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WW Book Club for July 9 — July 15, 2023: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Heart-pounding mysteries, laugh-out-loud rom-coms, a delicious cookbook and more!

Welcome, literature lovers, to our second week of the Woman’s World — also known as “WW” — book club!

Below are our book editors’ picks for the seven rave-worthy just-released reads that are just right for women over 45. From heart-pounding mysteries to laugh-out-loud rom-coms to inspirational self-helps to delicious cookbooks, no matter your genre of preference, you’ve come to the right place.

This week we even have two audiobook selections, because we know just how busy summer can get!

But there’s one thing we can guarantee: these reads are selected especially to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.

Here, our round-up for July 9 to July 15, 2023 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love to hear from you!

Want to relax with a cozy mystery?

Crack open How the Murder Crumbles by Debra Sennefelder

Danger, intrigue and sweet treats combine in this cute whodunit set at Mallory Monroe’s beloved Cookie Shop. After Mallory is seen having an argument with food blogger Beatrice Wright, who accuses Mallory of stealing her cookie recipe, Beatrice turns up dead in her kitchen. Now, Mallory is a suspect and she must clear her name before the real killer bakes up another murder!

Craving a historical getaway?

Go back in time with A Right Worthy Woman by Ruth P. Watson

This rich, captivating saga takes readers to 19th-century Virginia. Maggie Lena Walker spent her childhood helping her mother run a laundry business, and it opened her eyes to the differences between the Black residents and their affluent white clients. So Maggie vowed to secure the same lifestyle for herself and others along the way. With her influential friends, including W.E.B. DuBois, she helps her community flourish.

Need a little love and laughter?

Pick up Play for me by Libby Hubscher

Filled with swoon-worthy moments and laugh-out-loud banter, this story stars Sophie Doyle, who is forced to accept a job as an athletic trainer at a boarding school for privileged kids. She soon realizes her roommates are men—and one, Jonas Voss, is especially handsome. Despite the odds up against her, Sophie sets out to help the kids and win over Jonas…but they’ll have to decide if they’re really playing for keeps.

Hoping to jumpstart joy?

Try the 3 Minute Happiness Journal by Kristen Butler

We’ve all heard about the mood benefits of journaling daily, but it’s tough to fit it into a busy schedule! Now, author Kristen Butler, founder of Power of Positivity—an online community with more than 50 million followers—shares easy ways to turn journaling into a 3-minutes-a-day habit. Packed with inspiring exercises like practicing gratitude and setting intentions, the book shows how easy it is to set aside a few minutes a day for a quick “check-in” that will infuse your life with joy!

Looking to spruce up your summer dishes?

Pick up tips in Simply Tomato by Martha Holmberg

Fresh, juicy tomatoes are one of nature’s most delicious treats! And in her new book, pro chef Martha Holmberg shares 100 tomato recipes for every season. Whether they’re straight off the vine or from the grocery store, she shares no-fuss steps for making a variety of easy tomato meals packed with glorious flavor and zest! Dishes like Tomato and Zucchini Gratin, Tomato Risotto, Stuffed Tomatoes with Spiced Beef Piccadillo and Roasted Tomato Pastry Puff are sure to bring joy to your kitchen!

Craving a fantasy audiobook?

Feel transported in A Thousand Recipes for Revenge by Beth Cato

This otherworldly tale stars Adamantine “Ada” Garland, a woman with an empathic connection to food and wine. When she meets princess Solenn, they find they share the same gift and may be related. A story of adventure, rivals and magic!

In the mood for a suspenseful audiobook?

Get swept up in Identity by Nora Roberts

An eerie novel begins when Morgan Albright moves to Baltimore with her friend Nina. After inviting “Luke” to their party, Morgan finds Nina dead and Luke to be a con artist named Gavin, known for stealing identities.

If you happened to miss our book-club list for July 2nd to July 8th, be sure to check it out for more amazing reads.

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