Spring/Summer Bests | Debut Novels

LJ‘s Prepub Alert editor picks early spring titles you should order now and late spring and summer works you should have on your radar.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, February 2018

Patterson’s Count to Ten comes in at No. 13; Wolff cries his Fire and Fury at the top of nonfiction

Fiction from George, Lansdale, London, Moyes, and Stanley | Xpress Reviews

Beloved series characters and an engrossing plot make for a blockbuster combination; fans will eagerly follow Hap and Leonard through their latest, politically timely hullabaloo; London’s beautiful love story is for all romance collections; this book does justice to funny, witty Louisa; fans of noir and historical fiction will be engaged

Fiction by Bostwick, Deveraux, Dibben, Harris, Maldonado, Putnam, Sharpe, plus Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Bostwick’s smoothly written book is full of fresh starts, cute dogs, and likable characters; not much is new, but Deveraux fans will enjoy this pleasant work; Dibben celebrates the strength of human and animal ties; Franson’s debut is well intentioned but not essential; Harris’s latest is quite a good book with wide appeal; a gritty heroine and an action-packed mystery; this prequel to the Bruno Johnson series keeps readers engrossed; readers will be rooting hard for Nora to get her self-esteem back; the tough but conflicted Harley will have readers cheering

In Pursuit of Lost History: How a Forgotten Doctor Inspired a Novel

Jody Shields, author of The Winter Station, found the subject of her new novel after she stumbled across a reference to a Russian doctor’s memoir of the 1910–11 Manchurian plague in a medical journal. Both the doctor and the epidemic, which killed 60,000 people, had been lost to history.

Civil War Tales | Fiction Reviews

A narrative approach to the incomplete history of Varina, a lesser known historical figure and wife to a Confederate President with a powerful personality; a vivid telling of life in the times of the American Civil war, told from alternating perspectives, a must for Civil War buffs

Surviving World War II | Fiction Reviews

An enjoyable story for WWII buffs that follows a flawed hero looking for redemption; an exploration of seemingly ordinary lives and human spirit in a tumultuous time; a debut novel filled with drama tells the complicated story of surviving in times of war

Mommy & Me | Fiction Reviews

A debut novel driven by it’s characters tells the story of an unexpected mother and her independent daughter; a comedic take on the ups and downs of becoming a mother; a compelling tearjerker tells the story of a struggling child and loving but incapable mother

Real Life Affairs | Fiction Reviews

A fictional take on the complicated love life of F. Scott Fitzgerald; a richly detailed historical love story illustrating a commonly overlooked romance involving Eleanor Roosevelt

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 1, 2018

Gabel explores friendship and art with great warmth, humanity, and wisdom; an intricately plotted mystery set in Regency England brings the early days of the Industrial Revolution vividly to life; erotica featuring smart women thriving in business and getting some action after hours