A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “The book is a coming-of-age tale centered on the main character Clara’s self-consciousness about her bright red hair, her growing up and needing to act more lady-like, and her gradual acceptance of her stepmother Priscilla.”

Invasion by Roxanne Bland

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says: “Early in the story, it becomes apparent that the characters’ relationships are complicated—as described in the plot summary above—which lends a beautiful tension throughout most of the storyline.”

Snow City by G. A. Kathryns

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “While certain questions go unanswered, ‘Snow City’ is weighty enough to stand on its own, and it illuminates human themes like family and mortality with unusual delicacy and compassion.”

The Effigy by James West

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “This might seem like something one would normally say just for the effect, but ‘The Effigy’ is a book that must be read to be truly experienced.”