It seemed to take forever this year for the weather to warm up to spring temperatures. Combined with higher than usual amounts of rain, I’ve found myself ready to settle in with books that give me strong summer vibes based on their setting. Particularly those set on the beach, ocean, or lakefront, making me think I can already smell the sunscreen and feel the sand in my toes.
So today I’m sharing five books with beachy settings to help you dig into summer! This selection is strong on thrillers with some romance and coming of age mixed in. If you prefer a bit more variety, the 2019 summer reading guides from Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Bookshelves have fantastic choices as well!
Ready to see my picks?
Now You See Her is about Nina, who would do anything to protect the life she’s built, even if it means lying to everyone about her past. The life she’s kept secret began almost twenty years ago in Key West and was shattered when she discovered a terrible secret that made her run for her life and change her identity. Now that past is coming back and it’s time for her to finally confront it.
In Read, Write, Love at Seaside, Leanna nearly drowns trying to save her dog in the ocean and Kurt, who sees her from his beach front property, runs in to save her. They are total opposites in many ways but the attraction between them sparks in this light romance. (If you’re in the mood for something a bit steamier, try Read, Write, Love by Melissa Foster – Addison Cole is her sweet alter ego.)
The Last Time I Lied is the story of Emma, an up and coming artist who is haunted by memories of summer camp fifteen years ago when her bunkmates disappeared never to be found again. When the owner of the camp invites her back as a counselor, Emma decides this is her opportunity to discover what actually happened to her friends. Cleverly plotted, this unfolds from the past and present, ultimately coming together for a doozy of an ending.
Set in the publishing world of the 1980’s between New York City and Cape Cod, The Last Book Party follows Eve as she attends the party of an acclaimed writer and is introduced to a new world she wasn’t previously privy to. An aspiring writer struggling to figure out her identity and path in life, becoming accepted in this new world gives her a sense of purpose that she hasn’t felt in a while. This coming of age story is light and smart and feels both timeless and nostalgic. (Expected publication date July 9, 2019)
In One Little Secret, three couples take a vacation together. During the first evening, tensions and frustrations begin to come to light and the next morning, one of the women is discovered dead on the beach. This plot twists and turns, building suspense and keeping the reader guessing as secrets and lies are revealed. And everyone in this story has a secret. (Expected publication date July 9, 2019)
There you have five beachy books to pick up this summer! I’d love to hear from you if any of these books are on your TBR or if you’ve already read them. If you’re a seasonal reader, what are your favorite types of books to read in the summer?