Summer is almost here! Looking for some new books to add to your summer reading list? What better way to relax on a weekend getaway than with a good book! That’s why we’ve rounded up 7 summer beach reads for any mood you’re in.
Mood: Historical war-time romance with all the feels
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
This recent release by author Chris Cleave is set in WWII London, where three people – Mary North, Tom Shaw, and Alistair Heath – are swept up in the chaos of war, loss, and a love triangle. Parts of the narrative stem from true events, as the love story is based on the letters Cleave’s grandparents wrote to one another.
Mood: Women’s Fiction with a twist of mystery
The Girls in the Garden: A Novel by Lisa Jewell
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell intertwines the perfect mix of women’s fiction and suspense in this novel, set in London. The lives of one socialite neighborhood were picturesque, until one summer night a 13-year-old girl is discovered in a rose garden, bloody and unconscious, during a party.
Mood: Magic, Mystery, and Old-Fashioned Carnival
The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
Swyler’s debut novel centers around young librarian Simon Watson. His only living relative is a sister, Enola, who left home to read tarot cards for a traveling circus. His mother had been a circus “mermaid,” but drowned many years ago. One day, something strange happens. An old book is left on Simon’s doorstep. Filled with circus secrets and mysteries, it tells a story oddly similar to his mother’s. Now, Simon must investigate a “curse” upon the women in his family and find his sister in time to warn her.
Mood: Beautifully written thriller
Girl In Snow: A Novel by Danya Kukafka
Kukafka’s debut novel (set to release August 1) is sure to be an instant New York Times bestseller. Set in a sleepy Colorado town, when a young girl is murdered, everyone’s lives are forever changed. Readers witness the aftermath in the entanglement of three characters: the officer investigating her murder, the boy who loved her, and the girl who wanted to be her.
Mood: Typical beach read about love, romance, and marriage
Same Beach, Next Year, by Dorthea Benton Frank
One of the best beach reads this year! Same Beach, Next Year is a bewitching story of marriage, love, family and friendship. In the fashion of a classic romance novel, the story finds two former sweethearts faced with their past, each other and their spouses. What follows is a tale of enduring friendship that will weather the tests of time. Infused with warm and engaging earthy humor and a generous heart, this book is a must read for long summer days that sing of nostalgia and the ever-enduring power of the heart.
Mood: Jane Austen-esque instant classic
Longbourn by Jo Baker
If in search of a beach read that makes you reminisce of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, then Jo Baker’s 2014 novel might be just what you’re looking for. While Austen’s most popular novel tells the story of heroine Elizabeth Bennet, Baker spins a classic of her own with Longbourn, which focuses on the family’s housemaid, Sarah, and how life is lived behind the allure of beautiful ballgowns and afternoon tea.
Mood: Historical Fiction set in the Roaring 20’s
Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
This 2014 New York Times bestseller, splendidly weaves the romantic, infamous lives of acclaimed author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his “beautiful, reckless” wife, Zelda. Now the inspiration for television, Fowler’s book tells the couple’s scandalous Jazz Age lifestyles from Zelda’s point of view.