These books will publish in the first half of 2022 and have had me losing sleep for months! I CANNOT wait to read them! And their book covers could not be more gorgeous.
Coming January 4, 2022, Beautiful Little Fools borrows its title from a line in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. And as if that isn’t enough to hook me, there’s the storyline: the novel revisits the glittering Jazz Age of Gatsby’s life, retelling the tale from the perspective of the female characters. EDITOR’S NOTE: The author just announced that the publication date has been changed to February 1 due to supply chain issues. We’ll just have to wait a bit longer!
Fiona Davis’s next story, coming January 25, is again in New York City, brings dual time periods, and surrounds mystery and art. I know I’ll love The Magnolia Palace given the setting deals with the Frick Collection. I toured the famed mansion of the late collector Henry Frick years ago and memories of Old Masters paintings and decorative arts still linger in my mind. I can’t wait to see how Davis ties together the lives of artist’s model Lillian Carter in 1919 and model Veronica Weber fifty years later.
This author is new to me, but her novel is getting amazing advance reviews. The Christie Affair is a novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder. It re-imagines one of last century’s great unsolved mysteries–the 11 days that mystery writer Agatha Cristie went missing. Coming February 1.
I love novels set in the 1960s, and here’s one I cannot miss that releases April 5! In Sister Stardust, Jane Green’s first novel inspired by a true story, the author re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid calls the book “Jet-setting, glamorous, intoxicating, and a tad bit dangerous … wild ride.”
Kimberly Brock’s new book will release April 12. Her work is simply mesmerizing with its lush detail, lyricism, and heart. The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare is based on real history and alternates between the story of war widow Alice and her search for identity in the 1940s and excerpts from Eleanor Dare’s Commonplace Book with its tale of harrowing survival. The novel explores the meaning of female history and the sacrifices that mothers make for their daughters.
If Dolen Perkins-Valdez writes it, I read it. I first fell in love with her work when I picked up her heart wrenching, beautifully written novel Wench. Now comes Take My Hand, the story of a young Black nurse’s shocking discovery and burning quest for justice in post-segregation Alabama. This one comes out April 12 and promises to be unforgettable.
Coming May 31 is another heartfelt story with multi-dimensional characters by Emily Giffin. I love how her books put female protagonists in difficult situations that force them to examine themselves, to make tough choices, and to grow or gain acceptance. In Meant to Be, a restless golden boy from a family of “American royalty” meets a girl with a troubled past–and their love story may be doomed before it even begins.
This author has continued to impress me since I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald years ago. On June 7, It All Comes Down to This will release, and I’m dying to know what it is that it all will come down to! This contemporary story revolves around three very different sisters, their widowed mother, a summer cottage in Maine, and “an enigmatic southerner ex-con with his own hidden past who complicates the situation.”