Welcome, fellow literature lovers to the 22nd week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club! This week, we’re sharing our favorites from separated sisters in far away worlds, historical love stories, magical rom-coms and more. 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 to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.
Here is our book club roundup for November 26th to December 2nd, 2023 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you! (To quickly access all our book clubs, click here.)
Yearning for a tale-as-old-as-time romance?
Get swept away by Just Once by Karen Kingsbury
In the latest novel by beloved author Karen Kingsbury, readers are taken back to 1941 during WWII. When Irvel Holland’s boyfriend, Sam, is drafted, he leaves for the war. While he’s gone, chemistry builds between Irvel and Sam’s younger brother, Hank. Then, Irvel is hired by the military as a spy. The rule: She can tell no one. With Irvel caught between two brothers thousands of miles apart, can true love find a way?
On the hunt for a quirky whodunit?
Try Scot in a Trap by Catriona McPherson
Quirky chaos ensues in this whodunit starring Scottish therapist Lexy Campbell. Lexy enjoys counseling the residents of the Last Ditch Motel. But she is shocked to find Menzies Lassiter dead in his room on Thanksgiving. Upon closer look, she realizes who Menzies is — her first love who broke her heart. Lexy had the opportunity and the motive to kill Menzies, which makes her a top suspect. Now, she must crack the case!
Want to be swept away in far away worlds?
Immerse yourself in The Princess of Thornwood Drive by Khalia Moreau
This entrancing, emotional saga follows two sisters stuck in parallel worlds. One year ago, 22-year-old Laine lost her parents in a tragic accident that left her sister, Alyssa, nonverbal. So Laine is relieved when Lake Forest Adult Day Center offers to take care of Alyssa. But only Alyssa knows there wasn’t ever actually an accident. In another magical world, their family is royalty. But which reality is real?
Love emotional WWII epics?
Crack open The Little Liar by Mitch Albom
Bestselling author Mitch Albom, who is known for his deeply moving stories, returns with a captivating page-turner set during the Holocaust. When Nico Krispis is found by Nazis, an officer offers to save his family only if he tells Jews to board trains to their “new homes.” But he soon realizes he sent them all to their doom at Auschwitz. What follows is a touching story of survival, revenge and the power of love.
Looking for a simple way to ease anxiety?
Check out The Purest Bond by Jen Golbeck and Stacey Colino
Between work, emails, errands and family to-do’s, there are so many moving parts in today’s world — and anxiety is more prevalent now than ever. But our furry four-legged friends might be the key to calm. In their new book, science writer Stacey Colino and “the internet’s dog mom” Jen Golbeck explore the benefits dogs have on our physical and emotional well-being. Filled with anecdotes and science-backed research—like how our pups provide surges of oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone — this book is perfect for all dog lovers.
Searching for a holiday happily-ever-after?
Pick up Mom Com by Adriana Mather
A sweeping, feel-good saga begins when Maddi DeLuca returns home for the holidays with her son after breaking down on a reality TV baking show and revealing that she feels like a failure. While at home, Maddi must help her mother with an urgent matter concerning her father’s will and and his bakery. But what she comes to find out is that the issue also involves her best friend Wilder Buenaventura — her ex. What follows is a heartwarming tale of family bonds, true love and delicious pastries.
Craving a little bit of magic?
Grab The Good Part by Sophie Cousens
Filled with charming moments, lovable characters and a bit of magic… this saga has it all. When Lucy Young stumbles upon a wishing machine after a terrible date, she puts in a coin, not knowing what might happen. But she makes a wish anyway: Please, let me skip to the good part of my life. When she wakes up the next morning, she has a husband, a great job and two perfect children. But she soon comes to realize trading her past for her future caused her to miss a huge chunk of her life. Now, she’ll have to decide if going back is worth leaving the good part behind.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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