“Dearest Josephine,” by Caroline George. Present day: Not even the most expensive chocolate could put Josie De Clare’s crummy year back to rights. Her father is dead and her start at university is postponed. When she discovers her father owned a manor house in Northern England, Josie heads there hoping to put her life back to rights. While there, she finds old letters written by a mysterious novelist, all addressed to someone called Josephine. 1820: Elias Roch loves a woman he can never be with. Born on the wrong side of the blanket and spurned by society, Elias lives inside his mind with the heroine who draws him into a daydream world of gossip, treachery, and romance. Convinced she’s his true love, Elias pens letters to her, revealing the losses and hardships of his life. Separated by two centuries, they fight against time to find each other and the novel written by the man who loves her.
“The Vineyard at Painted Moon,” by Susan Mallery. Mackenzie Dienes has a good life; a gorgeous home, close friends and job working in the family winery. Unfortunately, the winery belongs to her husband’s family, meaning much of what she has is because of him. So, with her marriage to her husband heading toward divorce, her anguish goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the cusp of losing her career, her home, her friends and her family. Yet, she could stay. She can continue to work at the winery, and remain close to the people she loves, but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can give up her old life and build a legacy of her own.
“How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House,” by Cherie Jones. In Baxter Beach, Barbados, wealthy ex-pats tangle with the locals who often end up working for them: doing the housework, caring for their children, and supplying drugs. Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a small-time crook with limitless charm whose foiled break-in of a Baxter Beach mansion sets off a chain reaction of events that come with horrific repercussions. A shooting no one was meant to observe. A mother whose child is discovered dead on the shore. A woman snared between two worlds and paralyzed by sorrow. And two men propelled by desperation and avarice who attempt a crime that will jeopardize their liberty and their lives.
“Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America’s Bravest Warriors,” by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann. “Walk in my Combat Boots” is an anthology constructed from numerous interviews by Patterson and Eversmann, a retired first sergeant with the United States Army. Usually, soldiers only share these kinds of tales amongst themselves. Here, in the voices of the men and women who have fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a unique glimpse behind the curtain into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and returning home is really like.
“American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000,” by Peter Vronsky. In this definitive account of the worst years of American serial murder, when the number and body count of serial killers rocketed, Vronsky tells the stories of the most prominent and extraordinary serial killings from the Eisenhower era to present day. From Ted Bundy to the Golden State Killer, people’s enthrallment with serial killers never seems to wane. “American Serial Killers” gives true crime readers what they crave, detailing recognized killers like Ed Kemper and Jeffrey Dahmer and several lesser-known murderers such as Melvin Rees, Harvey Glatman and Danny Rolling.