It’s time for a look at the best book club picks for April 2020!
I can’t believe how fast this year is going. It might be due to everything happening in the world.
Hopefully wherever you are, the weather is getting warmer and you can spend more time outside. Definitely make sure to stay connected with your book club during these challenging times. There’s actually plenty of digital options you can use, as I outlined here. If you go the online route, let me know how it goes!
Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the best book club reads for April 2020. There’s lots of great options! And don’t forget, I have many books listed in my mega must-read book club picks for 2020 (and there’s some additional April reads in there too!). These below are listed in order of pub date.
You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
Some of the best book club stories revolve around all kinds of relationships—spouses, mothers and daughters, etc. You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer sounds like such an impactful book that will make you think. You might want to have the tissues ready when you read this one.
Alexis Gold knows how to put the “work” in working mom. It’s the “mom” part that she’s been struggling with lately. Since opening her own advertising agency three years ago, Alexis has all but given up on finding a good work/life balance. Instead, she’s handed over the household reins to her supportive, loving partner, Tommy. While he’s quick to say they divide and conquer, Alexis knows that Tommy does most of the heavy lifting—especially when it comes to their teenage daughter, CeCe.
Their world changes in an instant when Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, and Alexis realizes everything she’s worked relentlessly for doesn’t matter without him. So Alexis does what Tommy has done for her almost every day since they were twelve-year-old kids in Destin, Florida—she puts him first. And when the only thing Tommy wants is to spend one last summer together at “their” beach, she puts her career on hold to make it happen…even if it means putting her family within striking distance of Tommy’s ex, an actress CeCe idolizes.
But Alexis and Tommy aren’t the only ones whose lives have been turned inside out. In addition to dealing with the normal ups and downs that come with being a teenager, CeCe is also forced to confront her feelings about Tommy’s illness—and what will happen when the one person who’s always been there for her is gone. When the magic of first love brings a bright spot to her summer, CeCe is determined not to let her mother ruin that for her, too.
As CeCe’s behavior becomes more rebellious, Alexis realizes the only thing harder for her than losing Tommy will be convincing CeCe to give her one more chance.
The book will publish on April 7. You can order the book on Amazon here.
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
The German Heiress by Anika Scott is a historical fiction novel that is said to also read like a noir thriller, which sounds really unique. I also like to include at least one historical fiction book on my list posts because these stories are typically so rich and epic. And oftentimes, it presents an aspect of history that is overlooked. Here’s the synopsis:
Clara Falkenberg, once Germany’s most eligible and lauded heiress, earned the nickname “the Iron Fräulein” during World War II for her role operating her family’s ironworks empire. It’s been nearly two years since the war ended and she’s left with nothing but a false identification card and a series of burning questions about her family’s past. With nowhere else to run to, she decides to return home and take refuge with her dear friend, Elisa.
Narrowly escaping a near-disastrous interrogation by a British officer who’s hell-bent on arresting her for war crimes, she arrives home to discover the city in ruins, and Elisa missing. As Clara begins tracking down Elisa, she encounters Jakob, a charismatic young man working on the black market, who, for his own reasons, is also searching for Elisa. Clara and Jakob soon discover how they might help each other—if only they can stay ahead of the officer determined to make Clara answer for her actions during the war.
The book will publish on April 7. You can order the book on Amazon here.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha focuses on four female friendships set in contemporary Seoul, South Korea. This one sounds more in the literary fiction arena, which is typically very popular with book clubs. Plus, Taylor Jenkins Reid gave it high praise, which is pretty much all you need to know. Here’s the synopsis:
Kyuri is an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a Seoul “room salon,” an exclusive underground bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake threatens her livelihood.
Kyrui’s roommate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the heir to one of the country’s biggest conglomerates.
Down the hall in their building lives Ara, a hairstylist whose two preoccupations sustain her: an obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that she hopes will change her life.
And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to have a baby that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise in Korea’s brutal economy.
Together, their stories tell a gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal, in which their tentative friendships may turn out to be the thing that ultimately saves them.
The book will publish on April 21. You can order the book on Amazon here.
He Started It by Samantha Downing
Samantha Downing is the author of the hugely popular My Lovely Wife. (I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet; I promise I will soon and get those book club questions up). Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on My Lovely Wife. Her latest He Started It sounds so entertaining and that cover is amazing. Here’s the synopsis:
Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.
But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.
It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.
But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.
The book will publish on July 28. You can order the book on Amazon here.
The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan
The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan is a look at what truly makes a family. With all those DNA tests out there, I’m sure there have been many unexpected developments in families that have come up from the results. This is also a fantastic cover! Here’s the synopsis:
Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.
But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.
When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.
Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?
The book will publish on April 28. You can order the book on Amazon here.
Hope you enjoyed the book club picks for April 2020 article! Be sure to let me know which one you’ll pick for your book club.