Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL
Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and Swanns has taken over, and the families must pull together as romance, scandal, and maybe even murder threaten their future.

Evans, Richard Paul. The Nöel Diary. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501172038. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501172045. POP FICTION/CHRISTMAS
There’s little holiday cheer for woebegone Jason Chercher, who’s confronting the death of his estranged mother even as his wife walks out the door. Sorting through his mother’s belongings, he learns that she fell into a deep depression in his early childhood and left his upbringing to a young, unwed mother named Noël, who lived with his family. Tracking down Noël as a means of understanding the past is the Christmas gift he gives himself, as Evans continues the holiday tradition he started almost single-handedly with The Christmas Box.

Grant, Mira. Into the Drowning Deep. Orbit: Hachette. Nov. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9780316379403. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316379380. library ebk. ISBN 9780316379397. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. FANTASY
The New York Times best-selling author of the “Newsflesh” series, Grant takes us deep into the Marianas Trench, where the Atargatis disappeared seven years previously while attempting to film a mockumentary about legendary sea creatures. Now a new mission is being launched, though with more high-minded intent. For scientist Victoria Stewart, in particular, it’s a means of finding out what happened to the sister lost on the first voyage.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. The Gift: The Amish of Hart County. Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Nov. 2017. 272p. lib. ed. 9780062697851. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062469144. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469175. AMISH/CHRISTMAS
The Schwartzes are delighted to be spending Christmas on their new farm until a series of sinister accidents suggests that someone wants them gone. Could it be the previous owners, the Vances? Young Neil Vance, who’s immediately taken with sweet, green-eyed Susanna Schwartz, can’t believe his family is responsible, and he’ll lose Susanna if the Schwartzes pack up and leave. A special Christmas story in the author’s “Amish of Hart County” series.

Lee, Fonda. Jade City. Orbit: Hachette. Nov. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9780316440868. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316440899. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316440851. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. FANTASY
The award-winning author of the YA sf novels Zeroboxer and Exo, Lee goes adult with a story that unfolds on the mythical island of Kekon, protected from invasion by the magical jade mined there. Now the Kauls, once honor-driven Green Bone warriors, abandon tradition and grab control of the jade market, even as a new drug lets anyone use the fierce power of the jade. That’s when war breaks out with the rival Ayts, and it’s just the beginning of a big, rich saga. Featured at BookExpo.

Steel, Danielle. Past Perfect. Delacorte. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781101883976. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101883983. POP FICTION
What’s so perfect about the past for Sybil and Blake Gregory, a successful Manhattan couple with three children who land in San Francisco when Blake impulsively accepts the job of a lifetime as CEO of a start-up? The family moves into a grand, surprisingly affordable Pacific Heights mansion and soon meets the affable Butterfield family, who lived there a century ago. Of course the Butterfields are ghosts, and only the Gregorys can see them, but that doesn’t keep the two families from leading a charmed life together.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

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.

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