I’m looking forward to 2021 for more reasons than I can name — but great new reads are certainly at the top of the list! Of course, I’m also counting down the days until my own forthcoming release, Under The Southern Sky, hits shelves on April 20.

In the meantime, I’ve got tons of recommendations to keep your heart full and your bookshelves even fuller. If you’re looking to spend those holiday gift cards or are an expert, organized creator of TBR piles, you’re going to want to borrow a few — or all — of these fantastic women’s fiction reads to add to your stack!

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert | April 20, 2021

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club follows an anxiety-ridden tour guide and a nerdy supper club owner who is trying to perfect his cheese curd recipe as they team up to help each other while a rom-com loving ghost is determined to bring them together. Full of delicious food, random acts of kindness, and one giant margarita to the face that launches it all, this is sure to be the feel-good book of summer.

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I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Garvin | May 1, 2021

I Thought You Said This Would Work is a relatable story about the complexity of female friendship, its evolution through the years and the people who are always there no matter what. Both humorous and incredibly heartfelt, it’s a feel-good story that will stay with you long after the final page.

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Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson | January 12, 2021

Yellow Wife is the harrowing, exquisite tale of an enslaved woman who is promised freedom and instead finds herself being held in the most terrifying jail in the country. Her quest for not only survival but also redemption is powerful and transportive, and the imagery in this novel is absolutely pitch-perfect.

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Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan Henry | March 9, 2021

Surviving Savannah is the newest historical novel from NYT bestselling author Patti Callahan a fascinating dive into the true and untold story of the Titanic of the South. Told from three powerful women’s points of view, the novel travels from 1838 to modern-day Savannah as we learn about the survivors of the great steamship Pulaski tragedy. It begs the age-old, poignant question: How do we survive the surviving?

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel | July 6, 2021

The Forest of Vanishing Stars is an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis — until a secret from her past threatens everything. You won’t be able to put down this brilliantly researched page-turner!

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The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner | February 2, 2021

Three women’s paths cross in unexpected ways on the eve of the earthquake that forever changes San Francisco in Susan Meissner’s latest tour de force. The Nature of Fragile Things is a powerful tale of female friendship, resilience and the depth of a mother’s love.

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Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev | July 6, 2021

A high-strung, deeply repressed politician is thrust together with the stress-management expert and yogi that lit his heart on fire a decade earlier … What could be more delicious than that? Sonali Dev’s take on Austen’s classic Sense and Sensibility is a delightful read for fans of smart, vibrant fiction with the right dash of romance.

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The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews | May 4, 2021

After Letty discovers her sister’s dead body, she suddenly finds herself in trouble and on the run — with her four-year-old niece and the cash, diamond and faded magazine article her sister left behind in tow. The perfect mix of mystery and feel-good fun, there’s a reason that summer begins with MKA — and The Newcomer proves it with every page.

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A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser | March 23, 2021

A thoroughly modern and completely riveting story about the unexpected consequences — both good and bad — of a mail-in DNA test, Jessica Strawser’s latest page-turner is full of twists and turns. Two half-sisters, one with a seemingly perfect life and one who desperately needs to find a match for her failing kidney, discover each other and, in exchange, both of their lives are changed forever.

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The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah | February 2, 2021

A beautiful testament to the resiliency of the human spirit, Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds explores one woman’s quest to rebuild her life in the wake of the Great Depression, begging the question: What would you sacrifice for the chance to find your slice of the American Dream? (Read BookTrib’s review here.)

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