Hey there, Savvy Readers! Because the fall is SO huge for books, we know sometimes it can be overwhelming. To make sure you don’t miss your next favourite read in a jam-packed September, we made this list of books to keep on your radar.
The Good German by Dennis Bock
In November 1939, a German anti-fascist named Georg Elser came as close to assassinating Adolf Hitler as anyone ever had. In this gripping novel of alternate history, he doesn’t just come close—he succeeds. But he could never have imagined the terrible consequences that would follow from this act of heroism.
In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk
When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were. Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love? Sometimes we all want to see what we’ve been missing…
The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli
An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, “Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine”, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.
The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby
A charming, deeply imaginative debut novel about a young girl who is immortalized in her father’s illustrated books that contain clues to their family secrets. An unforgettable story about growing up, facing mortality and discovering the hidden wonders that make us who we are.
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian account of a near-future when a queer Black performer and his allies join forces against an oppressive regime that is rounding up those deemed “Other” in concentration camps.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability; they spontaneously combust when agitated.
The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel
A lush debut novel about a beautiful woman working as a model for Christian Dior in postwar Paris, who discovers astonishing secrets about herself and the fabulous people around her.
Before the Crown by Flora Harding
Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox
Boston, 1844. Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous. As an orphaned child, she fled from her charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift. Now a young woman, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery. When a series of macabre grave robberies begins to plague the city, Tabby is ensnared in a deadly plot by the perpetrators, known only as the “Resurrection Men.”
Hench by Natalie Zina Walchots
A smart, imaginative, and evocative novel of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman who works as a temp for a supervillain discovers the greatest superpower—for good or ill—is a properly executed spreadsheet.
The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant
New bride Eleanor impresses her husband by growing saffron, a spice more valuable than gold. His reputation in Henry VIII’s court soars – but fame and fortune come at a price, for the king’s favour will not last forever…
When Amber discovers an ancient book in her grandfather’s home at Saffron Hall, the contents reveal a dark secret from the past. As she investigates, so unravels a forgotten tragic story and a truth that lies much closer to home than she could have imagined…
The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe
An electrifying page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist who takes the fine art world by storm.
What books did you love this month, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!