For fans of: Emily Giffin and This is Us You'll love when: May’s mom catches her in the basement with a boy (OMG dying) Best line: “He looked at her like he couldn’t believe his good luck. Gross, but nice.”
Readers Say: “A beautifully written, sweet story that shows the strength of family, and the art of forgiveness and letting go.” —Amber, Amazon reviewer
For fans of: Jodi Picoult and Parenthood with a dash of Intervention You’ll love when: Beck finds something precious he thought was lost (trust us, you’ll know it when you read it!) Best line: “You are a fierce warrior. You can do this. So shake the sleep from your eyes, and put your feet on the floor. It’s time to fight for what’s yours.”
For fans of: Megan Miranda and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark You’ll love when: Brynn has to play a cat-and-mouse game to slip away from her security detail. Best line: “She should have known he’d be good. He was so capable at everything, why would kissing be any different?”
Readers say: “One of the year’s best romantic suspense novels.” –Debbie, Goodreads
For fans of: Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine and When Harry Met Sally You’ll love when: Josh comes out of the shower and has a wardrobe malfunction Best line: “The first time we met, I was 18, he was 20, and I vomited on his shoes.”
For fans of: Third Watch and J.D. Robb’s In Death series You’ll love when: Danny and Ann have to make an impossible choice—in the very first chapter! Best line: “What happened between us was a movie that started as a comedy, segued awkwardly into a romance, and ended with Anthony Hopkins eating someone’s liver with fava beans and a fucking Chianti.”
Readers say: “This book completely rocked my world….I can’t wait for more.” –Carol, Goodreads
For fans of: The Nightingale or The Book Thief You'll love when: Ruby, an American woman living in 1939 Paris, discovers a secret hidden in the walls of her apartment building. Best line: “If we want to defeat darkness, we must find our own way to the light.”
Mark your calendars: For a Facebook Live discussion of Rue on Nov. 29 at 5 ET, hosted by the S&S Book Club Favorites program! Find it here.
For fans of: Sophie Kinsella and Hallmark movies like Unleashing Mr. Darcy—which this author wrote! You'll love when: Buttercup steals the show...again and again. Best line: “I’m Miss Texas, and this is my assistant, Fang."
Readers say: “Perfect for curling up with a cup of tea under a blanket while watching the snow fall.” —K.E. Brown, Amazon reviewer
For fans of: Elin Hilderbrand and Nicholas Sparks Description: Sloane’s world crumbled when she learned her military husband was MIA. But her mother and sisters are there to pick up the pieces and, with the help of their Peachtree Bluff family, set her on a path toward healing and hope. You’ll love when: When Grammy finally delivers some tough love to Sloane.
For fans of: Kristan Higgins and Sweet Home Alabama
Description: Disgraced Chicago event planner Margot has to return to her estranged family in small-town Georgia to rebuild her career—at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop. To her surprise, she might fit in here better than she thinks.
You’ll love when: Margot outmaneuvers the nastiest member of the PTA using her newly-acquired “bless your heart” Southern manners.
For fans of: Where the Crawdads Sing and The Secret Life of Bees
Description: In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home, seeking the mother who abandoned her in search of Nashville fame. Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby, and the lessons she learns on this road trip will change her life forever.
You’ll love when: Starla faces down the Jenkins brothers at the carnival.
For fans of: Finding Graceland andJoshilyn Jackson’s Backseat Saints
Description: Cory, a struggling blues musician, makes an unexpected discovery in the shed of her family’s South Carolina home…a Stutz Blackhawk belonging to none other than Elvis Presley. Cory’s late mother was a backup singer for the King, and Cory’s always longed to know more about her own history…so she decides to drive the classic car back to Graceland and see what she can learn.
You’ll love when: Cory finally performs Elvis’s “Love Me Tender.”
For Fans of: Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Alice Monroe’s own The Beach House (the book or the Lifetime movie!) Description: Cara Rutledge, mainstay of the Beach House series, returns to her beloved home to raise her child. Linnea, her niece, will stay at the beach house as a nanny—and to get some distance from her controlling parents. As always, “Turtle Time” at the shore is the perfect remedy to heal old family wounds.
Vacation spot featured: Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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