Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes Amazon / Via amazon.com The devastating elementary school shooting traumatizes the community of Stillwater bay. Stillwater Rising is the story of the emotional aftermath weighing heavy on Jennifer and Charlottes friendship as they are trying to overcome the tragedy of what happened. Charlotte is trying to hold the town together as their Mayor while helping the shooters mother regain a place in the community. Jennifer lost her son and wants to shut down the school and bury the past. The Perfectionists By Sara Shepard Amazon / Via amazon.com Five young ladies who have the drive to be perfect realize that they all have one thing in common, their animosity for the same good looking playboy. When he turns up dead in the way the girls were joking about they become prime suspects. It is a story full of nerve racking suspense, secrets, lies and the truth that can make the lives of these five young ladies come crashing down. A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate Amazon / Via amazon.com Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food, and not just eating it, but writing about it. After working for TV's biggest egomaniacs, she is now stocking shelves at the local famer's market. Soon after, Sydney starts writing the market's weekly newsletter and her quirky stories start gaining attention from prominent food columnists. Sydney gets a chance at the story that could either make her career are cause it so burst into flames—along with her personal life and reputation. What is Found, What is Lost by Anne Leigh Parrish Amazon / Via amazon.com This thoughtful and heartrending book captures the color hidden within the modern black and white portrayal of religion by examining four generations of women and their doubts and flaws and the need to believe in something larger than themselves. Rain Regin by Ann M. Martin Amazon / Via amazon.com Rose Howard has her own unique way of looking at the world. Her obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father really understand her. Rose is a high functioning autistic tweleve-year old girl who must stick to her schedule, keeping order in her world. When her father lets out her dog Rain during a terrible storm Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. This powerful story is written from Rose's point of view and will tug on your heart. Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner Amazon / Via amazon.com Adored Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a very unusual accident and she is shocked by the nonsense that is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes her impossible siblings think Joy's accident is far from just an accident, but Joy has never felt better. Determined to set the past right, Joy must face her darkest secrets, open wounds, an old flame and a new younger man. Suddenly Joy's monotonous life is exhilarating and bright. Lila by Marilynne Robinson Amazon / Via amazon.com Lila is a beautiful and compelling novel of shame, loneliness and redemption. Lila, the character who tells the story was rescued, actually kidnapped, from the home where she was abused and neglected. She was 5 years old when Doll, a poor homeless woman carried her off and cared for her until she was old enough to make it on her own. Still homeless until she came to Gilead in Iowa, went into a church there to get out of the rain and ended up marrying the elderly pastor. Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Lila's point of view. Yes Please by Amy Poehlr Amazon / Via amazon.com Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice that will make you love Amy Peohlr even more. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.