The Best Beach Reads for Your Summer Vacation
One of the best parts of summer is kicking back on a warm beach with a good book. As the warm weather moves in, we’re picking up these brand new titles—the perfect books to get lost in during your summer vacation.
1. The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby
In Bette Lee Crosby’s latest novel, all the Briggs sisters need is a fresh start. Meghan has always been the responsible sibling and upon her father’s death, she must return to her hometown to save his failing business. As Meghan focuses on work and tries to avoid making connections with anyone or anything, her sister Tracy finds herself adjusting to life as a newly single mother. As the two encounter challenges and the potential for new relationships, they’ll find that their new beginning is right around the corner. This women’s fiction novel is full of romance, the power of friendship and the bond of sisters.
2. Noir by Christopher Moore
If you love entertaining reads to flip through on the beach, Noir should be at the top of your summer reading list. With a cast of kooky characters and an outrageous story set in San Francisco in 1947, this humorous read follows Sammy Tiffin, bartender by day, businessman by night, on an epic journey. Sammy has just met a woman he thinks he could fall in love with but before he can make his move, he’ll have to deal with the strange mishaps occuring in the city. This love story turned fantasy novel pairs great with your beach towel and a retro pair of sunglasses.
3. Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
This international bestseller from Roz Nay takes readers into a dark interrogation room where one woman will do everything she can to prove her innocence. Saskia Parker has disappeared and her husband’s previous lover, Angela, has been taken in as a suspect. Unaware of what hashappened, Angela must dig deep into herformer relationship as the lead detective tries coerce a confession out of her. But Angela knows that there’s something much more sinister going on between the couple and that the police are looking in all the wrong places. Can she uncover the truth or will she be blamed for a crime she didn’t commit?
4. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
The latest release from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand covers both a glamorous wedding and a mysterious murder. Shortly before the start of the wedding festivities, a body is found in the small beach town, making everyone involved in the wedding a suspect. As the investigation continues, it becomes clear to everyone that no family is perfect but is someone in the Otis-Winbury wedding party really to blame for such a horrendous act? This enticing new read will have you entranced until the final page.
5. The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
Susie Orman Schnall’s new novel spans 70 years and the lives of two unforgettable women. In 1949, Charlotte is finding that her life has taken an unexpected turn but she’s determined to get it back on track by entering the Miss Subways beauty contest. Fast-forward to 2018 and advertising executive Olivia has found herself caught up in the history of Miss Subways for her most recent campaign. As both get involved with the iconic beauty contest, they’ll come across life-changing friendships, betrayal and even love. This novel is perfect for fans of both historical and contemporary fiction.
6. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Katherine Center’s latest release is an uplifting story about finding the light after a tragic accident. Margaret Jacobsen once had the perfect life but now all she can think about is what could have been as she sits in the hospital, facing a difficult future. Dealing with plenty of family drama in addition to her recent accident, Margaret finds hope in Ian, her physical therapist. Taking comfort in this new man, she will learn that life brings important people into your life when you least expect it.How to Walk Away is the perfect read for fans of Emily Giffin.
7. The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
The music industry has never been an easy world to break into and no one knows that better than the members of the Van Ness Quartet. Jana, Brit, Daniel and Henry are all unique in their own ways but have been brought together by their love of music. In Aja Gabel’s debut novel, these four friends experience the difficulties of fame and the rocky road to success. This story of friendship and secrets is one of Celeste Ng’s new favorite reads and a fantastic read for a warm day at the beach.
8. When You Knew by Jamie Beck
Gentry Cabot never felt like she completely fit in with her family but in Jamie Beck’s new novel, she’ll learn the true importance of family. When a one-night stand ends up in unexpected motherhood, Gentry has to prepare herself to raise a child and reconcile the past with her family. But before she can rebuild familial bonds, she finds that she needs help raising her son at home. Hiring humanitarian worker Ian as a nanny, she quickly finds herself drawn to him and him to her but when the baby’s biological father returns, Gentry and Ian will find their easy arrangement has been quickly disturbed.
9. Fail Until You Don’t: Fight Grind Repeat by Bobby Bones
If you’re looking for a bit of a summer pick-me-up, this new release will remind you of what it takes to reach your dreams. Bobby Bones is about as successful as it gets in the country music world but his fame hasn’t come easily. In this memoir, Bobby recounts his successes, mistakes and failures in addition to stories from famous friends of his who have also fought their way to the top. This light-hearted read will have you laughing from beginning to end and remind you to never give up on your dreams.
10. Girl With a Gun: An Annie Oakley Mystery by Kari Bovee
If you’re a fan of Annie Oakley and all of her sleuthing and bravery, Girl With a Gun will be the perfect addition to your beach bag. Annie Oakley may only be 15 years old but she knows exactly what she wants out of life. When Annie is offered a spot in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, she finally has her answer to saving the family farm but when two innocent people are found dead and her horse is stolen, Annie begins to believe that all these incidents have something to do with her and she has to be the one to solve the case. A mystery and western novel wrapped up into one, this debut novel is perfect for fans of Westworld.
11. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg
Best-selling author Rick Bragg brings together family anecdotes, his love for food and a touching memoir in The Best Cook in the World. Rick Bragg’s mother never owned a cookbook but always found a way to bring her family together over a home cooked meal. Telling the story of how his mother came to be a tremendous cook, Bragg dives into his family’s extensive history, accompanied by memories from his own childhood. This sweet Southern release is sure to warm your heart this summer.
12. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin is back with a new women’s fiction novel this June. Nina Browning has been blessed with a beautiful family and successful life while single father Tom Volpe struggles to keep his own family on track. But when Tom’s daughter gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he begins to think things are looking up. Just when things seem to be back on track for Tom, one indecent photograph of his daughter will create a dramatic divide between the community and bring everything Nina thought she knew about her life into question.