, losing herself in her studies. Nearing graduation, she takes a job babysitting for a troubled boy who has recently moved to the community. As her relationship with the boy escalates, her best friend goes missing and Lana embarks on a quest to find her. In  the process she uncovers many secrets about her own past.  The riveted reader will discover that nothing is as it seems.

Revival. Volume One, You're Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For one day, in a small town in rural Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. These “revivers” are the people they were in life, though some have come back changed. Inside the quarantined town’s borders, Officer Dana Cypress and others in the town deal with the aftermath of “Revival Day.” In addition to setting up the larger mysteries of how and why this happened, this first volume delves into a few other mysteries, including a main character’s murder. Billed as a “rural noir,” the art evokes the dark, claustrophobic, isolated town while the character driven plots slowly unfold.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The author of the Time Traveler’s Wife is back with another paranormal excursion. Twin daughters of estranged twin sisters inherit the estate of their aunt with the proviso that they must live in her apartment for a year. Chicago natives Julia and Valentina pack up and move to their new home which located adjacent to London’s historic Highgate Cemetery. The reader encounters ghosts, a family mystery, plot twists and an eccentric neighbor with OCD. The mix will keep you engaged to the end. ~Marty

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The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

In this bittersweet, character-driven novel, Sullivan weaves in and out of five apparently unrelated lives. The narrative follows a woman grieving over her son’s adultery and upcoming divorce, a middle class husband drowning in debt, a French woman who regrets leaving her husband for a younger man, the career-minded Frances Gerety, creator of the timeless phrase “A Diamond is Forever,” and a resolutely unmarried couple assisting with their cousin’s wedding plans. Their triumphs and tragedies slowly reveal the thread that connects them all. ~Lizzie

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