Historical/Pop/Fantasy/Women’s | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Historical Fiction

Dallas, Sandra. The Patchwork Bride. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250174031. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250174055. HISTORICAL
When granddaughter June calls off her wedding, even as Ellen finishes the wedding quilt she’s been making, Ellen tells June the story of a Kansas-born woman who seeks a husband in New Mexico Territory in 1898. She has one big heartbreak, then shies away from marriage twice before finding true love. From the beloved A Quilt for Christmas author.

Soli, Tatjana. The Removes. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780374249311. $27; 9780374715977. HISTORICAL
In this latest from the author of The Lotus Eaters, two women come into their own on the American frontier. After a raid on her family’s homestead, 15-year-old Anne Cummins lives with the Cheyenne as captive and then tribal member, while Libbie leaves behind her sheltered life when she heads west with her husband, Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer.

Valmorbida, Elise. The Madonna of the Mountains. Spiegel & Grau. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780399592430. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399592454. Downloadable. HISTORICAL
From the 1920s to the 1950s, in Italy’s harsh but beautiful mountains, Maria Vittoria marries a war veteran, births four children, and faces Mussolini’s rise, with both partisans and German soldiers eventually arriving at her door. From an award-nominated author and an award-winning film producer, Australian born but now living in London.

Pop Fiction

Blum, Jenna. The Lost Family. Harper. Jun. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780062742162. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062742186. FAMILY LIFE
In 1960s Manhattan, everyone loves Masha’s, where owner/chef Peter Rashkin whips up a mean brisket bourguignon. But Peter is a Holocaust survivor (the restaurant is named for his wife, lost with their daughters in the conflagration), and he resists all involvement until beautiful June Bouquet walks into the restaurant. From top-of-the-best-selling-heap Blum.

Mah, Ann. The Lost Vintage. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062823311. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062823335. lrg. prnt. FAMILY LIFE
Preparing for her third try at passing the Master of Wine Examination (tougher than passing the bar), Kate travels to her family’s vineyard in Burgundy, where she helps clean out the enormous cellar. There she finds a room with a cache of Resistance pamphlets and uncovers an incredible family history. From the author of Kitchen Chinese; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Shalvis, Jill. Rainy Day Friends. Morrow Paperbacks. Jun. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780062846129. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062448149. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062448156. lrg. prnt. ROMANCE
Shattered by her husband’s death and the just-spilled secret that several women each thought she was his wife, Lanie Jacobs opts for major change and goes to work at the family-run Capriotti Winery. Will she find love with ruggedly good-looking Mark Capriotti, or will bright-eyed, twentyish River Brown wreck everything? With a 150,000-copy first print.

Showalter, Gena. The Darkest Warrior. HQN: Harlequin. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781335498304. $22.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Told by the Oracles that one will kill the other to grab their father’s crown, Puck the Undefeated and his brother Sin work together to evade that fate. Then Sin turns betrayer, and Puck must seek the help of William the Ever Randy and a human named Gillian Shaw, for whom Puck falls hard. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Williams, Katie. Tell the Machine Goodnight. Riverhead. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780525533122. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780525533146. CD/downloadable. COMING OF AGE
YA author Williams goes adult in a much-touted work featuring Pearl, whose job as happiness technician is to make people’s lives cheerier through tailored recommendations. But she cannot help teenage son Rhett find the joy he seems willfully to resist.


Bates, Callie. The Memory of Fire. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jun. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780399177415. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399177422. Downloadable. FANTASY
Following her successful debut, The Waking Land, wherein Elanna finds she has the power to call forth the land’s magic and lead a revolution, this second in a trilogy features nobleman Jahan. He’s got the magical means to stop war, but he must travel to the imperial city, where using magic is punished by death.

Butcher, Jim. Brief Cases. Ace: Penguin. Jun. 2018. NAp. ISBN 9780451492104. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780451492128. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES/URBAN FANTASY
Wizard Henry Dresden is listed in the Chicago phone book, but you can also catch up with him by reading this collection of Dresden Files stories, previously published (though not in book form) except for a never-before-seen novella. Here you’ll meet zombies, incubi, and fey royalty, plus fan-favorite Molly Carpenter and White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio.

Carey, Jacqueline. Starless. Tor. Jun. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780765386823. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765386830. CD. FANTASY/HISTORICAL
Carey follows up the New York Times best-selling Kushiel’s Legacy series with a new world of selfless heroes and exiled gods, as Khai takes up his role of protector to the princess Zariya and the thunderous god Miasmus rises slowly from the western seas.

Llywelyn, Morgan. Drop by Drop. Tor. (Step by Step, Bk. 1.) Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765388667. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765388681. SF
The award-winning author of historical fiction and historical fantasy, Llewelyn switches things up by writing a near-future sf thriller with a socially conscious twist. In the world she creates, plastics are inexplicably melting to mush, which pretty much renders technology useless. Llewelyn uses small-town Sycamore to show what that means.

Modesitt, L.E., Jr. Outcasts of Order. Tor. Jun. 2018. 640p. ISBN 9781250172556. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250172570. FANTASY/EPIC
In this next in veteran author Modesitt’s long-running, goes-like-hotcakes “Saga of Recluce,” Order mage Beltur learns that he has extraordinary powers and saves his people during the fierce fighting in Elparta. But now he’s seen as a dangerous threat to be obliterated.

Murray, James S. & Darren Wearmouth. Awakened. Harper Voyager. Jun. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062687883. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062687906. HORROR
Actor/producer Murray (Impractical Jokers’ Murr) joins with novelist Wearmouth (Sixth Cycle) for an sf chiller that connects New York to communities across the Hudson via a sparkling new subway line. But the first train arrives in Manhattan empty, blood-soaked, and clearly carrying a menace ready to attack. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Rajaniemi, Hannu. Summerland. Tor. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250178923. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250178930. SF
With the 1938 discovery of the afterlife, those imperial Brits have gone and colonized Summerland, home of the recently deceased. But the Soviets have spies there, and SIS agent Rachel White must dig them out. Rising star Rajaniemi, a Finnish-born physicist who has lived in Edinburgh, now calls California home and writes in English.

Roanhorse, Rebecca. Trail of Lightning. Saga: S. & S. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781534413498. $27.99. SF
In a world sinking beneath climate-warmed waves, Maggie Hoskie works as a monster hunter in Dinétah, once the Navajo reservation. When asked to find a missing child, she encounters a monster that out-Grendels her worst nightmares and seeks help from unorthodox medicine man Kai Arviso. Roanhorse is an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo/African American writer of rez-based fantasy.


Brown, Karma. The Life Lucy Knew. Park Row: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780778319344. pap. $16.99. WOMEN’S
After a serious head injury, Lucy awakens with a fractured mind, genuinely believing what the doctors call false memories; for instance, she thinks she’s married to the guy she split with five years ago. Who is she, and whom can she trust? With a 60,000-copy first printing; from a Globe & Mail best-selling and best-booked author.

Delinsky, Barbara. Before and Again. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781250119490. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250119483. CD. WOMEN’S
People come to the beautiful resort town of Devon, VT, to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves (a theme in recent fiction). But when a teenage hacker brings down the wrath of the Feds, which attracts the press, many residents fear that their lives will be split wide open. Delinsky’s 23rd New York Times best sellers?

Doan, Amy Mason. The Summer List. Graydon House: Harlequin. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525804250. pap. $16.99. WOMEN’S
As teenagers, best friends Laura and Casey always joined forces in their California town’s regular scavenger hunts, but an act of betrayal one summer night sends Laura far away. After nearly two decades, she returns, drawn by the idea of one last scavenger hunt, which could heal the rift with Casey—or tear them apart forever. A high-flying debut with a 150,000-copy first printing.

Giffin, Emily. All We Ever Wanted. Ballantine. Jun. 2018. 400p. ISBN. 9780399178924. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399178931. CD/downloadable. WOMEN’S
Nina married into an upper-crust Nashville family, while single dad Tom works multiple jobs to support daughter Lyla, at an elite private school with Nina’s son, Finch. When Finch posts an incriminating picture of Lyla taken at a party, Nina understands Tom’s reactions a lot better than her husband’s. From a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author.

Hilderbrand, Elin. The Perfect Couple. Little, Brown. Jun. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780316375269. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316412520. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412520. CD/downloadable. WOMEN’S
At the height of the wedding season in tourist-clogged Nantucket, a bride-to-be is found dead in the harbor, and Chief of Police Ed Kapenash must check out everyone in the wedding party. With characters from beloved Hilderbrand books like The Castaways and A Summer Affair; a 300,000-copy first printing.

Pekkanen, Sarah. The Ever After. Atria. Jun. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781501194832. $28. WOMEN’S
A frazzled mother of two who wonders what happened to her high-flying career, Josie still feels she’s got a great marriage—until she picks up her husband’s cell phone and discovers a secret that will make her look deeply at her life. From the popular author of The Perfect Neighbors.

Perri, Camille. When Katie Met Cassidy. Putnam. Jun. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780735212817. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735212831. Downloadable. WOMEN’S
Life changes for Kentucky-bred Katie Daniels, fresh from a broken engagement, when she immediately connects with sexy, supremely self-confident New Yorker Cassidy Price. From a former books editor at Cosmopolitan and Esquire, once a reference librarian, who had a big hit when she debuted with The Assistants.

White, Karen. Dreams of Falling. Berkley. Jun. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780451488411. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451488428. lrg. prnt. CD/Downloadable. WOMEN’S
After avoiding her South Carolina hometown for years, Larkin returns when her mother goes missing, finally finding her at her family’s burned-up, tumbling-down ancestral rice plantation. What was she doing there? Next from the New York Times best-selling author of The Night the Lights Went Out.

Wiggs, Susan. Between You and Me. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062425539. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062425577. lrg. prnt. CD. WOMEN’S
There’s trouble for a dedicated Philadelphia surgeon when she treats an Amish boy injured in a farming accident, though not what you’d expect. She and the child’s uncle feel an attraction, but they’ve got different worlds to negotiate. Following the New York Times best sellers Family Tree and Map of the Heart; with a 250,000-copy first printing.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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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