New Book Releases – May 3, 2022

Here we go again! Check out the new (and anticipated) book releases for this week. Here is a preview of 18 books that are released today so that you can make plans on which one you want to read first!. Of course, there are more books released this week, this is just a small preview!

Let us know which books you have been waiting for!

  1. Book Lovers  by Emily Henry
Genre:   Fiction / Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Publisher ‏ : Berkley
Publish date: May 3, 2022
Pages: 384
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

Premise of the book:  One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...

Nora Stephens' life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

2. The Book Woman’s Daughter: A Novel  by Kim Michele Richardson

Genre:  Fiction / Woman Historical Fiction
Publisher ‏ : Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish date: May 3, 2022
Pages: 364
Format: Hardcover,  Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Premise of this debut novel:  In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother's old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn't need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren't as keen to let a woman pave her own way.

If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she's going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.

3. Family of Liars: The Prequel to We Were Liars (Book 2 of 2) by E. Lockhart

Genre:  Fiction / Teen & Young Adult Siblings Fiction
Publisher ‏ : ‎Delacorte Press
Publish on: May 3, 2022
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook 

Premise of this book: A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts. 
A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow.
A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy. 
A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.
 
Welcome back to the Sinclair family. 
They were always liars.

4. By the Book (A Meant To Be Novel): A Meant to be Novel (Book 2 of 2) by Jasmine Guillory

Genre:  Fiction / Mythology & Folk Tales 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hyperion Avenue
Publish on:  May 3, 2022
Pages: 320
Format:  Hardcover, Audiobook, and eBook

The premise of the book is: Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and one of the few Black employees at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to prove her worth and finally get the recognition she deserves.

All she has to do is go to the author's Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be?

5. American Royals: Inheritance (A Prequel Novella) by Katharine McGee

Genre:  Fiction / Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Girls' & Women's Issues 
Publisher ‏ : Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish on: May 3, 2022
Format:  eBook, Audiobook 

The Premise of the book is below:  Princess Beatrice realizes what’s expected of her as heir apparent—and it is not riding in cars, alone, with her Revere Guard. But what the Crown doesn’t know won’t hurt it…right?
 
Princess Samantha is already bored of her own graduation party. She swears she isn’t looking for trouble, but when the king and queen are away, the spare will play….

6. Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

Genre:  Fiction / Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperTeen
Publish on:  May 3, 2022
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook, 

The Premise of the book is below:  Monique is a preacher’s daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can’t have sex.

After two years of trying and failing, her boyfriend breaks up with her. To win him back, Monique teams up with straight-laced church girl Sasha—who is surprisingly knowledgeable about Monique’s condition—as well as Reggie, the misunderstood bad boy who always makes a ruckus at church, and together they embark upon a top-secret search for the cure.

7. I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel by Casey McQuiston

Genre:  Fiction / Teen & Young Adult LGBTQ+ Romance
Publisher ‏ : Wednesday Books 
Publish on: May 3, 2022
Pages: 368
Format:  Hardcover, eBook, Hardcover
The Premise of the book: Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and the puritanical administration of Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

8. Ballad & Dagger (An Outlaw Saints Novel) (Outlaw Saints, 1) by Daniel José Older

Genre:  Fiction / Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rick Riordan Presents
Publish on:  May 3, 2022
Pages: 384
Format:  Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

The Premise of the book is:  Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo Matisse's island homeland disappeared into the sea. Weary and hopeless, the survivors of San Madrigal's sinking escaped to New York.

While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday finding a way back home, Mateo--now a high school junior and piano prodigy living with his two aunts (one who's alive, the other not so much)--is focused on one thing: getting the attention of locally-grown musical legend Gerval. Mateo finally gets his chance on the night of the Grand Fete, an annual party celebrating the blended culture of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews that created San Madrigal all those centuries ago.

9. Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel  by Shelby Van Pelt 

Genre:  Fiction / Comedic and Tragic Dramas & Plays
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ecco
Publish on:  May 3, 2022
Pages:  368
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of the book is: After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. 

10.  The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Genre: Fiction / Hispanic American Literature / Thriller / Gothic
Books Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: May 3, 2022
Pages: 352
Format:   Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

The premise of the book is:  During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father was executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.
 
But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.

When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark the doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

11.  Elektra: A Novel by Jennifer Saint
Genre:  Fiction /  Mythology & Folk Tales 
Publisher ‏ : Flatiron Books
Publish on: May 3, 2022 
Pages: 304
Format:  Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

The Premise of the book is Three women, tangled in an ancient curse.

When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line, the House of Atreus. But when, on the eve of the Trojan War, Agamemnon betrays Clytemnestra in the most unimaginable way, she must confront the curse that has long ravaged their family.

In Troy, Princess Cassandra has the gift of prophecy but carries a curse of her own: no one will ever believe what she sees. When she is shown what will happen to her beloved city when Agamemnon and his army arrive, she is powerless to stop the tragedy from unfolding.

Elektra, Clytemnestra and Agamemnon’s youngest daughter, wants only for her beloved father to return home from war. But can she escape her family’s bloody history, or is her destiny bound by violence, too?

12. Book of Night by Holly Black

Genre:  Fiction / Ghost Thrillers
Publisher:  Tor Books
Publish on:  May 3, 2022 
Pages: 320
Format:  Hardcover, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of the book is: Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She's spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall.

Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but getting out isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that Charlie's shadowless, and possibly soulless, boyfriend has been hiding things from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends into a maelstrom of murder and lies.

Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world―all trying to steal a secret that will give them vast and terrible power.

13. The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

Genre:  Fiction / Historical Mystery
Publisher: Vintage
Publish on: May 3, 2022
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of the Book: The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

14. The Marlow Murder Club (The Marlow Murder Club, 1) by Robert Thorogood 

Genre: Fiction / Murder Thrillers
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Poisoned Pen Press
Publish on: May 3 2022 
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback and eBook

The Premise of this book is: Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey-drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow.

Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don’t believe her story. It’s an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can’t be left for dead like that. Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar’s wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.

When another body turns up, they realize they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…

15. Trust  by Hernan Diaz

Genre: Fiction / Historical and Family Life Fiction
Publisher : Riverhead Books
Publish on: May 3, 2022 
Pages: 416
Format: Hardback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of this book: Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

16. The Homewreckers: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Women Fiction
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Publish on: May 3, 2022   
Pages: 448
Format: Hardback, Audiobook, and eBook 

The Premise of this book: Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five. Now, she’s passionate about her work, but that’s the only passion in her life. “Never love something that can’t love you back,” is advice her father-in-law gives her, but Hattie doesn’t follow it and falls head-over-heels for a money pit of a house. She’s determined to make it work, but disaster after disaster occurs, and Hattie’s dream might cost Kavanaugh & Son their livelihood. Hattie needs money, and fast.

When a slick Hollywood producer shows up in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, cast against a male lead who may be a love interest or maybe the ultimate antagonist. Soon, there’s more at stake than bad pipes and dry rot: during the demolition, evidence comes to light that points to the mysterious disappearance of a young wife and mother years before.

17. Summer Love: A Novel  by Nancy Thayer

Genre: Fiction / Family Saga - Women's Friendship 
Publisher : Ballantine Books  
Publish on: May 3, 2022   
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback, Audiobook and eBook 

The Premise of this book: When four strangers rent bargain-basement rooms in an old hotel near the beach, they embark on the summer of their lives. First there’s Ariel Spencer, who has big dreams of becoming a writer and is looking for inspiration in Nantucket’s high society. Her new friend Sheila Murphy is a good Catholic girl from Ohio whose desire for adventure is often shadowed by her apprehension. Then there’s small-town Missourian Wyatt Smith, who’s immediately taken with Ariel. The last of the four, Nick Volkov, is looking to make a name for himself and have a blast along the way. Despite their differences, the four bonds over trips to the beach, Wednesday-night dinners, and everything that Nantucket has to offer. But venturing out on their own for the first time, with all its adventure and risks, could change the course of their lives.

18. Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature by Steven Rinella

Genre: NonFiction / Nature and Ecology - Hiking and Camping
Publisher : Random House  
Publish on: May 3, 2022    
Pages: 208  
Format: Hardback, Audiobook and eBook 

The Premise of the book: In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kids’ physical and mental health, but it also jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment. 

Living an outdoor lifestyle fosters in kids an insatiable curiosity about the world around them, confidence and self-sufficiency, and, most important, a lifelong sense of stewardship of the natural world. This book helps families connect with nature—and one another—as a joyful part of everyday life.

So there you have it and plenty to choose from.   I have four! Starting with The Hacienda by Isabel Canas! Of Course, I will review it for you! What about you? Were you waiting for any of these new releases?  Hope you have a great week and that the time goes slow enough for you to read more than usual!

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