It’s getting hot and we all know what that means: Time to pack our bags with ripe cherries, strong sunscreen, lots of water and even more books and head to the sandy beach! Amid waves crashing, children screaming with laughter, and relaxing sunbathers, there’s no better time to kick back and read than when you’re at the beach.
To help, we’ve put together a well-rounded list of beachy must-reads for the summer. Grab your towel and a stack of these books and you’re all set for a sun-soaked day of reading!
If you want a chance to win these books, check out our giveaway! We’ll even include a fun tote to go with them!
God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie Debartolo
If you’re a fan of love stories that make you laugh and cry uncontrollably, God-Shaped Hole is the perfect choice. At age 12, Beatrice Jordan is told by a fortune-teller that she will meet the love of her life, only to lose him to tragedy. Fifteen years later, Beatrice responds to a personal ad, “If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world.” Thus Beatrice meets Jacob Grace, a charming writer with a zest for life. The two connect, but their relationship feels real and imperfect, like most relationships. Debatolo’s writing is sharp, witty, and impossible to put down.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
This is truly a story for book lovers. Amy is from Broken Wheel, Iowa; Sara is from Sweden. Amy and Sara are pen pals, both obsessed with books, and Sara decides to travel all the way to Iowa to meet Amy. When she arrives, Sara is devastated to find out that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Rather than turn the book-loving tourist away, the town welcomes Sara. During her prolonged visit, Sara tries to convince the people of Broken Wheel the reading is one the greatest joys in life. Filled with quirky characters and insightful writing, The Readers of Broken Wheel is the heartwarming beach read you need!
Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan
Secrets of Southern Girls is a shocking story of mystery, suspense, and unbearable tragedy. A decade after Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba, Julie is still racked with guilt for a devastating mistake she got away with. She left her hometown of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi with the intention to never return, but Reba’s first love, August, convinces her to come home. Back in Lawrence Mill, Julie is forced to face her past through Reba’s old diary but also learns hidden truths that reveal much more about Reba and her death. Harrigan’s enthralling story, part Southern Gothic, and part Young Adult.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell
Could there be a better beachy read than a book with ‘beach’ in the title? Mansell’s romantic novel is not your typical love story. Clemency is in love with a man, a man who’s already taken, so she must hide how she truly loves. Ronan, usually a charming and irresistible man, has failed to seduce the woman he desires, resigning to loving her from afar. Belle feels unsettled with her ‘perfect’ boyfriends, and can’t quite keep a deep secret hidden much longer. You will fall in love with the wonderful characters and upbeat story!
The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta
Mary Stone Walker disappeared from her home in White Hill Michigan in 1939, without a trace. She left behind journals and poetry that English Professor Frank Carroll has become obsessed with – insisting her writing proves she’s still alive. Frank’s wife, Lydia Carroll, is a romance author who sees Frank’s interest in Mary’s disappears becoming more erratic and unhealthy. As Lydia tries to save her marriage and her family, she becomes more involved in the mystery of Mary, as does her son, who seems to have a plan of his own. The suspenseful tale of madness and obsession will keep you glued to the book until the very last page!
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