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Jane Green Delivers a Perceptive and Powerful Beach Read with SUMMER SECRETS

When she was 27, Cat Coombs’ life of journalism and parties was interrupted by a shocking secret. Now, at 43, she must confront her past.

Patti Callahan Henry Explores the Consequences of Deceit in THE IDEA OF LOVE

When heartbroken Ella and screenwriter Hunter meet in a coffee shop, their white lies inspire hope in one another --- at serious costs.

Gossip Abounds on Nantucket in Elin Hilderbrand's 15th Novel, THE RUMOR

Best friends Madeline and Grace seem to have it all. But when rumors start to spread about their personal lives, they must clear the air.

Laura Lane McNeal’s Heartwarming Debut Novel, DOLLBABY, is Now in Paperback

Sent to live with her eccentric grandmother, Ibby is initiated into the ways of the South by her grandmother’s cook and smart-mouthed daughter.

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Summer

Today's prize book is FLAME TREE ROAD by Shona Patel. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 30th at 11:59am ET.

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Sneak Peek Contest: HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure

Our latest Sneak Peek Feature spotlights HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure, a novel that takes readers on a breathless journey from the wealthy halls of high society to the sewers of the criminal underworld during the Gilded Age in New York City. The book doesn’t release until September 15th, but we have 75 advance copies to give away to readers who can commit to previewing it and sharing their comments on it by Friday, August 21st. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 9th at noon ET.


Paperback Spotlight: DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal

When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been --- and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum --- is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.


Bookreporter.com's Summer Reading Contests and Feature

Summer will be here before you know it! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be hosting a number of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days throughout the summer, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win.

Today's prize book is FLAME TREE ROAD by Shona Patel. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 30th at 11:59am ET.

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After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann has found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist. But when Claire's newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor's newly peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. Chasing Claire's leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that --- if it actually exists --- every government and terrorist organization around the world would do anything to possess.

Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica, as does her greedy husband. When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself.

The Cartel by Don Winslow - Thriller

DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for 30 years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of the world’s most powerful cartel who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly --- the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead. Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a 10-year odyssey to take him down.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon Watson's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. It is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned --- always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save his sister?

Set in Paris today, THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE follows four friends who run into each other in the Luxembourg Gardens, attend parties, and conduct a long-running exchange on sex, desire, history, art, even the meaning of human existence. Alain, one of the friends, is fascinated by the exposed belly buttons of passing women --- the latest fashion --- and takes navel-gazing to imaginative, erotic heights. Another, who has just been told that he does not have cancer, tells a friend that his case is terminal.

From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.

In SECRET BROTHER, an all-new sequel to FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, a young boy suffers amnesia from a trauma he suffered in what feels like must have been another life. He’s adopted into a wealthy family. But what will happen when he learns the truth about his past?

As John Banville writes in his introduction to THE LOVE OBJECT, Edna O'Brien "is, simply, one of the finest writers of our time.” The 31 stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked, while others carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical.

Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE BARD tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession.

On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like or even admire. But his past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous. For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Dublin, 1841. On a cold December morning, a small boy is enticed away from his mother and his throat savagely cut. It appears that the culprit --- a feckless student named John Delahunt --- is also an informant in the pay of the authorities at Dublin Castle. And strangely, this young man seems neither to regret what he did nor fear his punishment. Indeed, as he awaits the hangman in his cell in Kilmainham Gaol, John Delahunt decides to tell his story in this, his final, deeply unsettling statement.

Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book --- until now. In ROMANTIC OUTLAWS, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN and the Romantic visionary who gave the world FRANKENSTEIN --- two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy.