Portrait of Stella by Susan Wüthrich

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Ultimately, Wüthrich shows how life is so often an unpredictable balance of beautiful moments and heart-wrenching tragedy—and that is exactly why we must fight for each new day with a fresh heart.”

Gazelle in the Shadows by Michelle Peach

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Michelle Peach brings Syrian culture and cityscapes to life with her descriptions and characters. The reader can feel Elizabeth’s excitement and nervousness as she encounters new people, places, and foods.”

The Fearful Lion by Almas Akhtar

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says:Akhtar has created likable characters, and by developing their story arcs more dynamically, she could have made their struggles more deeply felt by the reader.”