Nine Women, One Dress, by Jane Rosen. Being called "hilarious", "charming" and "an irresistible romp" by critics already, Rosen's new novel is bound to be the ultimate summer beach read. Natalie is a Bloomingdale's salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for seventeen years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Alabama, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on . . .
The Muse, by Jessie Burton. I adored Burton's debut novel, 2014's The Miniaturist (you can read my original review here). Here, the lives of two very different women--Caribbean immigrant Odelle Bastien living in 1960's London and bohemian Olive Schloss in 1930's Spain--are tied together across countries and decades by a powerful mystery, centering around a painting rumored to have been painted by Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death confounded the art world for decades. I'm recommending this, as I did for Burton's debut, to readers who enjoy the work of authors like Tracy Chevalier and Sara Gruen.