There is something special about a book that elicits strong emotions for the characters and their situations, as if they were your own. A book that will make you fall in love for the first time, share your secrets, mourn the loss of a cherished pet, or repair the bond between sisters. From the whimsical to the heartwarming, this list has something for everyone. So take a moment to check out our favorite recommendations that we know will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
The idea for A. J. Pearce’s irresistible debut novel came to her after she read actual letters and articles in wartime magazines written by the women who remained behind during World War II. DEAR MRS. BIRD is a charming story about a bygone era, with likable characters in Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty, and a refreshingly different perspective on wartime Britain that history buffs and casual readers alike will love.
This magical novel from Steve Rowley is perfect for readers who know the joy and pain of losing a beloved pet. Ted Flask’s love life is in a pitiable state, but there is someone special in his life: his aging dachshund, Lily. When Lily has a health scare, Ted is frantic to make everything right for his faithful companion. LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is an emotional tearjerker about the profound connection between a man and his dog.
Ted and his elderly dachshund are at the center of this story of steadfast companionship, loss, and longing that will break your heart and put it back together again. The two share a comfortable life spent chatting about boys, playing board games, and ordering pizza just so Lily can bark at the delivery boy. But then the Octopus arrives and their simple little world begins to change. By turns hilarious and poignant, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is a book you’ll never stop talking (and crying) about.
Anne Youngson’s debut is a beautifully written epistolary novel about the deepening friendship between two lonely and unfulfilled people. Tina Hopgood and Professor Anders Larsen are isolated in their everyday life but form a connection through their shared fascination with the Tollund Man—a man who lived during Denmark’s Iron Age. The frenzied pace of their letters flying back and forth between London and Denmark will leave readers anticipating their first meeting.
Stephen McCauley has a sharp sense of humor and knows how to deliver a snarky one-liner with perfection. In the national bestseller, MY EX-LIFE, he’s written a witty tale about David Hedges, a man whose life is coming undone: his boyfriend has left him, his apartment is about to be sold by the owner, and he’s gained twenty pounds eating his sorrows away at a Thai takeout spot. When his ex-wife Julie, reenters the picture asking for his help with college plans for her daughter, Mandy, David is forced to reexamine what he wants from life and his beliefs about family and love.
After the death of his parents, Jacob Jankowski gives up on his dream of becoming a veterinarian, hops on a train out of town, and unintentionally joins the circus. With no home and mounting debt, Jacob accepts a job with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth as the caretaker of the menagerie. Told in flashbacks, Jacob recounts the first time he meets the love of his life, the beautiful equestrian, Marlena, and Rosie, the elephant. Gruen has given readers a beautifully written romantic page-turner set beneath the big top of a Depression-era circus.
During the Great Depression, Jacob Jankowski quits veterinary school and finds himself working at the second-rate Benzini Brothers circus, where he must contend with August, the mercurial animal trainer; Marlena, his performer wife; and Rosie, a bull elephant. There he finds danger, love, and the dark world behind the glamour.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the inspirational novel about the true story of author Mitch Albom’s life-changing relationship with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. When Mitch discovers Morrie has ALS and has been told he has only one month left to live, he rekindles his friendship with his old mentor for one final lesson about the meaning of life.
This moving, heartbreaking, and powerful book follows Mitch Albom and his longtime relationship with his college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz. Knowing that Morrie was dying, their meetings turned into one final “class,” a lesson on how to live.
Maggie and Rose believe they have nothing in common but their last name, Feller, and their love of shoes. After a fight over a boyfriend, the two sisters drift apart until their grandmother, Ella, who they haven’t seen in twenty years steps in to help them reconnect and heal from the emotional trauma of their mother’s death.
From Jennifer Weiner comes a story of two sisters with nothing in common but a love for shoes learn they are more alike than they thought possible.
Meet Rose Feller, a thirty-year-old high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She has an exercise regime she's going to start next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up, semi-employed little sister to straighten up and fly right.
Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old and drop-dead gorgeous. Although her big-screen stardom hasn't progressed past her left hip's appearance in a Will Smith video, Maggie dreams of fame and fortune -- and of getting her big sister on a skin-care regimen.
These two women, who claim to have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that they're more alike than they'd ever imagined. Along the way, they'll encounter a diverse cast of characters -- from a stepmother who's into recreational Botox to a disdainful pug with no name. They'll borrow shoes and clothes and boyfriends, and eventually make peace with their most intimate enemies -- each other.
Emma Straub's bestselling novel MODERN LOVERS centers on a close-knit group of college friends caught up in the ennui of midlife crises and marital tensions, desperately trying to hold on to their last sparks of youth—all while getting their teenagers ready to begin their own college experiences.