Welcome to our Ten Book Challenge where our favorite authors share their “Book-It List”—a book bucket list with 10 of their most beloved and memorable reads—from the books with their favorite covers and best opening lines, to the reads they gift and the bookstores they frequent. This is a peek into your favorite authors’ perfect bowl of literary comfort food. We hope you discover something delicious! 

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst is known for her charming, sexy romance novels; her writing makes you laugh and cry throughout the emotional, captivating ride. And her new novel The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti is no different, taking the reader on a quest for healing and hope with three sisters who reunite after the unexpected passing of their mother. They are as different as they can be: Priscilla is an ex-ballerina whose dreams faded as she embraced motherhood; Devon, a hardworking rigid academic; and Bailey, an untethered dreamer. As the sisters work quickly to settle their mother’s affairs and go back to their separate lives, they find a hidden chest, containing the deed to house in Positano, Italy, and multiple love letters written by a man who is not their father. The women, shocked at their mother’s secret love affair, travel to Positano to discover who their mother really was, and find the man she seemed so madly in love with years ago. Situated along the dazzling Amalfi coast, the story is told in alternating timelines and from the perspectives of the sisters and their mom. As secrets are revealed, the estranged sisters must find their way back to the sisterly bond they once shared, navigating grief, mental health issues, heartbreak and love.

The Book I……

I last bought/am currently reading:  Maid in Manhattan by Lauren Layne

I recommend to everyone:  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

That was my favorite to read last year, and why:  Billy Summers by Stephen King. It was vintage King at his best and I ripped through it within days.

Whose author I would love to have lunch with:  Emily Henry *she just seems SO nice!*

That made me realize language had power:  Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

I’d like to see adapted to the screen:  Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

That made me laugh out loud—or cry—while reading it:  Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

That has the most gorgeous cover:  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters and Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

With the best opening line:  Daisy Deveraux had forgotten her bridegroom’s name. – Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Bookstore that I frequent/is my favorite:  Barnes & Noble

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Jennifer Probst on writing about family dynamics, her love for Italy, and what she’s working on next.