5 Books To Look Out For in February


Hi everyone!  Today I'm starting a new monthly feature on my blog highlighting 5 books which publish the following month that may be of interest to you.  These books will not include those previewed in my Sunday Spotlight, but others that are on my reading radar either to buy or borrow from my local library.  So without further adieu, here are my 5 Books to Look Out For in February 2021.



The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah falls into the Historical Fiction and General Fiction genres.  It is set in Texas in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression, at a time when farmers were challenged with drought and the resulting financial stress.  It is during this time that Elsa Martinelli and her neighbours are required to make a difficult choice - to fight for the land they love, or head west to California in search of a better life. 

If you enjoy historical fiction with strong female characters, this one may be for you.  

Publishes February 2, 2021 by St. Martin's Press.  464 pages.



This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith is a Contemporary Fiction novel.  Set in Kentucky, Tallie Clark is a recently divorced therapist who spots a man near the edge of a bridge on her way home from work.  She convinces the man to join her for coffee, and to come home with her.  Over the course of a weekend, Tallie makes it her priority to provide a safe space for the man. She doesn't disclose to him that she is a therapist.  What she doesn't realize is that he also has secrets and that he isn't the only one that requires healing.  The story is told between the alternating points of view of Tallie and the man (Emmett).  

This books sounds like a great choice for those who appreciate Contemporary Fiction.

Publishes February 2, 2021 by Grand Central Publishing. 320 pages.



When Harry Met Minnie by Martha Teichner is in the Nonfiction and Autobiography/Memoirs genre.  It's an impossible-to-explain story of coincidence which changed everything when the author has a chance encounter with an old acquaintance.  Martha's friend knew someone who was dying of cancer who was desperate to find a home for her beloved dog Harry. She explained that Harry was the same breed, a bull terrier, as Martha's own dog Minnie.  The question was asked if Martha would consider providing Harry with a new home?  When Martha meets Harry's owner Carol, a deep and meaningful relationship develops between the two women as they learn about one another.  

I think this would be a great book for those that love dogs and/or appreciate a touching memoir.

Publishes Feb 2, 2021 by Celadon Books.  256 pages.




The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles fits into the Historical Fiction genre.  The book is set in two time periods: Paris, in 1939 and Montana, in 1983.  Odile Souchet has her dream job at the American Library in Paris.  When the war breaks out and the Nazis march into Paris, she joins the Resistance along with her fellow librarians.  At the end of the war, she experiences an unspeakable betrayal.  In 1983, Lily is a lonely teenager who befriends her elderly next door neighbour.  She realizes she shares her love of language and much more with her elderly friend.  What she doesn't know is that a dark secret connects the two.

This book sounds like it would be a great read for those that appreciate Historical Fiction and stories of how interpersonal relationships define us.

Publishes February 9, 2021 by Atria Books.  368 pages.



Base on an actual BBC radio show, The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan falls into the Fiction/Historical Fiction genres.  It's the story of four women competing for a spot hosting a wartime cooking show called The Kitchen Front -and also a chance to better their lives. The show's focus is to help housewives make the most of the food rationing brought on by interrupted supply chains caused by the war. The four women are highly competitive and sometimes bend the rules.  The publisher notes "...will the contest that aims to bring the community together serve only to break it apart?"

If you like a stories about women set in a historical context, this one may be what you're looking for.

Publishes February 23, 2021 by Ballantine Books.  416 pages.



So there you have it - 5 Books to Look Out For in February.  Will you be adding any of these books to your To Be Read shelf?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a great day, and thank you for supporting this blog.





22 comments:

  1. You have selected some wonderful books to read this Feb. I loved all the books; but inclined to historical fiction more. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks Sara! Thanks for letting me know your preferred genre. ☺️

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  2. I've heard some things about close to being okay and I'm really hoping to pick it up! All of the books on this list sound incredible though x

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  3. Love the sound of all of these books - I particularly like the look of The Four Winds and The Paris Library, I'll be adding them to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  4. I think I'd particularly enjoy 'The Four Winds' and 'This Close to Okay' but all of them sound good to me. Thanks for the reading inspiration, I'll keep a look out for them!

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  5. This Close to Okay is currently sitting on my Kindle and I can't wait to read it! Definitely seems like it will be a good one. Great post! :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. That’s great! I will look forwards to reading your review!

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  6. The Four Winds sounds good and some people will be making hard decisions like that after COVID.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I think it will also give some of us some perspective on what previous generations have had to deal with.

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  7. I love dogs so I'll definitely have to get that one! The Four Winds sounds super interesting too. Such fab suggestions for my February TBR xx

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  8. Ah gosh the Paris Library is on my list but I haven't quite got to it yet - although it's pretty much at the top of the list right now! These all sound amazing - I love the different genres you've covered here!

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  9. Ah so many amazing books here, I especially love the sound of Paris library xx

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