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August 26, 2020

Don't Skip These 11 Beach Reads

by Susan Roberts

For many of us, summer isn't complete without a trip to the beach.  Either the ocean or a lake, the beach is the ultimate summer place to go.  This year with many beaches closed or so over-crowded that you don't want to take a chance,  beach reads are even more important.  If you can't physically go to the beach, at least they can help you take a mental trip.   Here are a few of my favorite beach reads published in 2020.
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Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling

In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers. -- Buy at Amazon

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

Hello, Summer

Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman―a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer. -- Buy at Amazon

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe 

On Ocean Boulevard

The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. -- Buy at Amazon

The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan

The Last Bathing Beauty
A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past—for herself and the sake of her family’s future—in a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances. -- Buy at Amazon

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. -- Buy at Amazon

Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter

Carolina Breeze

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down. -- Buy at Amazon

A Summer of Surprises by Judith Keim

A Summer of Surprises

Jill Conroy is tricked by her sister into becoming the housekeeper and cook for the summer at Seashell Cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects on the house. Annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes how wonderful it is to be away from her home in New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband. -- Buy at Amazon

Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Key to Everything
Through poignant prose and characters so real you'll be sure you know them, Valerie Fraser Luesse transports you to the storied Atlantic coast for a unique coming-of-age story you won't soon forget. -- Buy at Amazon

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers

A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades -- but this could be the summer that changes everything. -- Buy at Amazon

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. -- Buy at Amazon

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber 

A Walk Along the Beach

Two sisters must learn from each other’s strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love.  Life has more challenges in store for them all. But both sisters will discover that even in the darkest moments, family is everything. -- Buy at Amazon
Can you recommend additional beach reads that you've read this summer??

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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  1. So many great books. I hope you have a great week!

  2. i love anything beachy. such a fabulous bunch of covers
    sherry @ fundinmental