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THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE

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 18, he was 20, 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 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.
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ARE YOU SLEEPING

For fans of: Big Little Lies and the Serial podcast

Description:
After her father’s murder and her mom’s decision to join a cult, Josie spent 10 years trying to bury her past. But now a viral true-crime podcast has reopened her father’s case—and threatens to destroy Josie’s carefully rebuilt life.

We’re thankful for:
Barber’s gift at using her twists and turns not just for thrills, but to take a fascinating look at what it means to be family.
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YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE

For fans of: The Replacement Wife and the movie Stepmom

Description: Danielle’s best friend, Smidge, reveals that she has terminal cancer, and has decided that Danielle needs to take over her life—husband, child, small town, the works--after she’s gone. Danielle would do anything for Smidge…but this?

We’re thankful for: Ribon’s deft humor that makes this novel both poignant and funny, despite the dark themes.
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BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT

For fans of: Elin Hilderbrand and Grace & Frankie

Description: Two women of different generations seek solace and healing at a beautiful beach house in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

We’re thankful for: the wildlife conservation subplot—a feature of all Monroe’s books—that teaches us about the local shorebirds even as we’re in it for the feels.
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TENDER MERCY OF ROSES

For fans of: The Lovely Bones and Practical Magic

Description: The ghost of a murdered cowgirl guides her grief-stricken father and a disgraced former detective to her killer—and a long-hidden family secret.

We’re thankful for: The lyrical writing that lends this novel a dreamlike quality that will have you believing in magic.
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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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