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THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE to Letting Go

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
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SAVING BECK

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.”

Readers say: “A raw, engrossing, heartwarming, and emotionally draining novel.” —Peg, Barnes & Noble reviewer
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DESPERATE GIRLS

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
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JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING

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 eighteen, he was twenty, and I vomited on his shoes.”

Readers say: “A lovely slow burn.” —Elizabeth, LibraryReads
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CONSUMED

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
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THE ROOM ON RUE AMÉLIE

For fans of: The Nightingale and 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. 29th at 5pm ET, hosted by the S&S Book Club Favorites program! Find it here.
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THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN

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
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The Light Over London

For fans of: The Room on Rue Amélie and The Nightingale

You'll love when:
Louise climbs out her window to start her new life.

Best line:
“They were the Ack-Ack girls, the gunner girls, and, still a novelty among the RA, they were watched wherever they went.”

Readers say: “An utterly compelling tale of two women across decades who experience similar heartaches and joy. Highly recommended!” —Literary Soirée
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The Night Olivia Fell

For fans of: Megan Abbott and Big Little Lies

You'll love when:
Abi finally confronts a dangerous person from her own past.

Best line:
“Whenever, whatever. I’m here forever.”

Readers say: “I was absolutely hooked, it was such an emotional read that I was broken by the end. Heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time.” —Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You

Her book in 5 words: “We challenged Christina McDonald to describe her book in just five words, and here’s what she said: 'Emotional. Suspenseful. Intense. Addictive. Atmospheric.'"
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Queenie

For fans of: Zadie Smith’s Swing Time and Insecure

You'll love when:
Kyazike sends Queenie’s friend Darcy to Urban Dictionary to “translate” her texts

Best line:
“This is what happens when white people come into an area and make it tame.”

Readers say: “I can't praise this story enough. Queenie is hilarious, complex, raw, and eyeopening all in the same breath... This story is GOLD.” —Amaka, Goodreads
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THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER

For fans of: Say Yes to the Dress meets Susan Mallery’s Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

You'll love when:
You’ve built a whole Spotify playlist out of the wedding songs that open each chapter.

Best line:
“They were women who bloomed with different strengths, who had varying shades of personalities and unique souls, who had thorns of imperfections. But they would always be sisters.”

Readers say: “On my Favorites of 2019 list!” –C.E. Hart, Goodreads

Her book in 5 words: Wedding shenanigans, entrepreneurial sisters, love.
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THE PATIENT ONE

For fans of: Amish stories and The Big Chill

Description:
Seven people—English, Amish, and Mennonite—return for the funeral of a mutual friend. As the characters wrestle with guilt, regret, and new hope, Shepard Gray skillfully depicts the complexities of relationships between these groups without ever resorting to stereotypes.

You’ll love when:
Marie and John have an argument after a night gone wrong, which makes them—and the reader—think about their cultural differences in a new way.
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BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT

For fans of: Elin Hilderbrand and Our Souls at Night

Description: Cara rents out her beach house to Heather, a young woman struggling with an anxiety disorder—but when Cara meets with tragedy of her own and has to come home, the two become unlikely roommates…and friends.

You’ll love when: You meet the shorebirds! Monroe always shares important messages about local wildlife conservation, weaving them into a captivating story.
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CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH

For fans of: The Rosie Project and Me Before You

Description: What happens when a woman allergic to human touch (yes, literally) finally lets herself fall in love? This story takes an improbable situation and makes it feel perfectly real.

You’ll love when: Jubilee tries to explain her Halloween costume—Emily Dickinson!—to a group of little kids by reciting “Hope is the thing with feathers.”
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A PLACE FOR US

For fans of: Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher

Description: On the eve of her 80th birthday, Martha summons her family to Winterfold, their estate in the English countryside. They think they’re arriving for a celebration, but Martha has something shocking to tell them…

You’ll love when: Evans takes us into the past to meet young David as he creates his life-changing cartoon character, Wilbur the Dog.
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WHERE SHOULD YOUR SUMMER VACATION TAKE YOU NEXT?

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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