There’s nothing like a fresh start! Whether you’re a resolution-maker or just someone seeking a literary clean slate story, we’ve got you covered. From stories about reinvention to those that capture the magic of a new adventure, dive in and enjoy the ride these ten novels offer.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
In the heart of New York City, August, a cynical twenty-three-year-old, believes in a life devoid of magic and love stories. Her daily routine takes an unexpected turn when she encounters Jane, a dazzling and mysterious girl, on the subway. Jane’s soft smile, retro charm, leather jackets, and love for the 1970s have become the highlight of August’s life. There’s only one problem: Jane is literally from another era, displaced in time. Soon, she realizes it’s time to challenge her skepticism and embrace the possibility of new beginnings.
Luster by Raven Leilani
Edie’s stuck on the struggle bus for the sake of survival, navigating a dead-end admin job and a string of unsuccessful relationships. Her passion for painting has faltered, and she doesn’t know what’s next. Then, she meets Eric. He’s a middle-aged archivist in an open marriage with an adopted black daughter — unconventional, right? Not for Edie, who finds herself immersed in the family, creating a complex web of relationships and self-discovery.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Retired tennis champion Carrie, who was once considered the greatest the world has ever seen, faces a crisis when her records are surpassed by a British player, Nicki Chan. She has a decision to make — let her record stay in second place or come out of retirement. Now, at thirty-seven, with her choice made, she’ll train with her father to reclaim her legacy. Despite media criticism and aging challenges, Carrie’s comeback represents a fresh start for her career and a quest for redemption, intertwined with rekindling past connections, especially with her coach, Bowe Huntley.
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
When Olivia Monroe moves to LA to launch her law firm, dating is the last thing on her mind, especially love in the spotlight. A chance encounter changes it all when she meets up with the attractive junior senator Max Powell at a hotel bar, leading to a night of flirtation. Olivia isn’t aware of who Max is, but despite her initial reservations about dating a politician, a sweet gesture involving chocolate cake draws her in. And, as their relationship blossoms, Olivia will have to navigate having a secret rendezvous and facing media scrutiny when it becomes public.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Overachiever Leena must take a two-month sabbatical, much to her annoyance. But she retreats to her grandmother Eileen’s house for the required rest. Eileen, approaching eighty and seeking a second chance at love in her Yorkshire village, faces limited options. This gives Leena an idea — a two-month swap where Eileen explores London’s romance scene, and Leena manages the rural Yorkshire life. As they both face unexpected challenges, they’ll explore what it truly means to have a new start on the journey to self-discovery.
New York, New Year, New You by Rachael Bloome
Quitting is Quincy Carmichael’s MO. She’s a self-professed quitter and has been for close to a decade. Only now, she faces a challenge when her chance at a family competition requires her to complete her unfinished Christmas commitments, including moving to New York. Forced out of her comfort zone, Quincy finds herself navigating the chaos of a new place, living with her best friend’s older brother, Ethan. Quincy will confront her fear of commitment and journey toward self-discovery and love, realizing the importance of pushing herself beyond halfway and seizing life’s opportunities.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Set in the 1970s, the Allbright family leaves their home and moves to Alaska, living off the grid. Ernt Allbright, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, has lost another job and is desperate to escape. At the same time, Cora Allbright will do anything for the husband she loves. Thirteen-year-old Leni also hopes this new life will provide unique adventures for her damaged family. As they face the challenges of winter unprepared in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates, and Leni and Cora learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Evvie Drake’s husband died. It’s been a year since the car crash, and in her quiet Maine town, she isolates herself, even from her best friend, Andy. Meanwhile, a few states away, MLB pitcher Dean Tenney has his struggles to bear. Dean has the yips, which affects his throwing arm. Needing a break, Dean accepts Andy’s invitation to Maine and moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house. A deal with Evvie to avoid discussing their pasts leads to an unexpected friendship and possibly something more.
The Roads We Take by Christy K. Lee
In 1885, Clara Thomas, one of Canada’s first female physicians, dreams of a life beyond societal norms. Despite her parents’ pressure to conform, Clara aspires to start her own medical practice. Determined to break free, she hastily marries a stranger and ventures to British Columbia to live on her terms. This new journey isn’t all that she expected when Clara discovers her husband’s addiction, leaving her to make a tough decision: stay in this newfound life or return to Ontario and its limiting ways.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
In this unique and mystical world the holy city of Tova is where the winter solstice typically means celebration and a rare solar eclipse arises, creating other plans for its inhabitants. The sun priest Naranpa deems it an unsettling celestial event. Simultaneously, a ship helmed by Xiala, a sailor, a mysterious sea creator who can calm the waters and warp minds with her song, approaches. She carries with her Serapio, a shy, blind young man destined to be a vessel of the ancient crow gods. Each character is headed toward Tova, and what happens next will surprise even them.