Under The Covers: Ten Historical Romance Novels I’m Ready To Fall In Love With In 2019

Under The Covers is a regular feature of Pop! Goes The Reader in which I review and feature novels in the adult romance genre.

After sharing a list of Eight Non-Fiction Books I Can’t Wait To Read In 2019 last week, I thought it might be nice to talk a little about another genre I absolutely adore but rarely have an opportunity to cover here on Pop! Goes The Reader – Historical Romance! I’ve been an ardent romance reader for as long as I can remember. Books by Tessa Dare, Jennifer Ashley, Zoe Archer, Manda Collins, Sarah MacLean and Courtney Milan have helped me through some of the most difficult moments of my life, comforted as I was by the unconditional love shared between two characters and the reliable promise of a happy ending.

I’ve always struggled with whether or not adult romance has a place on Pop! Goes The Reader, a blog that predominantly covers middle grade and young adult fiction. That said, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about longevity in blogging after five years in this community, it’s this: Find what makes you happy. From the beginning, my goal has always been to make Pop! Goes The Reader a space of positivity and inclusion for everyone and somewhere readers can find a small slice of joy. But how can I expect others to find joy in what I create if I can’t find it there myself? Limiting the scope of what I’m able to talk about here is a recipe for disaster. I love books of all shapes, sizes, and genres, and while I have no intention of moving the focus of Pop! Goes The Reader away from children’s literature, there’s no reason I can’t talk about other books I love, too!

With that in mind, I couldn’t be more excited to introduce a new feature here on Pop! Goes The Reader, Under The Covers, meant to focus entirely on adult romance novels! More specifically, today I’ll be sharing ten historical romance novels I’m ready to fall in love with in 2019. I’m admittedly much less familiar with all of the new and upcoming releases in the historical romance and contemporary romance genres, so if there’s a book in these categories that you’re looking forward to, please let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Publication Date January 29th 2019 by Avon
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Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. What she hasn’t heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can’t afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she’s rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family’s castle does the truth emerge — it’s not Rory she’s kidnapped but his brother Conran.

Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin — and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He’s learned enough from his brother to heal Evina’s father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.

Publication Date February 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
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London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal — and won’t try to tame her wild heart…

In The Highlands
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too…Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.

Just Got A Whole Lot Hotter
Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out…

Publication Date March 26th 2019 by Avon
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Rebellion drove Mercy Rutherford to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. But it’s fate that lands her in the crumbling highlands castle of Ross Caithart. A dreamer with visions of inventing airships, he’s most certainly mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in her stomach beyond reason. When Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune — and her hand in marriage.

The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being a daredevil eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition — no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no? But when their unconventional union grows into a passionate and inseparable love, more than Gregory’s obsession threatens them. Now, Ross and Mercy will have to risk more than their hearts to save it.

Publication Date April 30th 2019 by Zebra
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For James Trent, Lord Huntington, there’s no escaping the question that labeled him The Murdering Marquess: was his wife’s death a tragic accident or a cold-blooded crime? He’s avoided London’s gossipmongers since that terrible night, as guardian to his younger siblings on his Essex estate. But trouble finds him when a veiled temptress with secrets of her own falls — quite literally — into his arms.

Caroline Lawrence doesn’t need a man to rescue her – the aspiring journalist anonymously advocates for women’s rights in a radical London newspaper column. But when a suffragist’s soapbox speech turns to pandemonium, Caroline is knocked on the head and reawakens in Trent Hall — with the notorious lord of the manor irresistibly close. If there is any truth to his tarnished past, she should denounce him with her powerful pen. Yet love has a way of revealing a man’s true character…

Publication Date July 30th 2019 by Avon
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Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndale.


This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Andrew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Andrew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.


But Mina is no damsel in distress. She’s daring, intuitive, passionate…and halfway to melting Andrew’s cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Andrew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

Publication Date April 2nd 2019 by Forever
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Duncan Wentworth tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress once long ago, and he’s vowed he’ll never make that mistake again. Nonetheless, when he comes across Matilda Wakefield in the poacher-infested and far-from-enchanted woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer aid to a lady fallen on hard times. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan’s horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses, all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.

Matilda cannot entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who’s honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, though she longs to fall into Duncan’s arms. Duncan swears he has traded in his shining armor for a country gentleman’s muddy boots, but to win the fair maid, he’ll have to ride into battle one more time.

Publication Date January 29th 2019 by Avon
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Dear Lady Truelove…

My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he’ll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats…

Lady Truelove may be London’s most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.

Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn’t about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option…

Jamie isn’t sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth—beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys’ tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda’s deception, he can’t dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons — about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances…

Publication Date March 26th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Wealthy Englishwoman Lady Elizabeth Baylor longs for adventure. She leaves for America full of hope, only to lose everything to a villain hiding treachery behind his smile. Lost in this strange and lawless land, Elizabeth vows to track down the man who did her wrong…but she can’t do it alone. What she needs is someone hardened by the west and unflinching toward its dangers: notorious bounty hunter Logan Best.

Ill-mannered and seemingly ruthless, Logan exorcises his dark past by throwing himself into his vengeful profession ― hunting wanted men. There’s nothing about the pampered Englishwoman that should call to him, and yet as their adventure takes them across the wild and treacherous west, he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe…and defend his Lady to his final breath.

Publication Date January 29th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Former outlaw Clay Colby is abuzz with his mail order bride’s expected arrival. He’s fought long and hard to drag Devil’s Crossing out of lawlessness…so when his homestead is set ablaze by a bitter rival, he’s heartbroken. There’s no woman in the world who’d stand by him now.

But Talley Shannon is no ordinary woman.

After escaping the psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn’t mind that Clay’s home is dang near burned to the ground — not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it’s only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling…and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride — and the family they built together — to his very last breath.

Publication Date March 26th 2019 by Loveswept

What’s an earl to do?
The Earl of Argyle has died suddenly, leaving his brother Guy Neville at a complete loss. The dull-witted second son, as his father used to call him, Guy is now responsible for the estate and his brother’s seat in the House of Lords. Shamed by an inability to read or write, his distress is multiplied by an inquiry from a dyed-in-the-wool bluestocking who wishes to use the Argyle library and study a rare plant on the estate. Guy’s first instinct is to decline her request — until he catches a glimpse of Miss Abigail Pinehurst.

How’s a girl to behave?
Abigail cares for only one thing: plants. She is unconcerned about how she looks, what she wears, or the impression she makes on men. An orphan who turned to books for solace in a miserly, cruel institution, she now makes her living illustrating the greenery she adores. Lord Argyle, in fact, with his uncanny memory and chiseled features, is the first man to capture her attention — a ridiculous distraction since he is so far above her station. But her unreasonable heart has a mind of its own.

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 100: Contemporary (Part 19)

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

01. Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
02. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (Cover art by Zeke Peña)

03. Road Tripped by Pete Hautman (Cover art by Folio Art)
04. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (Cover design by Kristie Radwilowicz)

05. The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name
06. Reconnected by Catherine Tinker (Cover design by Carol L.)

07. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (Cover design by Mary Claire Cruz)
08. We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

09. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
10. How To Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

11. Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
12. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

13. Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne (Cover design by Dana Li and Theresa Evangelista)
14. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

15. Christmas By Accident by Camron Wright
16. Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash (Cover design by Krista Vossen, Cover art by Helen Crawford-White)

17. Confessions of A Teenage Leper by Ashley Little
18. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

19. Pulp by Robin Talley (Cover design by Kathleen Oudit, Cover art by Chris Arran)
20. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert (Cover design by Marcie Lawrence, Cover art by Erin Robinson)

21. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver (Cover design by Nina Goffi, Cover art by Sarah Maxwell)
22. Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford (Cover design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell)

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Contemporary covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

The Writing’s On The Wall: Happy Halloween

The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels, authors, and literary quotes.

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I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Darumo Shop and Great Scott whose clipart and/or fonts I purchased, edited and used in the creation of this wallpaper!

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I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Turncoat Studio and Hendra Pratama Typework whose clipart and/or fonts I purchased, edited and used in the creation of this wallpaper!

Waiting On… Eight Non-Fiction Books I Can’t Wait To Read In 2019

Waiting On Wednesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I highlight forthcoming titles I’m particularly excited about and looking forward to. This weekly event is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Before Pop! Goes The Reader was launched back in June 2013, there were few genres I read more extensively than non-fiction. While I’ve subconsciously chosen to read considerably less of this genre in the ensuing years, both because Pop! Goes The Reader focuses first and foremost on young adult and middle grade fiction and because I find it genuinely difficult to review non-fiction titles in an objective and helpful way, I’ve recently rediscovered my love of the genre in 2018 and have read little else lately. As a quick aside, I highly recommend Black Dahlia, Red Rose: America’s Most Notorious Crime Solved For The First Time by Piu Marie Eatwell, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Columbine by Dave Cullen, We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of Jonbenet Ramsey Twenty Years Later by Paula Woodward and The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and The Novel That Scandalized The World by Sarah Weinman, all of which I’ve read (and loved) this year!

Because I’ve been reading so much of this genre lately, I thought it might be fun to take a quick peek at Goodreads to see if any new and/or upcoming non-fiction books caught my attention, and was delighted to discover a handful I’m really looking forward to in 2019. I’m thrilled to share that list of books with you today, and can only hope you’ll discover at least one book in this post that you’re excited about, too!

Publication Date May 7th 2019 by Hachette Books
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What do Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, and South Park have in common? Why are myths like “reverse sexism” and “political correctness” so seductive? And why do movie classics of yore, from Sixteen Candles to Revenge Of The Nerds, make rape look like so much silly fun? With Lindy West’s signature wit and in her uniquely incendiary voice, The Witches Are Coming lays out a grand theory of America that explains why Trump’s election was, in many ways, a foregone conclusion.

As West reveals through fascinating journeys across the landscapes of pop culture, the lies that fostered the catastrophic resentment that boiled over in the 2016 presidential race did not spring from a vacuum. They have in fact been woven into America’s DNA, cultivated by generations of mediocre white men and fed to the masses with such fury that we have become unable to recognize them as lies at all.

Whether it be the notion overheard since the earliest moments of the #MeToo movement that feminism has gone too far or the insistence that holding someone accountable for his actions amounts to a “witch hunt,” The Witches Are Coming exposes the lies that many have chosen to believe and the often unexpected figures who have furthered them. Along the way, it unravels the tightening link between culture and politics, identifying in the memes, music, and movies we’ve loved the seeds of the neoreactionary movement now surging through the nation.

Sprawling, funny, scorching, and illuminating, The Witches Are Coming shows West at the top of her intellectual and comic powers. As much a celebration of America’s potential as a condemnation of our failures, some will call it a witch hunt. To which West would reply, so be it: “I’m a witch and I’m hunting you.”

Publication Date March 5th 2019 by Hanover Square Press
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As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady From The Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Publication Date April 9th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London — the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that “the Ripper” preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time — but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

Publication Date March 5th 2019 by Viking
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A gripping account of the unsolved death of an Indigenous teenager, and the detective determined to find her killer, set against the backdrop of a troubled city.

On August 17, 2014, the body of fifteen-year old runaway Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg’s Red River. It was wrapped in material and weighted down with rocks. Red River Girl is a gripping account of that murder investigation and the unusual police detective who pursued the killer with every legal means at his disposal. The book, like the movie Spotlight, will chronicle the behind-the-scenes stages of a lengthy and meticulously planned investigation. It reveals characters and social tensions that bring vivid life to a story that made national headlines.

Award-winning BBC reporter and documentary maker Joanna Jolly delves into the troubled life of Tina Fontaine, the half-Ojibway, half-Cree murder victim, starting with her childhood on the Sagkeeng First Nation Reserve. Tina’s journey to the capital city is a harrowing one, culminating in drug abuse, sexual exploitation, and death.

Aware of the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Jolly has chronicled Tina Fontaine’s life as a reminder that she was more than a statistic. Raised by her father, and then by her great-aunt, Tina was a good student. But the violent death of her father hit Tina hard. She ran away, was found and put into the care of Child and Family Services, which she also sought to escape from. That choice left her in danger.

Red River Girl focuses not on the grisly event itself, but on the efforts to seek justice. In December 2015, the police charged Raymond Cormier, a drifter, with second-degree murder. Jolly’s book will cover the trial, which resulted in an acquittal. The verdict caused dismay across the country.

The book is not only a true crime story, but a portrait of a community where Indigenous women are disproportionately more likely to be hurt or killed. Jolly asks questions about how Indigenous women, sex workers, community leaders, and activists are fighting back to protect themselves and change perceptions. Most importantly, the book will chronicle whether Tina’s family will find justice.

Publication Date January 29th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? Kerri Rawson, the daughter of the notorious serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), tells the nightmarish story of that discovery and of her long journey of faith and healing.

In 2005, Dennis Rader confessed without remorse to the murders of ten people, including two children — acts that destroyed seven families and wrecked countless lives in the process. As the town of Wichita, Kansas, celebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare, another was just beginning for his daughter, Kerri Rawson.

Suffering from unexplainable night terrors for much of her childhood and young adult years, Kerri was unaware of her father’s crimes until the FBI knocked on her apartment door, plunging Kerri into a black hole of horror and disbelief. Her dad had been leading a double life. The same man who had been a loving father, devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and public servant had been using his family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born.

Telling her story with candor and courage, Kerri writes for all who carry unhealed wounds and who struggle to protect themselves and their families from the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, anger, and loss. A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an intimate and honest exploration of life with one of America’s most notorious serial killers. For anyone grappling with how to forgive the unforgivable, rebuild lives in the shadow of death, and hold on to sanity in the midst of madness, Kerri’s story will shock, astound, and ultimately encourage.

Publication Date April 2nd 2019 by Skyhorse
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It’s 2004 and twentysomething Amy Roe is living by herself in Portland, Oregon, with few friends, little money, and no job. It’s not her year. With lots of free time on her hands, she remembers watching the Boston Marathon years ago and, inspired by that memory, decides to join a marathon training group, hoping that running 26.2 miles will give her something show for an otherwise entirely unproductive time in her life. A few months later, she crosses the finish line but is far from a Boston qualifying-time.

But Amy has caught the marathon bug, and is determined to qualify for Boston, even if it’s just as a squeaker, a runner who just manages a BQ time. Eleven marathons later, and Amy finally squeaks by, signing up for the 2011 Boston Marathon. She completes it, qualifying again for the following year, and then again for 2013, the fated year of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Due to an injury, Amy crosses the 2013 finish line in a little over four hours, minutes before the bombs goes off. Her world is forever changed as she is shaken to her core.

Becoming Boston Strong is Amy’s journey of falling in love with the Boston Marathon and its community, for better or for worse. It chronicles the ups and downs of her training, delving into the mystical appeal of the greatest marathon in the world and how it attracts those who return to it year after year. Hilarious and heartfelt, Becoming Boston Strong is for every person who ever dreamed of belonging to something bigger than themselves.

Publication Date March 12th 2019 by Random House
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I’m running to forget, and to remember.

Katie Arnold learned early how her legs had the ability to carry her away to where no one could catch her. Scrappy and adventurous as a child, Katie moved between suburban New Jersey, where she lived with her mother, and rural Virginia, which her elusive father, David, a National Geographic photographer, called home.

Later, Katie chased her dreams to Santa Fe, where she became a writer for Outside Magazine. By her mid-thirties she had the world on a string. Katie relished the life she and her husband built for their growing family among the rivers and mountains of New Mexico. But after welcoming her second daughter, Katie received shocking news: Her father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Three months later, he was gone.

In the aftermath, Katie slid into a dark hole of anxiety and panic, while a stream of if-onlys looped through her mind: If only I hadn’t waited to get married and have babies, if only I lived closer. She tried every means to stanch her fear, but the only remedy that worked was running long distances alone through the wilderness. Then on New Year’s Eve, a year after her father’s death, Katie found herself making a startling resolution: to train for and run a 50k trail race.

Running Home traces Katie’s journey to outrun her grief over thirty-two miles of rugged terrain, mourning the father she lost and grieving for the man she never knew, while learning to let go. Clocking miles across mesas and mountains, from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other, Katie redefined her relationship to fear, motherhood, and running itself. This memoir is inspiring reading for anyone knocked over by life, who has struggled to put one foot in front of the other to find the right path forward.

Publication Date February 26th 2019 by Seal Press
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An eye-opening look at Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s time as a Civil War nurse, and the far-reaching implications her service had on her writing and her activism

Louisa on the Frontlines is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott’s career – her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends. These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing.

Alcott’s time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice – and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa On The Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist – a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today,

Now it’s your turn! Are there any books being published in 2019 that you’re particularly excited about? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Cover Reveal: Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian

Happy Monday, friends! Just in time for #MiddleGradeMonday, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome author Susan Adrian to Pop! Goes The Reader as we share the exclusive cover reveal for her next middle grade novel, Forever Neverland! Coming to a bookstore and library near you June 25th 2019 from Random House Books for Young Readers, Forever Neverland is a contemporary sequel to the J. M. Barrie classic that asks the question: What if Peter Pan wanted to take you to Neverland? When Peter invites Wendy Darling’s great-great-grandchildren Clover and Fergus to Neverland the two jump at the chance, and quickly discover it’s more magical – and more dangerous – than they ever could have imagined. The cover of Forever Neverland was designed by George Ermos. Please read on to learn more about Forever Neverland, including a note from the author, an exclusive excerpt and cover reveal and an opportunity for one lucky reader to win a signed advance reader copy of the novel!

About Susan Adrian

Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. During college she spent a year abroad at the University of Sussex in England — which started a lifelong fascination with all things British, particularly British stories for kids. These days she splits her time as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. She is the author of the holiday fantasy Nutcracked and two thrilling books for teens. She also keeps busy researching fun stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She’s been to London many times, but hasn’t yet been invited to Neverland.

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I am so excited for this book, in a way I’ve never been before. I got teary when I wrote the dedication, then again when I saw this beautiful cover. Again when I saw the map (!) that will be included inside. I so dearly love the characters in Forever Neverland — Fergus and Clover, Peter and Shoe (my favorite Lost “Boy” ever), and even Scylla. I can’t wait for you all to share the adventure.


I asked Grandmother all about what Neverland was like, but she said it’s different for everyone. She loved horses when she was little, so she had an adventure saving a wild horse from a dragon. She says you can’t plan for it. I wish I could, though. I like to know what’s going to happen, and what a place looks like. I like to know what I’m going to be expected to do.

What am I going to be expected to do?

“Clover,” I whisper. “It’ll be okay, won’t it?”

Her eyes shine in the lamplight. She’s sitting stiffly on the edge of her bed, her feet flat on the floor. “I hope so. Grandmother will explain to Mom, after we’re gone, and Grandfather. And we’ll be back soon, she said. It’ll be okay.”

“I can see we need to teach you about the Neverland.”

I gasp. Peter stands in the window, one hand braced on the top, like the illustration in the book. He’s wearing clothes made of brown cloth, not leaves like in the picture. He leaps softly into the room. A light follows him, the size of my little finger, then another bigger one, zipping around his head, and another. Light blooms out from them.

“Pixies,” I say under my breath. I’m glad I know now what they are.

Peter stands between us, arms crossed, legs spread wide. “We do not,” he says sternly, “go to the Neverland worrying about parents or when we will come back.” His voice is high, but it doesn’t bother me like high voices sometimes do. It fits him. “I will not have that kind of talk. If you go to the Neverland, you go for fun. Adventure. Freedom. Will you go?” He looks at Clover, then at me, and it feels like he’s judging us.

Then he flings his arms out wide and he laughs, loud.

“Of course you’ll go. We will have such a marvelous time. It has been long and long since we had a Wendy to mother us.”

“I’m Clover,” my sister says sharply. “Not Wendy. I’m not going to mother anyone.”

One of the lights dives toward her and hovers in front of her face. She squints but doesn’t move. That’s her sour face. I recognize it.

Peter raises his eyebrows. “But you will sing for us, yes? Your singing brought me here last night. Better than the mermaids, though don’t tell them I said so. And you are a fine mother, I think.”

He looks at me. I squirm, feeling like I should do something, say something. I don’t know what I should do. I look down.

One of the other lights comes close to my face, and I shut my eyes against the brightness. I wish I could see the pixie instead of just the light. It’s warm, though, like before.
“You,” Peter says slowly, “are not a John. You are a Lost Boy.”

I open my eyes, and the pixie darts away. “I am Fergus.”

“Just so. You are Fergus, and I am Peter Pan.”

Title Forever Neverland
Author Susan Adrian
Pages 272 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date June 25th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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What if Peter Pan wanted to take you to Neverland? Would you go? 

A contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan, perfect for kids who loved The Land of Stories and dream of going to Neverland.

Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover’s a little nervous – she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world?

Fergus isn’t nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He’s tired of Clover’s constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can’t the real world be more like Neverland?

Neverland is fun and free, but it’s also dangerous and even scary at times. There are unfamiliar creatures lurking in the shadows and strange sounds coming from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing…

In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a beloved classic!

As an extra, exciting bonus, Susan has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of Forever Neverland! One winner will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the giveaway and the prize will be distributed by Susan when ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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