NPR’s Book Concierge

Our Guide To 2013’s Great Reads

by Jeremy Bowers, Nicole Cohen, Danny DeBelius, Camila Domonoske, Rose Friedman, Christopher Groskopf, Petra Mayer, Beth Novey and Shelly Tan

Choose your own adventure! Use the categories below to search through more than 200 standout titles selected by NPR staff and critics. Then click on the books’ covers to find out why we love them.

The Apple Orchard

By Susan Wiggs

Tess Delaney’s life is upended when she discovers a family she never knew she had and a long-lost heirloom that could save their land and the business they’ve built since arriving in California just after World War II. As a treasure hunter on the cusp of reaching all her professional goals, Tess risks it all when she digs into her family’s past, uncovering secrets that may offer understanding, second chances and a shot at romance. Mixed in with the engaging contemporary storyline are flashbacks to Nazi-occupied Denmark and the noble actions of Danish citizens during the war. Intriguing, compelling and lovely.

— recommended by Bobbi Dumas, freelance writer, book reviewer and founder of Read-A-Romance Month