Golden State by Stephanie Kegan. Published by Simon & Schuster

The beloved youngest child of a popular Californian political family, Natalie has always shared a special relationship with her big brother Bobby. She sees him as her protector, her best friend. Bobby is something of a prodigy and leaves for Harvard at 16. But he becomes more and more introverted and over time Natalie loses touch with Bobby. As an adult Natalie is a happily married woman with two children. Her oldest daughter is at Stanford when a bomb goes off, killing a student. More bombs follow across the state and the Cal Bomber, as the press have dubbed him publishes a manifesto. Natalie is horrified because the manifesto is very similar to a letter Bobby once wrote. Now Natalie embarks on a journey to uncover the truth, not realizing that the truth may cost her everything she believed in

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The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas. Published by Bookouture

When Luca and Olivia eloped when they were teenagers, they caused tremendous problems and rifts in their families. Now years later, Luca has been killed in a car crash. Broken hearted, Olivia leaves London and her job and moves back home to be close to Luca’s grave. She is not welcomed with open arms, her in-laws make it clear she’s not wanted. Here she commiserates with Luca’s twin brother Marc. No one understands Olivia’s pain like Marc does and even though he is married the two of them fall headlong into an affair. The resulting fallout causes more than one life to spiral out of control.
Douglas is an amazing writer who held me enthralled. I literally could not put this book down.

A Treacherous Trader by Ellery Adams. Published by Beyond the Page

Collector’s Weekly reporter Molly Appleby is over the moon. She’s newly engaged and on the hunt for the perfect vintage wedding gown. She’s promised her family and her fiancee that she will stay out of trouble and out of harm’s way, but that all goes by the wayside when the photographer she wanted to hire is murdered. It turns out he was quite a ladies man and quite a few of the ladies had it in for him. It’s a busy time for Molly, planning a wedding…hunting for a killer. And that vintage dress? Molly’s found the perfect one, and it’s connected to a crime all its own.

A Killer Collection by Ellery Adams. Published by Beyond the Page

Molly Appleby writes for Collector’s Weekly, a job that keeps her busy, attending auctions and shows all over the South. Her latest assignment is covering the opening of a North Carolina pottery kiln, but things take an ugly turn when the body of a collector turns up. George Bradley Staunton was a wealthy and rather nasty collector who didn’t care who he stepped on as long as he got the collectible he wanted. Needless to say there is no lack of suspects and Molly discovers that the world of antiques and collectibles is far from open and above board. Some people will do anything to get what they want…….

The Ravens by Vidar Sundstol. Published by the University of Minnesota

The third book in the Minnesota trilogy. Forest ranger Lance Hansen is now on the wrong side of the law. The long road that began with him finding a body in the wilderness has culminated with his flight from police with his brother Andy. Desperate for answers and still troubled by the possible connection between the modern day homicide victim he discovered and the 100 year old death of an Ojibwe medicine man, Lance turns to his ex father-in-law for help. The man’s ability to sometimes discern the truth from his dreams will lead Lance begin investigating both cases himself. and in the process uncovering some truths he may wish has stayed buried

Daughter of Dark River Farm by Terri Nixon. Published by Carina UK

After surviving the horrors of World War I in France, Kitty Maitland has made a comfortable life for herself at Dark River Farm. Here, she feels she can finally begin to heal. But when two visitors appear, the dynamics of the farm change. One is a handsome, charming man. Kitty doesn’t believe she will ever get over Archie Buchanan, but maybe there is a chance to at least forget with this mysterious charmer. The other visitor is a young woman who spreads unrest and mistrust through the farm like a virus. No one is immune and the farm is no longer a safe place anymore.

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani. Published by lake Union

When she gets news that her father is in a coma, Indian American Sonya fells she has no choice but to return to the home she fled years earlier to lead a more conventional life. At home she joins her sisters, Trish, who has a picture perfect life in suburbia, and Marin, who has a successful career. Together, the three sisters try to come to terms with what has happened to their father and with their family’s troubled past