Top Shelf Reads: April 2019

Posted March 29, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Best Of, Front Page, Under the Covers / 5 Comments

Each of us girls have very definite tastes here at Under the Covers. We know what we like and we get excited about sharing this with you. We can’t help but share when our favourite books are coming out and want to share the joy with as many people as we can. And this is one of the ways we want to do it. Each month we will give you our pick of the bunch, the cream of the crop, the top shelf books! Basically, the ones that we are just itching for you to get your hands on. The kind of books where the year wait is always worth it; where you may have drawn plans to go a little Kathy Bates, but with less sledgehammer action and more hot cups of tea and custard creams – we don’t want to scare the muse away after all. These are the books we are just dying for you to read next month!

Top Shelf Reads: April 2019
Serious Moonlight
by Jenn Bennett


Released: April 16th 2019
Published by Simon Pulse
Pages: 432

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

Well, colour me surprised. If I am honest, I picked up Serious Moonlight because I loved the cover, it’s so cute. However, I was berating myself for letting my id take control and grab the ARC. I don’t like contemporary YA. Too many teenagers with too many feelings, my eyes can’t handle all the rolling.  But, what do you know? I loved it. I admit, it took me about 10% to get into it, but once I was past that I raced through. I loved it. I liked both the main couple and the quirky set of secondary characters that made this story such a delight. I liked the mystery that wove the narrative and characters together. It was a great read and I’ll definitely be looking at Bennett’s other YA contemporary books and maybe take another chance.

Top Shelf Reads: April 2019
When We Left Cuba
by Chanel Cleeton


Released: April 9th 2019

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.  I fell in love with this family and this world last year after reading NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and I couldn’t wait to dig into this companion novel.  You don’t have to read NYIH to read this one but why wouldn’t you read both they are both amazing!  But back to Beatriz’s story.  If you liked THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO you will enjoy this story.  Beatriz is such an interesting and fierce woman.  I admired her strength and determination to follow her passion.  The romance swept me off my feet and it took me on a rollercoaster ride.  And at the end, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.  Except that I wanted to stay there and read more.

Top Shelf Reads: April 2019
Death of a Wedding Cake Baker
by Lee Hollis


Released: April 30, 2019
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pages: 320

For Matron of Honor Hayley Powell, catching a half-baked poisoner before her friend's wedding will be icing on the cake . . .

Liddy Crawford, best friend of food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell, is getting married. The wedding is the talk of the town in Bar Harbor, Maine, including snide gossip about the age gap between the bride and her groom, local lawyer Sonny Lipton. But the cruelty of the comments is nothing compared to the nasty wedding cake baker, Liddy's quarrelsome cousin Lisa.

So when the belligerent baker is found facedown in a three-tier cake, the victim of a poisoned slice, there are more suspects in town than names on the guest list. With Sonny getting cold feet, Liddy getting hot under the frilly collar of her wedding gown, and a killer possibly crashing the ceremony, Hayley vows to solve the crime before her best friend walks down the aisle . . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

I’m so excited for you guys to read this book! DEATH OF A WEDDING CAKE BAKER comes from one of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors! Lee Hollis does a fantastic job of creating a wedding themed novel. Now, I’m actually not a huge fan of wedding books, but this one worked because I really liked the conflict in it. Hayley’s friend is finally getting married, but there’s a lot of tension between the bride, her mother, and her cousin who is the one baking her wedding cake. Alongside this, Hollis does a great job of including some fun moments, so it really is a fun book all around. I hope you all enjoy it!

Top Shelf Reads: April 2019
Gimme Some Sugar
by Molly Harper


Released: April 2, 2019
Series: Southern Eclectic #3
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 304

A young widow returns to Lake Sackett, Georgia to face the ghosts of her past—and decide if she’s ready to take another chance on love—in the third sparkling Southern Eclectic novel that “goes down as easy as honey on a deep-fried Twinkie” (Library Journal, on Sweet Tea and Sympathy).

Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.

Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.

In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town's meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?

Once again Molly Harper “writes characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews) in this charming and entertaining love story.

After binging on the previous books in the series, I couldn’t help getting excited for Gimme Some Sugar. The characters in this series are  quirky, funny, and so easy to relate to. They say things that you wouldn’t typically say in RL, but I’m sure they are things you would only say in your head.  Just like the previous books, Gimme Some Sugar is filled with Southern charm, light humor, and small town love. If you like, rom-com small town reads, this book is worth a try.  



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Awesome recommendations ladies!! Shared on my socials!💖😉


Thanks for the recs


I’m looking forward to wolfhunter river.


I’m waiting for American Witch, Thea Harrison’s newest book, at the end of the month. I’m also looking forward to Demon Magic and a Martini, book 4 in Annette Marie’s Guild Codex UF series.

Amy R
Amy R

The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley – April 30th
Time by Penny Reid – April 15th so I can finally read this trilogy