Don’t be depressed because the end of summer is near. Think about the good things—the 50% off sale on those coveted sandals and cute swimsuit that were beyond your budget back in May! Think about your Labor Day vacation and those countless hours on the beach with a La Croix in hand when you can catch up on all those soapy reads your friends have been dishing about. Whether sunning poolside, on the veranda or in the scorching hot sand, here are six end of the summer reads that should be burning up your beach bag.
BRING HER HOME by David Bell
For mystery/thriller/suspense readers.The Providence Journal said it best, “Bell imagines a suburban world where no one really knows what’s happening behind all those drawn blinds. In David Bell’s take, though, even the people inside don’t really know what’s happening. That’s where his brilliance, and the brilliance of Bring Her Home, rests.”Just when you’re ready to take your victory lap, because you think you’ve figured out what the hell is going on in the sleepy Kentucky town, Bell throws in a monkey wrench to leave you flipping the pages until the wee hours of the night. Bring Her Home is the suspense book of the summer 2017.
THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr
For readers of women’s fiction. #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr brings us a multi-generational family story about mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins, and the ties that bind us together forever. For Louise and Jo Hempstead—sisters who married brothers and each had three daughters—summers at the bucolic Lake Waseka were the happiest of times. For years, the lake was the place where the women and their daughters shared their most beloved memories. But when tragedy strikes, the family closes up the lake house for good, never to return. Carr’s rich narrative, and relatable characters make The Summer that Made Us compulsively readable.
*Note – this paperback original releases September 5. Here’s hoping for an Indian summer!
THE DATING BENDER by Christina Julian
For chick lit/rom-com readers. If the memories of your dating 20's are a bit saucy, a bit boozy and therefore, a bit blurry, you’ll appreciate Christina Julian’s hilarious debut. Protagonist Samantha Serrano lives her life by everyone else's rules, especially those from glossy magazines. When she finds herself 20-something and divorced, she embarks on an epic journey to find true love and happiness. On this journey, Julian takes the reader on a series of Samantha’s bad dates, poor judgments, and career mishaps making her realize that she can't find true love until she grows up and learns from her mistakes.
NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE by Cathy Lamb
For foodies and readers of women’s fiction. Critically acclaimed author Cathy Lamb brings us a story of food, family and secrets in her new novel No Place I’d Rather Be. Olivia Martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband. She returns home temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, and discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. The recipes are written in different hands and languages; mementos are pressed between the worn pages. Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother’s closely guarded past, Olivia decides to make each dish and record her attempts. Get ready for some epic disasters, shared family experiences and appearances by a cast of characters—mom, grandma, sis—that further strengthen Lamb’s delicious story.
BENEATH THE TREES by Laurel Saville
For contemporary fiction readers. Beneath the Trees is a truly special book that defies category. We’re introduced to Colden McComb, a woman that we can’t say is sweet or bitchy, successful or beautiful. What we do know is that Colden is comfortable in her own skin, in her work as a wildlife biologist, and in the solitude of the glorious Adirondack woods. Colden’s life is exactly what it seems: calm, focused and predictable. Saville weaves little mysteries into the storyline —small town petty thefts, sexually explicit emails, Sasquatch myths, a new breed of animal and a teenage runaway—not to uproot Colden’s life, but to awaken her.
MRS. SAINT AND THE DEFECTIVES by Julie Lawson Timmer
For readers of women’s fiction. Perhaps one of our favorite covers of the year, Mrs. Saint and The Defectives is a quirky and charming read with a heartfelt message about the importance of community and creating your own family. Markie, a 40-something divorcée has suffered a public fall from marital, financial and professional grace. Desperate to get as far away from her old life as possible, she moves, with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town. Depressed and embarrassed, Markie hopes to lick her wounds in private and plans not to get too comfortable in her new surroundings. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of “defectives,” to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, including Markie.