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December Book Releases

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“Every Last Secret” by A.R. Torre

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to “make it.” She has a beautiful home, good social standing, and a successful, handsome husband. New next-door neighbour Neena isn’t quite on her level — yet. The only thing missing? A husband like Cat’s. As Neena’s infatuation over Cat’s husband turns into obsession, both women discover that the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.

“Perestroika in Paris” by Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Jane Smiley’s latest novel brings together an unlikely cast of characters in Paris: A spirited racehorse, a German shorthaired pointer, and a young boy. The trio’s friendship blooms as they explore Paris while trying not to raise too many eyebrows.

“The Arctic Fury” by Greer Macallister

Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin proposes a radical strategy for finding her husband’s lost expedition into the Arctic during the 1850s: Send a crew of women to find the ship, led by adventurer Virginia Reeve. But when only five women return, Virginia faces charges of murder and endless questions about what happened out in the cold.

“The Cousins” by Karen M. McManus

Milly, Aubrey and Jonah are cousins, but mostly strangers. But when their rich, reclusive grandmother (whom they’ve also never met) invites them to work at her island resort for the summer, their parents urge them to go and restore familial bonds. When the cousins arrive however, they find out that their shared family past has a lot more dark secrets than they originally thought.

“Pretty Little Wife” by Darby Kane

When Lila’s husband disappears, the small college town they live in goes into an uproar– not only is he a beloved teacher at the local high school, but he’s the second disappearance in two months. Lila is worried too– because she was the last to see her husband’s body and now it’s gone.

“The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict

This story of historical fiction explores the famous author’s disappearance in December 1926, which prompted an unprecedented manhunt. Although Christie reappeared 11 days later, the details surrounding the scenario remain murky at best.

“The Wrong Family” by Tarryn Fisher

The Crouch family seems to have it all figured out. They have a perfect marriage, a perfect son, a perfect house. But when Juno moves in with the family, she discovers the Crouch’s flawless facade is hiding some dark secrets. However, Juno herself isn’t that perfect, either.

“This Time Next Year” by Sophie Cousens

Minnie and Quinn are both born at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day. But Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990 – a prize that Minnie feels was rightfully hers. When the two meet on their 30th birthday, it’s clear that they’re living very different lives and have little in common. But if Quinn and Minnie are from such different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other?

“Rest and Be Thankful” by Emma Glass

A paediatric nurse is on the edge of burnout. When she sleeps, she dreams of water; when she wakes, she finds herself lying next to a man who doesn’t love her anymore. And there is a strange figure dancing in the corner of her vision, always just beyond her reach.

“Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel” by Rachel Holmes

In this biography of Sylvia Pankhurst, the trailblazing English suffragette comes to vibrant life. An advocate for social justice for all, she fought for worker’s rights, and universal suffrage for women. But she was also against colonialism, fascism and more. The author argues that Pankhurst understood intersectionality long before most, bringing a sharp intellect to the intersections of race, class and gender.

“The Mermaid From Jeju” by Sumi Hahn

While Junja takes a family trip to the mountains, she falls in love. On her return, she watches as her mother drowns beneath the sea — on a dive meant for the skilled Junja. Navigating loss and grief along with the effects of WW2, can love and resilience save Junja?

“The Chanel Sisters” by Judithe Little

Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel fantasise about a different and bright future than what is expected of them. Although their upbringing is designed to make them the perfect wives, they set out with eyes on Paris’s glamour and fashion. When WW1 strikes, though, they must learn to survive and build a future, breaking out of poverty and possibly away from each other.

“Layla” by Colleen Hoover

Leeds loves Layla. Unfortunately, when tragedy strikes, Layla has recovered physically but not mentally. Suffice to say, Layla is not quite the same, and her bizarre behaviour has Leeds concerned. Drawn to another guest at the B&B, Leeds realizes that he can only help one of these women

“The Ballad of Ami Miles” by Kristy Dallas Alley

In a post-apocalyptic world, Ami Miles is lucky enough to have grown up at her family’s compound. When her grandfather arranges her marriage to a stranger, Ami embarks on a quest to change her destiny and find her long lost mother.

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