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New Fiction in May

New Fiction in May

May brings a bouquet of spring reading options, especially if you adore spending time with fellow book lovers, being immersed in tense thrills, or dreaming of summer romance. Settle into a sunshine view and enjoy a promising read from the spotlights below or broaden your choice with the expanded New Fiction in May list.

Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for titles curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick

Landing her personal hero and mega-best-selling author Essie Starling as a client, housecleaner Liv Green forms an unlikely friendship with this infamous reclusive, but when Essie suddenly dies, leaving her an astonishing last wish, Liv discovers a connection between them that changes Liv’s own life story forever.

If you are in the mood for…Feel-Good Charm

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Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone

Waking up in Lisbon alone, her husband gone with no warning, no note, not answering his phone, Ariel Price, sensing something is wrong, realizes she knows so little about her new, much younger husband, and discovers just how far she’ll go when everything is on the line.

If you are in the mood for…International Intrigue

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Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

A luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium-and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago. For fans of A Man Called Ove.

If you are in the mood for…Poignant and Heartwarming

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By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

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 the only Black employee at her publishing house. 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.

If you are in the mood for…A Fun Modern Take on Beauty and the Beast

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence and the execution of her father, Beatriz accepts Don Rodolfo Solorzano’s proposal of marriage and is whisked away to his remote country estate where she is faced with a malevolent presence linked to his first wife’s death.

If you are in the mood for…Gothic Chills

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The Last White Rose by Alison Weir

Saved from the clutches of her uncle, the notorious Richard III, by Henry Tudor, Elizabeth of York, the oldest daughter of the late King Edward IV, becomes the first queen of the Tudor line–a blessed union that results in the unification of the warring houses of Lancaster and York.

If you are in the mood for…Sumptuous History

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

When a woman disappears with her two children, her husband will do anything to find them – even confront the secrets of his own past.

If you are in the mood for…Twisty Suspense

New Fiction in April

Whatever your reading mood, we’ve got you covered with our New Fiction in April list here. Discover some of our most anticipated reads below, from immersive and intense to thoughtful and thrilling.

Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for titles curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

Told over the course of 70 years, this spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter, who, channeling her rage into art, discovers with the power of her paint brush, she can change her family’s legacy.

Family saga / Alternating points of view / Vibrant writing

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

A detective in the black-skied Night City investigates an anomaly in the North American wilderness and uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

Science fiction mystery / Lyrical writing / Conceptually rich

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City on Fire by Don Winslow

A mid-1980s longshoreman who does occasional stints for the Irish crime syndicate becomes embroiled in a conflict between rival factions in the first book of a new series from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force.

Crime fiction / Immersive / Intense

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

A Chinese American art history major at Harvard, Will Chen is offered a (very illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless treasures China lost centuries ago and assembles a team of fellow students, chosen for their skills and loyalty, to help him on his mission–and make history.

Heist story / Thoughtful / Thrilling

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

When their father decides to divorce their mother, who, in a care facility for dementia, cannot speak for herself, so he can marry his young girlfriend Heather, sisters Tully and Rachel must find the truth about their family’s secrets, Heather and who their father really is.

Domestic suspense / Darkly humorous / Twists and turns

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Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

ER doctor Alexis Montgomery’s world is turned upside down by a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger, and as their short-term flings turns into a relationship, she must choose between her ultra-wealthy parents and true love.

Contemporary romance / Emotional rollercoaster / Happily-ever-after

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A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

A novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history–the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade–witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.

Historical fiction / Emotionally touching / Richly detailed

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Cover Story by Susan Rigetti

Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way.

Thriller / Fast-paced / The Devil Wears Prada meets Gone Girl

If You Like Bridgerton: Staff Picks

Check out these reads and watches that will give you the same Bridgerton vibes, enthusiastically provided by our resident regency romance expert Liz, Fiction-AV-Teen Librarian.

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Emma (DVD)

If you like the costumes in Bridgerton, the beautiful and authentic regency dresses in Emma will be right up your alley! 

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal, the first installment in the Girl Meet Duke series features both the romance as well as the lovely wit and humor of the books and show.  

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My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curan

A fun take on a romance novel that allows the readers to choose their own path for the main character. 

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Belle (DVD)

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain, this period drama features Belle whose lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in society and leaves her left wondering if she will ever find love.

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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Available in Large Type!

Three different brothers find love in London.  If that was one of your favorite aspects of the Bridgerton series, you will find that same appeal here.

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Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Available in Large Type!

With the same high society London setting as Bridgerton, readers will enjoy Kleypas’ characters and strong writing.  

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Mary Queen of Scots (DVD)

A period drama that focuses on the relationships between women, featuring powerful, headstrong, complicated characters just like Bridgerton.

Let’s Talk Books! What your Neighbors Have Been Reading

Curious as to what books your fellow Mount Prospect readers have been devouring? Eager to share your own discoveries? Come join us for an hour-long bookish chat with your neighbors to share everyone’s current reads! Our ongoing program Let’s Talk Books happens every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Registration is required; upcoming April dates will meet via Zoom: 4/12, 4/26.

Click on the book titles below to explore what Let’s Talk Books participants have been raving about in 2022.

Calling All Mystery & Puzzle-Loving Teens!

Did you successfully crack the codes of our recent Teen Escape Rooms? Do you have a talent for guessing the culprit in any mystery you are reading or watching? If so, we have the reads for you! Experience a puzzle or locked-room mystery between the pages of our favorite keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat whodunits. Try to solve the mystery before the final pages reveal the answer.

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In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

Who: A motley crew of prep school kids

Where: Snowed in a remote house in Maine

Mystery: Who killed the headmaster?

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Who: Avery Grambs who inherits billionaire Tobias Hawthorne’s entire fortune

Where: Secret passage-filled Hawthorne House

Mystery: Why did Avery inherit the fortune? She must solve puzzles, riddles, and clues to find out.

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You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons

Who: Plum, Sofia and Marlowe, three online influencers

Where: An art-and-music festival for influencers on a private Caribbean island

Mystery: Who is killing off people at the festival one by one?

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Who: Devon and Chiamanka, Senior Class Prefects

Where: Niveus Private Academy

Mystery: Who is sending anonymous texts to the entire school about the prefects’ deepest, darkest secrets?

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Who: A group of five high school students who have all been featured on a school gossip blog

Where: Detention

Mystery: Why did the creator of the school’s gossip blog die?

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All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Who: A random group of high school students

Where: A fancy scholarship dinner

Mystery: Who locked everyone in a room together with threats of death?