Welcome, fellow book lovers, to the 27th week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club! This week, we’re sharing our favorite new retellings, mysteries, thrillers and more. No matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these tales are sure to entertain. 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 WW book club roundup for December 31st, 2023 – January 6th, 2024. Let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you! (To quickly access all our WW book club recommendations, click here.)
In the mood for a festive holiday whodunit?
Follow the clues in New Year Nuisance by Tonya Kappes
This fun, festive New Year’s Eve whodunit begins when the local troublemaker Hillary Stevens is found murdered before the annual Sparkle Ball. The town’s resident nosy journalist, Violet Rhinehammer is bent on uncovering the truth, but there are suspects at every turn…and Violet is hiding a secret of her own. Now, Violet must use her investigative skills to crack the case and find the killer — before her own secret wipes her out!
Yearning for a little romance and magic?
Packed with charm, lovable characters and a bit of magic…this feel-good novel has it all. Sadie Thatcher’s whole life is falling apart, when a fortune teller offers her one wish. She jumps at the chance to redo the year. But after making her wish, nothing happens — until she kisses her brother’s best friend, Jacob. Then she wakes up and finds time has taken her back one year. What follows is a story of second chances and true love.
Looking for an adrenaline rush?
Get lost in Perfect Little Lives by Amber and Danielle Brown
Hearts race in this captivating page-turner that’s filled with suspense and secrets. Simone’s father was convicted of her mother’s murder when she was 13. Now, 10 years later, Simone runs into her childhood next-door neighbor, Hunter, who reveals that his father and her mother had a years-long affair. With the eerie details of the past coming to light, Simone is determined — and desperate — to find the truth.
Searching for a heartwarming enemies-to-lovers romance?
Fall in love with On the Way to Us by Carolyn Brown
Beloved author Carolyn Brown is known for her warm, heartfelt sagas, and her latest is a sweet enemies-to-lovers tale. Mercy Spencer promised her friend to spend her vacation in Texas for a charitable mission. While there, she meets the handsome Hunter Wilson. Hunter and Mercy butt heads something fierce, but now Hunter can’t get Mercy’s blue eyes out of his mind. Can he somehow convince her to take a real chance on him?
Need some savvy tips on achieving financial security?
Check out Your Journey to Financial Freedom by Jamila Souffrant
If you’re still feeling stressed about the holiday-spending financial squeeze, you’re not alone! Author, budget expert and host of the Journey to Launch podcast, Jamila Souffrant offers savvy how-to’s and stories on how she learned to save while still spending smartly. With actionable tips and hacks — like creating a debt payoff plan and mapping out ways to retire early while maintaining financial independence — she creates an easy-to-follow map guaranteed to skyrocket both your savings and your joy!
Enjoy modern retellings and twists on classic stories?
Crack open The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale by Virginia Kantra
Bestselling author Virginia Kantra is known for penning novels full of heart and emotion and her latest book — inspired by The Wizard of Oz — follows suit. Dorothy “Dee” Gale yearns for a place to belong. After their globe-trotting mother’s death, Dee and her sister Toni move in with their Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in Kansas, where Dee attends graduate school. But when problems arise in Kansas, Dee applies to the writing program at Trinity College Dublin. She soon meets a new group of new friends — the ‘brainless’ Sam Clery, the allegedly heartless Tim Woodman and the fiercely loyal Reeti Kaur — and faces an eye-opening year of opportunities, changes, love and loss. Will Dee find a new home and see the power that’s been inside of her all along?
On the hunt for a historical tale that will sweep you away?
Escape with The Life I Stole by Nikola Scott
Mysteries, secrets, romance and intrigue abound in this sweeping tale by Nicola Scott. It’s 1953 England and Young Queen Elizabeth has just ascended to the throne while the world is trying to recover from WWII. Meanwhile, a 22 year-old woman named Isobel McIntyre is training to be a doctor at a London hospital. Isobel struggles with the difficulty of the job and the burden of a shocking secret. One night eight years ago, Isobel stole someone’s identity. By the time she understood the implications, it was too late to turn back. Now the secret threatens everything from her career to new-found friendships and a possible love affair. Does Isobel have the courage to tell the truth no matter the consequences?
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.