by NovelNetwork

We look forward with anticipation to the beautiful new books releasing in 2023 from our NovelNetwork authors. As your book clubs consider their reading selections for the new year, be sure to include these exciting new releases (listed in order by anticipated release date; links provided where available) and schedule an author visit to coincide with your meeting!

Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce (January 10, 2023)

When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s best friend and a panicked wife whose husband has disappeared with their children—collide as the world shutters in the pandemic lockdown of 2020.

Bitter Sweet: A Wartime Journal and Heirloom Recipes from Occupied France by Kitty Morse (February 1, 2023)

I’d never come across another suitcase quite like it. But what was the tattered black leather valise doing there, hidden behind a crocheted comforter on the top shelf of my late mother’s closet? The tarnished brass locking mechanism had already been sprung. I held my breath and lifted the lid…

The author’s first discovery was a vintage portrait of her great-grandmother Blanche in traditional Alsatian costume (Blanche, her daughter and son-in-law would die at Auschwitz in 1944.) Blanche’s photograph partially hid a tattered notebook, the journal of her husband, Prosper, chronicling the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Europe from April to December 1940. Included in the valise was a notebook written in Blanche’s hand, listing 160 heirloom recipes. For her 11th cookbook, part Holocaust history, part memoir, part cookbook, Kitty Morse translated these family documents into English, and adapted and tested over 60 of Blanche’s recipes for the American kitchen. Includes food photography and vintage images.

The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson (February 7, 2023)

From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring and redemptive novel set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

The Porcelain Moon by Janie Chang (February 21, 2023)

A vividly rendered novel set in World War I France about two young women—one Chinese, one French—whose lives intersect with unexpected, potentially dangerous consequences.

Set against the little-known history of the 140,000 Chinese workers brought to Europe as noncombatant labor during WWI, The Porcelain Moon is a tale of forbidden love, identity, and belonging, and what we are willing to risk for freedom.

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson (February 21, 2023)

An uplifting and inspiring novel based on the true story of a librarian who created an underground shelter during World War II, perfect for readers of The Paris Library or The Last Bookshop in London. 

Madame Pommery by Rebecca Rosenberg (March 1, 2023)

Champagne, France, 1860. With the surprise of a newborn at forty years old, Madame Pommery is suddenly widowed and must support her family. With no experience, she starts a champagne house and invents brut champagne, breaking society and patriarchal rules. Wanting a winery to host customers, she takes over the city dump and builds the most spectacular castle winery in the world with eighteen kilometers of underground caves to store champagne and display mind-boggling art.

Night Flight to Paris by Cara Black (March 7, 2023)

Coming in March 2023: the sequel to Three Hours in Paris, chosen by the Washington PostWall Street Journal and Seattle Times as one of the Best Crime Novels of 2020

It is once again up to American markswoman Kate Rees to take the shot that just might win—or lose—World War II, in the followup to national bestseller Three Hours in Paris.

Three missions. Two cities. One shot to win the war.

Goodnight From Paris by Jane Healey (March 7, 2023)

In Nazi-occupied France, an American film star takes on the most dangerous role of her life in a gripping novel about loyalty and resistance, inspired by a true story, from the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Secret Stealers.

Once We Were Home by Jennifer Rosner (March 14, 2023)

From Jennifer Rosner, National Jewish Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Bird Sings. Beautifully evocative and tender, filled with both luminosity and anguish, Once We Were Home reveals a little-known history. Based on the true stories of children stolen during wartime, this heart-wrenching novel raises questions of complicity and responsibility, belonging and identity, good intentions and unforeseen consequences, as it confronts what it really means to find home.

Strangers in the Night by Heather Webb (March 21, 2023)

It was the tumultuous romance that scandalized the world: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner fought, loved, and lived life to the hilt. Now their unbridled story is brought vividly to life by Heather Webb, the bestselling author of Meet Me in Monaco and The Next Ship Home.

In the golden age of Hollywood, two of the brightest stars would define—and defy—an era…

Love Like This by Cynthia Newberry Martin (April 4, 2023)

For the first time in a lifetime, Angelina and Will can choose again. After twenty-two years with children at home, she has no idea what she wants and is counting on the empty house to figure it out. 

But he already knows-he wants her, all to himself. 

Love Like This drops you inside a long-term marriage, where you’ll be screaming either stay or go-as you weigh the value of sticking with the familiar versus the value of venturing into the unknown.

The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly (April 18, 2023)

Two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II—an extraordinary novel inspired by true events from the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls.

Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner (April 18, 2023)

A heartrending story about a young mother’s fight to keep her daughter, and the winds of fortune that tear them apart by the USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things and The Last Year of the War.

Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl by Renee Rosen (April 25, 2023)

It’s 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she’s about to take the world by storm, in this dazzling new novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces and Park Avenue Summer.

The Long March Home by Tosca Lee and Marcus Brotherton (May 2, 2023)

Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope from two New York Times bestselling authors.

Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire.

Life in the Philippines seems like paradise–until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as Japanese warplanes attack Luzon, beginning a battle for control of the Pacific Theater that will culminate with a last stand on the Bataan Peninsula and end with the largest surrender of American troops in history.

What follows will become known as one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare: the Bataan Death March. With no hope of rescue, the three friends vow to make it back home together. But the ordeal is only the beginning of their nearly four-year fight to survive.

Araña and Spider-Man 2099: Dark Tomorrow by Alex Segura (May 2, 2023)

Araña is a Spider-Girl lost in time. . . . Miguel is a Spider-Man who’s lost his way. . . . Together, they’re our only hope.

Alex Segura, the Anthony Award–winning author of Secret Identity and Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, brings two fan-favorite Spider-Verse heroes together in prose for the first time in this thrilling new time-hopping adventure.

The House on Prytania by Karen White (May 9, 2023)

The second book in the new Royal Street series from New York Times bestselling author Karen White.

Nola Trenholm thought she was settled into her new home in New Orleans, but trouble makes its way to her in an unearthly form.

All the Pretty Places by Joy Callaway (May 9, 2023)

From the moment she was born, the transforming beauty of her family’s nurseries has arrested her heart. From the moment she knew love, her heart belonged with his. Now she’s at risk of losing them both.

Rye, New York, 1893. Sadie Fremd’s dreams hinge on her family’s nursery, which has been the supplier of choice for respected landscape architects on the East Coast for decades. Now her small town is in a panic as the economy plummets into a depression, and Sadie’s father is pressuring her to secure her future by marrying a wealthy man among her peerage—but Sadie has never been one to play it safe. Besides, her heart is already spoken for.

Rather than seek potential suitors, Sadie pursues new business from her father’s most reliable and wealthy clients—families like the Rockefellers, Brundages, and Gouldses—in an attempt to bolster the floundering nursery. But the more time Sadie spends in the secluded gardens of the elite, the more she notices the hopelessness in the eyes of those outside the mansions. The poor, the grieving, the weary. The people with no access to the restorative beauty of nature.

Sadie has always wanted her father to pass his business to her instead of to one of her brothers, but he seems oblivious to her desire and talent—and now to her passion for providing natural beauty to those who can’t afford it. When former employee, Sam, shows up unexpectedly, Sadie wonders if their love can be rekindled or if his presence will simply be another reminder of a life she longs for and cannot have.

The Paris Deception by Bryn Turnbull (May 30, 2023)

From internationally bestselling author Bryn Turnbull comes a breathtaking novel about art theft and forgery in Nazi-occupied Paris, and two brave women who risk their lives rescuing looted masterpieces from Nazi destruction.

Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly by Marie Bostwick (May 30, 2023)

From the author of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, comes a novel about the meaning of family and the places we call home. If you love “southern summer” fiction authors like Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey you’ll love this delicious novel about family, friendship, and finding your true path in life. 

This is an always-emotional, sometimes humorous, very human novel of what it means to be family—the ties that bind us together and the unintentional hurts that can rend us apart. And, along the way, Esme learns that failure can be the first step toward the life you’re meant to find.

Starring Adele Astaire by Eliza Knight (June 6, 2023)

USA Today bestselling author Eliza Knight returns with a story full of glitz and glam as she delves into the life of Adele Astaire, a spirited and talented woman who served up smiles and love both on and off the stage—with and without her also famous brother Fred Astaire— along with a determined young dancer with rags-to-riches dreams.

The Last Masterpiece by Laura Morelli (June 6, 2023)

In a race across Nazi-occupied Italy, two women—a German photographer and an American stenographer—hunt for priceless masterpieces looted from the Florentine art collections.

Inspired by the incredible true story of the looted Florentine art collections during World War II, the latest historical novel by USA Today bestselling author and art historian Laura Morelli plunges readers into the heart of war-torn Italy.

Tangle-Knot by Loretta Ellsworth (June 6, 2023)

Tangle-knot is not a word, but it is Fia’s hair.

And Fia thinks it’s perfect, which is why she refuses to brush it, even though her mom always complains it’s a mess. In fact, it’s more than a mess―it’s a nest for a mother bird and her three colorful eggs!

Fia takes excellent care of her birds and shows off her tangle-knot everywhere she goes, attracting lots of attention. As the spectacle grows, so does Mom’s disapproval. But Fia’s commitment to being herself just might be powerful enough to change her mother’s mind.

This whimsical story shines with lighthearted relatability, reminding us that even when our parents just don’t get it, they always want us to be happy.

What Remains by Wendy Walker (June 13, 2023)

She saved his life. Now he’ll never let her go.

Detective Elise Sutton is drawn to cold cases. Each crime is a puzzle to solve, pulled from the past. Elise looks for cracks in the surface and has become an expert on how murderers slip up and give themselves away. She has dedicated her life to creating a sense of order, at work with her ex-marine partner; at home with her husband and two young daughters; and within, battling her own demons. Elise has everything under control, until one afternoon, when she walks into a department store and is forced to make a terrible choice: to save one life, she will have to take another.

Elise is hailed as a hero, but she doesn’t feel like one. Steeped in guilt, and on a leave of absence from work, she’s numb, even to her husband and daughters, until she connects with Wade Austin, the tall man whose life she saved. But Elise soon realizes that he isn’t who he says he is. In fact, Wade Austin isn’t even his real name. The tall man is a ghost, one who will set off a terrifying game of cat and mouse, threatening Elise and the people she loves most.

Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison (June 20, 2023)

In 1942, Hazel Francis left Wichita, Kansas for California, determined to do her part for the war effort. At Douglas Aircraft, she became one of many “Rosie the Riveters,” helping construct bombers for the U. S. military. But now the war is over, men have returned to their factory jobs, and women like Hazel have been dismissed, expected to return home to become wives and mothers.

Unwilling to be forced into a traditional woman’s role in the Midwest, Hazel remains on the west coast, and finds herself in the bohemian town of Laguna Beach. Desperate for work, she accepts a job as an assistant to famous artist Hanson Radcliff. Beloved by the locals for his contributions to the art scene and respected by the critics, Radcliff lives under the shadow of a decades old scandal that haunts him.

Working hard to stay on her cantankerous employer’s good side, Hazel becomes a valued member of the community. She never expected to fall in love with the rhythms of life in Laguna, nor did she expect to find a kindred spirit in Jimmy, the hotel bartender whose friendship promises something more. But Hazel still wants to work with airplanes—maybe even learn to fly one someday. Torn between pursuing her dream and the dream life she has been granted, she is unsure if giving herself over to Laguna is what her heart truly wants.

The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey (July 11, 2023)

Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process in this heartwarming new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil.

From an author whose “writing coats your soul with heart” (E! Online), The Summer of Songbirds is a lyrical and unforgettable celebration of female friendship, summertime freedom, and enduring sisterhood—and a love letter to the places and people that make us who we are.

The Keeper of Hidden Books by Madeline Martin (August 1, 2023)

All her life, Zofia has found comfort in two things during times of hardship: books and her best friend, Janina. But no one could have imagined the horror of the Nazi occupation in Warsaw. As the bombs rain down and Hitler’s forces loot and destroy the city, Zofia finds that now books are also in need of saving.

With the death count rising and persecution intensifying, Zofia jumps into action to save her friend and salvage whatever books she can from the wreckage, hiding them away, and even starting a clandestine book club. She and her dearest friend never surrender their love of reading, even when Janina is forced into the newly formed ghetto.

But the closer Warsaw creeps toward liberation, the more dangerous life becomes for the women and their families – and escape may not be possible for everyone. As the destruction rages around them, Zofia must fight to save her friend and preserve her culture and community using the only weapon they have left – literature.

The President’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood (August 15, 2023)

The incredible story of the First Lady who clandestinely assumed the presidency, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Engineer’s Wife and The War Nurse.

Coral Celebration by Jan Moran (October 17, 2023)

A joyful summer celebration… but old rivalries erupt in Summer Beach
The next heartwarming chapter in the Coral Cottage series.

When Marina and her sister Kai volunteer to manage Summer Beach’s centennial celebration, they expect a fun parade down Main Street. However, neither of them can imagine the rivalries that erupt or the buried history that comes to light. Don’t miss this spectacular celebration in a beloved small town!

The Queen of Days by Greta Kelly (October 24, 2023)

The Queen of Days follows a band of thieves and a time-eating demon out to steal an ancient statue from their city’s governor before he can use it to resurrect a fallen god. This heist and hijinks adventure is perfect for fans of Six of Crows and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

A Haunting at Linley by Michelle Cox (October 24, 2023

In the vein of Agatha Christie’s best whodunnits!

In this seventh book of the series, Clive and Henrietta return to England to find Castle Linley in financial ruin. When Clive’s cousin, Wallace, invites an estate agent in to assess the home’s value, the agent is later found poisoned, throwing all of the Castle’s guests into suspicion. Clive and Henrietta are soon drawn into an investigation, which is slowed by an incompetent local inspector and several unexplained phenomena–the cause of which many, especially the frail Lady Linley, believe to be the workings of the ghost of a hanged maid.