Featured Releases—February

Hello! I’m still alive! I know I posted a couple of reviews last month, but other than that I have been pretty absent for quite some time now, and I want to apologize. Getting married and starting a new life as a wife takes up a lot more time than I thought it would! However, I’m trying to get back into posting here more often, both about books and about life in general, so hopefully I’ll actually stay one top of my posts this time!

I have really missed posting about the new releases that are coming out, so I’m glad that I’m getting to pick that back up this month! February has a ton of great books releasing, and though I’m posting a few days later than I normally would like to, that just means you have less time to wait before you can pick these books up! So check them out!

Featured Releases

If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh

If for Any Reason is a Nantucket Love Story.

Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this…especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise”. And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as he uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason

The Brightest of Dreams is the third book in Susan’s Canadian Crossings series, coming after The Best of Intentions and The Highest of Hopes.

He crossed an ocean to reunite his family. But meeting her makes him question everything.

Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. But before he leaves, his employer offers him a deal. If Quinn can find the man’s wayward niece, who ran off with a Canadian soldier, and bring her back, then he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with one disaster after another. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. The quest draws the two of them together, but soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

The Fifth Avenue Story Society is a stand-alone novel.

An invitation to join the Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to reveal their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

The Land Beneath Us is the third book in Sarah’s Sunrise at Normandy series, coming after The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us.

In the midst of a global war, two forsaken souls search for personal peace.

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for—fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family—the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah’s life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay’s recurring dream comes true?

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green

Veiled in Smoke is the first book in Jocelyn’s Windy City Saga.

The flames took so much. She can’t lose her father as well.

Meg Townsend and her sister, Sylvie, seek a quiet existence managing the family bookshop. Meg feels responsible for caring for their father, Stephen, whose spirit and health are both damaged from his time as a prisoner during the Civil War. Her one escape is the paintings she creates and sells in the bookshop.

Then the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district. The fiery explosions and chaos stir up memories of war for Stephen as he runs from the blaze and becomes separated from his daughters. Days later, when the smoke has cleared, Meg and Sylvie manage to reunite with him. Their home and shop are lost, and what’s left among the ashes may be even more threatening than the flames, for they learn that a close friend was murdered the night of the fire—and Stephen has been charged with the crime. After he is committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum, where they cannot visit him, Stephen feels as lost to them as the shop that now lies in rubble.

Though homeless and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life but prove the truth of what happened that night, before the asylum truly drives her father mad.

Other Releases

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company is the third book in Carla’s Saturday Night Supper Club series, coming after The Saturday Night Supper Club and Brunch at Bittersweet Café.

Those are my featured releases for February! What about you? What are some books you are looking forward to reading?

Happy February!

All credit for the italicized synopses goes to each author and their respective publishers.

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