New Books Coming in May 2022 That You Should Add To Your Shelves!

Who doesn’t love new books? Nobody. Here are 10 new books we are excited to see in May 2022. These books are sure to be amazing, so get your pockets ready!

The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken – 16th May, 2022 (Historical Fiction)

In the 1930s, Stalin’s activists marched through the Soviet Union, espousing the greatness of collective farming. It was the first step in creating a man-made famine that, in Ukraine, stole almost 4 million lives. Inspired by the history the world forgot, and the Russian government denies, Erin Litteken reimagines their story.

In 1929, Katya is 16 years old, surrounded by family and in love with the boy next door. When Stalin’s activists arrive in her village, it’s just a few, a little pressure to join the collective. But soon neighbors disappear, those who speak out are never seen again and every new day is uncertain.

Resistance has a price, and as desperate hunger grips the countryside, survival seems more a dream than a possibility. But, even in the darkest times, love beckons.

Seventy years later, a young widow discovers her grandmother’s journal, one that will reveal the long-buried secrets of her family’s haunted past.

This is a story of the resilience of the human spirit, the love that sees us through our darkest hours and the true horror of what happened during the Holodomor.



The Meet Cute Method by Portia MacIntosh – 04th May, 2022 (Contemporary Romance)

The brand new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Life’s A Beach and Stuck On You.

Do movie romances ever happen in real life…?

Frankie doesn’t believe in true love. As relationships expert at popular magazine Stylife, she has learnt that dating disasters are far more common than happy ever afters.

So when she is tasked to find out if meet cutes can work in real life she is up for the challenge – but whether it’s being a damsel in distress with a flat tyre, or spilling coffee over a stranger, she isn’t convinced this can really lead to love.

But little does Frankie know that the ultimate meet cute opportunity is just around the corner. As she is whisked off her feet (all in the name of her work project of course…) perhaps true love isn’t just for the movies after all…?


Never Gonna Happen by Heidi Stephens – 26th May, 2022 (Contemporary Romance)

Emily Wilkinson has lost everything. Literally. In a hair straightener fire, which has sent her entire flat up in flames. Oh, and her boyfriend (and, incidentally, boss) has just announced he’s going back to his wife. So, she needs a new job, a new wardrobe and somewhere to live that isn’t her former childhood bedroom, which is experiencing a hostile takeover by the entire contents of Hobbycraft.

Early dotcom millionaire Charles Hunter is looking for a live-in PA to help run Bowford Manor and it seems Emily may be the perfect fit. Well, she’s spent ten years propping up demanding men, so it’s not like she’s not qualified. And, most importantly, it’s tucked away in the Norfolk countryside, so there’s little to no chance of a blossoming romance . . .

She is quickly sucked into the whirlwind of the Hunter family and finds herself fending off a difficult housekeeper and Leon, Mr Hunter’s driver, who has a crush on her the size of East Anglia. Not to mention Charles’s eldest son, Adam, who seems set on turning the estate into a theme park the second his father pops his clogs.

But no one mentioned the dashing stable hand, Jamie, who just so happens to be the youngest Hunter. But she’s not about to make that mistake again. Definitely not. No, really.


The Stand-In by Lily Chu – 03rd May, 2022 (Contemporary Fiction)

Gracie Reed is doing just fine. Sure, she was fired by her overly “friendly” boss, and yes she still hasn’t gotten her mother into the nursing home of their dreams, but she’s healthy, she’s (somewhat) happy, and she’s (mostly) holding it all together.

But when a mysterious SUV pulls up beside her, revealing Chinese cinema’s golden couple Wei Fangli and Sam Yao, Gracie’s world is turned on its head. The famous actress has a proposition: due to their uncanny resemblance, Fangli wants Gracie to be her stand-in. The catch? Gracie will have to be escorted by Sam, the most attractive—and infuriating—man Gracie’s ever met.

If it means getting the money she needs for her mother, Gracie’s in. Soon Gracie moves into a world of luxury she never knew existed. But resisting Sam, and playing the role of an elegant movie star, proves more difficult than she ever imagined—especially when she learns the real reason Fangli so desperately needs her help. In the end all the lists in the world won’t be able to help Gracie keep up this elaborate ruse without losing herself…and her heart.



Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky – 03rd May, 2022 (Contemporary Romance)

Wren Roland has never been kissed, but he wants that movie-perfect ending more than anything. Feeling nostalgic on the eve of his birthday, he sends emails to all the boys he (ahem) loved before he came out. Morning brings the inevitable Oh God What Did I Do?, but he brushes that panic aside. Why stress about it? None of his could-have-beens are actually going to read the emails, much less respond. Right?

Enter Derick Haverford, Wren’s #1 pre-coming-out-crush and his drive-in theater’s new social media intern. Everyone claims he’s coasting on cinematic good looks and his father’s connections, but Wren has always known there’s much more to Derick than meets the eye. Too bad he doesn’t feel the same way about the infamous almost-kiss that once rocked Wren’s world.

Whatever. Wren’s no longer a closeted teenager; he can survive this. But as their hazy summer becomes consumed with a special project that may just save the struggling drive-in for good, Wren and Derick are drawn ever-closer…and maybe, finally, Wren’s dream of a perfect-kiss-before-the-credits is within reach.



The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins – 17th May, 2022 (Historical Fiction)

A tale as old as time. A spirit that has never rested.

Present day

As a love affair comes to an end, and with it her dreams for her future, artist Selena needs a retreat. The picture-postcard Sloe Cottage in the Somerset village of Ashcombe promises to be the perfect place to forget her problems, and Selena settles into her new home as spring arrives. But it isn’t long before Selena hears the past whispering to her. Sloe Cottage is keeping secrets which refuse to stay hidden.

1682

Grace Cotter longs for nothing more than a husband and family of her own. Content enough with her work on the farm, looking after her father, and learning the secrets of her grandmother Bett’s healing hands, nevertheless Grace still hopes for love. But these are dangerous times for dreamers, and rumours and gossip can be deadly. One mis-move and Grace’s fate looks set…

Separated by three hundred years, two women are drawn together by a home bathed in blood and magic. Grace Cotter’s spirit needs to rest, and only Selena can help her now.



Just The Six of Us by Laurie Ellingham – 12th May, 2022 (Contemporary Romance)

When Jenny and Dan meet, sparks fly and they can’t get enough of each other. What they can get enough of? Sneaking around and hiding their relationship from their kids…

Divorced, single, and ready for another shot at love in their forties, what they didn’t count on is how hard second chances can be.

When Jenny gets some unexpected news, suddenly navigating exes and step-children becomes even more important…


When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer – 03rd May, 2022 (Historical Fiction)

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other without any time passing. She has one conscious mind but two very different lives and bodies.

In colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives–and any hope of love–are put in jeopardy.

Libby’s life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about–women’s suffrage–is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an undesirable English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe further complicates matters and forces her to make sacrifices she never imagined.

On her twenty-first birthday, Libby must choose one path and forfeit the other forever–but how can she possibly choose when she has so much to lose in each life?


The House of Marvellous Books by Fiona Vigo Marshall – 19th May, 2022

Tucked away in a near-derelict library in the center of London, The House of Marvellous Books is a publishing house on the brink of financial disaster.

With assistant Ursula asleep at her desk, head publisher Gerard going health and safety mad, and chief editor Drusilla focused on finding a supposedly priceless but famously missing manuscript, there is hardly anyone left to steer the ship. Young Mortimer Blackley, assistant editor, charts the descent of the House in his logbook as it lurches from one failure to the next.

Will mysterious Russian buyers, lurking in the wings, stop the ship from sinking at great cost to all? Or will Drusilla find the legendary Daybreak Manuscript and save the day?

With witty and sharp observations, Fiona Vigo Marshall draws upon a career spent working in small publishing houses to create a laugh-out-loud ode to the publishing industry.



The Little Cornish House by Donna Ashcroft – 06th May, 2022

Step into stunning Indigo Cove on the beautiful Cornish coast, where you’ll find sunshine, secrets, and a summer that will change everything for Ruby Caldwell.

Thirty-year-old Ruby’s life is safe and predictable: no dramas, no complications, no men. And that’s just the way she likes it – there’s no way she wants to get her heart broken again. But her whole life is turned upside down when her grandmother calls to say she’s in danger of losing her beloved little Cornish house by the sea.

She needs Ruby to come back to Cornwall and save the day…

Returning to Indigo Cove stirs up memories of her family’s past that Ruby would rather forget, but she’s determined to do everything she can to save her grandmother’s home. As the summer hots up so does the pressure on Ruby and she’s in need of a distraction. Although quite literally walking into Gabe Roskilly, the sexy and brooding owner of the local brewery, wasn’t part of her game plan.

Ruby tries to ignore her attraction to Gabe, but her resolve to stay away from men is truly tested to the limit. It’s impossible to avoid the tall, dark, handsome stranger as Gabe seems to be at the centre of village life. And then when Ruby’s plans for the little Cornish house start to fall apart, Ruby discovers something about Gabe that could ruin the building romance between them…

Will Ruby leave Indigo Cove for good? Or can she save her grandmother’s cottage and find true happiness this summer?

What books are you excited to see in May?

About the Author

Preye

My name is Preye and I am a time-travelling 15th-century scholar moonlighting as a law student. I'm just kidding—obviously. When I'm neither making boring dad-jokes nor reading, I'm probably watching Korean dramas, and daydreaming. I read across the genres, and, as far as I'm concerned, the only activity marginally better than reading is talking about books.

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