Those in the US know that first comes Thanksgiving and then comes Black Friday. As the traditional kickoff to Christmas shopping, this day is marked by rock-bottom prices, and for some, waking up at unspeakable hours to grab a bargain.
If you’re a bookworm, there’s no need to get up early post–Turkey Day. BookBub has ebook offers that you can grab from the comfort of your own couch — no 6 AM wake-up calls required!
Check out BookBub’s seven best Black Friday deals for every type of reader, including publishers’ descriptions below.
Night Moves by Nora Roberts
Was she foolish or wise to follow her instincts?
The house had stood vacant for 10 years, but Maggie Fitzgerald knew she could call it home. An award-winning songwriter, Maggie had sought peace and solitude from the Los Angeles celebrity hounds after her husband’s accidental death. Instinct had brought her east, to the small Maryland town of Morganville.
Instinct also told her that Cliff Delaney, owner of a local landscaping company, was just the person to revitalize her property. But once that project began, the remains of a dead man were discovered and everyone she knew, including Cliff, seemed to have a motive for the killing.
Could she trust her instincts again — or would the truth be her undoing?
Who should read it: Ebook devotees needing an escape. This 1985 romantic-suspense novel was just recently released in ebook form, so if you’re hooked on your Kindle, you may have never read it. Plus, the whodunit-plot makes for a perfect holiday escape.
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Queen Kelsea and her realm.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing. She finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: A woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; she does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling — and that of Kelsea’s own soul — may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.
Who should read it: Hunger Games fans. If you think Katniss Everdeen is badass, wait until you meet teen queen Kelsea Glynn. Her wit and bravery is on par with Katniss in this sequel.
In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to “investigate.” But their search — aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books — went nowhere.
Years later, Nora, now in her late twenties, is drawn back to her old neighborhood — and to her estranged friend — when Rose’s remains are finally discovered. Upset over their earlier failure to solve the possible murder, Charlotte is adamant that they join forces and try again. But Nora was the last known person to see Rose alive, and she’s not ready to revisit her troubled adolescence and the events surrounding the disappearance — or face the disturbing secrets that are already beginning to reemerge.
Who should read it: Fans of well-written mysteries. If the crime story doesn’t suck you in, the words will. The book was written by bestselling author Emily Arsenault, who the New York Times once called “a very clever wordsmith.”
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey
Christopher would always be there for Rebecca no matter what it took, from the beaches of Jersey to the hell of the holocaust and Auschwitz.
The prisoners in Auschwitz called it Canada, the land of unimaginable riches, where the last possessions of those who perished in the gas chambers were gathered and counted. Christopher is the new head of Canada, the “Dollar King.” He is the one who controls the river of dirty money flowing through the camp. But Christopher is on a different mission. He is not in Auschwitz to serve the Reich, but to find Rebecca, lost somewhere inside the sprawling system of concentration camps set up to murder the innocent victims of the holocaust.
They were six years old when they meet on the island of Jersey in 1924. Christopher, recently arrived from Germany with his sister, and grieving father, and Rebecca, born and raised on the island, the daughter of an abusive father and alcoholic mother. Their lives would never be the same. When Rebecca runs away as a teenager to England to escape her parents Christopher thinks he has lost her forever, but nothing can keep them apart, not her parents, or the fiancée she brings back with her from England, or even the war clouds gathering over Europe. When World War II comes to Jersey with the Nazi invaders, Christopher tries to hide Rebecca’s Jewish roots, but along with millions of other victims of the holocaust, Rebecca is swallowed up by the evils of the Nazi regime.
As Christopher searches for Rebecca he finds the noose around his own neck tightening, as he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul amongst the melee of death and corruption that is daily currency in the camp. Christopher knows that one misstep by him will mean not only the end of his own life but surely that of Rebecca’s also. But Christopher finds that his position in the camp as the man in charge of the money in the corrupt world of Auschwitz affords him opportunities, and that sometimes the mission, and the life that fate leads us to is not necessarily the one we had in mind.
Who should read it: Those looking for an epic love story. This historic romance is out to prove that love really does conquer all — even World War II. Both romance readers and history buffs will easily lose themselves in this well-researched novel.
50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee
Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating — although admittedly handsome — guest of her father. Unwilling to settle, Mellie will do anything to escape to London…
Trevor Anaedsley has a problem…
Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until he gets engaged. Beset by creditors, Trevor escapes to the country — ostensibly to visit his old tutor Mr. Smithson — where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him — but will this fake engagement go as Trevor and Mellie plan? Or will they find that even the best laid plans often go awry?
Who should read it: Romance readers. Victorian London, a handsome future lord, and a fake engagement — this romance has everything you need to escape holiday stress.
Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
A witty, wise, and endearing portrait of two couples as they navigate the unsteady terrain of modern love Guido Morris and Vincent Cardworthy are third cousins and best friends. In college they dreamed of writing poetry (Guido) and winning the Nobel Prize in Physics (Vincent). Now in their late 20s, they are together again in Cambridge and on the verge of settling down to more prosaic pursuits. Vincent is headed to New York City to become the Board of City Planning’s expert on garbage, while Guido is preparing to take over the management of his family’s foundation. What they really want to know, however, is who their wives will be. Guido gets the first inkling of his romantic future when he spies a girl with the blackest, sleekest hair he has ever seen sitting on a bench at the Fogg Museum. When he tries to flirt with her, Holly Sturgis makes a cutting remark and leaves. For Guido, it is love at first sight. Vincent discovers Misty Berkowitz one morning at work. Stirring her coffee with a fountain pen, she tells him to get the hell away from her. Soon, cheerful, open-minded Vincent can’t stop thinking about his bored, misanthropic, and very pretty colleague. Guido, Holly, Vincent, and Misty are lucky enough to find love. The question is, are they smart enough to hold on to it?
From the terrifying uncertainty of courtship to the dull contentment of marriage, Happy All the Time is a dazzling tribute to the hard work and real courage it takes to create a storybook romance.
Who should read it: Literary geeks. Author Laurie Colwin passed away prematurely in 1992, but her work is still lauded in literary circles today. Reading her 1978 family drama will score you bonus points with your fellow bookworms.
Astoria by Peter Stark
In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.
At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.
Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, this is a story of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation’s landscape and global standing.
Who should read it: History buffs. Sure, everyone knows about Lewis and Clark, but what about John Jacob Astor? Astoria will take your trivia game to the next level by revealing some largely unknown pieces of US history.
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