Unforgettable heartfelt fiction

Adrian Liang on September 10, 2020
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Heartfelt fiction

Fractured relationships given the chance to heal. Poisonous secrets revealed and defanged. Friends lost and friends found. All this and more fill these novels that promise big, emotional moments…and maybe some private time spent with a hanky.

But never fear: Your heart will be four sizes bigger by the final page.


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Amazon Books editors named Little Fires Everywhere the best novel of 2017, and customers have been singing this book’s praises too, giving it 4.5 stars on more than 20,000 reviews. When Mia and her teenage daughter, Pearl, move to suburban Shaker Heights and make friends with the Richardson family, longstanding facades will be (literally) burned to the ground. Says Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep about this novel, “The plotting and pacing are nearly perfect, the characters believable and real. Ng is a master of family and societal dynamics, shifting perspectives, and the secrets that we try to protect.”


Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor

A strange inheritance brings a grieving Lucy Kincaid from her Nashville home to the Virginia coast, where Winter Cottage lies. More a mansion than a cottage, the house is falling apart. But within its walls rests a hidden history that Lucy must uncover if she’s ever to find a new place to call home. Taylor’s writing evokes both loneliness and hope, as relationships are built and secrets unveiled.


The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

After Amy’s husband goes on a trip to Hong Kong and, quite surprisingly, never comes back to her and their kids, Amy adjusts and rebuilds. When he returns three years later, asking for a summer with the kids, Amy takes the advice of her worried friends and goes to New York City, where she discovers a very different and exciting persona that has been buried under her “mom” identify for more than a decade. Does Amy have to choose between her two lives, or is there a way to have it all? Humor and empathy make Amy’s tale of self-discovery one you’ll want to share with your friends.


The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O'Neal

Once more a mysterious inheritance sparks discovery and reveals riddles. Upon her mother’s death, Olivia Shaw gains possession of not just a grand but decrepit English estate, but the title of “Lady” and more questions about her mother’s silence about her ancestry than anyone has answers to. O’Neal peers keenly into Olivia’s heart, exposing a yearning to belong to a family and a place she never knew existed.


What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

”You need to go back, Annie lass,” says Eoin Gallagher to his granddaughter while he’s on his deathbed. It’s a bewildering statement—until Anne is swept back in time to 1916 and a tumultuous moment in Ireland’s history. Harmon weaves together the threads of history and the yearnings of the heart in her unforgettable novel.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

If you love heartfelt fiction but still haven’t read Where the Crawdads Sing, let this be the nudge that finally encourages you to pick it up. Raised alone in the coastal marshes of North Carolina, Kya knows hardship and loneliness, but she also knows the joys of nature and the power of her own strength. When the murder of a popular boy leads the locals to suspect Kya, she will have to clear her name if she is ever to be truly safe again. Readers can’t say enough good things about Where the Crawdads Sing, awarding it 4.8 stars across almost 80,000 reviews. Owens’ deep affinity for nature brings a deeper joy to this amazing novel about building resilience and learning to love.


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