Great Women’s Fiction from Chan, Dodd, Karon, & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

Chan, Darcie. The Mill River Redemption. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780345538239. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345541567. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTIONchandarcie
As a self-published ebook, Chan’s The Mill River Recluse sold more than 700,000 copies and was picked up for print publication by Ballantine, which will release it in June. In this follow-up title, a mother stipulates in her will that her two estranged daughters must cooperate to find the key that will open her lock box. Targeted to fans of Jan Karon and Debbie Macomber; the next book in the series, which has not appeared as an original ebook, unlike the first book, will appear in fall 2015.

Dodd, Christina. Virtue Falls. St. Martin’s. 384p. ISBN 9781250028419. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781250028433. WOMEN’S FICTION/SUSPENSE
When Misty Banner was murdered more than two decades ago, daughter Elizabeth was only four, and she grew up believing that her father was responsible. Back home in Virtue Falls, she does some investigating—and concludes that her father was innocent and that her mother might have been one of several victims of a killer still at large. From a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

Glines, Abbi. One More Chance: A Rosemary Beach Novel. Atria. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781476756578. pap. $15. ROMANCE
Bad boy Grant Carter had to work really hard to convince Harlow Manning that he loved her, especially as some of his bad moments were with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan. It worked—until they were separated by a really ugly secret. Now what? A New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the “Rosemary Beach,” “Sea Breeze,” “Vincent Boys,” and “Existence” series, Glines looks like a sure bet for the romance crowd.

Karon, Jan. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel. Putnam. Sept. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780399167447. $27.95. CD: Penguin Random Audio. FAMILY/CHRISTIAN
After his retirement and a much-anticipated vacation in Ireland, Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanaugh returns to Mitford with his wife. His adopted son, Dooley; Dooley’s troubled brother, Sammy; bookstore owner Hope Murphy—these and other characters struggle with their trials in a way that put Mitford on the map. The first Mitford outing since 2005 from the New York Times best-selling author.

Ryan, Kendall. All or Nothing: A Love by Design Novel. Atria. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781476764641. pap. $15. ROMANCE
Braydon Kincaid, the insouciant male model you met in Ryan’s Working It, returns with the desire to keep things fun and casual in his love life—not what Ellie wants, but what she accepts until she can figure out what’s hurting Braydon deep down. Lots of readers lined up already for this latest from the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author.

Szarlan, Chrysler. The Hawley Book of the Dead. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781476764641. pap. $15. FANTASY/SUSPENSE
Szarlan’s work as a magician’s assistant before graduating from law school found its way into this first novel, which sparked considerable publisher competition. Heroine Revelation (“Reve”) Dane has a top-billed Las Vegas magic act with husband Jeremy and their three daughters until an intruder’s deft reconfiguring of a weapon used in one of the illusions results in tragedy. Mournful Reve quickly takes her daughters to the forest of Hawley Five Corners, MA, a place of magic where she discovers the secret-yielding Hawley Book of the Dead. Pitched to fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Deborah Harkness, and Erin Morgenstern; on a nice note, Szarlan rides her horse in the Hawley Forest.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.