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WW Book Club for September 3rd — 9th, 2023: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

A steamy romance, a heartfelt women's fiction, a quirky whodunit, an eerie thriller and more!

Welcome, book-loving babes, to the tenth week of the Woman’s World — also known as ‘WW’ — book club!

As you know, every week our book editors will introduce you to seven brand-new page-turners 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.

This week we’ve got everything from sizzling romances to heart-racing thrillers to charming cozy mysteries to heartfelt women’s fiction to inspiring non-fictions, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these reads are sure to delight!

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 book club round-up for September 3rd to September 9th — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you!

On the hunt for a cute-and-cozy whodunit?

Dive into Murder at a Cape Bookstore by Maddie Day

Author Maddie Day returns with the fifth installment in her Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series — and it’s another fun whodunit! Bike shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” notices a conflict between the locals and the new chamber of commerce director, Wagner Lavoie, at the spring equinox event. But Mac is stunned when he’s later found dead. Now, she and her friends must crack the case fast!

Murder at a Cape Bookstore by Maddie Day book cover

Craving a coastal getaway?

Feel transported in The Guest House by the Sea by Faith Hogan

Filled with idyllic settings and lovable characters, this saga stars Esme, who has run the guest house in Bally Cove, Ireland, for ages. But now she has taken a back seat and enjoys watching guests arrive. There’s Cora, the wife who is alone; Niamh, who is making big life decisions; and Phyllie, whose family is slipping away from her. All of them are searching for connection. Will Esme help them find their way?

The Guest House by the Sea by Faith Hogan book cover

Need a steamy distraction?

Get swept up in Knockout by Sarah MacLean

Bestselling author Sarah MacLean is known for her steamy romance sagas, and the latest in her sizzling Hell’s Belles series follows suit. When Lady Imogen’s powerful family discovers that she’s been involved in the Hell’s Belles late-night activities, they decide she now requires a keeper. They put Thomas Peck up to the task, even though he has no interest in guarding Imogen. But Thomas soon gets swept up in the lady’s world of burning secrets, and a fiery passion ignites that threatens to consume them.

Knockout by Sarah MacLean book cover

Interested in a nostalgic tale?

Pick up Intermission by Phyllis R. Dixon

A glamorous, nostalgic ’90s story begins in this fun novel following four women, Angel, Carmen, Doreen and Jade — once known as the pop music group The Diamonds. But a bitter betrayal broke up the group years ago. Now, in their midlife, a reunion offers each of them a fresh start. But the demands of celebrity are almost too much. They’ll have to depend on each other now more than ever to shine bright.

Intermission by Phyllis R. Dixon book cover

In the mood for a sweet, feel-good story?

Pick up The Moonlight Gardening Club by Rosie Hannigan

Secrets, second chances and an enchanting Irish village…this too-cute tale has it all. When lonely widow Ruby and single mother Frankie find the Moonlight Gardening Club, an unexpected friendship soon blossoms. But as shocking secrets come to light, their worlds collide and turn upside down. Now, they need to face what they’re running from to find healing and true friendship.

The Moonlight Gardening Club by Rosie Hannigan book cover

Yearning for an eerie thriller?

Immerse yourself in I’m Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto

This twisted, heart-racing suspense saga follows Jane, a struggling writer who is desperate for a bestseller — and to feel happy again. But there’s only one person whose ever truly understood her — her friend, Thalia, from nearly a decade ago during their Creative Writing days at Oxford. Until one day, Thalia disappeared without a trace, and Jane has been unable to find her since. But now, Jane sees Thalia’s name at the top of the New York Times bestseller list and a notice that she’ll be attending a book convention in New York City. Jane is determined to find Thalia…and never lose her again.

I’m Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto book cover

Looking for a boost of joy?

Get lost in For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide by Pilley Bianchi

Dog lovers will rejoice over this sweet, smart guide written by Pilley Bianchi, founder of The Chaser Initiative and member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Her new book helps humans better understand their pups. Filled with charming illustrations throughout, chapters on dog philosophy, astute observations, lessons and easy tips for good dog behavior, Bianchi shares her expert insight on all the wonderful things we can learn from our four-legged friends!

For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide by Pilley Bianchi book cover

Missed our last WW book club picks? Find them here!

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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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