10 Winter Must-Reads
Wintertime calls for cozying up with a great book.
Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but the number of amazing books hitting the shelves this winter season sure isn’t! In our opinion, there’s nothing better than curling up by the fire with a good book –– not even hot chocolate! Here are 10 new books that will bring a little warmth to your winter season.
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1. Couples Wanted by Briana Cole
Everyone says the honeymoon phase doesn’t last after marriage, but newlyweds Bridget and Roman are determined to keep their flame burning. When the couple meets a pair of swingers, they’re immediately drawn to their kindness, warmth, and carefree attitude. After each couple swaps spouses for one steamy evening, Bridget and Roman feel like nothing can stand in their way. That is, until their new friends become possessive, launching the newly married couple into a web of deception and lies; fighting to pin them against one another. Now, the question remains whether they can even trust each other –– or if their marriage can even make it through this.
2. A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
The perfect heart-pounding thriller to read by your fireplace this winter, Shea Ernshaw introduces us to Travis, a man with a talent for locating missing people, requiring only a single belonging of the person in question to determine their whereabouts. But when Travis goes missing himself while searching for a famous author in a place that is believed to be no more than an old wives’ tale, who’s left to find him? None other than Theo, a member of the supposedly legendary community, who finds Travis’s truck abandoned years later. But to solve the mystery of Travis, Theo must face the fact that he and his family have all been keeping secrets from each other; and that their beloved community isn’t the wholesome place they once thought it to be.
3. All of You Every Single One by Beatrice Hitchman
Beatrice Hitchman’s latest novel takes readers on a journey of love, freedom, and what defines family in 20th century Vienna. Unhappily married to a Swedish playwright, Julia leaves her husband to pursue a heated affair with a female tailor named Eve. When the two run off together to spend their lives in Vienna’s Jewish quarter, all seems to be going perfectly. But Julia’s intense yearning for a child thrusts their peaceful life into havoc and calls into question the lives of everyone they hold dear, the two find themselves clinging to their love for dear life. A touching and atmospheric ode to queer characters and their struggles during such a poignant time in history, we can guarantee you won’t put this one down until it's finished.
4. This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
Get ready for yet another hit from Tahereh Mafi, this time an intricate retelling of Persian mythology and a forgotten queen, Alizeh is the last person anyone expects to take the throne –– especially not Prince Kamran. Kamran is hesitant to believe the whispers of prophecies stating that his beloved king will die, and even less willing to believe that his successor will be anything close to a homely servant girl like Alizeh.
5. Unknown Assailant by J.L. Doucette
What’s a better fireside read than a gory murder mystery? Absolutely nothing. Wyoming seems quiet enough, especially when it comes to families. But when one of the town’s most prominent ranch families winds up dead in an apparent murder-suicide, any coziness to the town of Farson, Wyoming goes right out the window. Clearly, there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye, and Dr. Pepper Hunt and Detective Beau Antelope arrive on the scene to find out just how much. Little do they know, this seemingly perfect family has suffered a lot more trauma than meets the eye.
6. The London House by Katherine Reay
Caroline Payne’s life has always been relatively average, until today. When one of her college friends Mat, a dedicated historian, calls her up with a scandalous family secret involving a betrayal, a forbidden love interest in Germany, and her great aunt during World War II, her entire world seems to be spinning on its head. Her grandmother and aunt were known around England at the time as the Waite sisters, living lavishly with booze, clubs, jazz, and romance. Each letter between the two uncovers a little more about their past, and maybe even a little more than Caroline ever wanted to know. Now, she must tread carefully before these newly uncovered secrets drive her family even further apart.
7. Hotel Portofino by J.P. O'Connell
Hotel Portofino is as glamorous as can be, but the process of running a hotel? Not so glamorous, according to the owner, Bella Ainsworth. With her high-class guests breathing down her neck, her marriage on the rocks and becoming the target of a sleazy local politician, she barely has a moment to breathe. And especially not now that a potential love interest has arrived requesting the heart of her son, Lucien. Set in the stunning Italian Riviera and reminiscent of Downtown Abbey, and soon to be a PBS original, Hotel Portofino will capture your heart and have you flipping through the pages faster than you’ll ever be able to make hot cocoa.
8. The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman
A magical, whimsical family tale transports readers to Ashoka –– a world where magic is a valuable resource, and a dying one at that. The Ivory Key is the only thing that stands between the neighboring kingdom’s invasion, and the only thing that will replenish all of Ashoka’s magical resources. While this seems like an easy enough fix, Vira, Ronak, Kaleb and Riya don’t seem to think so now that they must work together to find it. They may be siblings, but they have never been able to stand one another. So why should they now? Their quest for the Ivory Key is forcing them together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, but can they get past their family feud long enough to find it and save their home?
9. Ramón and Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson
You wouldn’t think that fate and tacos would go hand in hand, but they do! Ramón is dedicated, never straying course from working towards his father’s approval, or keeping his fast-food business alive. Julieta is a celebrity chef who would give it all up in a moment to save her taqueria. But when she finds out that the son of the landlord who is trying to buy her out is none other than the same hunk she hooked up with on Dia de los Muertos, she has absolutely no choice but to work in tandem with him to keep her business alive. With the community protesting the change and tensions rising, this duo is completely divided. But Ramón knows one thing: love matters more than anything, and this is the love he would never want to lose.
10. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Olga and her brother Pedro, or “Pietro” lead nothing if not alluring lives. With Pedro a powerful congressman, and Olga a wedding planner for some of Manhattan’s most prominent power brokers, it seems that almost nothing can go wrong for them. Olga can orchestrate fairytale love stories for her clients, she can’t seem to create her own–– until Matteo comes along and forces her to face the family trauma (and mommy issues) she has hidden beneath the surface. In this beautiful novel, Xochitl Gonzalez dives into political corruption, family drama, and the true meaning of finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Which books will you be cozying up with this winter?