Mainstream Book Recommendations: April 2013

The mainstream genre covers a lot of ground. From family drama to coping with illness to sweet romance, these titles can include a bit of everything. This month we picked out books focusing on three topics — humor, friendship and mystery — to help you chose which type of mainstream novel you may want to add to your TBR pile.

Readers who love mainstream fiction tinged with mystery unite around these three April titles. In Jennie Shortridge's Love Water Memory, Lucie Walker has no idea why she is standing in the San Francisco Bay — she has amnesia and it seems like nothing, not even her fiance, can help restore her memory and provide the answers she is seeking. In Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas, the titular character is unexpectedly called to a small Southern town by someone she doesn't know. When she arrives, the man has past away leaving Sophie to try to figure out what he wanted. All her life Meg has been told lies about her father, so when her mother becomes ill it is Meg's last chance to sort out fact from fantasy in Maria Goodin's book From the Kitchen of Half Truth.

If you have a best friend you lean on when times get tough, then you will be able to relate to Anna and Michelle in Lucy Dillon's The Secret of Happy Ever After. These two women want different things, but they still support each other no matter what. Or perhaps you are on the lookout for a BFF. You can always do what Samantha, Brooke and Claire do in Wendy Wax's While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and create a TV club around your favorite show. Another great place to meet new friends is a trip to your local yarn store. Make sure to take with you a copy of Starting Now by Debbie Macomber so that the women you meet are as caring and wonderful as the characters in this sweet tale centered around knitting.

During rough times, it is always great to get lost in a funny read. This month there are several mainstream titles that tickle the funny bone, but the two stand outs are Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen which follows a family of women each in a different stage of life who are willing to take the good and bad with a big dose of humor. And the second chuckle inducing story is Ashton Lee's The Cherry Cola Book Club, filled with fun, kooky characters.

You can pick up all of these titles, available in stores this month. Looking for more great titles? Click here to visit RT's Everything Mainstream Page