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The Top Ten New Book Releases in August

Want to jump into a new book? Check out ten standout new book releases of the month – all with romance or romanticism.

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, we may earn a commission if you choose to buy through our links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Also, every item on this list was selected by The Silver Petticoat Review owners. Please read our disclosure for more information. 

While exciting new novels come out every month, there’s still something distinctly satisfying about discovering that next read. And this month, we have several compelling new book releases to share with you! Dive into the latest Twilight novel (from Edward’s perspective). Or, escape to Paris for a light-hearted romance. Whatever your mood or genre preference, we hope to share our monthly top picks and assist you with your next read.

(Note: We have not read every novel on this list, so we can’t vouch for each book’s quality or content. Furthermore, we based this list on research and what we believe sound like good reads.)

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August 4, 2020, New Book Releases

#1: Brontë’s Mistress
Bronte's Mistress Cover

Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Victorian Era

If you’re a fan of the Brontës or love stories that give voices to lesser-known women in history, you should look at Brontë’s Mistress. Overall, this is a fabulous character study and well-researched historical fiction novel about the woman who had an affair with Branwell Brontë.

#2: Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga #5)
Midnight Sun Book Cover

Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Vampires

The long-awaited retelling of Twilight from Edward’s point of view is finally here! Certainly, as a huge vampire fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Additionally, I’m kind of hoping for vampires to make a comeback. Seriously though, this one is for readers of paranormal romance and, of course, Twilight.

#3: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Vanessa Yu's Magic Paris Tea Shop Cover

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Asian Literature

Vanessa can read people’s fortunes in her tea leaves. But when she sees her own death, she decides to escape to Paris and work at her Aunt’s tea shop. So, if you want to escape to Paris like Vanessa, check out this magical and heartwarming new book release!

August 11, 2020

#4: Chasing Starlight
Chasing Starlight Cover

Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Young Adult,

A murder mystery during the Golden Age of Hollywood may be just what you’re looking for if you love books and movies. In short, add in a dash of romance and suspense, and Chasing Starlight is sure to be a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read!

#5: Eighty Days to Elsewhere
Eighty Days to Elsewhere Cover

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Eighty Days to Elsewhere is a fun new book release for adventurers or even those who enjoy traveling within the pages of a good novel. Plus, the amusing premise of recreating Around the World in 80 Days to save her Uncle’s bookstore, all while falling for the enemy sounds like adorable escapism. Can’t wait!

August 18, 2020

#6: Atomic Love
Atomic Love Cover

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery, Espionage Thriller

A part sweeping love story, part espionage thriller, this historical fiction novel is already getting rave reviews. In Atomic Love, Rosalind must choose between an old love who might be passing nuclear secrets to Russia and the secret agent she’s starting to fall for.

#7: Death at High Tide (Island Sisters Mystery #1)
Death at High Tide Cover

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Thriller

While several reviews compare this new mystery series to Agatha Christie, I am here for the Cornish coast and the cat. I do love a good cozy mystery (especially when there are adorable cats). With potential romance as well, is anyone else ready to delve into Death at High Tide?

#8: The London Restoration
The London Restoration Cover

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, WWII

The latest romance from Rachel McMillan takes place post-WWII and is as much about the restoration of London as it is about a restoration of marriage. Brent and Diana were both altered by war, but perhaps they can start over despite the secrets between them. It sounds like a lovely new book release.

August 25, 2020

#9: The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood
The Royal Governess Cover

Genres: Historical Fiction, WWII, Biographical Fiction

Overall, this one is for fans of period dramas like The Crown or dramas with strong upstairs/downstairs themes. Furthermore, The Royal Governess sounds like an exquisitely, well-researched read. The story focuses on Queen Elizabeth’s controversial governess, who writes the first tell-all about the royal family.

#10: Where Dreams Descend
Where Dreams Descend Cover - The Top Ten New Book Releases in August

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Mystery, High Fantasy, Young Adult

With magic, diverse characters, and a ton of epic romantic fantasy, Where Dreams Descend is one of the most anticipated new YA novels of the year. Considering reviewers also compare this new high fantasy series to Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge, I am intrigued. If you love sweeping love stories with a good dose of magic and mystery, check out Where Dreams Descend.

What August new book releases are you excited about? Sound off below…

(NOTE: If you’re a publisher, publicist, or author with an upcoming new book release that fits the readers of The Silver Petticoat Review, and would like us to consider it for future lists, please send us an email!)

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, we may earn a commission if you choose to buy through our links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please read our disclosure for more information. In addition, the owners of The Silver Petticoat Review choose every item on this list.

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By on August 19th, 2020

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely site and works as a YA Librarian.

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