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  • Writer's pictureAgata Okon

10 Beach Reads for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about the best books to read while lounging on the beach or relaxing by the pool. Whether you're looking for a gripping thriller, a heartwarming romance, or a thought-provoking memoir, there's no shortage of summer must-reads to choose from. In this blog post, we'll share some of the hottest summer books that are sure to keep you entertained all season long. So grab your sunscreen and a cold drink, and get ready to dive into these page-turners that are guaranteed to make your summer reading list complete.

Experience the enchanting allure of Santorini as you join Anna for the wedding of a lifetime. Anna's idyllic life with her charming boyfriend, Nikos, amidst the vineyards of Santorini and her jet-setting career seem perfect, yet she senses that something crucial is missing.

Elena's engagement should be a time of joy for Anna, but instead, it unearths unforeseen issues in her own relationship. Nikos is supportive of Anna's professional success, but the distance it creates between them threatens to unravel their future.

As the much-anticipated summer wedding approaches, secrets are exposed, and difficult choices must be made. Anna and Nikos must determine if their love story will culminate in the happy ending they both yearn for.

Looking for a heartwarming summer read that will transport you to a small town by the shimmering Atlantic Ocean? "Where the Heart Is" is a romantic page-turner that explores new beginnings, old secrets, and the true meaning of home. Perfect for fans of Susan Mallery, Pamela Kelley, and Mary Alice Monroe.

Meghan Gray has inherited her grandfather's cottage on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, and she returns for the summer to feel close to him. On her first night there, she meets Toby Meyers, a local businessman, and they both feel a strong connection. As Meghan reminisces about her childhood spent in the beach house, she realizes that she's making new memories with Toby.

Meghan discovers a mysterious photograph in an envelope her grandfather gave her before he passed away. Determined to uncover the truth behind the photo, she sets out on a journey that could either bring her closer to Toby or tear them apart. Join Meghan and Toby as they explore the secrets of their past and discover where their hearts truly belong.

In an unexpected turn of events, a romance writer disillusioned with love and a literary writer experiencing a creative block embark on a summer-long challenge that may shatter their beliefs about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett, known for his literary fiction, and January Andrews, a bestselling romance author, are two individuals with vastly different approaches to writing. While January creates stories with happy endings, Augustus kills off his characters. Despite their contrasting styles, they find themselves living in adjacent beach houses for the next three months, both struggling with writer's block and financial troubles.

One hazy evening, they strike a deal that will push them out of their creative rut. Augustus agrees to write a happy story, while January takes on the task of penning the next Great American Novel. In an effort to inspire each other, they embark on field trips that will take them out of their comfort zones. January will show Augustus the romance of life with romantic montages, while he will take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult.

Their agreement is clear: they will both finish their books, but they won't fall in love. Yet, as they work together, they start to see things in a new light, and their beliefs about love and writing are challenged.

Elle Kennedy shines in Good Girl Complex, a tale brimming with romance, humor, and yearning. Follow the story of Mackenzie Cabot, a perfectionist who always plays by the rules. Mac has been conditioned to please everyone in her life, from her demanding parents to her high-society classmates and long-time boyfriend. However, when she moves to the idyllic Avalon Bay to pursue her degree, she meets Cooper Hartley - a local rebel who challenges her orderly lifestyle.

Cooper's rough exterior and candid demeanor immediately draw Mac in, and their friendship becomes the most meaningful thing in her life. Despite Cooper's initial disdain for the privileged students at Garnet College, he finds himself falling hard for Mac. But as their relationship deepens, Cooper's secret threatens to upend Mac's newfound sense of belonging in Avalon Bay.

Join Mac and Cooper in their journey of self-discovery and forbidden love in Good Girl Complex - a must-read for fans of Elle Kennedy's writing.

Sarah Danhauser is taken aback when her stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend. Despite her worries, Ruby has already set a date and plans to have the wedding at Sarah's family beach house in Cape Cod. However, as the wedding day approaches, Ruby grapples with the wounds left by her absent mother. Meanwhile, Sarah's family members each face their own challenges: Veronica must confront unexpected news from her meddling sister, Sam is recovering from a terrible loss, Eli faces the consequences of past behavior, and Sarah herself is frustrated by her husband and confronted with a past love interest.

As the wedding day arrives, family secrets and misunderstandings come to light, forever changing the dynamics of the extended family. Jennifer Weiner's The Summer Place is a captivating and heartfelt tale about family, sacrifice, forgiveness, and the surprising ways in which love can transform us. Set in the Outer Cape, this story is a tribute to the power of home and the enduring bonds of family. As a renowned author of beach reads, Weiner's witty and observant writing will keep readers enthralled.

In this uplifting story of human resilience, Susan Mallery, a beloved and bestselling author, delves into the complex emotions of a broken family as they try to heal and become whole again. Finley McGowan is determined to give her niece the love and support she never received growing up. After being abandoned by her mother and grandfather, Finley has always played it safe and followed the rules. But her sister Sloane, who took a different path, returns, seeking a relationship with her daughter. Despite Sloane's promises of change, Finley finds it difficult to trust her sister again.

As she struggles with the fear of losing what she loves the most, Finley realizes she must confront her past and learn to forgive in order to move forward. With the help of a man who understands the complexities of family dynamics, she discovers the joy of surrendering and the peace that comes with letting go. Join Finley on her emotional journey as she navigates the nuances of family relationships in this witty and heartfelt tale by Susan Mallery.

Every Summer After is a nostalgic love story that spans six summers, one moment of heartbreak, and a weekend that holds the possibility of redemption. Persephone Fraser left behind her childhood lakeshore paradise after making a life-altering mistake, but a call brings her back to Barry's Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek, the man she thought she'd lost forever. As they mourn Sam's mother's passing, Percy and Sam's undeniable connection resurfaces, but it can only be fully realized if Percy can confront her past decisions and stop punishing herself for them. Join Percy and Sam on their journey through love, heartbreak, and the choices that shape our lives forever.

Liz Baker and her roommates are employed at Nether Fields, a queer publication in New York City that's at risk of shutting down. Fortunately, two affluent lesbians purchase the magazine in the nick of time. Liz is grateful for the continued job security, but the minority investor, Daria Fitzgerald, is making life difficult. Daria's budget cuts, removal of Bagel Fridays, and implementation of a password for the color printer are making Liz's job unbearable. Liz is worried that her lack of control over her impulsive outbursts will cost her job, especially after overhearing Daria mocking her work.

However, as Liz and Daria spend more time together, Liz discovers a different side of Daria: she's witty, considerate, and appreciates Liz's non-binary gender expression. Despite evidence suggesting otherwise, Liz finds it hard to stay angry with Daria, and even harder to resist their growing attraction.

This captivating, humorous, and steamy romantic comedy celebrates the queer community, found families, and the struggles of falling in love against your instincts.

In this captivating lesbian romance novel, "Trade Fame for Love?", we follow the story of Saffron Oliver, the golden girl of Hollywood. Despite her stunning looks, successful movie career, and seemingly perfect life, Saffron finds herself deeply unhappy and unfulfilled.

Feeling suffocated by the constant attention and scrutiny, Saffron flees to her sister's quaint seaside town in search of solace and a chance to reconnect with herself. It is there that she meets Kirsty McBride, a confident and charming woman who seems to have everything that Saffron desires.

As Saffron gets to know Kirsty, she finds herself drawn to her in ways she never expected. The two women quickly develop a deep connection and undeniable chemistry, leaving Saffron with a difficult decision to make. Does she risk everything she's worked so hard for, including her fame and fortune, to pursue a chance at true love with Kirsty?

Through their passionate and emotional journey, Clare Lydon and TB Markinson explore the themes of self-discovery, courage, and the pursuit of happiness. "Trade Fame for Love?" is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled with finding the courage to go after what they truly want in life.

Garland Moore had always believed in magic, the power of optimism, and signs from the universe. But her faith in these things was shattered when her husband blindsided her with divorce papers over Valentine's Day dinner. After that heartbreaking moment, Garland wasn't sure what to believe anymore, except that she was clearly never meant to love again. But fate had other plans for her.

When Garland was invited to spend a week at Camp Carl Cove, a newly reopened sleepaway camp for adults nestled into the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, she saw it as an opportunity to get away and enjoy the kind of summer getaway she never had as a child. If Garland still believed in signs, this would sure seem like one. It was a chance to let go of her past and start fresh.

But as soon as she arrived, the universe seemed determined to bring love back into Garland's life. She ran into Mason, the man she had a premonition about after one brief meeting years ago. Despite her attempts to avoid him, their paths kept crossing. And to make matters even more confusing, she found herself rooming with Mason's sister Stevie, a vibrant and charming former park ranger.

The more time Garland spent with Stevie, the more she found herself drawn to her. Amid the camp tournaments and moonlit dances, Garland couldn't resist Stevie's wit, charm, and infectious energy. She made her laugh and swoon in ways that she never thought possible. The stars were aligning in a way that Garland never could have predicted.

As the days went by, Garland found herself falling head over heels for Stevie. She knew that summer camp wouldn't last forever, but if she could learn to trust her heart, the love she found there just might. Garland's past may have shattered her faith in love, but the universe had other plans for her. Camp Carl Cove turned out to be the perfect place for Garland to rediscover the magic of love and start a new chapter in her life.



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