5 Books to Read in April for a New Beginning
By Kate Olson
When I think of April, I think of spring. When I think of spring, I think of a fresh start. Flowers and trees are budding, cute baby animals are being born. It’s a time to shed our winter layers (living in Wisconsin makes this a VERY welcome time of year!) and break out our new spring wardrobes and open-toed shoes! When I think about my favorite books to read in April, that’s instantly where my mind goes - stories about fresh starts and new beginnings. Here are some of my recent favorite women’s fiction and romance titles that will make you excited for a new season, warmer weather and a chance to start over. Plus, a nonfiction book about Paris………..because April…..in Paris!
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman (Berkley ~ May 2, 2017)
The fresh start in this charming story is no doubt a bit of a downer in theory, but Waxman manages to make a story about a young widow and her children navigating their new lives both hilarious and heartwarming. Lilian will capture your affections right away, and you will be cheering for her and her gardening friends almost immediately. Oh, and there may possibly be some love along the way.
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile (Penguin ~ February 6, 2014)
Moving from California to the sugarcane fields of Louisiana is a definite do-over for Charley and her daughter, as they navigate family dramas and agricultural mishaps in a completely new world. Race relations in the Deep South add another level of complexity, making this the most serious title in this list. There is a bit of romance to sweeten up the storyline, however, along with a whole lot of woman power and a family to cheer for.
Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee (Most Likely To Book 1) (Montlake Romance ~ April 19, 2016)
Well, the title sets this one right up! Can I just tell you first how much I adore Catherine Bybee’s romances? This is just one of her series that I love, but I chose this one because it fits so perfectly with the vibe of the month. Melanie is a single mom who ends up back in her hometown, where her two childhood best friends still live. She swore she would NEVER return, but alas, she was forced to out of desperation. Oh, and a MAN from her past is there too. Romantic and lovely and a very sweet fresh start. This is the first in the Most Likely To series, and I promise you won’t be able to stop after reading this.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (Pamela Dorman ~ August 29, 2016)
I couldn’t leave this one off the list because it includes my second favorite thing on earth…...BAKING! Olivia’s professional and romantic life completely blow up in Boston, so she takes her baking talents (and her giant dog) to the wilds of small-town Vermont. The feel of the community and the man she meets are just wonderful, giving readers a full-hearted story of pies and the meaning of belonging.
A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light edited by Eleanor Brown (Putnam ~ June 1, 2017)
This absolutely delightful collection combines two of my very favorite topics - travel writing and writing about books! Women authors from around the world tell about their experiences in Paris and all about crafting their books that are set in the city. I love all of the travel advice given and the personal stories behind each of the books and writing journeys. Settle in and dream of the City of Light in the perfect month for it, even if you have to stay at home.
Now, for nostalgia’s sake, I’m throwing in a book that has made me think of spring since childhood. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett evokes every single feeling of green and fresh and sprouting possible in a gorgeous English setting. If you have never read it, and you are at all open to a throwback title, add this to your list for the month. If you aren’t a fan of children’s literature yourself, buy it for a child in your life. They will remember you every April for the rest of their life!
Now, go buy yourself some flowers, put on some of your new spring clothes, grab one of these books and dig in….
About the Author
Kate Olson is a reader, blogger, librarian, wife and mother in Wisconsin. When not reading, she is buying books, taking pictures of books for Instagram, sorting and shelving books or writing about books (here). While she attempts to read a wide variety of genres on a regular basis, her first loves will always be romance and women’s fiction.
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