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Following Her Debut Mystery Last Year, Elin Hilderbrand Pens Her First Historical Novel

In SUMMER OF '69, four siblings experience the drama, intrigue and upheaval of a summer when everything changed.

CITY OF GIRLS is a Love Story Set in the New York City Theater World During the 1940s

Elizabeth Gilbert's novel explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

A Smart, Twisty Read from Megan Miranda

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST is about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own --- and her best “summer” friend, who is trying to uncover the truth...before fingers point her way.

A Timely Exploration of Marriage, Divorce and the Bewildering Dynamics of Ambition

Journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel, FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE, is a brilliant examination of marriage and identity in midlife.

Denise Mina's Latest Stand-Alone Mystery is Sure to Win Her Even More Fans

In this thoroughly entertaining thriller, a true-crime podcast sets a trophy wife's present life on a collision course with her secret past.

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Summer

Today's prize book is EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 26th at 11:59am ET.

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Bookreporter.com's Summer Reading Contests and Feature

Summer is here! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through August 23rd, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Today's prize book is EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 26th at 11:59am ET.


New Release Spotlight: THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT by Susan Mallery

An etiquette coach, Margot’s latest client is Bianca, an aging movie star. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in? Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. This time, though, she will finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner

It's been four years since Jennifer Weiner has written a novel for adults (she wrote two children's books and a book of essays), and this book is quite a departure for her. MRS. EVERYTHING is a big sweeping novel telling the story of two sisters between the 1950s and the present with an eye on what happened for women socially through these years. Packed into these seven decades are cultural touchstones that will be familiar to readers. Jen wanted to write a big book, and she pulled it off here. There is a huge difference between wanting to do something and executing it! MRS. EVERYTHING is a big story that flows briskly in Jen’s hands.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE ISLANDERS by Meg Mitchell Moore

THE ISLANDERS by Meg Mitchell Moore is a great summer read to add to your reading pile. The book features three characters whose stories weave together. One of them is an author, Anthony Puckett, and he brings a storyline about books and the world of publishing to explore, which is so well done (Anthony’s dad is a mega bestseller whose shadow he walks in). Joy is a single mom who owns a café called Joy Bombs, where she serves whoopie pies. Her business is threatened by a food truck that has made its way onto the island and is cruising the streets. Lu is a mom who stays home reluctantly with her two young sons. She has a hidden life that will be such fun for readers to delve into.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali

THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali is a beautifully written book that is full of emotion and heart. I loved it and already can see it will be one of my favorite books of 2019. It is set in Tehran in 1953 against the backdrop of the political upheaval in Iran. In it, Roya has fallen in love with Bahman, a young boy who loves Rumi's poetry; they are both 17. A small stationery shop is where they meet, and their relationship blossoms under the kind eye of the proprietor of the shop, Mr. Fakhri. The two plan to be married on August 19th, against their family’s wishes, but an uprising thwarts their plans, and Roya loses track of Bahman in the tumultuous days that follow. Sixty years later, they meet again in California, and Roya will get a moment to ask the questions that have haunted her for decades.


Bookreporter.com Blog Post: "Time for a Change; Time for a Challenge" by Michael Stanley

Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, collectively known as Michael Stanley, have been writing the Detective Kubu mysteries set in Botswana for the past 15 years. About five years ago, they decided to take a break from their long-running series to pen a stand-alone thriller that focuses on rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling in Africa. In this fascinating essay, Michael and Stanley talk about their research for the book, titled SHOOT THE BASTARDS, and the numerous challenges they faced as they were getting to know their protagonist, investigative journalist Crystal Nguyen.

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Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed in a harrowing plane crash, but their daughter Angelica survives. Philippe's obsession with the girl's safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque as she grows into a beautiful teen. A young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelica and intuits their secret --- he decides to rescue her, but the attempt goes awry and he flees England by sea. This contemporary story mirrors the ancient legend of Antiochus, whose love for the daughter of his dead wife was discovered by the adventurer Appolinus of Tyre, who becomes the swashbuckling Pericles. As Angelica comes to terms with a life imprisoned on her father's estate, Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world.

When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession, PATSY gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first --- not to give a better life to her family back home.

Those People by Louise Candlish - Psychological Thriller

Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends. But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying --- and everyone has something to hide.

Her Daughter's Mother by Daniela Petrova - Psychological Thriller

Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker --- until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana's life, she disappears --- and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. As she digs into Katya's past, Lana is unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best.

After the death of her mother, 16-year-old Libby Winters lives with her father, Bent, in the middle apartment of their triple decker home --- Bent’s two sisters, Lucy and Desiree, live on the top floor. Quinn Ellis is at a crossroads. When her husband John, who has served two tours in Iraq, goes missing back at home, suffering from PTSD he refuses to address, Quinn finds herself living in the first-floor apartment of the Winters house. For Libby, the new tenant downstairs is an unwelcome guest, another body filling up her already crowded house. But soon enough, an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, when Libby and Quinn stretch and redefine their definition of family and home.

The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte - Psychological Thriller

When we first meet Claire, she’s living in Sedona, Arizona, with her boyfriend Cal and ducking calls from her mother. Her mom is a world class psychic on the East Coast, and Claire doesn’t want her to discover the truth. Claire works in the family business and calls herself a psychic, but she doesn’t really have “the gift” and hasn’t for a long time. She's a fraud. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Rena, a young mother, has family issues of her own. She’s divorced, and her four-year-old daughter, Stephanie, suffers from mysterious, seemingly incurable stomach problems. When Claire and Rena meet by chance on an airplane, their carefully constructed lives begin to explode. Can these two women help each other, and can they help Stephanie before it’s too late?

The Cutting Room by Ashley Dyer - Mystery/Thriller

Lured to a “crime scene” by a mysterious digital invitation, Ruth Lake is horrified by what she finds: a bizarre and gruesome tableau surrounded by a crowd of gawkers. The deadly work is the latest “art installation” designed by a diabolical criminal dubbed the Ferryman. Not only is this criminal cold-blooded, he’s a narcissistic exhibitionist desperate for an audience. He’s also clever at promoting his deadly handiwork. Exploiting England’s current true-crime craze, he uses social media to titillate and terrorize the public. Ruth is joined in the investigation by her partner Greg Carver, who is slowly regaining his strength after a run-in with another sadistic criminal. But Greg can’t seem to shake the bewildering effects of the head wound that nearly ended him.

Assassin of Shadows by Lawrence Goldstone - Historical Thriller

Just after 4pm on September 6, 1901, 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz pumped two shots into the chest and abdomen of President William McKinley. Both law enforcement and the press insisted that Czolgosz was merely the tip of a vast and murderous conspiracy, likely instigated by the “high priestess of anarchy,” Emma Goldman. To untangle its threads and bring the remaining conspirators to justice, the president’s most senior advisors choose two other Secret Service agents, Walter George and Harry Swayne. What they uncover will not only absolve the anarchists, but also expose a plot that will threaten the foundations of American democracy and likely cost them their lives.

When newly divorced Sage arrives in Bali, his only plan is to drink on the beach until his money runs out and then return home to start over. So he’s caught by surprise when he falls in love with the country and its people, particularly the attractive and considerate Ratri. Soon Sage can no longer see himself living anywhere else, even as his funds dwindle and his visa’s expiration date nears. Increasingly desperate to stay with Ratri, Sage finds himself being recruited by a drug-smuggling ring --- in a country where drug trafficking is punishable by death. The promised payout would be enough to set Sage and Ratri up for life, but only if Sage isn’t caught. Will Sage go home and risk the life he envisions with Ratri, or risk everything to stay and make that life possible?