Summer is practically here, which means it’s time to hit the beach. But a beach trip wouldn’t be complete without a book to read while enjoying the sun and sand. So here are some beach-worthy books to check out this Summer.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Sometimes the beach can be boring - especially when there aren’t that many things to do. This book will change all of that, as it follows the life of Jody Linder after the man who was convicted of her parents’ murder 23 years ago is released from prison. If the evidence in the case was faulty and the defense inept, does that mean he will come back for revenge?
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways, but it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons—true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
As the last book of Larsson’s “Millennium-Series,” The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is a suspense-filled political thriller about Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth has just survived a showdown with her father, but so did he. With the threat of escape and her father claiming to be a victim of attempted murder, investigative journalists are sent to spy on the spies.
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
With the Hunger Games movie being a big hit at the start of the year, it’s only fitting to include the book trilogy. The trilogy includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. If you are like me and saw the movie before reading the books, you’ll need the summer break to catch-up before the second movie comes. And just recently, the entire trilogy was made available in a boxset at Barnes&Noble.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
After drawing you into the 11′ x 11′ room where Jack was born and has lived his entire five years, you soon find out his mother’s past and how she has lived a life of caring and love for her child within the for walls of their prison. Once you step into the “Room” you won’t want to put it down - no matter what happens.
Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook
Life’s a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who’s single at forty-one and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). She’s hoping for a more fulfilling life as a sea glass artist, but instead is babysitting her sister’s kids and sharing overnights with her sexy artist boyfriend with commitment issues. Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again-off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues.
I haven’t read any of these books yet, but you can be sure they are all on my “to read” list now. With everything from new love to family issues, danger and intrigue, you can’t go wrong with reading one of these on the beach this Summer.
Will you be reading one of these this Summer?
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