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WW Book Club for July 2 — July 8, 2023 : 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Welcome, fellow literature lovers, fiction fanatics and bibliophiles, to our new-and-improved Woman’s World — also known as ‘WW’ — book club!

Every week our book editors will introduce you to seven rave-worthy just-released books that are just right for women over 45. We hope you will find a few jewels that are a perfect addition to your reading lists, your book club line-ups and/or your nightstand pile!

From romance to thrillers to fantasy to nonfiction, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, we’ve got you covered. And there’s one thing we can guarantee: these reads are curated especially to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.

Here, our round-up for July 2 to July 8, 2023 — please let us know which ones you end up reading and and what you think. We love to hear from you!

In the mood for suspense? Get swept up in Too Late

By Colleen Hoover

Bestselling author Colleen Hoover is well-known for her dramatic and captivating tales, and her latest is a heart-racing suspense saga. Sloan will do anything for those she loves. To help her brother, she finds herself reliant on notorious drug trafficker Asa Jackson. But Asa develops an obsession with her. When undercover DEA agent Carter steps in, Sloan is drawn to him. Together, they must find a way to take Asa down.

Need a good laugh? Pick up You’ve Been Served

By Kristen Alicia

Filled with fun moments and witty, lovable characters, this heartfelt rom-com has it all. Simone Alexander was a chef in California, until a Magic 8 ball led her to change career paths. Now, she’s off to law school in Michigan. Simone meets her cute neighbor Silas Whitman and he’s incredible when they are alone. But in class, he’s obnoxious. She’ll have to fight against failure at school—and fight for love—to succeed.

Searching for swoon-worthy romance? Try The Notorious Lord Knightly

By Lorraine Heath

The newest novel in Lorraine Heath’s The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction series serves up steamy revenge. In this plot, a scandalous book, in which the Earl of Knightly is portrayed as a villain, is spreading around London fast, but the author is anonymous. Knightly suspects jilted Regina Leyland to be the author. They decide to fake a reconciliation to save their reputations, and feelings resurface. 

Want to relax with a cozy mystery? Crack open Misfortune Cookie

By Vivien Chien

A hilarious, charming whodunit begins when Lana Lee and her sister, Anna May, head to a restaurant convention for their family’s restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House. But things go south when their Aunt Grace’s friend “falls” from the rooftop hotel at a cocktail party. The same friend was arguing with the fortune cookie vendor at the convention. Now, Lana, Anna May and Grace must crack the case open to find the killer!

Need a magical escape? Enjoy The Seven Year Slip

By Ashley Poston

Enchanting and captivating, this magical story begins when book publicist Clementine inherits her late aunt’s apartment. She ends up getting much more than real estate. She soon discovers that she has inherited a magical place that slips through time—both seven years into the future and seven years into the past. So when she comes home to find a handsome stranger standing in her kitchen, she realizes her new roommate is from seven years prior. Iwan is an aspiring chef who makes the best lemon pie ever. But time is tricky, and one day he vanishes. Will Clementine reconnect with present-day Iwan? And is the man of today the same one from the past?

Craving a historical mystery? Go back in time with A Most Agreeable Murder

By Julia Seales

Feisty, passionate Beatrice Steele has never fit the definition of a true lady in Swampshire, her small English township. But she lives a perfectly agreeable life with her marriage-scheming mother, prankster father, and two younger sisters — Louisa and Mary. Although, she has a secret: She is obsessed with the true crime cases. But when eligible bachelor Edmund Croaksworth is set to attend the approaching autumnal ball, her family hopes Louisa will steal his heart. But when Edmund drops dead at the ball, Beatrice must pursue justice and find the killer. What follows is an action-packed debut comedy of manners and murder.

Interested in growing a garden? Pick up tips in Planting with Nature

By Kirsty Wilson

Calming anxiety, revving energy, boosting joy…plant-filled outdoor spaces are proven to improve our mood and health. In her new book, pro gardener and Garden Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Kirsty Wilson shares easy pointers for beautifying any outdoor area. Wilson’s savvy tips—like how to plant nectar-rich borders to support local wildlife (including birds, butterflies and bees), enhance overall health through gardening and make your own compost—will help gardeners of all skill levels grow true happiness!

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