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Most Anticipated Book Releases in December 2023

Books to read in the new year | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Books to read in the new year | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up with some new releases from this month.

“The Curse of Penryth Hall” by Jess Armstrong | Dec. 5

Who does not love a mystery for the winter months? In this tale, heiress Ruby Vaughn has to return to the one place that she swore she would never visit again, Penryth Hall.

After the hall’s bells ring for the first time in 30 years because of a death in the fortress, Ruby, her ex-best-friend and an author/curse breaker must decode the lore of the curse to prevent the next murder. 

“Flores and Miss Paula” by Melissa Rivero | Dec. 5

“A wry, tender novel about a Peruvian immigrant mother and a millennial daughter who have one final chance to find common ground,” the HarperCollins description of “Flores and Miss Paula” reads. 

For a book about grief, secrets and forgiveness, Rivero’s December release is the perfect selection to cozy up and delve into. 

“This Spells Love” by Kate Robb | Dec. 5

For the friends-to-lovers stans, this spellbinding romcom is a perfect winter read.

“When Gemma Wilde gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she reacts the way any reasonable twenty-eight-year-old would: by getting drunk with her sister, kooky aunt, and best friend, Dax, and performing a love cleansing spell to forget all about her ex,” the Goodreads description of the novel reads. 

But after casting this spell, Gemma wakes up in an alternate reality that is not as beautiful as she had hoped or imagined. To reverse the spell, she must get a kiss from a now near-stranger, Dax. Can she reverse the spell, or will her newfound love for Dax keep her rooted in an alternate reality?

“This Cursed Light” by Emily Thiede | Dec. 5

“This Cursed Light” is the final book in The Last Finestra duology, following Alessa after she saved her island from destruction. Her bodyguard-turned-lover, Dante, thinks the gods are not satisfied yet, though. 

“When the gods reveal their final test, Dante and Alessa will be the world’s last defense. But if they are the keys to saving the world, will their love be the price of victory?” the MacMillan Publishers description of the book reads. 

“The Paris Housekeeper” by Renee Ryan | Dec. 26

“The Paris Housekeeper” is set in Paris in the 1940s when the city is overtaken by Nazi Germany. The lucky ones are able to flee, but housekeeper Camille Lacroix must stay to support her family, forcing her to work with an American Nazi sympathizer. 

Everything is not as it seems in this novel about ruthlessness, empathy and heroism during one of the darkest times in world history. 

Alexis Lewis


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