As soon as the sun comes out, the birds start to sing, and the flowers start to bloom. Spring is just around the corner, and with it, long-awaited new things are in the air. During the gloomy, winter months, put away all of the heavy books you’ve been lugging around. Instead, pick up one of these stories of fresh starts or impromptu do-overs and read it. These stories are both heartwarming and heartbreaking. They show how people deal with new jobs, friends, homes, and loves. When it’s warm outside, you can get rid of your winter coat, slip on some sandals, and bring one or two of these books to the park. A beautiful day is coming.
A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke
As part thriller and part women’s fiction, A SINGLE BREATH is a dark, twisty, emotional drama that has a lot going on at its heart. The day after her husband died in a car accident, Eva went to see his family to try and make a connection. On the other hand, when Eva meets his father and brother, Saul, she learns that her husband had a lot of dark secrets and built their relationship on lies. It becomes more and more likely that Eva will think about her husband’s life for a long time after they split up.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
It’s been a year since Evvie Drake’s husband died in a car accident, and she’s still very sad about it. Dean Tenney, a former pitcher for the Major Leagues, is wallowing in the decline of his career. The two start a friendship when Dean moves into Evvie’s guest apartment in an effort to start over. It starts out as a friendship, but it grows into something more. EVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER is a witty romantic comedy and a big-hearted debut. It’s also very funny and warm.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Britt-Marie doesn’t like a lot of chaos. That’s why it’s so upsetting when her life turns into a big, messy mess after her husband cheats on her. Now, Britt-Marie is alone in the small town of Borg. Britt-Marie doesn’t like the town’s group of outcasts at first, but she wants to find a place where she fits in and takes on the impossible task of reviving the town’s soccer team for kids. Britt-Marie Was Here has the same charm as its predecessor, A Man Called Ove (2013).
The Runaway Wifeby Dee MacDonald
In this fan favorite, one woman is done. Dedicated housewife and mother Connie McColl is fed up with having to deal with everything that happens to her family, so she wants to leave. In spite of the fact that her kids have grown up and her husband is retired, she’s still at home making dinner and taking care of her grandchildren, even though he’s on the golf course. Why did Connie go on a vacation with no end date in sight? Because she was mashing potatoes at the time. The book THE RUNAWAY WIFE is a great pick-me-up at the end of a long day. It’s also very funny.
Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon
This is where Wrenn Bailey and her two sisters live with their mother. It is a place where the winters are grey and isolated but summers are bright and full of people. Her father used to come and go from their lives for months at a time, but one summer he never came back. For the last time, twenty years later, he has come back. This time, the four Bailey women have to face their past relationships with him and each other, as well as the fears and desires they’ve worked so hard to hide.
Far from Here by Nicole Baart
When Danica Greene’s pilot husband’s plane goes missing, her world is turned upside down. FAR FROM HERE is a heartbreaking and poignant story about Danica and her husband. Her husband, Etsell, had taken a job in Alaska, even though they had a home in Iowa. She learns that not everything about their marriage was as it seemed when she goes to Alaska in the wake of his disappearance. The secrets they’d kept from each other come to light as Danica digs deeper into the mystery of what happened on the flight that changed their lives.
Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris
Life hasn’t worked out for Grace the way she thought it would. After a bad experience in music school, she hasn’t played the cello in public for years and now makes violins and has an affair with a married man who lives far away. After her relationship ends, Grace is forced to think about the dreams she’s given up. Even though her friends are very different from each other, they are there to help. The book GOODBYE PARIS is a good one for people who like ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE (2017).
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
In this moving memoir, a writer learns how hard work and getting closer to nature can change your life. For an interview, Kristin Kimball left New York City for rural upstate New York. She wanted to talk to Mark, a young farmer who had a big plan. Soon, she moved to his five-hundred-acre farm and began the journey that would shape her life. For their first year together, Kristin and Mark write about THE DIRTY LIFE. It also covers their first year living on the farm that has now become a prosperous agricultural community.
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
She is shocked to learn that Judy, the woman who used to be her boss and mentor, died in a tragic accident. Even more shocking, Judy left Leah her beloved red sports car, which Leah now owns. Leah is inspired to look at her life in a new way after she leaves her husband and drives to San Francisco to get Judy’s car. Along the way, she meets old lovers, has new adventures, and hears the voice of her unpredictable, tough-as-nails mentor, who gives her unasked for advice as she moves forward.
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
It’s a hilarious story about how a woman and her two young kids have the best vacation of their lives. Dave Eggers, a best-selling author, is the author of the book. A few years ago, Josie got married, was sued by a patient, and lost her dental practice. As soon as her ex wants their kids to meet his new fiance’s family, it’s the last straw. When Josie and her kids go on a road trip to Alaska, they get more and more stuck in an RV trip from hell. Bears, bison, and wildfires keep getting in the way.