What To Read This Month: September

Stephanie Elliot
The Reading Lists
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6 min readSep 6, 2022


September is here, and along with the end of summer comes a great selection of new books for you to check out. We’ve got murder mysteries, historical fiction, southern queer suspense, and so much more on this extensive and diverse list of fictional reads. You’ll definitely find your next favorite book here!

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Sara Glikman can find a person’s soulmate, but female matchmakers in New York in 1910 are considered a dangerous threat to the men who matchmake. So Sara does her work in secret, for more than a decade, desperate to get the recognition she deserves for her gift. Years later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, inherits her grandmother’s journals. As Abby delves into the journals, she starts to wonder if love at first sight is such a thing, and if she should sacrifice her job in order to keep the promise her grandmother made to a stranger long ago.

Unleashed by Cai Emmons

With their only daughter off to college, Lu and George realize their paths have diverged. He’s materialistic, she’s driven by nature, and their marriage is eroding. Pippa, off at college, feels adrift, searching for authentic connections, and is only comforted by the family cat she brought to school with her, and her zoology professor. Amidst the backdrop of the California wildfires, Lu, George and Pippa are a family in crisis in a world that is all too chaotic.

The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris

Love historical fiction? World War II is in full force as Fenna Vos is an illusionist, performing onstage to assist an unruly escape artist. When she is recruited by British military intelligence, she’s tasked with becoming an inventor of escape aids to thwart the Germans. But lingering trauma from her childhood and a test of her loyalty may bring everything to its breaking point.

Real Bad Things by Kelly J. Ford

When Jane Mooney’s violent stepfather disappeared, the people of Maud Bottoms, Arkansas figured he got drunk and drowned. But Jane confesses to the murder, ready to go to jail. No body, no crime, so Jane leaves for Boston, taking her secrets with her. Twenty-five years later, Warren’s body is found, and Jane returns home to face the consequences.

Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams

When divorce attorney RJ officiates an unplanned wedding in the park, the ceremony video goes viral and she becomes a sought-after local wedding officiant, enjoying her new role. But when she’s forced to team up with a ‘dude-bro’ wedding planner who’s opinionated and controlling… let’s just say, RJ’s not happy. If you crave a good enemies-to-lovers rom-com, put this one on your list!

Livid by Cai Emmons

Also coming from Cai Emmons in September is Livid, the story of a woman returning to her small west coast city hoping to heal from a terrible loss. When she is called to jury duty and finds she is assigned to a murder trial where her ex-husband is also a juror, she is completely unmoored. The case is about a woman accused of murdering her husband, and Sybil is convinced the woman is innocent. As deliberations unfold, Sybil’s rage and grief take center stage in this explosive story of love, loss, guilt and innocence.

The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

One last trip before their first baby is born, Jamie and Victoria are excited for their remote country retreat, far away from the distractions of their lives. On the morning after their first night, the couple that runs the guest house is gone, and the house is locked up. Also missing are Jamie and Victoria’s car keys and cell phones. They are completely isolated and unable to get in touch with anyone. And, Victoria’s contractions are starting. The Guest House is perfect for those who love a fast-paced and intense suspense novel.

Where We End & Begin by Jane Igharo

When Dunni left Nigeria for an American college, she and her high school boyfriend, Obinna, vowed to one day be together again. But twelve years later, Dunni is in Seattle working as a geneticist and engaged to a man she doesn’t want to marry. When she returns to Nigeria for a friend’s wedding and meets up with Obinna who is now sophisticated and confident, their connection is still strong. As they get reacquainted and secrets of the past are revealed that bring along new challenges, Dunni wonders if the love she had as a teen is worth holding on to.

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings

Lizzie’s a little bit of a mess with ADHD and the habit of making endless mistakes, and she doesn’t let anyone get closer than a one-time hook-up. But an accidental ‘two-night-stand’ with Australian Rake changes things for her. Rake had given up on relationships but Lizzie has charmed him, and the two-night-stand results in a bun in the oven. Rake wants to be a good father, but he’s not going to get emotionally attached to Lizzie. Or is he? The two will learn that a big mistake might turn out to be the best thing ever.

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen and Natalie are ready to retire and live the good life after working for a network of assassins for forty years. The network sends them on an all-expenses paid cruise to thank them for their service, but they soon realize that they’ve been set up and are now being targeted. They must use their skills and intellect to survive as their former employer turns on them.

All Dressed Up by Jilly Gagnon

If you’re up for a fun mystery, check out Jilly Gagnon’s All Dressed Up. A weekend getaway with a 1920s murder mystery party takes a turn when one of the participants goes missing. There’s evidence that the woman missing may not have left on her own free will, and Becca dives into her character’s role to figure out what has really happened.

The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland

We love this book about a group of girls who graduated in the ’90s and are coming up on a milestone high school reunion. Full of nostalgia and surprises, the “Most Likely Girls” will discover that it’s never too late to make their dreams come true.

A Very Typical Family by Sierra Godfrey

Natalie’s estranged mother has died, and she and her siblings have inherited the historical family home in Santa Cruz. The problem? Natalie’s brother and sister went to jail 15 years ago — because of Natalie. Now, all three must come together to claim the house, unpack guilt from years ago, forgive, and hopefully reconnect as a family.

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Stephanie Elliot
The Reading Lists

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