Jane Recommends Book Picks for February 2024

Jane Recommends Book Picks for February 2024

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Daughter of a Promise by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

Days after graduating from college, Betsabé Ruiz begins her first job on Wall Street, where she plans to save enough money to eventually pursue her dreams of becoming a theatre actress. What she didn’t anticipate was that this job would allow her barely enough free time to sleep or hang out with friends, let alone take acting classes. She didn’t apprehend the magnitude of the wealth that would be swirling about her, either, or how the long hours and close quarters would infuse her professional relationships with intimacy. Still, she does her best to navigate this uncharted territory at work, where she makes an unlikely best friend and develops an unexpected attraction to her boss. Told in the retrospective as a letter to her unborn son, Daughter of a Promise is a coming-of-age tale in which a naïve Betsabé assumed leaving her past behind was the prerequisite for succeeding as an adult. The wisdom she ultimately passes on to her child, however, is steeped in the very traditions within which her grandmother raised her back in Miami.

7 Secrets To Creating A Life You Love by Monique de Maio

Imagine your life serving you, not the other way around. Imagine a journey whose destination is confidence. Imagine taking this journey with a group of other professional women and discussing the impact of your voices, time, choices, jobs, internal narratives, and external narratives on your satisfaction and quality of life. Imagine that this journey—although challenging at times—opens the door to new and exciting possibilities and leads you to a place of intention, happiness, and fulfillment. Now imagine that this journey is real, and it starts with this book!

GodTalk by Neale Donald Walsch

Don’t look now, but God is talking with you. In fact, God is never not talking with you! Neale Donald Walsch, NY Times bestselling author of Conversations with God, invites you to be present to life and the experience of your talks with God. He shares how God talks to you in a hundred ways across a thousand moments, using feelings, words, images, ideas, metaphors, and events that can change your life.

Honey by Isabel Banta

A coming-of-age story that follows the meteoric rise of singer Amber Young as she navigates fame in the late-90s and early-2000s era of pop music superstardom.

It is 1997, and Amber Young has received a life-changing call. It’s a chance thousands of girls would die for: the opportunity to join girl group Cloud9 in Los Angeles and escape her small town. She quickly finds herself in the orbits of fellow rising stars Gwen Morris, a driven singer-dancer, and Wes Kingston, a member of the biggest boy band in the world, ETA.

Surrounded by people who claim to love her but only wish to exploit her, Amber’s rich interior life is frequently reduced. Before she even knows who she is, the men surrounding her have decided what she’s capable of. Driven by a desire for recognition and success, for love and sex, for agency and connection, Amber comes of age at a time when the kaleidoscope of public opinion can distort everything and one mistake can shatter a career.

With the captivating style of Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler and the raw honesty of I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy, Isabel Banta’s debut novel, Honey, redefines the narratives of some of the most famous pop icons of the ’90s and 2000s. It reimagines the superstars we idolized and hated, oversexualized and underestimated, and gives them the fresh, multifaceted story they deserve.

Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera 

What if you thought you murdered your best friend? And if everyone else thought so too? And what if the truth doesn’t matter?

After Lucy is found wandering the streets, covered in her best friend Savvy’s blood, everyone thinks she is a murderer. Lucy and Savvy were the golden girls of their small Texas town: pretty, smart, and enviable. Lucy married a dream guy with a big ring and an even bigger new home. Savvy was the social butterfly loved by all, and if you believe the rumors, especially popular with the men in town. It’s been years since that horrible night, a night Lucy can’t remember anything about, and she has since moved to LA and started a new life.

But now the phenomenally huge hit true crime podcast “Listen for the Lie,” and its too-good looking host Ben Owens, have decided to investigate Savvy’s murder for the show’s second season. Lucy is forced to return to the place she vowed never to set foot in again to solve her friend’s murder, even if she is the one that did it.

Mary Whitcombe by Valerie Nifora

An heiress who’s lost her fortune. A whirlwind romance. Abandoned by all she once knew; can she dare to trust this newfound love?

It’s the turn of the 19th century, and Mary Whitcombe lives in blissful ignorance of the wider world. An orphan born into wealth, her guardian sends her away to a convent, where she grapples with the abrupt transition from opulent living to the austere cloister. But as she matures, Mary’s heart discovers its first love in the form of the young gardener at the institution…

Unprepared for a heart-wrenching tragedy that strikes, Mary decides to forgo her vows. Now, she’s compelled to depart, leaving behind her sheltered existence. In a society where her innocence could render her a pawn in a treacherous game of power and wealth, Mary faces the harsh realities of life. Will these cruelties shatter her last hope of a happily ever after?

‘Mary Whitcombe’ is the captivating second installment in The Fairmounts romantic fiction series. If you relish deeply passionate characters, enthralling mysteries, and dramatic deceit, you’ll adore Valerie Nifora’s timeless storytelling.

Merry DeLuca has a big problem. Her sister just married her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved. Her life is rapidly spiraling down the drain and she doesn’t have an escape plan. So when Merry is offered a three-month holiday living in a romantic castle in the French countryside she leaps at the chance. Merry knows her French holiday will fix everything—Her holiday will be perfect…until she arrives and finds Noah Wright—the best man at her sister’s wedding and the worst man she’s ever known—staying in her castle. Famous travel documentarian by day and the arrogant devil by night, Noah refuses to leave the castle. This means that Merry and Noah are stuck together in France, in a crumbling castle, on a holiday where nothing goes right. Not for Merry and not for Noah. Until…

The Magic All Around by Jennifer Moorman

In this latest enchanting novel from bestselling magical realism author Jennifer Moorman, a treasure hunt through the past reveals one woman’s extraordinary gift for arranging the future.

The Russell women have always lived in a house that is as special as they are—a century-old Victorian with a radio that tunes itself to the listener’s mood and a pantry that rearranges to provide just the right ingredients for any baking need. Lilith Russell was the exception. She left the family home in Ivy Ridge, Georgia, and has been flitting like a hummingbird from place to place with her daughter, Mattie, in the decades since, only returning each summer to drop Mattie off with Lilith’s sister, Penelope.

When Lilith dies suddenly, Mattie is left without her sole companion and the captain who steered her ship. That is, until she visits Ivy Ridge and learns Lilith charted one last course for Mattie: a series of tasks that she must complete to earn her inheritance, with Penelope overseeing the process.

Both Mattie and Penelope are outraged by Lilith’s seemingly random stipulations: throw a Halloween party, take a local pizza cooking class, share secrets with someone . . . But Mattie soon realizes that if she completes the tasks, she may unearth her mother’s secrets, including the identity of Mattie’s father. She may also discover more about the Russell family “gifts” and why Lilith chose Penelope’s former love to be the executor of the will. She may even learn how and why Jonathan Carlisle, the boy who stole her heart ten summers ago, also happens to be back in town.

The Space Between by Sarah Ready

Life doesn’t have many certainties but for Andrea and Jace forever is one of them.

Andrea Leighton-Hughes—shockingly wealthy Upper East Sider, a chess-piece in her family’s games since before she was born—knows what it’s like to hide behind a mask. Her world is one of lies, manipulation, and reputation. Jace is the first and only person to see who she truly is.

Jace Morgan is no stranger to tragedy and every day is a struggle to get by. A musical prodigy from the Bronx, Jace and his brothers will do whatever it takes to climb to the top of the music charts. Andrea is the first and only person who has helped him play from the heart.

No one understands their connection. No one understands their love.

As Jace and Andrea struggle to stay together and prove that love defeats all obstacles, life sets out to prove them wrong.

What happens when two people promise forever, but life tears them apart?

What happens in the time they aren’t together—in the space between?

Elisa Fershtadt
Elisa Fershtadt
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