With summer now underway, let the beach reading begin! Whether you’re traveling to the cottage, soaking up some rays at the beach, or simply sitting on your deck with a cold beverage in hand, check out this top 18 list (in no particular order) of enjoyable reads to give you a literary fix until the cool evenings of autumn are upon us. Please just remember to shake out the sand when you’re finished!
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
The story of a solitary young woman drawn into an online world run by a charismatic web guru who entices her into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
A mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side in the 1920s. But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct, Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell.
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
The story of four couples linked over several decades by one diamond ring, and the woman who launched the most famous diamond campaign in the world.
Flora by Gail Godwin
Isolated in a decaying family home while her father performs secret work at the end of World War II, ten-year-old Helen bonds with her sensitive young aunt while desperately clinging to the ghosts and stories of her childhood.
The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan
Sharing a fractious relationship with Evie, her husband’s ex, Nicole forges a living arrangement with her rival when her husband dies unexpectedly and Evie’s daughters beg her to let them maintain a relationship with Nicole’s baby.
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
An emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine, and illuminates the power of love to divide and heal a family in the wake of unexpected tragedy.
And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
In this heartfelt novel of love, loss, and reunion, a woman reconnects with her first love, and the daughter they placed for adoption some thirteen years before.
The Lake House by Marci Nault
Haunted by tragic memories, former actress Victoria returns to the lakeside town she left behind many years before, and befriends young travel writer Heather as they both struggle to find solace and acceptance in the community.
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Tiring of commitment-phobic boyfriends, Lottie readily accepts her ex’s offer of marriage in fulfillment of a safety pact made years earlier that they would marry if they were still single in their thirties, a rushed arrangement that prompts family disapproval and an unexpected renewal of passion.
Sidney Sheldon’s The Tides of Memory by Tilly Bagshawe
An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an influential family and the beautiful and formidable woman at its center whose dark secrets can destroy them all.
No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey
A story of what happens when you grow up and realize the middle part of your story might just be your beginning.
Seduction: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose
A gothictale about Victor Hugo’s long-buried secrets and the power of a love that neverdies…
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
A witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable trio. Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.
The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
Brings readers to the lush abundance of Sonoma County in a novel of sisters, friendship and how memories are woven like a spell around us.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
A dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships.