12 Most anticipated books of 2021

Get ready to start your 2021 TBR list with these book picks. We’ve rounded up a dozen of the most anticipated books of 2021 we’re looking forward to. From historical fiction from the bestselling author who brought us The Alice Network, to rom-coms and domestic thrillers that will have you talking all year long, this list promises not to disappoint.

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These are the most anticipated books of 2021

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Kristin Hannah takes us back to the heart of the Great Depression, Texas, 1934, when the dust bowl threatened to bury everything that farmers and generations before them had painstakingly worked to build. Like so many of her neighbors, Elsa Martinelli must make the choice between the land she loves and moving west in search of a better life. 

This amazing story of courage and heart-wrenching sacrifice will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.  

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Eve has tried to straighten out her life. Really, she has. But no matter what she does, she finds – or often creates – disaster at every turn. So, when she accidentally ruins an expensive wedding and unintentionally runs into the B&B owner with her car, she finds herself scrambling, once again, to clean up the mess. Jacob’s arm is broken and Eve, he swears, is hellbent on ruing his life. But as she flutters around trying to make everything better, he can’t help it. He’s falling for the crazy lady before him and he will fight that feeling with everything he’s got.

Hilarious, witty, and so much fun – this rom-com is a great way to start off the new year.

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Kieran Elliott has never completely moved on from the reckless choices that changed the course of his life, in spite of his young, vibrant family and a new life far away. But when his struggling parents call him home, the past threatens to haunt him once again. A body is soon discovered on the beach, raising questions, resurfacing dark memories, and exposing secrets that begin to swirl around the seaside community, leaving Kieran wondering if anything will ever be the same.

This bestselling author doesn’t disappoint with her latest thriller mystery. It’s worth the wait!


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The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Quan Diep is on the road to success as CEO of a new high-profile retail business, suddenly making him the object of all the single ladies’ desires. Camilla has certainly noticed him, the girl who brushed him off several years ago. So has her sister Anna, who claims to detest him. But who is she fooling? Can she keep up the charade, keep him from falling for her engaged sister Camilla, and keep a critical real estate deal afloat all at the same time?

You’ll love this sizzling new romance with all its anguish, desire, OCD characters and enigmas.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Elena and Mauro have been together since they were teenagers in Columbia, a country torn apart by years of war and violence. As their family grows, they move to the US with tourist visas, but once settled, they get a taste of a real future in America. Three children later, they choose to let their visas expire, a decision with heavy consequences – Mauro gets deported and Elena must make a painful choice that could destroy the family forever.

This novel is timely and touching, about the American Dream and the sacrifices made by those who seek it.

Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton

Something happened to Cadie Kessler when she was a child that she’s never been able to forget. Her estranged best-friend Daniela is the only other person that knows the secret, and the pair swore long ago to never tell a soul. But when Cadie receives an urgent message from Daniela, the women are forced to face the consequences that the truth could bring.

Nature, friendship and allegiances are at the heart of this compelling debut novel that we know you’ll love.  

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

It’s the 1940s and England is on the brink of war with the Nazis, just as three very different women answer their country’s call to Bletchley Park, a top-secret location where the best minds in the business have come together to break German military codes. Osla, a wealthy socialite; Mab, from the impoverished east end of London; and Beth, a local spinster, defy all odds as they face the impossible demands of war. An encrypted letter, royal affair, and an asylum are just some of the obstacles the trio will face.

Kate Quinn does it again with this gripping historical fiction and you won’t want to put it down. 

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Rose has always been her twin sister Fern’s protector. And Fern needed one – she always saw the good in people, but their mother was a sociopath who left secrets and scars in her wake. Now adults, Rose is married and yearns for the child she can’t have. Fern is a librarian – odd and unsocial. But the pair still possess their bond of siblings and dark family secrets. When Fern decides to help her sister become a mother, the pair face choices together and apart that could destroy their family forever.

Chilling and mysterious. If you’re looking for a new edgy thriller, this one’s for you.

If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier

Sera is obsessed with true crime, so when her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, she feels she’s found her calling and sets out to help find Rachel. As Sera discovers clues within previous podcasts, she finds herself heading to an isolated ranch outside of Rachel’s hometown. The ranch doesn’t feel right, and Sera knows she’s on the right track. But can she uncover the truth before she goes missing next?

A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser

Caroline has everything she’s ever wanted. The big, happy family, a great career, and an adoring husband. But when DNA test results force her to question every reality she’s ever known, her life is flipped upside-down. Sela suffers from kidney failure and she’s reeling from her mother’s recent death. Her only hope is her half-sister, who she just discovered thanks to a mail-in DNA test. But just as Sela finds a glimmer of hope at a new life, Caroline finds hers slipping away. Can forgiveness come in time to save a life?

You’ll love this exploration of family, motherhood, and the power of compassion.

Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Danielle Geller

In this moving memoir, Danielle Geller returns home to the Navajo reservation after her mother’s death, to uncover her mother’s life story through traditions, heritage, shared stories and photographs. Geller uses her experience as a librarian and archivist to string together her family’s troubled history.

You’ll be instantly sucked into Geller’s family story through her vulnerability and transparent writing style.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Ruthie takes her job very seriously. She runs the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa, tends to residents’ demands, and guards the endangered tortoises in the garden. With all her responsibilities it’s easy to forget she’s young, beautiful and needs to get a life. So, when the Villas fall under new ownership and two eccentric residents need a personal assistant, she hires the spoiled, lazy son of the new owner – Teddy, whom his father offers up to learn responsibility. Does Teddy stand a chance as an errand boy for two 90-somethings? Can Ruthie let her guard down long enough to start living a life of her own? And could there be love hiding somewhere in all of this?

It’s easy to adore this hilarious book about finding love in the most unexpected of places.

She Reads Editors

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