Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

1908 Shanghai As the last Chinese dynasty collapses, a young mixed race girl awaits the return of her mother, hiding in the Western Residence of the house on Dragon Springs Road. Using Chinese magical realism and gritty historical detail, author Janie Chang tells the coming of age story of young Jialing, from that time awaiting […]


The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“Ester, do not rue your lack of freedom.” Ester, however, burns to be free, to reason freely, to write. Helen, approaching forced retirement from her English university History Department, discovers a cache of 350 year old letters hidden under the stair of a 17th century house. In deciphering them, she is thrilled to realize that […]


Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

This “dual time historical fiction” romance (who knew that was a ‘thing?’) shares the story of a museum curator working to create a museum on Long Island in the home of a revolutionary war hero. She is researching the war hero’s sister’s romance during the last year of the French and Indian War. We also […]


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

It is Spring; Leah and Simon and all their friends are High School seniors, awaiting word from colleges and trying to enjoy their last months together. After all they’ve been through, Leah still holds onto a secret: she’s Bi. The time for telling Simon has past and Leah figures she’ll end High School with her […]


The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Here’s a sexy romance with a twist! The heroine is on the autism spectrum and the author is too; in fact, she was diagnosed just before she started writing. Ms. Hoang rewrites Pretty Woman as Pretty Man: A woman hires an escort — and falls in love. Stella is an econometrician who predicts customer behavior […]


Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Grandmothers in love! This is a wonderful black queer love story that started as a Kickstarter campaign garnering triple the support needed. Every age will enjoy hearing Hazel and Mari’s story,  including teens and mature tweens. Two strong African American women who meet cute just before high school (at a church bingo hall, naturally), separate […]


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Frances dreams of becoming a dress designer in turn of the last century Paris. Unexpectedly, she becomes the seamstress for the Prince, who likes to wear flamboyant women’s clothing but is deep in the closet with his secret. That prevents Frances from being recognized for her work and the Prince from being a happy human. […]


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The first in an epic fantasy/alt-history series, centered around a courtesan/spy in a fantasy version of medieval France. More political intrigue than Game of Thrones, sex that makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a kid’s book, and writing that would make poets weep with envy!


The Undateable by Sarah Title

The Undateable by Sarah Title

Fun, modern romance that features a librarian as the main character. Melissa Bernard is in a comfortable rut as an academic librarian who cares deeply about her college kid patrons. One day she gets caught on camera in her disapproving mode  — and turns into an internet meme. “Bernie” is horrified. Does it get better […]


The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman is great at conveying grief and confusion while also being really funny. Her main character, Lilian, lost her husband suddenly and, after 3 years, is just getting her feet under her. She’s taking a gardening class to prep for a big illustration job at work, not to heal. But of course gardening leads […]