07/01/18

Great Summer Reads | Summer 2018 ed.

Needing some great summer reads to add to your beach bag, your backpack, or tote bag for a long flight? I’ve got you covered on all things Historical fiction, Romance, Adventure, Mystery, and of course, the all-important Chick-lit perfect for a light, breezy day spent around the pool.

Here are some of my top picks for Summer Reads:

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

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A tale of your past catching up with you. A story of forgiveness, friendship, and love. A book that reveals the beauty of sacrifice and truth.

Set mostly on the golden coast of Florida, this book will capture your heart in every possible way! Charles Martin is a masterful storyteller, and you will fall in love with his characters, and be enraptured by his latest installment.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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My first and still my favorite of Kate Morton’s novels.

The story of a woman trying to uncover the secrets to her past and at the same time, discovers a brand new life for herself! Incredibly enchanting and atmospheric. You will get lost in this one!

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

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Because sometimes you just need a delicious, make-you-fee-good book, and I gotta tell you- this one is just that! Incredibly charming, witty, and original, this WWII based epistolary novel will steal your heart and you’ll be reluctant to give it back.

It’s the literary form of a big, warm hug. Honest to goodness.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

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Perhaps because I read this one for the first time on a beach, I consider it a great beach/summer read. Still one of my more favorite pulse-pounding thrillers!

Run around ancient Rome with Brown’s greatest hero, Robert Langdon, and uncover the puzzles and clues hidden around the city to save the lives of the very highest of society in Vatican City.

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

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You will enjoy basking in the lavender and lilac fields surrounding a crumbling French chateau, no matter where you find yourself this summer!

An incredible story roving back and forth from WWII to present day. Torn between duty and desire, the secrets that are uncovered here have the power to destroy 2 generations of people that have inhabited the walls of this house.

Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry

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I discovered this writer on a “local authors” table at the Barnes & Noble store on Hilton Head Island, SC. I ingested this beach-town family saga in the matter of a few days as the tide came in over my toes.

The story of 3 unlikely sisters, separated by way more than just time & distance, who all come home one summer and are reunited most reluctantly. But, it turns out, it’s exactly what each of them needed most.

The Beach House Series by Mary Alice Monroe

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Get lost in the lowcountry in this charming series by beloved author, Mary Alice Monroe.

Classic tale of woman who thought she had left her Southern roots far behind, but when she received a begrudging request from her Mom to return “home”, she finds that the rhythms of the place she least likely wanted to return to, is exactly what her heart requires to come up for air.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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Definitely falls into the category of “chick-lit”, but a deeper read than you would expect. Innovative, fresh, sweet, funny, poignant, and compulsively entertaining. I couldn’t put it down! Will make you think of some of the simplest decisions you make on a daily basis and the trajectory they take that you least expect.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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Can’t be a book list without Kristin Hannah, and I think this is a fantastic summer read about long-lasting female friendships and how it weathers even life’s toughest hardships.

“Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.” (Goodreads.com)

So, what are some of your favorites to recommend during this time of year?

What are the books you return to when the temperatures soar?

What’s on your nightstand now that you can’t wait to get around to?

Share with me!

Happy summering… and happiest reading…

XOXO

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