Can you believe it’s almost summer, Savvy Readers?! The calendar might try to tell me that summer starts TOMORROW (Time, eh? How does that even work…), but I hope you know that summer doesn’t really start until I’m fishing sand out of that impossible-to-reach crevice between the pages of my book because – EW – I don’t know why sand being there feels like nails on a chalkboard to me, but it DOES. Cue Anakin jokes. We’re talking beach books, babes! Sand is coarse, and irritating, and gets into everything, but beach books? Beach books are the bomb.
The One by John Marrs
Slap on the sunscreen and locate your floppiest hat! The One will keep you strapped to your beach chairs till you’re burned to a crisp. I’m serious about the sunscreen guys. Like, please. This gripping thriller picks up the question of how far you would go to find the one and TAKES. OFF. RUNNING. A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner… But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone and even soulmates have secrets… Just try to put The One down. I dare you.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Another SPF50-minimum read, Savvy Readers! Fraught with danger and filled with mystery, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a mesmerizing light on this true story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during the second World War. Bonus points if you pack this for a weekend away with the girls! The sisterhood vibes are breathtaking.
Becc was the good girl. A dedicated student. Always where she was supposed to be. Until a secret affair with the charming Cal one summer in college cost her everything she held dear: her journalism dreams, her relationship with her best friend, Eric, and her carefully imagined future. Doan sweeps you away to the high-speed, sun-soaked backdrop of nineties California in this sparkling novel about a secret affair, the summer it all unravels, and the reunion a decade later that will be one woman’s happy ending or her biggest mistake.
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
You know that thing where you set up your towels and all that and the next thing you know the tide’s come in and your towel is wet? Get ready to be swept away. Sex and affection, sacrifice and selfishness, deeply held principles and dashed expectations, The Last Romantics spans a lifetime. In 1981, the young Skinner siblings lose their father to a heart attack and their mother to a paralyzing depression – events that thrust them into a period they will later call “the Pause.” Almost a century later, the youngest sibling – renowned poet Fiona Skinner – narrates. Stunningly beautiful and painfully engrossing, this book will hold on to you until the tide comes in.
The Library of Lost & Found by Phaedra Patrick
Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people, which, same. It’s not like she’s not trying! She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook! What more could there be?? Still, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible. Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, this sweet, funny beach read is a poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
We’ve already declared Sarah Dessen’s straight up magic YA novel, The Rest of the Story, to be the perfect summer read (Check out the full rave here). Pop this big-hearted, sweeping novel in your beach bag and prepare to be transported as Emma Saylor falls under the spell of North Lake, the town where her mother lived – a town scored by some terrible divides. And under the spell of a certain boy named Roo, who holds the keys to her family’s history…
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers. Crowds pack the courtroom while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings, but Frannie – though her testimony may damn her – claims she can remember nothing of the event at all… The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut packed with twists and turns until the final page. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, this is the kind of book that just tears through you – and that you are bound to tear through too!
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Georgie’s family hasn’t taken her seriously since she chose balloons over blueprints, becoming a kids birthday clown instead of joining the family home reno business! Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. Who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid darling, Travis Ford! This steamy, hilarious romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey, is pure sunshine inside and out. Don’t worry about the weather; you’re bringing the beach with you!
The Lost Letter from Morocco by Adrienne Chinn
A forbidden love affair, a long-buried secret, and a journey that will change everything. Morocco, 1984: Hanane’s love for Irishman Gus is forbidden. Forced to flee her home with the man she loves, Hanane is certain she’s running towards her destiny.Now, in London, 2009: Canadian photographer, Addy, discovers a mysterious letter in her late father’s belongings, and journeys to Morocco in search of answers. Instead, she finds secrets – and is quickly pulled into a world that she doesn’t understand. Evocative, sensual, and deeply immersive, The Lost Letter from Morocco is an instant ticket to the sands of Morocco. You’re welcome.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother… 99% loyal anyway. Bestselling author Sally Thorne is back in this hilarious, heartfelt, compulsively readable rom-com. Just the ticket for an easy-breezy day in the sun!
That’s all from me, Savvy Reader! What’s in your beach bag this summer? Thinking of adding any of these great reads to the mix? Let us know in the comments below or over on twitter at @SavvyReader!
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