When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan – but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.” Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman.

Dozens of RIFers are discussing Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s novel The Watch here on Read It Forward and Goodreads, all of them gripped by this first major novel of the Afghanistan War. We’re thrilled to share the official book trailer for The Watch with you and invite you to take a look and leave a comment with your thoughts. If you haven’t already, dive into the read in our downloadable excerpt of The Watch. You’ll be hooked on this heartbreaking and haunting novel.

“Written with exquisite grace, depth, and honesty, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. explores decisions driven by motherhood and marriage,” writes Randy Susan Meyers, international bestselling author of The Murderer’s Daughters. “I was transfixed as Kate read the journals she’d inherited from Elizabeth, peeling back the layers of her friend’s life, and in the process grappling with her own choices and terrors. Women have secret lives – sometimes hidden in the corners of our minds, sometimes in dreams unrealized. One mark of friendship is when and whether these nightmares and ambitions can be revealed. This riveting novel fiercely captures this fulcrum of the public and private lives of American mothers.”

Fans of the bestselling novel Julie and Romeo and anyone looking for a delightfully funny novel with a clever punch: add Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray to your TBR list! Jeanne Ray satirizes the ups and down of family and friendship in middle age with great wit and charm. Her strong, funny, smart female characters will keep you laughing and turning the pages. A perfect way to ease into your summer reading!

RIFers! We know you’re big Lisa Unger fans, and we love sharing advance copies of her thrillers with you well before they hit the shelves. Her latest will captivate you. Heartbroken is the story of three women, strangers, on a heart-wrenching collision course none of them could have seen coming. It will keep you turning pages late into the night. We have a treat for you: a downloadable excerpt of Heartbroken by Lisa Unger. Enjoy the read, and good luck, all!

“On a raw night in February,” writes author Alyssa Shelasky, author of Apron Anxiety, “I ordered a peppermint tea in a bright Greenwich Village diner and unwrapped a bound galley of my book. It was the first time I saw how everything came together – from the cover selection, to the blurbs on the back, to my 80,000–something words. Oh, those words! The words that were my core being for an entire year straight! Just touching the pages was surreal. I started to cry. And then I laughed. Because as I read the story, as a girl sitting in a diner, not an author wrestling with ‘her art,’ this cool-looking paperback was actually funny and touching!”