Captivating Reads: Romance, Gothic Intrigue, Thrilling Neighborhood Secrets, Brain Empowerment, to Complicated Families
A Winter in New York by Josie Silver. Iris is a young chef looking for a fresh start in New York City. Drawn to a small family-run gelato shop by the artwork on the door which is strangely familiar to her, Iris meets Gio, who tells her the shop is doomed because they cannot make any more gelato. The recipe is secret–so secret that the one person who knows it is in a coma. When Iris tastes it, she knows immediately that it must be the same family recipe she and her mother use. A heartwarming romance set in a sparkling winter city.
The Curse of Penryth Hall by Jess Armstrong. A moody and atmospheric Gothic novel set in Cornwall in the 1920s, where Ruby Vaughn, and American heiress-turned-bookseller, reconnects with an old friend, Tamsyn, while delivering books to Tamsyn’s husband, Sir Edward Chenowyth. Shortly after Ruby’s arrival, Sir Edward is found dead on the grounds. Immediately, rumors swirl that he is the latest victim of a local curse. The ending gives hints of a sequel.
The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner. An excellent neighborhood thriller, perfect for readers who love Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena. Tash is a stay-at-home mother trying to resurrect her journalism career by writing a freelance article about a Sophie, a young woman found dead in nearby waters. As Tash begins to make mom- friends through her toddler son’s new playgroup, she discovers a connection between the moms and Sophie, who was a nanny–but could these mothers have something to do with Sophie’s death?
ADHD for Smart-Ass Women: How to Fall in Love with Your Neurodivergent Brain by Tracy Otsuka. The author is a certified ADHD coach and podcaster who shares her special insight, tools, systems, and research with women and girls looking to make the most of their brains.
Family by Laurie Frankel. From the author of This Is How It Always Is. India has followed her dream of becoming an actor and is now making a movie about an adoptive family. When she criticizes the film for being unrealistic, a firestorm erupts. India herself was adopted, and is also an adoptive mother, which makes things complicated—just like family.