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

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

Fiction from Gaylin, Kasai, Powell, the Samatars, and Sigurdardóttir | Xpress Reviews

Gaylin’s skillful balance of tension and intimacy will appeal to fans of psychological and domestic suspense; Kasai explores the horrors of slavery and its legacy; the first volume in a new trilogy that will appeal to military sf fans; this series of brief fictions and sketches combine to dazzle the imagination; not up to Sigurdardóttir’s high standards

Fiction from Dazieri, Fox, Mackintosh, Margolin, O’Flanagan, and St. James, plus Debuter Hunter | Xpress Reviews

Damaged characters struggle amid blood and guts to discover the truth behind horrific events; for those who enjoy gritty, graphic mysteries; a multilayered British debut police procedural will hook readers; readers will draw parallels to other authors famous for their plot twists; this essential women’s fiction read is a page-turner that does not disappoint; just creepy enough to keep readers satisfyingly on edge

Fiction from Abrahamson, Gardiner, Harrison, and Purcell, with Debuter Ackerman | Xpress Reviews

Fans of quirky setups and international settings will find food for thought; strong female friendships and an unusual World War II home front setting; Gardiner’s chilling follow-up to UNSUB puts readers into the mind of a Ted Bundy–type murderer; the authentic historical detail and plot twists make this mystery difficult to put down; a must for all lovers of Gothic literature

Rural Living | Fiction Reviews

A heartwarming story about the power of family, this novel of modern pioneering will engage many readers; for readers of contemporary literary fiction that plumbs the depths of rural American experience, especially that of women

Dublin Thrillers | Fiction Reviews

A well-crafted thriller that will leave readers on the edge of their seats; told by two competing narrators, this story is filled with twists that have readers wanting more