Get These Summer Reading Books Before You Go on Vacation | Characteristics

OK, all you readers out there. It’s time to get yourself those novels that are perfect for summer reading so you have something to do at the beach or pool.

Mary Alice Monroe returns with another book in her New York Times bestselling Beach House series – “The Summer of Lost and Found”.

This book is particularly interesting because Monroe has embraced the COVID pandemic, so masks and social distancing are part of everyday life on the Isle of Palms.

Linnea Rutledge has been fired from her job at the local aquarium since it closed. She lived in a house owned by her aunt, Cara, which had once belonged to her grandmother, Lovie. Like many people, Linnea’s financial situation is precarious, but Cara assures her that she can continue to stay in the house without worrying about rent.

Cara’s husband, who has just returned from England, has COVID, so Linnea can’t refuse to look after their daughter for a while so he can recover. She soon finds herself with a full house because she asked a colleague to come and share the expenses, and then Gordon, her new boyfriend, also comes from England for work and plans to stay there as well.

And to top it off, her former love, John, has returned from California to escape the virus and take care of his mother. Their separation ended on a sour note, and Linnea would have preferred not to speak to him, but he persists, sending his messages by paper plane.

It wouldn’t be a Beach House book without sea turtles!

In Erika Montgomery’s “A Summer to Remember,” Frankie Simon, now 30, sells movie memorabilia at a shop she and her late mother started on Hollywood Boulevard. Frankie grew up surrounded by her mother’s own collection, which includes many items related to former star Glory Cartwright, and wonders whether to start selling some of those items in the store as well.

When Frankie receives a photo of her mother and Glory, obviously taken before she was born, all sorts of questions arise. Frankie decides to travel to Cape Cod to find answers, opening the doors to many long-hidden secrets.

New twists revealed at every turn!

Another favorite of mine is Mary Kay Andrews. In this page-turning beach read, “The Newcomer,” Letty Carnahan takes her young niece, Maya, on the run after finding her sister, Tanya, dead in her New York townhouse. Tanya had made it clear to him that if anything happened to her, it would probably be the fault of her ex, Evan Wingfield, who was trying to get custody of the child. She even put money aside in a “go-bag” so Letty had funds.

Letty decides to head south, starting with Tanya’s Mercedes, then taking a plane, then buying an old car. Her destination is the Murmuring Suft Motel on Treasure Island in Florida, simply based on a story she found in the bag.

Letty doesn’t know that she and Maya landed in the very place where Tanya lived before coming to New York. And a lot of interesting things happened while she was there.

It is an absolutely wonderful book.

“The Break-Up Book Club“, by Wendy Wax, introduces readers to Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara. On the surface, they don’t have much in common, but they are part of a book club that meets at a local bookstore.

Judith’s children are now of university age. She has lost her husband and is trying to find his place. She plans to downsize, but her kids are horrified that they don’t have that house to come back to for summers and vacations.

Jazmine, a former tennis star, is a sports agent whose own daughter is rapidly rising through the ranks of local tennis. She says she’s too busy for relationships, but her family is doing everything to put temptation in her path.

Erin’s fiancé called off their wedding; Sara’s husband takes a job out of town and she is forced to take care of her mother.

As the book club continues, they all become friends, supporting each other when necessary. I can’t think of a Wendy Wax book that I didn’t enjoy!

Jackie Fraser’s debut novel “The Bookstore of Second Chances” focuses on the story of Thea Mottram. Not only was she fired from her job, but her husband (only 20 years old) left her for one of his own friends.

Fortunately for Thea, a great-uncle in Scotland dies and leaves her his house and his collection of old books. She therefore leaves Sussex for the small town of Baldochrie. Thea likes the cozy cabin, but knows she has to find at least a part-time job. What’s better than the local bookstore? The owner, Edward Maltravers, is a little grumpy, but she can handle it. Moreover, she hopes that he will buy her uncle’s collection.

Thea discovers that she is falling in love with both Scotland and Edward. Fraser has a wonderful first novel.

Emily Henry shares the story of “People We Meet on Vacation,” a story of Poppy and Alex, who have been friends since college despite their very different personalities. She works in New York, and he lives in their hometown, but for the past 10 years, they’ve made time to take a week’s vacation together every summer, traveling to all sorts of places.

But two years ago, something happened, and the two haven’t really spoken since.

Poppy hates losing her best friend, so one last time she convinces him to accompany her on the trip, hoping they can work it out.

It’s a great read by the pool or on the beach.

Last but not least is “Under the Southern Sky” by Kristy Woodson Harvey, featuring journalist Amelia Saxon. Amelia has been working on a story about what happens to “abandoned” embryos and, to her surprise, finds that her friends Parker and his late wife, Greer, have them.

Greer died of cancer before she could use the embryos, and it hasn’t been on Parker’s radar for the past three years.

Amelia considers being a substitute for Parker so that he (and Greer’s parents) can have a small part of Greer. But she is not sure that she can abandon the child.

Parker and Amelia both end up in Cape Carolina, their childhood home where they try to deal with their own situation, with a little help from their mother and fate.

I loved all of Harvey’s books.

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