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Black Author Takes Readers on a Journey of Friendship, Love, and Self-Discovery in “No Reservations”

Sheryl Lister

Nationwide — Bestselling author Sheryl Lister is set to release her highly anticipated women’s fiction novel, No Reservations on January 9, 2024. In this emotionally charged narrative, Lister masterfully weaves a tale of lifelong friends who must confront their struggles, both individually and collectively, while honoring the memory of a beloved friend.

No Reservations follows Joy, Diane, Rochelle, and Yvette—a tight-knit group of friends who have shared their dreams, hopes, and secrets since childhood. However, as adulthood takes hold, they each grapple with their own unique challenges.

Joy, a woman with a dream of opening a spa and retreat, has put her aspirations on hold for her husband’s desires. Determined to reclaim her happiness, she decides that waiting for her husband’s approval is no longer an option. Diane is haunted by the unfulfilled dream of motherhood, struggling with infertility while her husband remains indifferent. Rochelle, recovering from an abusive marriage, is plagued by self-esteem issues, exacerbated by her friends’ troubled marriages. Her convictions are tested when a new man enters her life, challenging her perceptions and beliefs.

But it is Yvette’s terminal illness that sets the stage for this gripping story. Before she passes away, Yvette imparts one final wish to her friends: that they embark on the girls’ trip to Jamaica they’ve postponed for years. She leaves them not only with her cherished memories but also with the tickets to make it a reality. As marriages unravel, businesses are disrupted, and unexpected romances blossom, the trip becomes an essential journey of self-discovery and healing.

“I hope that readers connect with Joy, Diane, and Rochelle, and find their stories real and relatable. I want them to feel like they can grab a glass of wine and sit in the room with these characters, laugh and share their own experiences, and that this message resonates with them long after they’ve finished the last page,” said Lister.

No Reservations is a poignant work of contemporary women’s fiction that explores the complexities of friendship, love, and self-fulfillment. Readers and book clubs will find thought-provoking discussion questions included in the book, making No Reservations a perfect choice for group reads and literary conversations.

No Reservations publishes January 9, 2024 (HarperCollins/Harper Muse, softcover, $17.99; also available in audio and e-book)

Praise for No Reservations:

“At times both deeply emotional and heartwarmingly funny, No Reservations encapsulates the beauty of the unbreakable bond of enduring friendships and true sisterhood.” — Farrah Rochon, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Hookup Plan

“No Reservations is a tale of triumph, which showcases the treasure of female friendships. Sheryl Lister hits us with an emotional page turner.” — Kwana Jackson, USA Today bestselling author of Real Men Knit

“Wonderfully engaging and un-put-downable. A celebration of sisterhood, friendship, and love. No Reservations captured me from the first sentence. A beautiful examination and tribute to women and the limitless power of friendship.”USA Today Bestselling Author Anna J Stewart

“Warm and wise—a feel good story. Sheryl Lister’s No Reservations is a heartfelt tribute to sisterhood and found-family. The feelings linger long after the last page.” — Vanessa Riley, Award-winning author of Island Queen and Queen of Exiles

“In No Reservations, Sheryl Lister has captured the true spirit of sisterhood with characters who celebrate one another’s highs and are there to help make lemonade with life’s lemons. Joy, Diane, and Rochelle’s enduring bond even after losing their other sister-friend, Yvette, pulled at my heartstrings and stuck with me long after the story was done.” — Tiffany L. Warren

About the Author:
Sheryl Lister is a multi-award-winning author and has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is a former pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience and often says she “played” for a living. A California native, Sheryl is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two special boys. When she’s not writing, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen whipping up delicious meals and desserts to satisfy her inner foodie. Connect with her online at sheryllister.com.

About the Publisher:
Harper Muse is the only fiction imprint under HarperCollins Focus, with an emphasis on historical fiction, women’s fiction, and Southern fiction. Harper Muse seeks to illuminate minds and captivate hearts through story—effectively serving as an extension of HarperCollins Focus’ mission to connect with great writers and readers.

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