New books: Romance in Texas, secrets in Sydney and danger in Montana

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

•  Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy Garlock (Grand Central Publishing, $30) — Who could resist a romantic summertime read from the “Voice of America’s Heartland,” especially with “Texas” in the title? The bestselling author, a native Texan who lives in Iowa, has written more than 50 novels in a career that began in the ’70s. She sets her latest in Redstone, Texas. It’s 1932 and actress Anna Finnegan arrives by train to shoot her first movie, bumping into local Dalton Barnes, who doesn’t take kindly to the outsiders in his small town. It’s a romance novel, so you can guess what happens with those two, but there’s a mystery surrounding Anna’s movie, too.

•  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95) — Reading groups rejoice. This meaty novel from the bestselling author ( The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot) will probably land on many must-read lists. It’s set in Sydney and follows three seemingly disparate women — Tess, Rachel and Cecilia, whose lives end up colliding over the secret of the title. The novel revolves around Cecilia finding a letter from her husband, labeled: “To my wife, Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death.” He’s not dead. She opens it anyway and the contents are a “bombshell beyond all imagining.” And that’s not the only secret.

•  The Highway by C.J. Box (Minotaur, $25.99) — From the bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series (this year’s Breaking Point) comes a standalone thriller for those who like their books decidedly more manly — and much darker. There’s prostitution, kidnapping, torture and the Lizard King, a predatory long-haul trucker who is especially evil and may have accomplices. When two sisters disappear on a desolate stretch of road in Montana, former police investigator Cody Hoyt, who’s battling demons of his own, steps in to help with the investigation, try to find the girls and stop a dangerous serial killer.

— Celeste Williams

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