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May 21, 2024

It's Beach Reads Season! Add these books to your beach bag

by Susan Roberts

Summer is almost here and it's time to start thinking about the best beach books to put in your bag for your trip to the beach or lake.  If you can't get away this year, reading these books can still put you in a beach frame of mind.  Here are some books that I am looking forward to this summer:

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Ten Kids, Two Lovebirds, and a Signing Mermaid by Cathy Lamb

A humorous, hopeful novel about two broken families. Set in Huntington Beach, California in 1979, the O’Briens and Rossis become next door neighbors and life is never the same again.  This book is an emotional look at the break up of a family because of the selfishness of one of the parents.  It is full of kids and fun and will make you laugh out loud.

Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews

You can always tell that summer is just around the corner when you get a new Mary Kay Andrews book to read.  Once again, she has given her readers a fantastic mix of romance and mystery in a book full of lovable and quirky characters in a beachside hotel.  What can be better than that?

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The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan

Cecilia Lapthorne always vowed she’d never go back to Dune Cottage. So no one is more surprised than Cecilia to find herself escaping her seventy-fifth birthday party to return to the remote Cape Cod cottage—a place filled with memories. Some are good—especially memories of the early days with her husband, volatile artist Cameron.  But then there are the memories she has revealed to no one.

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This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune

book cover of women's fiction novel This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune
May 2024; Berkley; 978-0593638897
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); women's fiction

Lucy is the tourist vacationing at a beach house on Prince Edward Island. Felix is the local who shows her a very good time. The only problem: Lucy doesn’t know he’s her best friend’s younger brother. Lucy and Felix’s chemistry is unreal, but the list of reasons why they need to stay away from each other is long, and they vow to never repeat that electric night again.

A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey

book cover of southern fiction novel A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey
June 2024; Gallery Books; 978-1668012192
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); southern fiction

A Happier Life
is a look at life in the South in a small town full of nosey neighbors along with strong women who live their lives to the fullest. It has a bit of a mystery, a little romance and a cast full of intriguing characters plus beautiful descriptions of Beaufort, North Carolina

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The Summer Pact by Emily Griffin

book cover of women's fiction novel The Summer Pact by Emily Griffin
July 2024;  Ballantine Books; 978-0593600290
audio, ebook, print (352 pages); women's fiction

A group of friends marred by tragedy reunite a decade later to discover what it means to heal and forgive.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.   

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