Book with a field and a road on the pages against a blue cloudy skyIt’s time for the second Whatcha Reading of May! How are you all liking the twice a month schedule? I hope it’s been a little easier to parse through the comments.

We’re back from BookLovers Con in New Orleans. If you weren’t able to attend, our live podcast we recorded is up on the site!

Carrie: I just finished an ARC of The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). Bronte sisters become detectives. Sounds awful, is actually fabulous.

Sarah: I got an announcement of that book the day I did a book event, and told folks at the event about it. There were room-wide gasps and grabby hands.

I’m glad it is good!

Carrie: I’m also about to start Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott ( A | BN | K | G | AB ).

A Touch of Forever
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Sarah: I just started A Touch of Forever by Jo Goodman, which is out in June. It’s a western American historical, and I fully and entirely own that the heroine’s waistcoat drew me to this book initially. Goodman writes in a style that is deliberate and detailed, so reading her books can feel like I’ve been dropped into a community and I get to eavesdrop and closely observe people’s words and actions, almost as if there’s a veneer of mystery over the whole story. “Who is that? Why are they acting like that? What’s with the thing he does with his hand while he’s drinking coffee?” The hero works for the railroad company and is surveying the land, which presents a mix of tension because to some that’s opportunity and growth, and to others it can mean disruption and loss.

Also, did I mention the heroine’s waistcoat?

Amanda: I’m getting ready to start Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). “Brother’s best friend” isn’t my favorite trope, but I really enjoy Bailey’s writing.

Elyse: I just finished A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and I have book hangover. I’m really torn on what to start next.

How has your reading month been? Tell us in the comments!

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