- 25 Best Summer Books to Read 2019 – New Beach Reads for Summer 2019
- 5 Perfect Books To Read On A Snowy Day (& 5 Beach Reads to Take On Vacay)
- 10 And Then There Were None (Snowy)
- 9 Crazy, Rich, Asians (Beachy)
- 8 The Woman in the Window (Snowy)
- 7 My Lovely Wife (Beachy)
- 6 Fifty Shades of Grey (Snowy)
- 5 7 Strangers (Beachy)
- 4 Paper Towns (Snowy)
- 3 The Gifted School (Beachy)
- 2 Little Women (Snowy)
- 1 Queenie (Beachy)
- Summer Beach Reads – Best Books to Read on Vacation
25 Best Summer Books to Read 2019 – New Beach Reads for Summer 2019
Book enthusiasts know summer is high season for juicy fiction and gripping tell-alls. It's the perfect time to kick back and relax at the beach or by the pool and dive deeply into a new book — and boy do we have some great recommendations for you.
This year, several household names have returned with new work you'll love — Elizabeth Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, and My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are back, just to name a few! See these and many more titles readers can't wait to dive into, according to the experts at Goodreads.
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1 The Bride Test
We couldn't get enough of Helen Hoang's debut novel, The Kiss Quotient, so it's no surprise her second book is at the top of our list.
This time, we're following the story of Khai Diep, a man who doesn't think he's capable of having feelings.
He's still unconvinced when his family tries to assure him that his autism makes him process emotions differently, and his mom sets out to find him the perfect bride in Vietnam.
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2 Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel
3 Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
We've heard what Karen and Georgia have to say in their popular podcast My Favorite Murder, but now they're expressing themselves using a different medium. They share personal stories, recommendations for advocating for yourself, and more in their debut novel.
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4 I'll Never Tell
If you're always up for a good murder mystery, reach for I'll Never Tell. After their parents' sudden deaths, five siblings reunite to decide what to do with their family's property. But before they can, they have to figure out what happened to their fellow camper Amanda, who was found bludgeoned to death in a rowboat 20 years ago.
5 City of Girls
We watched the protagonist jump into new adventures in Eat, Pray, Love, but the latest novel by Elizabeth Gilbert takes a look back at the past. Vivian, a now-95-year-old woman, finally shares her love story from the 1940s. A combination of lust, scandal, and fun, this is another novel you won't be able to put down.
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6 Searching for Sylvie Lee
Sylvie Lee flew to the Netherlands to see her ailing grandma one last time. Then, she disappeared. Her parents and little sister Amy have no clue what happened. And when Amy takes it upon herself to retrace her sister's footsteps, she uncovers family secrets that turn her world upside down.
7 Magic for Liars: A Novel
Ivy Gamble isn't exactly her estranged sister Tabitha. She has a relatively stable job as a private investigator, but she doesn't possess the same magical gifts as her sister. Their lives intertwine yet again when Ivy is hired to solve the mysterious murder of one of Tabitha's coworkers, and it forces Ivy to take another look at who she's become.
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8 On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
With the same name as his 2014 poem, Ocean Vuong's book is his debut novel. We walk through the life of Little Dog, a now-late 20-something writing a letter to his mother who cannot read. Those who have read the book say it's gripping, powerful, and an honest depiction of grappling with your identity.
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9 Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
Natalie Tan returns to her childhood home in San Francisco after news of her estranged mother's death. They often fought about Natalie's dreams to become a chef, so there's an additional shock when she learns she's inherited her grandmother's restaurant. One Goodreads reviewer suggested that you read it on an empty stomach, because you'll devour every word.
10 Mrs. Everything
The acclaimed author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes is back with another summer read. We go back to the 1950s, following the lives of two sisters, both then and now. They attempt to navigate the ever-changing world around them, and Weiner's other novels, this one is simply unputdownable.
What if you started having memories of moments that didn't actually happen? Blake Crouch explores this in his novel about a disease called “False Memory Syndrome,” which protagonist Barry Sutton is investigating. Reality is warped even further when he discovers that a neuroscientist is working on something that will allow people to recall and remake their memories.
12 The Friend Zone
Kristen Petersen just met the perfect guy, but he wants to have a big family. That's usually a “pro” for most, but Kristen is about to have a medical procedure that will make her infertile. You can expect to laugh and cry during this one, as the protagonist grapples with her decision to stay or go.
13 The Most Fun We Ever Had
Goodreads reviewers are already calling this one of the best books of the year. Set in 2016 with a series of flashbacks, we learn about the unparalleled, perfect relationship between Marilyn and David. And while their love story is idyllic, their four daughters haven't had such luck. Their individual storylines come together to show how complicated it is to love those closest to you.
14 Lock Every Door
All those sunny summer afternoons could use a little darkness. For a poolside thriller, check out Riley Sager's Lock Every Door.
When Jules Larsen takes a new job as an apartment sitter, she has no clue that she'll eventually try to solve the disappearance of her coworker.
That, combined with the apartment building's troubling past, makes it a book that will surprise (and yes, probably terrify) you.
15 Three Women
While many of the books in this list are fictional, we couldn't resist this “nonfiction literary masterpiece” (We're trusting Elizabeth Gilbert's words about it).
Over the course of eight years, Lisa Taddeo unveiled the lives (and desires) of three real women living in the United States.
A housewife in Indiana, entrepreneur on the East Coast, and a high school student in North Dakota have revealing and all-too-relatable stories to tell.
16 The Golden Hour
Journey back to the Bahamas in 1941, where a recently widowed woman named Lulu is reporting on the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
They have plenty of drama already, but there's even more when Lulu discovers the ugly truth behind the couple's marriage. During all of this, she falls in love with a man who vanishes.
All in all, we're looking forward to this inevitable page-turner.
17 The Nickel Boys
When a black boy is sent off to a reformatory school called The Nickel Academy during the Jim Crow-era, he soon learns that it's a terrifying, abusive place. “I loved this novel … It is a coming of age story where that coming of age is warped by the atrocities of a school for boys in segregated Florida,” renowned author Roxane Gay said in her review.
18 The Wedding Party
Maddie and Theo can't stand each other — until they spend the night together. It's tough to resolve whether they have real feelings, especially when they're in the throes of preparing for their mutual BFF's wedding.
19 Dark Age
If you've already read the first four books in the Red Rising saga, chances are you've already marked your calendar for Dark Age's release date. Pierce Brown's newest sequel continues the story of Darrow, who's now outlawed by the Republic he founded years ago.
20 Never Have I Ever: A Novel
Protagonist Amy is satisfied with her fairly typical life and daily routine. But when a new woman named Angelica comes to her book club, encouraging the group to share their secrets, she is forced to confront her past. Ultimately, she realizes that the only way to protect herself to is to beat Angelica at her own game.
21 The Turn of the Key
Rowan Caine fibbed a bit to become a highly-paid live-in nanny. But the financial perks of the job come with unforeseen consequences, being accused of murder. As she awaits trial, she wonders who is actually responsible for a child's death.
22 The Dragon Republic
A sequel to R.F. Kuang's 2018 debut, The Poppy War, this fantasy novel continues with what happens after the Third Poppy War. It includes war, revenge, and even an opium addiction. Fans of Kuang's first novel are counting the days until its release.
23 Keeping Lucy
Ginny Richardson is gutted when her baby Lucy is taken away from her. She was born with Down syndrome, and her husband and his family have decided that she should be sent away. After two years, she goes against her in-laws' wishes and sets out to bring her baby girl home.
24 Things You Save in a Fire
Cassie is uprooted from her life as a firefighter in Texas to help her ailing mother in Boston. Joining the firehouse there isn't exactly a smooth transition, and it gets more difficult when she starts to fall for one of her new coworkers.
Out September 10
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If you need a late summer read (and share our obsession with The Handmaid's Tale), mark your calendar for the release of Margaret Atwood's latest novel. After Offred steps out into the unknown, we were all left wondering what happened next. In this sequel, Atwood takes us 15 years into the future, as we see what's happened to Gilead.
5 Perfect Books To Read On A Snowy Day (& 5 Beach Reads to Take On Vacay)
Bookworms can be just as multidimensional as the next person. It is not uncommon to see lovers of books can also meshing their interests with lovers of travel.
Moreover, during their stay in different countries of the world, it remains essential for bookworms to pack all of the right belongings. Of these belongings, we include a toothbrush, swimsuit along with a dense and thrilling book.
As picky as one intends to be, it is not simply about picking a book but choosing the right kind of book.
In this list, we will take a look at five different books to bring along a holiday in the sun or in the Alpes. If you are not travelling and instead, simply a bookworm looking for the appropriate options then some of these options will also be fitting for a cozy, snowy day or warm porch read.
10 And Then There Were None (Snowy)
Usually, a good whodunnit is all you need to fill up your snowy day with some intensity. Penned by the mystery novelist great Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None explores the intriguing tales of numerous strangers and the odd circumstances surrounding their stay at a creepy island.
As the guests arrive on the island, they each begin to question the underlying reason behind their invite. The plot thickens when the crew finds an old nursery rhyme that oddly begins the mirror the sequence within which each guest dies.
This chilling book is a perfect read, cozy by the fireplace with a warm mug of tea.
9 Crazy, Rich, Asians (Beachy)
This fun novel is perfect for a warm day at the beach as its captivating plot will have you finish it very quickly. The satirical romantic comedy novel differs from typical novels as it offers an insight into the modern Asian-American narrative.
It explores one story, via the perspective of five different characters. Namely, we see two characters, stemming from drastically different economic backgrounds, and their attempts to love one another despite external pressures. There's an adorable ending and you will be very pleased.
8 The Woman in the Window (Snowy)
Another whodunnit joins this list on a perfect snowy day and much the other mystery entries on this list, The Woman In The Window is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story brings us into the world of a middle-aged woman whose agoraphobia and alcoholism keeps trapped indoors.
To pass time, she begins people watching her neighbours and chatting online. It is when a new family moves next door that she unravels a terrible secret. The latter forms a slew of problems she may only solve by facing her deep fear of the outdoors so she can alert the nearest authorities.
This book is exciting and an absolute page-turner. You will not put this book down.
7 My Lovely Wife (Beachy)
This thriller is a powerful read with an original take on the typical husband-and-wife storyline.
It speaks on a couple attempting to spice things up in their marriage and going to great lengths to do so. The two explore everything from roleplaying and sexting to planning vacations.
Things go left, however, when murder enters the picture as an option to liven a once-dead marriage. Page-turner alert!
6 Fifty Shades of Grey (Snowy)
Looking to get steamy indoors? Then the Fifty Shades of Grey book series will surely keep you entertained. Prepare to get hot and bothered in this steamy novel by E.L James. Upon its release, this book managed to sell fresh pastries and so for a reason.
It tells the story of a young graduate by the name of Annabelle Steeles and her torrid adventure with a wealthy bachelor named Christian Grey. The two live an unconventional romance as the book tackles themes of dominance, submission and bondage. Make sure you have some ice cubes to cool yourself down and enjoy.
5 7 Strangers (Beachy)
Make sure to pack this comedic, mystery novel for your beach stay as it will keep things lively under the hot sun. 7 Strangers is a smooth read with a puzzling plot. We follow the tale of 7 strangers who each make their way to a resort so they can experience profound personal transformation.
Unfortunately for them, the owner begins partaking in a bunch of strange practices and will stop at nothing to ensure their enlightening experience is delivered. It tells the story from the perspective of several characters and retains the story's essence masterfully.
You will surely hold onto one of these characters and coin them your favorite.
4 Paper Towns (Snowy)
This book goes well with the smell of a burning fire nearby and some hot cocoa. This novel entangles both mystery and romance with a powerful storyline certain to suck you right in.
Although the book is aimed at a younger, teenage audience, it is still a great story worthy of consideration.
Paper Towns tell the story of a determined protagonist, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, who launches a personal quest to find his neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Though as the search goes on, he unravels some shocking truths and information about Margo.
3 The Gifted School (Beachy)
You will find a great beachside read in The Gifted School as the book allows you to delve into the ethical dilemmas surrounding a parent's love for their child. With the recent news of the College Admissions scandal which involved a lot of well-known celebrities, this book feels almost timely.
It speaks on different parents living in an affluent Colorado town where a top-tier school for gifted students opens up. What begins as healthy competition to get their children in spirals into something much darker. Indeed, this book will keep you entertained.
2 Little Women (Snowy)
Although the movie has recently gotten a film adaptation, Little Women remains an all-time classic that deserves to be read on a cozy, snowy day. The book follows the lives of four sisters–namely Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March and their individual pursuits towards specific goals.
Through the girls' passage from childhood to womanhood, a slew of powerful lessons can be yielded and of course, intriguing love stories.
The novel was considered ahead of its time back when it was released in 1868 and is today coined an American classic and early example of feminist-yielding literature.
1 Queenie (Beachy)
It only seems right to finish this list with a beach-ready coming of age novel. Queenie explores the life of a 25-year-old Jamaican woman who is living in London and shuffling through the complexities of the twenties.
After Queenie's white boyfriend, Tom, breaks up with her–everything goes to hell. Do not let the novel's feeling of lightness underestimate it.
It contains powerful themes and brings up a discussion on topics politics, bad sex and gentrification amongst several others. Queenie is a book for the wise and young a.
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Summer Beach Reads – Best Books to Read on Vacation
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The term “summer beach read” gets thrown around a lot when the weather starts to warm, but the fact is anything can be a beach read, as long as you're reading at the beach (or the lake or your porch or your bedroom or wherever it is you read!).
So let's just say this is a roundup of some great books — both brand-new and that you might have missed when they first came out — to help you escape this summer, whether or not you're on vacation.
Curling up with a great book is our definition of the perfect me-time, and there is no shortage of great reads out there.
If you want even more options, how about the best inspirational books, some exciting thrillers, fantastic memoirs, fiction or non-fiction to dive into? And if you do end up on the beach, you may want to check out this ingenious beach chair that lets to lie down and read at the same time without the glare of the sun or a crick in your neck. Now that's what we call relaxation!
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel
One of the best-reviewed books of the summer, Fleishman is in Trouble does not disappoint. The novel drops the reader into the life of recently divorced doctor Toby Fleishman.
When his ex-wife goes missing, Toby is forced to unravel his own internal monologue about how he's lived his life.
Author Taffy Brodesser-Akner's descriptions of some of the oddities of everyday life and American culture will have you nodding along.
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In this fast, witty read, Olive is asked to take her newlywed sister’s place on her non-refundable honeymoon after she and her husband get food poisoning at their wedding. A free trip to Hawaii sounds great— but the only problem? She has to go with her new brother-in-law Ethan, who she’s detested from the day she met him.
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The Accidental Beauty Queen
When Charlotte’s beauty queen twin sister suffers from an allergic reaction that leaves her face unrecognizable the night before the preliminaries of a pageant, she asks Charlotte to take her place. Though it’s the last thing she wants to do, Charlotte agrees: after all, this is her sister’s last chance to follow in their late mother’s footsteps.
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Summer of '69
Every year, the Levin family retreats to Nantucket but not in 1969. Blair is too pregnant to travel, Kirby takes a gig on Martha’s Vineyard, and Tiger’s deployed to Vietnam.
That leaves Jessie, 13, alone with her grandmother and mother, both distracted by their own secrets.
Travel back in time to the year man walked on the moon, Ted Kennedy crashed his car, and everything changed both within the Levins’ insular world and our nation’s history.
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Something in the Water: A Novel
Erin and Mark couldn’t be happier when they set off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon, but things quickly change when they spot something suspicious, and immediately life-changing, in the crystal-blue ocean. The newlyweds must decide if they keep their discovery a secret or speak out and risk it all. This captivating psychological thriller is full of unexpected twists and is an absolute page turner.
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All We Ever Wanted: A Novel
Nina Browning is living the good life raising her children amongst Nashville's elite, while Tom Volpe is a single dad who works multiple jobs to provide for his daughter. When a photo is taken during a drunken moment at a party, their lives become intertwined and they're left questioning their closest relationships.
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There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
When people start calling Pamela Druckerman — an American living in Paris — madame, she's forced to confront how the age she feels inside differs from the way people see her. Part memoir, part instruction guide, this well-researched book will keep you laughing and pondering what it really means to grow older
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Twelve-year-old Alice responds to her parents' separation by moving into a tent in the back yard, where she plans to live until her father returns home.
Alice spends her days practicing with her swim team, babysitting the next door neighbor, and getting to know a new friend, Harriet.
The nostalgia and heat of the summer will keep you thinking about this book long after you're done.
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Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
Historical fiction at its best, this novel lays out the rivalry between the two great artists and brings them to life in Florence in the 16th century. Their feud runs deep as Leonardo is at the peak of his career (but has lost the commission for The David) and Michaelangelo is desperately trying to establish himself as a great artist while struggling to sculpt The David.
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In the TV show Younger, Sutton Foster plays a book editor in New York City who signs a novel by her boss's estranged wife. In real life mimicking fiction, the book actually exists.
It's about a woman who takes a trip away from her husband and kids to remember who she is outside of her roles as wife and mother.
It's steamy, smart, and just the right amount of suck-you-in fantasy.
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The High Season: A Novel
In order to afford her beloved Hamptons home, Ruthie Beamish's family moves out each summer so that it can be rented. But this year's rich celebrity tenant wants to take over more than just her house — she's moving in on Ruthie's ex-husband, her daughter's affections, and even the museum where she's head curator.
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Social Creature: A Novel
Twenty-something Louise is juggling three jobs and crashing in a dumpy illegal sublet when, by chance, she meets Lavinia, a rich socialite who amuses herself by pulling Louise into her glittering circle, and then pushing her back out. But Louise isn't going so easily. Who is the victim and who is the villain? The lines are blurred in this fiercely compelling book.
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How to Walk Away: A Novel
In minutes, Margaret Jacobsen’s life changes twice: First, when her dreamy amateur pilot boyfriend proposes mid-air, and again when the plane crashes, leaving Margaret permanently injured. Her fiancé is unable to cope, her big new job offer is rescinded, and she is forced to depend on her family. She heals with grace, humor, and even finds romance.
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All These Beautiful Strangers: A Novel
Charlie is a 17-year-old student who's tapped to join the A's, a secret society at her elite boarding school — the same school her wealthy father attended. But to become a member, she must first play The Game, a scavenger hunt that begins to uncover ugly truths about her own family and her mother's disappearance years earlier.
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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel
Cat Carmichael is the owner of a thriving naughty bakeshop — who hasn't been intimate with her boyfriend in almost two years thanks to a muscular condition called vaginismus. Determined to find a cure before their next anniversary, life gets more than a little awkward when the shop's cutest customer offers to be her physical therapist.
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A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel
In California, Priya has all the material trappings of a successful life, but desperately longs for a child.
In India, Asha can barely afford to care for her two children, yet dreams of a better education for them.
The two women connect through the Happy Mothers House, a “baby farm” where surrogates carry children for wealthy couples. Each woman must put her trust in the other to make her dreams come true.
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Fans of St. Elmo's Fire will recognize the youthful despair present in Jill Eisenstadt's debut novel about a tight-knit group of friends in their first years after high-school graduation.
Alex manages to escape “Rotaway” on a college scholarship, while her ex and friends spend their days working and their nights drinking.
What will happen when everyone reunites for one last kegger?
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All Stories Are Love Stories: A Novel
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The Summer Before the War: A Novel
Beatrice Nash, the new schoolteacher in a small English town, craves independence after her father's death, but she is soon drawn into the lives of the other residents, many of whom she comes to care for. What begins as a study of small-town society becomes a compelling account of war and its aftermath.
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My Mrs. Brown: A Novel
Emilia Brown is an elderly widow who was never one for frivolity, but when she spots a beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress while helping inventory an estate, she is entranced — she must own it. Motivated by a moving secret, she embarks on a journey to raise enough money to travel to New York City and purchase the dress of her dreams.
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Miller's Valley: A Novel
Taking place from the 1960s to the present, the story follows Mimi Miller as she grows up in Miller's Valley, a tiny community whose future is threatened. Quindlen creates fascinating characters, most notably Mimi's mother and her troubled brother, and writes movingly about how family secrets thread through generations and continue to affect lives.
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven
This World War II novel follows 18-year-old Mary North, a fiercely independent aristocrat determined to do her part to help the war effort, despite what her family thinks about her actions. Caught in a love triangle between a civil servant, Tom, and his best friend, Alistair, a soldier, Mary must do whatever she can to survive the devastating consequences of love and war.
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Ethan is a 12-year-old with a brilliant mind for physics. Raised by a single mother, he begins to wonder about his dad's identity when he's suddenly hospitalized, the reason possibly linked to a tragic incident from his infancy. Ethan and his parents are pulled back together and must confront the regrettable events that once tore them apart.
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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Quiet and reserved, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper always stuck to his daily routine — until he finds an unfamiliar bracelet belonging to his late wife, Miriam, a year after her death. He embarks on a multicountry journey to uncover Miriam's secret past, learning along the way how to heal from loss and embrace life's unpredictability.
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The Girls in the Garden: A Novel
Controversy surrounds a London neighborhood after a young girl finds her 13-year-old sister, Grace, unconscious and hidden in a remote corner of a communal garden. The entire community denies any part in the act, and an investigation ensues, ultimately revealing secrets and betrayals that lie beneath the neighborhood's picturesque exteriors.
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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
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When Georgia returns from Los Angeles to her family's small Sonoma, CA, vineyard in a mud-covered wedding dress, things are not what they seem. The ceremony is still five days away, but big secrets about her fiancé and her family are surfacing — and Georgia's marriage plans are unraveling.
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A Lady of Good Family: A Novel
This charming historical novel is an imagined account of the life of Beatrix Farrand, one of the first female landscape architects. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger in a rose garden leads Beatrix to weigh her desire for independence against the joys of romance.
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Music for Wartime: Stories
This varied collection of short stories focuses on finding beauty in the darkest of times. From a story about a boy who sees ghosts to one about a reality show producer who manipulates an on-screen romance, these tales will delight and haunt you long after you have closed the book.
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The Marriage of Opposites
Living on the lush island of St. Thomas and pushed into an arranged marriage, Rachel Pomie worries she'll never know passionate love. But a friend foresees that this marriage is only the start of Rachel's story. As the prophecy comes true, she finds out what she must sacrifice in the name of love.
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Let Me Die in His Footsteps: A Novel
This lyrical novel follows three generations of Kentucky women cursed with “the know-how,” a knack for predicting the future. Fearing her talent may be a work of evil, Annie endeavors to find out the truth about her family lineage, the curse and an old, unsolved crime.