Under-the-Radar Books: Selected April Reads for You


Each month, hundreds of books are published, and so many go unnoticed. Under-the-Radar spotlights some of the books that you may not have heard about yet. If you’re looking for something new and different to read, or want to find your next favorite author, look no further! Here are our selected books for April Under-the-Radar reads including memoir, historical fiction, romance, inspirational and more!

Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

Marissa Mo was kept captive in a basement but now, twenty years later, she is trying to get past the trauma and move on. When she accepts a freelance photographing job in Portland that focuses on murder, she may come face to face with the horrors of the childhood she’s been trying to forget.

We Are Bridges: A Memoir by Cassandra Lane

As she prepares for motherhood at the age of thirty-five, Cassandra Lane explores her memories of her great-grandparents. In this haunting memoir, she recounts their love and intimacy and the death of her great-grandfather at the hands of white men. 

At the End of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano

A moving love story, it’s instant connection for Satoshi and Yoko when they meet but neither is sure how to make something of it. When Yoko almost dies in a bombing, Satoshi admits his feelings and Yoko cancels her impending marriage. But missed connections and melodrama during a long-distance relationship make it challenging for the two. This beautiful Japanese translation will capture your heart.

The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian

In this harrowing debut Southern novel, two teenagers, Ada and Matilda, are struggling. Ada has returned home after having run away and will have a price to pay for leaving. Matilda tries to protect her family from raucous locals, all the while making a plan to move away. The two girls have formed an unusual bond where the secrets from their past may cost them their lives.

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen

If you’re a fan of WWII historical fiction, add this one to your list of must-reads. Aurelia has inherited her grandmother’s apartment in Paris and she unearths a room of mysterious items. Moving between Paris in 1942 and London in 2017, The Paris Apartment is a story of espionage, love, loss, war, danger and intrigue.

The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey

Anna is recruited to the Office of Strategic Services when she becomes a widow. There are secret missions and an opportunity to go undercover as a spy in the French Resistance. Now in constant danger, Anna lives a life where she wants to make a difference for her country, no matter what. She will find her purpose behind enemy lines.

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

Twelve-year-old Norman’s best friend has died and so have their plans to be the next famous comic duo. Even without Jax, who was the funny one, Norman decides he will still take the act to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. And along the way, he’s going to enlist his mom, Sadie, to help search for his biological father. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is “triumphant and touching,” and Norman is a superstar!

The Truth and Other Hidden Things by Lea Geller

When Bells and her family move to the town of Pigkill, she starts blogging under a pseudonym to vent about her life. She finally has a place to say what she wants, and as her posts become more personal and her readership grows, she puts her husband’s job in jeopardy and her children become blog fodder. But when she uncovers a town scandal and her blog goes viral, will she stay incognito or risk losing the people closest to her all in the name of finally being noticed?

The Happiest Girl in the World by Alena Dillon

Sera Wheeler wants to make it to the Olympics for gymnastics and she’s doing all she can to get there. Even if it involves not being truthful about certain treatments from the gymnastics doctor in order to keep favor with those who choose the Olympic Team. But by staying quiet and being disloyal, has Sera ruined more than just her Olympic future?

Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth by Rachel Sarah

This one’s for the young ladies in your life. Girl Warriors offers inspiration and a call to action to help the next generation fight for our environment. This impactful book includes stories from 25 young eco-activists who are standing up to make the world a better place for the future.

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