To Woo and To Wed by Martha Waters available at Amazon, simonandschuster.com and Goodreads. West, the Marquess of Weston, and Sophie, Lady Fitzwilliam Bridewell, have lately been spending a considerable amount of time together. But West and Sophie are not new acquaintances. In fact, years ago, they had once been nearly engaged until West’s almost fatal curricle accident and his meddling father threw them off course. Now recently widowed, Sophie has put aside all thoughts of romance. But when her widowed sister, Alexandra, mentions a fondness for an earl, Sophie realizes that she may be holding her sister back. Alexandra won’t move forward with an engagement until Sophie, too, settles down again, and so Sophie approaches West with a plan. They will announce their engagement and break things off once Alexandra is happily married. It’ll be simple. After all, it’s not like she is going to fall for West a second time, not when Sophie has sworn not to risk her heart again.
Soul To Soul Tiny Stories Of Hope And Resilience by Faye Rapoport DesPres available at available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and fayerapoportdespres.com. Award-winning writer and journalist Faye Rapoport DesPres brings heart to home and light to life in this unique collection of short stories. Soul to Soul is both a literary and optimistic response to the rough start of the 2020s, offering moments of hope that will undoubtedly help the book endure as a beloved classic long into the future. Each 100-word story is a brief window into a life at the very moment of a discovery about the character or perhaps the way of the world. Many of the tiny tales have been beautifully illustrated by celebrated European artist Anya Lauchlan.
Second Chances In New Port Stephen by TJ Alexander available at Amazon and Goodreads. A trans man returns to his Florida hometown for Christmas after his career goes up in flames, only to cross paths with his high school ex in this charming rom-com about family and second chances from the author of the “delectable” (Time) Chef’s Kiss.
Eli Ward hasn’t been back to his suffocating hometown of New Port Stephen, Florida, in ages. Post-transition and sober, he’s a completely different person from the one who left years ago. But when a scandal threatens his career as a TV writer and comedian, he has no choice but to return home for the holidays.
Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In an extraordinary story that only he could tell – and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it – Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humour, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fuelled it despite seemingly having it all.