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WW Book Club for July 16 — July 21, 2023: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

A heart-pounding suspense, swoon-worthy romance, interior design guide and more — we've got you covered!

Welcome, beloved bookworms and bibliophiles, to the third week of the Woman’s World — also known as ‘WW’ — book club!

Every week our book editors will introduce you to seven rave-worthy just-released books 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.

From heart-pounding mysteries to laugh-out-loud rom-coms to eerie suspense to beautiful interior design guides, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, you’ve come to the right place. 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 round-up for July 16 to July 21, 2023 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you!

Searching for swoon-worthy romance?

Pick up Kiss Me, Mi Amor by Alana Quintana Albertson

Readers will be swept away to sunny California in this fun, swoon-worthy story. Farm owner Carolina Flores was raised by traditional Mexican parents who would love for her to settle down. But she has no time for romance and no patience for know-it-alls like restaurant heir Enrique Montez. When surprising fiery feelings arise, the pair wrestles to decide if love is worth taking a risk for.

Kiss me mi amor

Craving a southern getaway?

Dive in to One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris

This emotionally compelling and bittersweet story follows Sara Lancaster, who left her home in Savannah eight years ago after a traumatic assault incident. Now, Sara’s father is ill and she’s forced to return home to face her past and the family of the man who harmed her. But when she finds herself face-to-face with her attacker’s twin brother, Jacob, they are drawn together in unexpected ways.

Want to relax with a cozy mystery?

Crack open The Kielbasa Killer by Geri Krotow

A shocking discovery is made in this cute and kooky whodunit! Lydia Wienewski’s dream of opening a Polish-American café is finally coming true. But when she offers to help her father’s business, Wienewski’s Weiners & Meats, one weekend, she finds the meat supplier, Louie McDaniel, dead next to the kielbasa. Now, Lydia enlists her grandma, Mary, to help her crack the case to find the killer and prove her own innocence!

In the mood for suspense?

Get swept up in Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

Bestselling author Simone St. James is known for her stories of heart-racing mystery and drama—and her latest is an eerie tale that takes place in 1919. Kitty Weekes takes on a new position as a nurse at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers with trauma from the Great War. But something spooky is happening at Portis House, and Kitty teams up with an inmate, Jack Yates, to explore the bone-chilling truths.

Looking for a feel-good escape?

Enjoy The Second Chance Store by Lauren Bravo

Bubbling with lovable characters and sweet charm, this saga follows city dweller Gwen, who feels like she’s living a secondhand life. She’s single and lonely at 38-years-old, so when she’s let go from her job, she decides to make a change. She starts by cleaning out her apartment, and soon discovers a group of people devoted to finding a new home for donated items. She volunteers with the group, and quickly uncovers the joy in the untold stories of secondhand things.

Need a good laugh?

Pick up Until I Met You by Amber Rose Gill

A steamy, laugh-out-loud tale begins in this rom-com when travel blogger, Samantha’s vacation of a lifetime to Tobago—where she was hopefully getting engaged—actually begins with her traveling solo… Meanwhile, Roman, who is disillusioned by his corporate job on Wall Street, goes to Tobago to start fresh. When his path crosses with Samantha’s, he decides he doesn’t need a distraction. But when sparks start flying, it becomes harder to resist. They came abroad to find themselves, now they’ll have to decide what they really want.

Interested in interior design?

Discover tips in Create: At Home with Old & New by Ali Heath

“To embrace antiques, you don’t need to be a connoisseur. It is simply about how the pieces enhance the everyday—if you love it, then it’s right”

We love daydreaming about redecorating our homes, but most projects are too costly or time-consuming! To the rescue: Design pro and author Ali Heath’s new book, which shares how to blend vintage finds with new pieces for a stylish, affordable look. In it, Heath helps people develop an eye for creating beautiful decor that reflects their own individuality. With tips like how to consider all design elements, such as texture and lighting, and advice on where to buy vintage items, her guide makes it simple to create a stunning space of your own.

If you’ve missed our last couple book club picks, you can find them here:

WW Book Club July 9th – 15th, 2023

WW Book Club July 2nd – July 8th, 2023

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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