After months of freezing temps, mountains of snow, and icy roads, the unofficial start of summer is almost here! These are the new releases we’ll be reading this Memorial Day weekend.
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
Greer Hennessy has a pretty cool job as a movie location scout. Unfortunately for Greer, her last project ended in disaster and her entire career is on the line if she can’t find just the right spot for a big blockbuster movie in the works.
Although I’ve lived in San Francisco for the last 20 years, I have deep ties to the Midwest. I grew up in Chicago and Wisconsin and spent my childhood summers at the lake cabin my grandfather built in the northern Midwest. Even now, we still visit this cabin every summer. My parents, my sisters, and all our children arrive in July and August and set off from the dock in old canoes, taking in the tranquil beauty of the lake. We reconnect with old neighbors and friends and visit the variety store, the cafés, and the shops in the nearby town, all of which has been an inspiration for the town in my Butternut Lake series.
But that’s not all that influenced my decision to set my series in the Midwest. Long before I began writing novels, I read books that inspired me to become a writer. Five books that I read before the age of 18 come to mind. They are all set in small towns in the Midwest from the 1850s to the 1950s. In fact, I can’t imagine a list of books set in the Midwest not including these five:
The Brontë sisters, an edge of your seat thriller and the most buzzed about book of the year (so far!) make up our list for the can’t miss reads of the week!
The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz
The Brontë sisters helped cement an early love of literature for us over at Shelf Pleasure and for that reason alone, we’re interested in this biography that details the lives and works of the famous siblings.
A long-awaited memoir, a YA favorite and a new writer to watch make up Shelf Pleasure’s picks for the best new books of the week. Let us know what you’re reading!
I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster
Lancaster is a long-time favorite of Shelf Pleasure. Her books are honest, real and memorably funny. And how can we not relate to someone who spends all her hard-earned money on shoes and clothes?
Now that we’ve checked the new bestsellers off our reading list, these are the mysterious reads we’ll be diving into this week!
Madam President by Nicole Wallace
Political insider Nicole Wallace pens a page-turning tale in which the US is under attack and all eyes are on President Charlotte Kramer and her senior staff as they work around the clock to bring the situation under control—quickly.
Get in on the page-turning action! Here are the best new books of the week that you need to read!
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
What better place to set a murder mystery than Victorian London? An employee of the Kern Secretarial Agency, Anne Clifton was considered one of the best.