The 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021

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Well, we’re almost there! We’re nearing the end of 2020 and are feeling hopeful that next year will bring brighter days. One thing we can absolutely count on is that in 2021 there will be more new books for us to enjoy—which is especially comforting for when we need to escape real life! From favorites like Kristin Hannah and Taylor Jenkins Reid to new authors we are excited to introduce you to, here are our most anticipated books of 2021. 

Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman

Getting into college can be cutthroat. When three very different mothers have the same desire to get their daughters into Stanford and there’s only one spot available, the fight for admissions begins. Money, influence, social status… Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy mothers will do anything they can do create the path they want for their daughters. College dreams, and maybe even lives, will be destroyed by the end of college admission season.

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

Set in the backdrop of Florida cities and suburbs, the stories of Milk Blood Heat are about relationships, race, human connection, and more. Intimate character portraits, there is a story about a thirteen-year-old who considers the differences between herself and her white best friend; a woman who miscarries but can’t let go of her daughter; a teenager who is ‘courting’ the devil; two estranged siblings who are sent to spread their father’s ashes; and more. Called a “powerful debut collection,” these stories will fascinate readers.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

It’s 1934 in Texas and the Great Depression’s darkest period: The Dust Bowl. Elsa Martinelli needs to make a decision that will impact her future: stay and fight for the land she calls home, or go to California to try to create a better life. In the classic and beautiful writing style of Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds is Elsa’s courageous story of heroism and hope set in one of America’s darkest times.  

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

A novel that weaves history, love, and secrets, Wild Women and the Blues is about a grieving film student in 2015 and a chorus girl in 1925. In Chicago, 1925, Honoree is trying to dance her way to the top at Dreamland Café where she socializes with celebs. But Chicago is dangerous and Honoree’s ambition might be too much for the young dreamer. In 2015, film student Sawyer Hayes seeks out the 110-year-old Honoree to get answers for his thesis on the legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. When Honoree reveals her secrets, the past will meet the present in a story about courage, ambition, jazz, and passions

The Marriage Pass by Briana Cole

Dorian has been married for one year when his wife Shantae suggests they celebrate their anniversary in a very unique way. By engaging in a “no-questions-asked, no-consequences night” with their biggest temptation. For Dorian, this temptation happens to be Shantae’s younger sister, Reagan. After their one night together though, Dorian can’t just forget what happened with Reagan. Suddenly, this anniversary ‘gift’ gets extremely out of control and somebody is about to crash and burn.

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

What happens when you have one love story, two marriages, and three perspectives of the truth? You’ve got Carola Lovering’s upcoming suspenseful Too Good to Be True. Skye and Burke are planning their perfect wedding and life together yet Burke is keeping some pretty serious secrets. The biggest one: He’s already happily married. Enter Heather—who readers meet thirty years prior—who’s seventeen and trying to break up with her boyfriend. This twisty thriller will lead you in all sorts of directions until the shocking ending.

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

When Lara Barnes’ fiancé disappears on their wedding day, her whole future is destroyed. During her search for answers to his disappearance, Lara finds her great-grandmother’s journals. The story of the Secret Circus of Paris and a passionate love affair reveals that Lara may be caught up in a family curse that could be the reason for her fiancé’s disappearance. 

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

An automatic purchase for me, Taylor Jenkins Reid is always a must-read! Her upcoming Malibu Rising is the story of four famous siblings—Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit. In twenty-four hours and at an epic end-of-the-summer party, their mansion will go up in flames and their lives will be forever changed. But before the devastation, there will be music and alcohol, confessions of love, and secrets revealed in one utterly unforgettable night.

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

When an American ballerina is auditioning for a ballet company in Paris and she meets a charming French boy, what is bound to happen? Well, Kisses and Croissants, of course! When Mia and Louis meet, he offers to be her tour guide during her stay. The two discover some mysteries… and maybe even fall in love in the City of Love. 

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

August is twenty-three and cynical, working the night shift in a diner and not looking forward to much in the way of the future. But on her daily subway commute, August does have one bright spot, and that’s Jane. The only problem with this subway crush is that Jane is a girl who is lost in time, specifically from the 1970s. Is there a way for August to save Jane—and herself—in the process of figuring out just where she truly fits in?

Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Two childhood friends are brought back together in this moving story about a grieving man who’s lost his wife. When Parker remembers the frozen embryos from his late wife, he is set to become a single father in order to keep a part of Greer. He needs a surrogate though, and with his old friend Amelia back in his life, maybe this could be fate. Parker and Amelia will find solace in each other and discover much about what it means to be a family in Under the Southern Sky.

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Two battling family pho restaurants are the backdrop to this Romeo and Juliet-esque story. Bao is steady, not overly interesting, and his parents’ fifth favorite employee at their restaurant. In the neighboring pho restaurant, Linh is full of potential and wants to be an artist, but she’s practically working full-time at her family’s place. The two families have never gotten along, and Bao and Linh thought it was always about restaurant competition. When the two end up together through a chance encounter, they try to ignore the sparks they feel because of their feuding families. Will the two discover a love despite the complicated history of their parents?

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