Welcome, fellow bibliophiles to the 23rd week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club! This week, we’re sharing our favorite reads, from family dramas to murder mysteries to entertaining chick lits, and more. No matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these tales 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 WW book club roundup for December 3rd to December 9th, 2023 — 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.)
Craving a stunning, drama-filled family epic?
Crack open Inheritance by Nora Roberts
The latest novel by the iconic Nora Roberts is the first in an enthralling new series called The Lost Bride Trilogy. And this story is all about loves found — and lost. In 1806, Astrid Poole is murdered on her wedding night and her ring is stolen. Years later, Sonya MacTavish learns her late father had a twin he never knew about. Now, Sonya’s new uncle, Collin Poole, leaves her a house that she must live in for three years. She uncovers a centuries-old curse and a possible way to break it.
Want to be transported to the Gilded Age in New York?
Step foot into The Winthrop Agreement by Alice Sherman Simpson
Rich and captivating, this story, set in Gilded Age New York City, follows Rivkah Milmanovitch, who arrives at Ellis Island pregnant and alone. She works in a sweatshop and gives birth to her daughter, Mimi. Fifteen years later, Mimi meets Frederick Winthrop, a rich slum landlord. Soon, the Winthrops offer Mimi a rare opportunity that may bring fame and hidden dangers.
In the mood for a chilling and heart-racing thriller?
Bestselling author Nalini Singh is known for her haunting tales, and her latest eerie page-turner follows suit. Seven friends reunite in a remote estate in New Zealand’s Southern Alps — they’re only missing Bea, the one they lost nine years ago. But when the group gets snowed in, old grief rises, and the truth about Bea’s death unravels as they come to realize there’s no hiding from the past.
Yearning for a sweet and entertaining adventure?
Dive into Fake Famous by Dana L. Davis
Fun and lighthearted, this story about two opposites swapping lives stars Red Morgan, whose future lies on her family’s farm in Iowa. But when a video of her singing online goes viral, Brooklyn-born singer Zay-Zay Waters sees the video and is shocked by how much Red sounds and looks like her. Tired of the spotlight, Zay-Zay concocts a plan to switch places with Red for a week. Are they in too deep, or can they pull it off?
Looking to transform your home into a cozy haven?
Check out House + Love = Home: Creating Warm, Intentional Spaces for a Beautiful Life by Jenny Marrs
If you want to update or redecorate a room in your home but are worried about budget and where to begin, design pro Jenny Marrs, beloved co-host of HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous, has all your answers. In her new book, Home + Love = Home, she offers simple tips to turn any space into a beautiful, cozy haven — like where to add specific pops of color, plus the “12 main areas” and ways to easily enhance each one. An inspiring guide filled with vibrant photos and savvy advice on transforming your home into a warm and inviting space!
Searching for a glamorous historical tale?
Get lost in The Ball at Versailles by Danielle Steel
In the latest novel by bestselling author Danielle Steel, captivating drama and rich historical detail combine. It’s 1959 and all anyone in Paris can talk about is the ball at the Palace of Versailles, where a group of American and French debutantes will be presented to international royalty. Four young women — Amelia Alexander, Felicity Smith, Caroline Taylor and Samantha Walker — all with something to prove, receive what some see as the invitation of a lifetime. Soon, they realize this one night can change their entire lives…and sometimes the happy ever after you want isn’t the one you get.
On the hunt for a sharp, laugh-out-loud murder mystery?
Investigate the pages of The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell
Luxurious settings, affluent characters, shocking crimes…this whodunit has it all! Chaos ensues during a birthday party when the guest of honor’s girlfriend, Clemmie, is found murdered! Enter Detective Caius Beauchamp, who is determined to figure out who did it — even if it means venturing into the dangerous and unknown world of London’s most wealthy and well-known residents. Filled with surprising twists, British high-society humor, this debut mystery is sure to entertain mystery lovers!
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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