Summer is a great time for sun, bright skies, relaxation and books! This summer, we’re diving into these reads about love, adventure and family bonding – the stuff that makes summer so memorable.

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

Two sisters find out that one summer can bring new opportunities for love and acceptance. Meghan and Tracy have moved back to their small home town in the wake of their father’s passing. Despite their own preconceptions of the move, they’ll find the answers they’ve been needing as Tracy learns what it takes to be a single mother and Meghan accepts a new kind of love into her life.

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Has-been rock star Max is about to turn 40 and the only thing on his mind is confessing to his best friend Helen that he loves her. He invites his old friends to his family’s French countryside home in the hopes of reconnecting with the girl of his dreams. By the end of the weekend there will be a wedding none of them expected.

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

When Ronni Sunshine is diagnosed with a serious illness, she calls her three daughters home as a final wish. Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close – jealousy, fears and a disinterested mother made it hard to have a strong bond. In this new summer novel, three distant sisters will learn the true meaning of family as they say their final goodbyes to their imperfect mother.

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

When her husband is killed in combat, Lauren Adelman seeks refuge at the family’s beach house, where she will spend the summer with her mother and her sister. When a filmmaker requests her assistance in the documentary he’s making of her late husband, Lauren will discover a new life that she never thought possible.

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Friends when they were younger, Kayla and Avery are surprised when Avery’s father invites Kayla on a summer trip to Spain. When the girls discover a family secret on their trip, will it bring them back together or will it tear them even further apart? Friendship and betrayal, and what it means to be a family, are the core themes of The Summer of Broken Things.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

When Abby Ives gets the opportunity to work for a chic boutique, she’s sure that her dreams of working in fashion are finally coming true. But when she meets fellow intern Jordi Perez, she’ll have to decide what’s more important to her: the promise of first love or her dream job in the fashion world.

Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Party-throwing twins Sam and Ilsa plan their last big hurrah of their high school years, and they each get to invite three mystery friends. While everything could go wrong, everything could also go right, making their last hurrah one to never forget.

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