The best is yet to come! Here are a few new releases from Minnesota authors that are on my must-read list for 2023:
First up is fiction release Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal. From the author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota, this is a multigenerational story of family and the type of restaurant we all know, bringing back memories of travels Up North to Lake Superior.
For romance lovers, check out Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez. She is a local legend for her cupcake shop, Nadia Cakes, and her social media wit. She has really come into her own as a romance writer. If you have never read her books, start with The Friend Zone. Each of her subsequent novels have spin-off characters, who also have their own stories to tell. Yours Truly follows Bri, a doctor who has a competitive relationship with a new doctor at the Minneapolis hospital where they work, but romance blossoms through letters and texts. Jimenez is at her best with dialogue, characters and plot twists that will make you cry.
How about something for the kids or grandkids? White Bear Lake author David LaRochelle has a fun new picture book called 100 Mighty Dragons all Named Broccoli. Lian Cho’s illustrations bring every silly creature to life as children learn some math concepts through the adventures of these departing dragons until there is only one left. For ages 4–8.
Therese Sonnek is the branch manager of Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. Visit rclreads.org to learn more.