Welcome, fellow literature lovers and bibliophiles, to the 19th 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 the perfect addition to your reading lists, your book club line-ups and/or your nightstand pile.
This week, we’ve got everything from historical epics to cozy whodunits and wistful romances. 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 books are curated especially to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.
Here is our book club roundup for November 5th to November 11th — 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?
Try Murder Uncorked by Maddie Day
This charming, witty whodunit follows Cecelia “Cece” Barton, manager of a wine bar in California, who is working her first Alexander Valley harvest. Cece has a lot to juggle, but then, out of nowhere, a murder in the wine community shocks the town and causes chaos. To make matters worse, fingers point to Cece as a suspect! Now, with help from her twin sister, Allie, Cece must try to catch the killer and clear her name — fast!
In the mood for a moving, memorable tale?
Crack open Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
Emotional and haunting, this beautifully written saga takes place during the years before the Civil War. Annis and a group of other slave women are all sold and moved from a rice plantation to a sugar plantation. During their treacherous journey from South Carolina to Louisiana, Annis turns inward to find comfort from stories of her African warrior grandmother. What follows is a tale of grief, courage, and rebirth.
Yearning for a high-stakes adventure?
Pick up The Last Close Call by Laura Griffin
Bestselling author Laura Griffin is known for her sharp, heart-racing stories — and her latest novel is another danger-filled page-turner. Forensic genealogist Rowan Healy and detective Jack Bruner team up to track down the West Campus Rapist, a meticulous offender in Texas who has never been identified. Then, when the criminal’s acts start getting worse, Rowan and Jack must race against the clock to zero in on the ruthless culprit.
Searching for heartwrenching yet heartwarming romance?
Get lost in Always Orchid by Carol Van Den Hende
Unforgettable characters, deep love, difficult obstacles…the third installment in Carol Van Den Hende’s Goodbye, Orchid trilogy has it all. After a heroic act leaves him forever changed, Phoenix Walker swears to never hurt Orchid Paige again. They attempt to work it out and move to her family’s ancestral country of China, but they face even more challenges. Will Phoenix and Orchid beat the odds? An engrossing and inspiring tale.
Interested in an eerie real-life story?
Immerse yourself in Wavewalker by Suzanne Haywood
At just 7 years old, Suzanne Heywood was taken on a ship with her family, where she would stay for a decade and sail 47,000 nautical miles. In her new memoir, she opens up about her unusual childhood and the years spent aboard a ship called Wavewalker. Broken down into chapters titled after the many places the ship traveled around the world, Heywood shares chilling, raw, and shocking stories, along with powerful life lessons she learned while on board the 70-foot boat. An astonishing, vivid story about an extraordinary childhood.
Searching for a little courageous inspiration?
Dive into Sisters Under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris
This fascinating story of survival and resilience by bestselling author Heather Morris dazzles. In the midst of World War II, English musician Norah Chambers places her 8-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe from the Japanese army. Then Norah and her sister Ena also flee Singapore on another ship, the Vyner Brooke, which gets bombed by the enemy. There they meet Nesta James, a nurse who has enlisted to tend to Allied troops. After surviving a treacherous 24 hours, the women, along with several other survivors (both nurses and civilians), reach the beaches of an island, only to be captured by the Japanese and held in one of their camps. The women fight side by side every day, protecting whoever they can…including each other.
Feel like escaping into an otherwordly location?
Snuggle up with The Queen of Days by Greta Kelly
Fantastical adventures and electric moments abound in this epic novel about a high-stakes heist and the ragtag crew behind it. For Balthazar, stealing a statue during the celebration of the god Karanis was meant to be fun…and a way to seek revenge on the governor who murdered his parents. Leading up to this, Bal’s boss hires the elusive Queen of Days to join the crew. What follows is an action-filled series of events with the help of a brawler, a society lady turned bomb maker, a disgraced soldier, and a time-eating demon. A fast-paced, dramatic tale!
Missed our last WW book club picks? Find them here!
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