10 Books to Transport You to New Places

From the streets of New York City to faraway lighthouses and the Swiss Alps, these 10 new books give readers the perfect chance to escape their own reality. Pick up these books and be prepared to be transported to new places during the hot summer months.


1. The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol


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In this new paperback release, Jean E. Pendziwol tells the story of two women and their unexpected bond. Teenage girl Morgan is having a hard time adjusting to life after the death of her father, leading her to graffiti an elderly home. Now forced to do community service at the home, she’ll meet Elizabeth, a woman who has just found her late father’s travel diaries but is unable to read them. Acting as Elizabeth’s eyes, Morgan helps her read the journals and in doing so, they’ll find that they have a connection neither had anticipated. This compelling tale of family and dark secrets is the perfect beach companion.


2. The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger


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This new thriller takes readers to a world of ominous corruption in the heart of New York City. After a private plane vanishes in the Swiss Alps, one woman will be left a widow, looking for answers about her husband’s death. As she begins to uncover the truth about why the plane really went down, journalist Marina Tourneau picks up the intriguing case and finds that the answers to her questions are darker than she could’ve ever imagined. The Banker’s Wife is a brilliantly twisted story about two women’s quest for the truth and the risks they take along the way.  


3. The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua


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Fed up with an unfulfilling life in New York City, Olivia is about to move back home when she’s offered a job that seems to good to be true. Unaware of what the future holds for her, she stays in the city and is invited to fulfill a coveted position within a secret society. Quickly learning the connection between this society and its Royal lineage, Olivia will find that she has the ability to make more of an impact than she ever thought possible and will have to figure out the best way to use her new influence. For fans of The Devil Wears Prada, this new adult novel takes a twist on the classic fairy tales we have all come to know and love.   


4. MEM by Bethany C. Morrow


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Travel back to the art deco world of the early 1900s with this new novel from Bethany C. Morrow. This unique new novel puts a spin on the ever-popular dystopian narrative, following the downfall of a new scientific discovery. Now able to extract memories from people, zombie-like creatures called Mems are popping up everywhere, comprised entirely of their source’s most intimate recollections. In this new world, only one Mem is allowed to create her own memories and existence but when she’s suddenly whisked away from her everyday life, she’ll find a new nightmare is waiting for her.  


5. Midnight Crossing by Diane Shute


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Diane Shute’s latest novel is a sweet love story filled with promise, family secrets and a horse racing legacy. After spending years exiled in England, Alix has just returned to France where she’ll have to make a tough decision: continue her family’s legacy and fortune or start her own racing business. Finding love in a close family friend, Alix begins to fall for a man she hadn’t seen coming but as she gets lost in her dreams and a new relationship, she neglects to see that ghosts from her past are coming back to haunt her.


6. The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles


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This riveting YA novel blends thriller and fantasy to create a unique story about sacrifice and companionship. Everything in 17-year-old Zoe’s life changed after a chain of mystical events and now her family is struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Grateful to the bounty hunter, X, who saved both Zoe and her family, the young girl must do everything in her power to get back the man she owes her life to. As Zoe begins her quest to rescue X, she’ll find that he has unlocked a dark history he’s never known before and in the process will find the secret to reuniting them.


7. The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish


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Anne Leigh Parrish’s The Amendment is a true testament to the power of human resilience and the strength we find when we need it most. Recovering from the tragic and unexpected death of her husband, Lavinia Starkhurst is determined to get her life back on track in this new novel. Embarking on a road trip, the newly widowed woman meets a plethora of new characters who are all doing their best to be good people. Reflecting on her years as a wife and caregiver, Lavinia takes this once-in-a-lifetime trip to get her life back on track and figure out the kind of person she wants to be moving forward.


8. The King Tides by James Swain


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Set in the most mystifying parts of Florida, The King Tides is a thrilling story about Nicki Pearl and her quest to escape the watchful eye of her numerous stalkers. After Nicki’s father hires ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster to take care of the situation, the investigator begins to think that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this family. Playing by his own rules, Jon will do whatever he has to in order to get to the bottom of the mysterious case and what he finds will change Nicki and her family forever.  


9. But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh


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Sonnet McKay and Emma Sweetwine are two girls living unexciting lives, over a century apart but in But Not Forever, they’ll come to find that their world’s are about to drastically change for the better. In Freaky Friday fashion, the girls magically switch places, bringing about a new start for both of their lives. As Sonnet finds love in a new boy and Emma discovers a deep admiration for her new life, the two girls must figure out whether or not they want to go back to their normal lives and all the hardships they once faced. Jan Von Schleh’s debut YA novel is a story of heart and passion with a touch of magical realism that will take you to a new world.


10. The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews


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For fans of Red Sparrow, this new novel will take you back to Russia where the story originally began. The conclusion to this bestselling series follows Dominika and Nate as they try their best to keep Russian agents from discovering Dominika is really a CIA operative. As a new plan to take out a high-ranking US operative is put into place by the Russian president, the two spies must track down a man involved in the operation in order to prevent him from spilling Dominika’s secret. This intense spy novel is a heart-stopping read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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