WELCOME TO 2022! A CRIME BOSS IS MURDERED, THREE FRIENDSHIPS ARE JEOPARDIZED, A SWEET PUP PASSES AND A POWERFUL WOMAN SAVES THE DAY IN THESE FOUR CAPTIVATING BOOKS THAT WILL START YOUR YEAR OFF RIGHT
THE ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
BY ALEXANDRA JOEL
Set in Sydney and London, this glamorous novel follows Blaise Hill, an emerging Australian reporter, with a fatal secret, who’s trying to break into the male-dominated newspaper industry of the 1960s. On the personal side, Blaise is also intent on helping her sister Ivy, whose life has been impacted by polio. When she witnesses the murder of a Sydney crime boss and finds out that the handsome and inscrutable Adam Rule helped cover it up, she moves to England to write about the British royal family and leave the harrowing homicide behind her…until she runs into Adam. Will Blaise’s past come back to haunt her? Or is something even more perilous in store for her?
WOODROW ON THE BENCH
BY JENNA BLUM
From the New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, Blum delivers this beautiful homage to her cherished black Lab, Woodrow. The breathtaking memoir, which recollects the final six months of his life, also details how he taught her to live. Known for his handsome appearance and trademark charm, Woodrow’s affable and loyal nature makes him a standout in any pack. And his special bond with Blum, a divorcée who’s endured plenty of sadness and loss, reminds her of the meaning of true love. Woodrow and Blum navigate their precious concluding days together with compassion, laughter and dignity. While this one is heartbreaking at times, it will also buoy your spirit.
AND THE BRIDGE IS LOVE
BY DAVID BIRO
Every week for the past two decades, Gertie, Maria and Corinna have been meeting under the Verrazzano Bridge to watch the ships (and their lives) pass them by. Until, on the eve of Gertie’s eightieth birthday, they realize there’s still time to fulfill their dreams. For Gertie that means traveling the world. For Corinna, love is in the air. Then there’s Maria whose goal is to stealthily reunite Gertie and Corinna with their estranged families. As these inspiring women follow paths of their own, the one thing that ends up being threatened is their friendship. The question is, will they ever find their way to forgiveness?
THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS
BY MEG WAITE CLAYTON
This evocative novel, inspired by Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, reexamines the early days of the German occupation in France and focuses on Naneé, a wealthy, beautiful and fictional American heiress, who helps artists escape from the Nazis. Known as the Postmistress, Naneé proves her courage, strength and penchant for danger by delivering information to those in hiding in this unforgettable story of hope, romance and bravery. Prepare to be transported to another time and place as you root for the good guys—or, in this case, woman—to prevail.