Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill (Touchstone, $16.99) — This debut novel gives the author a chance to write about a subject near and dear to her heart: fairies. She grew up in Ireland and has weaved the country’s superstitions and folklore into her novel, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s about Kate McDaid, an ad agency copywriter in Dublin. Kate’s ordinary life takes a mystical turn when a long-dead aunt bequeaths an estate with a stipulation: She must post one letter per week for seven weeks to earn her inheritance — and bring the fairies back.
▪ Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Tin House Books, $15.95) — This debut novel is told from the point of view of Peggy Hillcoat, looking back on a dark time in her life. She’s kidnapped at age 8 by her survivalist father and taken to a dilapidated cabin deep in a European forest. Her father spins tales of the end of the world, telling his daughter that her mother is dead and that they are the planet’s lone survivors. They’re off the grid for years, living by their wits — but when Peggy discovers a pair of boots, that simple life begins to unravel.
▪ Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) — The international bestselling author offers the fifth volume in his seven-book saga, “The Clifton Chronicles.” It begins with 2014’s Be Careful What You Wish For’s cliffhanger — an IRA bomb threatens the MV Buckingham’s maiden Atlantic voyage. It takes the Clifton and Barrington families from 1964 to 1970, with all their power struggles and betrayals through the Cold War and another cliffhanger. The audiobook (Macmillan Audio, $39.99) is read by actor Alex Jennings (The Queen).
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Meet the author
Award-winning Texas author Kelly K. Lavender will talk about and sign her book, Beautiful Evil Winter, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hurst Barnes & Noble, 861 North East Mall Blvd.; 817-284-1244.