Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee (Berkley Trade Paperback, $15)
In this whimsical novel, Lily Byrne, a young widow, is the owner of a vintage clothing boutique in the Pacific Northwest. Her solitude is interrupted with the unexpected arrival of an exuberant little cat. As Lily searches for the cat’s true home, she begins looking at herself, and her life, in an enlightening new way.
The author, who was born in India but raised in Canada and California, has written several previous novels including “Hunting Jasmine.”
The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick (NAL Trade Paperback, $15)
Beth Kendrick, author of the “The Bake-Off,” focuses on lost dogs and the women who fall in love with them in her latest novel.
Lara Madigan finds a tiny black puppy. Being a dog trainer, she has a soft spot for strays and while she always is ready to make room for one more rescue dog, the big question is whether she can commit to her long-term boyfriend Evan. When he can’t deal with her furry, slobbery canine friends, they part company and she begins to search for happiness elsewhere.
Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family by Glenn Plaskin (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, $14.99)
When journalist and bestselling author Glenn Plaskin decided to get a dog, little did he realize the decision would change his life in such a profound way.
He began by picking a cocker spaniel, the runt of a litter. He named her Katie, after Katharine Hepburn, one of his favorite interview subjects. With the new puppy in hand, he walked down the hall of his New York City apartment building and knocked on the door of Pearl, a neighbor who had raised cocker spaniels in the past.
As soon as the door opened, Katie plopped into Pearl’s lap and so began the close bond and friendship of five neighbors who became nothing less than a family. This is a touching story that emphasizes that some of the best things that happen in life are purely accidental.
Falling for Eli: How I lost Heart, Then Found Hope Through the Love of a Singular Horse by Nancy Shulins (Da Capo, $15.99)
This is the true story of how a woman lets go of one dream and find another in the most unexpected of places — in a barn.
Shulins, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and special correspondent for the Associated Press, was despondent when her fertility treatments failed. A casual invitation rekindled her long-forgotten childhood dream of learning to ride a horse. A year later, she buys a scrawny gelding she names Eli. This remarkable story of the special bond that often develops between humans and animals is inspiring and beautifully written.
The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World’s Greatest Creatures by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99)
Lawrence Anthony founded the Thula Thula wildlife reserve in Zululand, South Africa, and was the founder of the Earth Organization. His efforts to save the wild animals on our planet have brought him to international attention and acclaim. For example, he rushed to rescue the animals at the Baghdad Zoo after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in2003, and tamed a herd of elephants in Africa slated to be killed. When he learned that the northern white rhino was about to become extinct, he once again sprang into action.
Saving and protecting the rhinos is especially challenging, according to Anthony, since these remarkable creatures inhabit the war-ravaged Congo. With fewer than 15 left in the wild, time is quickly running out for the rhinos. If they do, indeed, go extinct, they would be the largest land mammal since the wooly mammoth to do so.
This inspiring story of courage and conservation is a moving testament of the good that can be done when there is a will.