The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair. Likened to The Secret Garden and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, this book also reminds me of Amy Tan’s works. In this story, we have a girl who goes back to her native India to uncover lost, deep, dark, secrets. Ok, so the description had me at “secrets,” but I’m also a sucker for coming of age stories, which this one promises to be.
Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner. So this one had me at “magic,” but it also sounds like a fun love story. Vaclav, a Russian immigrant boy, befriends orphan Lena. When Lena goes away under mysterious circumstances, Vaclav is left wondering why she left. Flash forward several years, and Lena comes back into the picture. This book had good reviews for its writing and likable characters, so give it a chance, won’t you, when it finally comes out? Go ahead and put them on hold, so you can be the first on your street to read them.