The best books transport you somewhere else. And these days — when it can sometimes feel like bad news abounds — there’s nothing more soothing than picking up a good book (preferably one from this week’s list of book club picks) and escaping it all.
Sifting through Amazon’s long list of reading options and strolling the crowded aisles of bookstores can be tiring, though. I tend to trust the book recommendations of friends more than anything, but I’m willing to try strangers’ suggestions if they are also avid readers and writers like me. We hope that you consider this site a trustworthy source, even if we aren’t your “friends,” per se. And we do swear we’re genuinely enthusiastic about reading!
In this week’s book club picks, Woman’s World suggests a cozy mystery, a romance, a family saga, and a helpful non-fiction offering. Go read outside in the sun, if you can.
A Midsummer Night’s Fudge by Nancy Coco
This witty, delicious whodunit stars fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy. After attending the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie takes her pup home before the fireworks go off, and she spots a body in the lake. She realizes it’s Winona Higer, who had just been crowned the festival’s “queen.” The next day, Allie is recruited to be a parade judge, and now she must watch for clues to find the killer!
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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
Bestselling author Akwaeke Emezi is known for writing enthralling sagas — and this heart-tugging page-turner is no exception. It’s been five years since Feyi lost the love of her life, and she’s ready to be happy again. She moves into an apartment with her best friend, Joy, and begins dating again. As she eases back into the world, she soon discovers that healing is possible and love can be found.
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Desperately Seeking a Duchess by Christi Caldwell
Readers are taken back in time in this sweeping historical love story. Heiress Cailin Audley doesn’t quite fit in with Polite Society. Her parents send her to the English countryside to find someone to marry, but she has no interest in any of the men there — especially not the Duke of St. James, Courtland Balfour. But soon, Courtland finds himself deeply drawn to Cailin. Will true love follow?
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The Shore by Katie Runde
Filled with lovable characters and heart-wrenching moments, this story is set over the course of one summer in Seaside, New Jersey. The plot centers on the Dunnes — Margot and Brian and their daughters, Liz and Evy. When Brian develops a brain tumor, Liz, Evy and Margot face hard decisions and do their best to cope with the changes. What follows is a powerful story of a family coming together to find comfort in the midst of crisis.
Grab a copy here! ($18.65, Amazon)
Make Your Own Party: Twenty Blueprints to MYO Party! by Chef Kelli Lewton
Birthdays, barbecues, graduations… we love entertaining family and friends, but always being the “hostess with the mostest” can be stressful and expensive.
Enter party pro and chef Kelli Lewton, whose new book is full of step-by-step tips to throwing an affordable yet epic get-together without the pressure. Packed with advice on tablescape decor, menu planning, recipes, and creative themes, it makes organizing fabulous, worry-free gatherings a snap!
Grab a copy here! ($34.99, Amazon)
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.