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"In 16th-century Italy, teen Lucrezia de Medici passes from her father's control to her husband's, with neither considering her a person with a right to her own life. O'Farrell's poetic writing pulls you into this tale based on the likely subject of Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess". For fans of Geraldine Brooks, Isabel Allende, and Hilary Mantel."
Diana Armstrong, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
NoveList read-alike: Matrix by Lauren Groff
The American Roommate Experiment: A Novel by Elena Armas"The follow-up to The Spanish Love Deception has all the makings of a great rom-com: a good slow burn, forced proximity, a mix of steamy and funny scenes, and two leads that are easy to root for. Recommend to anyone in need of a delightful contemporary romance in the vein of The Bride Test and Get a Life, Chloe Brown."
Danielle Willett, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Midland, MI
NoveList read-alike: Circling Back to You by Julie Tieu
Bindle Punk Bruja: A Novel by Desideria Mesa"Luna is both a daughter of Mexican immigrants trying to establish herself in the 1920s Kansas City underworld and a bruja, an earth witch who can read emotions and bend others to her will. Complex character relationships enhance this entertaining historical fantasy. For fans of The Chosen and the Beautiful and The Gods of Jade and Shadow."
Gwen Inman, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Annapolis, MD
NoveList read-alike: Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery by Richard Osman"The Thursday Murder Club crack open the decade-old death of a journalist who was hot on the trail of a fraud scheme when she was murdered. Another hilarious mystery featuring the quirky (but highly effective) quartet and all their friends. For fans of Julia Chapman and SJ Bennett."
Sarah Walker, Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, IN
NoveList read-alike: The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood
Ghost Eaters: A Novel by Clay McLeod Chapman"Chapman puts a new spin on ghost stories with a tale of a drug that allows people to be 'haunted' by dead loved ones. Featuring a strong subplot about the roots of colonization, this excellent horror novel examines being addicted to grief and the lengths some go to hang onto those they love. For fans of Paul Tremblay and Grady Hendrix."
Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Public Library, Corona, NY
NoveList read-alike: Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
The Kiss Curse: A Novel by Erin Sterling"Gwyn owns the Graves Glen's witchcraft shop, and life is good until Wells Penhallow comes back to create havoc at the school and in town. Sterling is very good at the love/hate relationship with a great pinch of wit, and the spell is cast for a fun rom-com."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Witch Please by Ann Aguirre
A Merry Little Meet Cute: A Novel by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone"Christmas movie star Bee is forbidden to disclose she is also an adult film star. Co-star Nolan is trying to prove he can be a responsible actor. Sparks fly, they cannot keep their hands off each other. Murphy's diverse characterizations paired with Simone's off-the-charts sexy scenes makes for a romantic and steamy happily-ever-after, brimming with sex and body positivity."
Alicia Ahlvers, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, VA
NoveList read-alike: The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish
People Person by Candice Carty-Williams"Dimple Pennington might have accidentally killed her ex, and reaches out to her four half-siblings -- all raised by their mothers and sharing a neglectful father -- in a panic. They learn the kind of family they can be as they deal with the fallout and their abandonment issues in this dark comedy."
Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima, WA
NoveList read-alike: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Spells for Forgetting: A Novel by Adrienne Young"Another stunner by Young! When August Salt, the love of Emery Blackwood's life, returns to clear his name after being accused of killing Lily Morgan fourteen years ago, dark secrets arise in Saiorse Island. The prose flows like the magical elements throughout."
Suzy Card, Grapevine Library, Grapevine, TX
NoveList read-alike: The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher
The Ways We Hide: A Novel by Kristina McMorris"When World War II starts, Fenna Vos is recruited by MI9 to use her skills to make escape aids. Based on true events about one woman's journey, this is a thrilling look at a little known part of the war effort, with well developed characters and terrifying adventures."
Melanie Liechty, Morgan Library, Morgan, UT
NoveList read-alike: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
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