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Book of The Month April 2021 Choices


Hello everyone! As of today, I've decided to start discussing the current Book of The Month picks each month. I'm a pretty consistent subscriber so I wanted to take the chance to dig into some more details for each book than what is initially provided. I'll be sharing some information from the site along with other sources so you can get a clearer picture of the choices for the month. I know I prefer to know what I'm choosing before pressing that button to confirm my purchase. I'll also be letting you know which book I chose for my box.


With it being the start of the month, that means it's time to dive into it.


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The Hunting Wives by May Cobb

Thriller - Early Release


Description:


The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.


Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.


Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.


When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.


Release Date: May 18, 2021

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★ (4.05/5)

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Adult

Trigger Warnings: Infidelity, Murder, Abortion


Brief Descriptions From Book Of The Month:

  • Unlikeable Narrator

  • Salacious

  • Murder

  • Mama Drama


Price In The April Box: $14.99 With Monthly Membership

Hardcover Retail Price: $22.99



What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins

Contemporary Fiction - Debut


Description:


After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys' families--a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.


In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses--until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.


Evangeline's arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn't equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.


Release Date: April 13, 2021

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★ (4.07/5)

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary, Adult

Trigger Warnings: Animal Death, Sexual Assault, Suicide, Possible Abuse


Brief Descriptions From Book Of The Month:

  • 400+ Pages

  • Multiple Viewpoints

  • Sad

  • Graphic Violence


Price In The April Box: $14.99 With Monthly Membership

Hardcover Retail Price: $23.49



Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Mystery - Early Release - Debut


Description:


When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.


With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…


Release Date: May 4, 2021

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★ (4.26/5)

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Violence, Drugs, Fatphobia


Brief Descriptions From Book Of The Month:

  • Puzzle

  • LOL

  • Whodunit

  • Quest

Price In The April Box: $14.99 With Monthly Membership

Paperback Retail Price: $16.00



Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Historical Fiction


Description:


Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark.


When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.


Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi.


Release Date: March 30, 2021

Goodreads Rating: ★★★ (3.80/5)

Genres: Historical Fiction, Adult, Literary Fiction

Trigger Warnings: Racism, Sexual Assault


Brief Descriptions From Book Of The Month:

  • Emotional

  • Family Drama

  • Slow Build

  • Literary

Price In The April Box: $14.99 With Monthly Membership

Hardcover Retail Price: $23.95



People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Romance - Repeat Author - Early Release


Description:


Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She's a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart--she's in New York City, and he's in their small hometown--but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.


Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven't spoken since.


Poppy has everything she should want, but she's stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together--lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.


Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?


Release Date: May 11, 2021

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★ (4.43/5)

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Trigger Warnings: Death, Anxiety, Addiction


Brief Descriptions From Book Of The Month:

  • Happy

  • Quirky

  • Light Read

  • Writer's Life


Price In The April Box: $14.99 With Monthly Membership

Paperback Retail Price: $13.99



My April 2021 Box


I Chose:



I chose The Hunting Wives by May Cobb for my box this month. It recently came to my attention I was starting to run out of mystery books on my shelves, which is one of my favorite genres. I decided early on I wanted to try to get one in my box to make up for the empty space.


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