Back to September by Melissa Brayden 

Back to September by Melissa Brayden

Hannah Shephard likes her life, her job, and her perfectly cozy apartment around the corner from her shop. She’s never been one to take big risks and would much rather stay in on a Friday night with a warm cup of decaf and her favourite mystery novel, so why do her friends insist she needs more? Plus, Hannah has bigger problems to focus on. She’s in trouble. Well, her bookstore is, and if she doesn’t find a way to bring in some more cash, she’ll be closing the doors of A Likely Story for good… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Hospitalisation
  • Stroke
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Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden 

Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden

Philadelphia real estate broker Devyn Winters is at the peak of her career, closing multimillion-dollar deals and relishing it. She’s pretty much blocked out her formative years in Dreamer’s Bay, where the most exciting thing to happen was the twice a year bake sale. Unfortunately, a distress call hauls her back home and away from the life, she’s constructed. Now the question is just how long until she can leave again? And when did boring Elizabeth Draper get so beautiful? Elizabeth Draper loves people, free time … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Hospitalisation for physical injury
  • Car accident
  • Disappearance of a sibling
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Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Outing
  • Racism
  • Parental abandonment mentioned
  • Hospitalisation
  • Medical crisis
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The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenceless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left-wing could… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Hate crimes
  • Disownment
  • Hospitalisation
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Burn Down, Rise Up by Tirado Vincent

Burn Down, Rise Up by Tirado Vincent

Burn Down, Rise Up by Tirado Vincent

For over a year, the Bronx has been plagued by sudden disappearances that no one can explain. Sixteen-year-old Raquel does her best to ignore it. After all, the police only look for the white kids. But when her crush Charlize’s cousin goes missing, Raquel starts to pay attention—especially when her own mom comes down with a mysterious illness that seems linked to the disappearances.

Raquel and Charlize team up to investigate, but they soon discover that everything…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Hospitalisation
  • Burns & scarring
  • Gun violence
  • Police brutality
  • Fire
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The Monster of Her Age by Danielle Binks 

The Monster of Her Age by Danielle Binks

Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role-playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.

Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it’s too late. But forgiveness feels like playing make-believe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Emotional child abuse & gaslighting recounted
  • Hospitalisation of a grandparent
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a grandparent
  • Bullying recounted
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The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller 

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

It’s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor, Samuel Moore, appears and informs her that he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage
  • Physical & emotional abuse
  • Rape
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation of a child mentioned
  • Blackmail
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Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Hazel knows a lot about the world. That’s because when she’s not hanging with her best friend or helping her two moms care for the goats on their farm, she loves reading through dusty encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn’t have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade. How can she make friends in a new school where no one seems to understand her? What’s going to happen to one of her moms who’s pregnant again after having two miscarriages? Why does everything have to change when life was already perfectly fine?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal ideation mentioned
  • Self-harm recounted
  • Miscarriage
  • Hospital
  • Bullying
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The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry 

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Forced institutionalisation
  • Animal death & cruelty
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What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini 

What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini

This is Magda’s last chance. Recovering from a scandal at her elite New York City private school that threw life into a tailspin, she is shipped off to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest for the summer.

Medicated and uninspired, Magda spends her days in a fog wandering the forest behind the house. But then she stumbles upon Bo. He’s wild and free, and he can see the real her. Magda starts believing she might be able to move on from her past and… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental neglect
  • Suicide
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Murder
  • Bullying
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