Welcome, fellow book-loving babes and literature lovers, to the 15th 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 cozy whodunits to page-turning rom-coms to inspirational short stories to emotional women’s fiction, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these reads are sure to bring you joy!
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 October 8th to October 14th — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you!
On the hunt for a mysterious whodunit?
Jump into Case of the Bleus by Korina Moss
This charming mystery laced with intrigue follows cheese shop owner Willa Bauer at the Northwest Cheese Invitational, an event honoring her boss, the late legend, Max Dumas. Max was famous for his Church Bleu that only he had the recipe for. Then, a fellow cheesemonger — the woman they all thought would get Max’s secret recipe — dies mysteriously, and everyone falls under suspicion. Now, Willa must crack the case!
In the mood for a little love and laughter?
Old secrets, family ties and a journey toward hope…this story centering on three women has it all. Advice columnist Vandy Guru is struggling through grief and heartbreak when her estranged friend, Rani, shows up again. Meanwhile, aspiring choreographer Mallika Guru finds out her entire life is a lie — and Rani might be the missing link to join all three women together. A story of love and friendship.
Craving an emotional page-turner?
Open up with The Unsettled by Ayanyana Mathis
Bestselling author Ayana Mathis is known for her captivating, emotional novels. Her new book is a multigenerational tale. Set in 1985, Ava Carson and her 10-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia after leaving Alabama. Ava wants to make a better life for her son, but is swept off course. What follows is a deeply heart-wrenching story of Toussaint’s tumultuous path to finding his way home.
Looking for a sweet, romantic escape?
Dive into The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary
Filled with swoon-worthy moments and a memorable cast of characters, this rom-com stars two hotel receptionists — Izzy and Lucas — who are polar opposites. It’s a busy time of year at Forest Manor Hotel, and now management asks them to try to return four wedding rings sitting in their lost & found. As their rivalry turns heated, sparks start flying, leaving Izzy and Lucas wondering if there’s more at stake than just their jobs…
Need an inspiring boost of joy?
Immerse yourself in Touched by an Angel by Amy Newmark
Fans of Chicken Soup for the Soul will rejoice over this sweet collection of 101 brand-new, touching stories. In this compilation, there’s an array of uplifting and awe-inspiring tales about divine intervention, angelic connection and answered prayers. Each of the heartfelt, true accounts — like the famous actress who was saved by a premonition that her plane would crash, and the drowning boy who was rescued by an invisible hand that pulled him up through the water — brings chills and inspires readers to believe miracles are possible!
In the mood for suspense?
Crack open The Ghost Illusion by Kat Martin
A gripping and eerie story unfolds in Kat Martin’s latest novel. Eve St. Clair needs help sorting reality from her imaginings as ghostly voices seem to haunt the Victorian house in Sunderland, England, that she inherited from her uncle. Online research leads her to a group that claims to offer just the help she’s seeking. But can a man named Ransom King and his handpicked team of investigators banish Eve’s night terrors? Since the deaths of his wife and daughter, Seattle billionaire Ransom King has devoted his life to researching parapsychology. But Eve is a psychologist herself, clearly sane, and her sincerity is real. Now, King senses a true danger stalking the beautiful divorcée. As his interest in her case turns personal, he will do anything to uncover the truth.
Searching for a spellbinding love story?
Pick up Kiss and Spell? by Celestine Martin
Cozy settings, small-town friendships and magical moments abound in this paranormal rom-com. All Ursula Caraway wished for was to live happily ever after in her hometown of Freya Grove…but then she’s left at the altar. The self-proclaimed Jersey Shore Witch Princess was set to begin her ideal life — until a twist of fate changed everything. Soon, she befriends a handsome, enchanted prince. Prince Xavier Alder needs to find The One, but being cursed by the Faerie Queen isn’t helping matters. When Ursula — who is eager to believe in real magic again — agrees to help him find a curse-breaking kiss, it’s the ideal opportunity for them both to get what they want. Will their mutual (and inconvenient!) attraction get in their way?
If you missed our latest WW book club picks, find them here!
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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