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Ro­mance

Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

“Af­ter a re­ally stress­ful day, I love un­wind­ing with a glass of red wine and a ro­man­tic read,” says Lau­ren Gat­combe, FIRST as­so­ciate ed­i­tor. “And this sweet story, set in a quaint snow-cov­ered town, was just what I was look­ing for.” With the hol­i­day sea­son around the cor­ner, li­brar­ian Ju­lia Win­ston feels like she’s stuck in a rut and de­cides to make a bucket list. Love isn’t her top pri­or­ity, and when she rents out a room in her home to known heart­breaker Jamie Cane, she tries to deny her at­trac­tion to him. Soon af­ter, she takes in two aban­doned broth­ers and sees a dif­fer­ent side of Jamie. This brings them closer and their spark con­tin­ues to grow—but could it re­ally be love? “I adored watch­ing this un­likely ro­mance un­fold,” says Lau­ren. “And now I can’t wait to see what sur­prises are wait­ing around the cor­ner for me in my own life!” (HQN, 2017; Paper­back $8, Kin­dle $6, Nook $6)

Self-help

The Power of Mean­ing: Find­ing Ful­fill­ment in a World Ob­sessed With Hap­pi­ness by Emily Es­fa­hani Smith “Re­cently I was feel­ing down and look­ing for a way to find greater sat­is­fac­tion in my life and rou­tine,” says Ni­cole Aber, FIRST as­sis­tant ed­i­tor. “Turns out, this book was just the boost I needed!” Emily Es­fa­hani Smith writes about four things that lead to a mean­ing­ful life: our re­la­tion­ships with oth­ers, our pur­pose, how we tell sto­ries about our place in the world and our abil­ity to seek out mys­tery. Rather than telling read­ers how to con­struct these pil­lars of mean­ing, Es­fa­hani Smith shows them by shar­ing the sto­ries of dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple for whom they have proven ef­fec­tive. “These pro­files, in­ter­wo­ven with re­search and lit­er­a­ture, were just what I needed to ap­pre­ci­ate more as­pects of my own life,” says Ni­cole. “I now feel more con­tent and hope­ful as my fo­cus gen­tly shifts to­ward what is truly im­por­tant!” (Broadway, 2017; Paper­back $16, Kin­dle $12, Nook $12)

Chick lit

The Lit­tle French Bistro by Nina Ge­orge “As the weather takes a turn for the cold and blus­tery, I start dream­ing of an es­cape,” says Alyssa Rosen­thal, FIRST as­so­ciate ed­i­tor. “So as soon as I saw this book’s cute Parisian cover, I knew it would sat­isfy my wan­der­lust!” Forty-one years into an un­happy mar­riage, Mar­i­anne Lanz de­cides to start over. In­spired by an im­age she sees in Paris, she takes off to the coast of Brit­tany. While there, she meets an ar­ray of char­ac­ters, all of whom teach her about hope, pas­sion and love. Raves Alyssa, “Mar­i­anne’s emo­tional jour­ney was so mov­ing that in the end, I felt like I had taken the trip by her side!” (Crown, 2017; Hard­cover $26, Kin­dle $13, Nook $13)

Thriller

All the Lit­tle Chil­dren by Jo Fur­niss “I’m not a fan of fly­ing,” ad­mits Alexan­dra Pol­lock, FIRST ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant. “So on my last trip, I grabbed this en­gross­ing read to dis­tract me from in-flight jit­ters.” When Mar­lene Greene takes her chil­dren camp­ing, she ex­pects some qual­ity fam­ily time. But when an apoc­a­lyp­tic event sends waves of vil­lage chil­dren to their camp­site, Mar­lene is faced with the choice be­tween pro­tect­ing her own kids or try­ing to save them all. Says Alex, “The pulse-pound­ing plot made my f light, well…f ly by!” (Lake Union, 2017; Paper­back $15, Kin­dle $5)

Mys­tery

A Study in Scar­let Women by Sherry Thomas “When I feel over­whelmed by my to-do’s, a ‘girl power’ read—like this reimag­in­ing of Sher­lock Holmes as a woman—is a great an­ti­dote,” says FIRST deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief Mag­gie Jaqua. Af­ter be­ing shunned by so­ci­ety, Char­lotte Holmes moves to Lon­don un­der the name Sher­lock, us­ing her in­tel­lect to solve a triple homi­cide. “Char­lotte had faith in her skills and re­fused to be held down,” says Mag­gie.

“Her drive—and the jolt I got from puz­zling through the mys­tery— en­er­gized me!”(Berkley, 2016; Paper­back $15, Kin­dle $10, Nook $10)

Me­moir

Same Kind of Dif­fer­ent As Me by Ron Hall & Den­ver Moore “This time of year, I go through mo­ments where I feel down­right sorry for my­self,” ad­mits Carey Oster­gard, FIRST deputy ed­i­tor. “To steer my­self back to grat­i­tude, I pick up an in­spi­ra­tional true story like this one.” Told from the per­spec­tives of both Ron, a wealthy art dealer, and Den­ver, a home­less man, this me­moir shares how a soul-deep friend­ship de­vel­ops be­tween two un­likely men. “Their re­la­tion­ship is so full of faith and com­pas­sion,” says Carey. “It left me feel­ing so joy­ous that I can’t wait to see the movie!” (Thomas Nelson, 2017; Paper­back $17, Kin­dle $10, Nook $10)

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