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BOTM May 2023 Predictions

Enchanted Hacienda

With unforeseen twists, romance, and a heavy sprinkle of magic, The Enchanted Hacienda is a captivating coming-of-age debut exploring identity, unconditional family love, and uncovering the magic within us all.

Yellow Face

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

The Ferryman

Dystopian take on Shakespearean’s THE TEMPEST.

That Summer Feeling

Love story at a summer camp for adults.

The Senator’s Wife

 Murder mystery and more.

Happy Place

 Emily Henry needs to come back to BOTM

The Five Star Weekend

Elon Hilderbrand better keep being a BOTM author or we will revolt.

Meet Me at the Lake

Getting a lot of “most anticipated” buzz. A random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects, in this breathtaking new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After.

Someone Else’s Bucket List

Death of a family member leads Jodie Boyd to finish that bucket list.

Bad Summer People

Cozy beach mystery.

Famous for a Living

She’s a social media star and he has a flip phone 

The Chateau

A dream girls trip to a luxurious French chateau devolves into a deadly nightmare of secrets and murder in this stylish, twisty thriller for fans of Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware, and Lisa Jewell.

Paper Names

An unexpected act of violence brings together a Chinese-American family and a wealthy white lawyer in this propulsive and sweeping story of family, identity and the American experience—for fans of Jean Kwok, Mary Beth Keane and Naima Coster.

No Two Persons

One book, nine readers. Nine changed lives.

Killing Me

She escaped a serial killer. Then things got weird.

Yours Truly

Possible add-on?

The Half Moon

From the bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes, a masterful novel about a couple in a small town who must navigate the complexities of marriage, family, and longing.

When Jasmine Blooms

From USA Today bestselling author Tif Marcelo comes a timeless tale of motherhood inspired by Little Women about one woman’s grief, hope, and second chance with the daughter she lost.


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