7 Can’t-Miss Staff Picks for Fall

One of the best perks of working at a publishing house is getting a sneak peek (and, sometimes, read!) of new and upcoming releases. We checked in with our colleagues to ask them what books are on their fall reading list and they did not disappoint! Ranging from cozy mysteries, to time-travelling love stories, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone in this list.

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux

A love story that alternates between the 1840s and present day? Sign me up!

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is not your typical rich girl meets bad boy story – it’s an epic romance that alters the fate of these lovers & everyone around them. Centuries later, Fate really isn’t happy that his plans were waylaid, so he gives Liam (that’s our protagonist) a choice to make things right in the present day or risk eternal damnation. But of course, as is the case with all great love stories, not all goes to plan…nor does it help that Liam and Cora are inexplicably drawn to each other, again.

The perfect end of summer/start of fall romance read – here’s hoping you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.—Lucille M., Marketing Coordinator, MIRA Books

The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen

The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen

The book I am most excited to read this fall is The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen. I love relationship stories and I am particularly excited to read stories set in far off places right now—armchair travel is my jam during lockdown. It sounds like this coming of age story contains a bittersweet mix of joy and sadness and the early reviews have me very intrigued!.—Katy M., E-Commerce Manager, Harlequin.com

Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian

Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian

I’m excited for Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian! When I read the description, it mentioned 3 of my favorite books (The Water Cure by Sophie Macintosh, The Power by Naomi Alderman, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath), so I knew that I had to read it. I love a good feminist-dystopian-fantasy, and always burn through them. I can’t wait to read this one!—Shae L., Social Media Coordinator, Harlequin Trade Publishing

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

A young girl lives in a mansion in the English countryside. Her father, an artist, illustrates a children’s book that becomes a worldwide hit. Life should be good, right? Not quite so. The mansion is crumbling, the father’s paranoia of the outside world grows, and that children’s book holds a hidden clue on each and every page. I devoured The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby in a fever dream-like frenzy. It was as if Tim Burton re-wrote The Secret Garden!—Randy C, Senior Marketing Manager, Harlequin Trade Publishing

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

I am itching to read Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg. It’s not everyday you get to read a fun cozy mystery starring a bookseller turned female detective. I love the idea of a small detective agency in post-war London with gadgets and gizmos and a frame job to solve. Besides, the cover is giving me Curious Incident vibes!—Natasha S., Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Harlequin Trade Publishing

Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson

Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stepehnson

One book that I’ve had my eye on this fall is Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson. I was certainly intrigued when I first read the premise (a humanlike bot on the quest for love!). Throw in comparisons to Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman and I’m sold. This book sounds like the perfect escape from the scary reality we’re facing and I have a feeling I’ll get big, heartwarming WALL-E vibes from it. I’ve got a soft spot for that little Pixar robot with his endearing relationship with Eve and I’m just waiting to fall for Jared in this delightful novel. —Katie D., Email and Content Marketing Coordinator, Harlequin Trade Publishing

Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

I’m most excited to read Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne. I love the stories and characters she writes and the worlds she builds. I love Christmas and it has become a tradition to read RaeAnne’s stories each year. They pull me in and always put me in the Christmas spirit.—Stephanie D., Product Manager, HQN Books

What book is your pick for fall? Let us know in the comments below!

    Katie Didow

    Katie's been a book nerd ever since she skipped out on recess to read Harry Potter. When she's not reading, you'll find her sewing, baking or binge-watching her old favorite TV shows on Disney+.

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    One Response to “7 Can’t-Miss Staff Picks for Fall”

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      Linda Hayes

      My October favorite, due to be published on October 13th, is The Once And Future Witches by Alix Harrow (The Ten Thousand Doors Of January). Amazing story and writing, thanks to NetGalley for an ARC.

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