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Ready your sunglasses, these must-have beach reads will keep you basking in the sunshine for hours on end. Whether you’re looking for a romance, a mystery, or something in between, these books below are sure to keep you captivated.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry (May 3, 2022)
Nora Stephens agrees to join her sister for a month-long getaway to a small town in North Carolina. Her sister is hoping Nora will finally get the time and space she needs to live life for herself. When Nora runs into someone she knows from the city—a moody editor named Charlie—she tries not to let his presence bother her. But multiple run-ins suddenly spark an attraction that takes them both by surprise.
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner (May 10,2022)
A loving family gathers one last time at their summer home in Cape Cod for the wedding of twenty-two year old Ruby. Yet, no loving family is complete without its share of secrets. Sarah is worried her step-daughter is rushing into this marriage with her pandemic boyfriend, a man she feels she barely knows. Sarah’s husband has been distant lately, as something from his past threatens to come to light. Sarah’s twin brother is dealing with his own loss, and hopes the weekend at the Cape will help him find new direction. And Ruby must finally address old wounds left by the mother who abandoned her when she was a baby. Secrets, revelations, laughter and love abound in this complex exploration of family and home.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune (May 10, 2022)
Over six summers, Persephone Fraser and Sam Florek slowly fell in love and had a bond that was inseparable. When Persephone makes a mistake that causes their relationship to end, she leaves her home of Barry’s Bay behind. Percy becomes a city girl and takes on a new life. But when she receives news that Sam’s mom has died, she knows she must finally make her way back to Barry’s Bay to pay her respects. When she meets Sam again, it’s undeniable that they still have a connection. But can they forget the mistakes of their past and forge a future together, or are they simply being nostalgic, falling once again under the spell of summer?
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb (May 17, 2022)
Three women nearing middle age, Jen, Kittie and Cynthia, have been best friends since childhood. Together, they live in their small East Texas town where nothing ever changes. When a handsome stranger named Will moves into one of the nicest homes in town, they are each intrigued. As the women each become closer to Will, their fascination with him transforms into obsession. But Will has a dangerous and deadly secret that’s darker than any of them can imagine.
Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton (May 24, 2022)
The stories of a mother and daughter, separated by thirty years, intertwine in this tale of love and family. Alicia Perez arrives in Barcelona in 1936 to a country on the verge of war. When a man from her past suddenly appears, she must choose between her family and following her heart. In 1964, Isabel Perez, Alicia’s daughter, goes to Spain to look for her sister Beatriz who has recently gone missing. As the daughter zig zags through Barcelona, she uncovers secrets about her family history that change her forever.
On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster (May 31, 2022)
Everleigh Farrows life is lining up exactly as she dreamed. Soon to be married, she has a trust in her name and a home in Bronxville that she hopes to soon fill with children. But a summer in the Hamptons with her husband-to-be forces her to rethink whether this life will be enough to make her happy. At their beachside hotel on Gin Lane, Everleigh resolves to have a good time. But she can’t shake old memories when experiences at the hotel remind her of her traumatic childhood growing up at the Plaza. Set in the transformative era of the late 1950s, this novel follows one woman as she discovers who she truly is, and the kind of life she wants to lead.
Meant to Be by Emily Giffin (May 31, 2o22)
Cate Cooper and Joseph S. Kingley III hail from very different backgrounds. Coming from a politically prominent and wealthy family, Joe has the eyes of the world on him. He constantly fails to live up to his mother’s expectations. Cate, on the other hand, never had to worry about anyone expecting too much of her. Fending for herself from a young age, she became a model thinking her looks were all she could rely on, even though modeling makes her feel like a fraud. When the two meet, their connection is undeniable. Seeking belonging and identity, Cate’s and Joseph’s love story is also a story about finding your true self.
The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn (June 7, 2022)
After Georgina Wagman walks in on her husband in a compromising position with a junior associate, she refuses to give up on their marriage and the perfect life she’s been living. Rather than divorce, she suggests that she and her husband become swingers and convinces her close friends Norah and Felix to join them with their respective partners. Together, they embark on a new lifestyle, hoping to rekindle the spark in their marriages. But when Georgina reconnects with an ex-boyfriend at a swinger’s party and she finds herself more and more drawn to him, her perfect life is suddenly at risk of collapsing.
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen (June 7, 2022)
Ava Wong is a Chinese American lawyer who always plays by the rules and seems to have a perfect life. But underneath, Ava struggles to find meaning and to fight the boredom of new motherhood. When an old friend from college, Winnie, makes a reappearance in Ava’s life, she’s surprised to see how much Winnie has changed. Winnie is superbly wealthy and she shares that she has been running a counterfeit scheme importing replicas of luxury purses. When Ava risks everything to join Winnie’s scheme, she experiences unbelievable success—until it all comes crashing down, and Ava is left holding the bag while Winnie quickly disappears.
A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari (June 7, 2022)
Saffron Everleigh is a botanist at an esteemed university in 1923 London. Because she’s a woman, many of the other scientists do not take her seriously as an academic. When the mysterious death of a colleague’s wife arises suspicion that Saffron’s mentor, Dr. Maxwell, is the murderer, she must team up with the handsome Alexander Ashton to explore gardens and greenhouses for clues that will clear Dr. Maxwell’s name.
Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering (June 14, 2022)
This story is about growing older, reckoning with the past, and coming to terms with the dreams of our youth. When Molly Diamond is young, she dreams of becoming a writer and is in a passionate relationship with lead singer Jake Danner. Ten years later, she has given up on her dream of writing and is moving to a wealthy suburb in Connecticut with a husband who is not Jake. Fighting boredom, nostalgia, new motherhood, and the ghost of her former self, Molly wonders what happens when life turns out nothing as planned.
On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi (June 21, 2022)
The daughter of immigrant parents, Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah lives life exactly according to their plan. She has a successful boyfriend, is on her way to becoming a doctor, and has motivated, talented friends. But when her boyfriend breaks up with, she fails an exam, and her friends become distant, her parents no longer look at her the same. To complicate matters, a man her parents would never accept, Ricky Gutierrez, enters the picture and seems to appreciate Angie for who she really is, rather than her accomplishments.
Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore (July 5, 2022)
Sasha’s sister Violet was a famous magician who captured the world’s attention ten years ago when she disappeared mid-act. Now, with the tenth anniversary of her disappearance approaching, Sasha finds herself followed by a determined podcast host who wants to interview her about Violet. But Sasha’s and Violet’s history is complicated, and the last thing Sasha wants to do is relive her past and resurface painful memories that are better left buried.
Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola (July 5, 2022)
When it comes to relationship advice about how to steer clear of players and heartbreak, Kiki Banjo is the authority on campus, especially for women who are fellow members of the Afro-Caribbean society. When she is caught kissing Malakai, a man she just publicly denounced on her show, her reputation in on the line. The two form a fake relationship to save their reputations. As their friendship becomes genuine, Kiki realizes that some of her assumptions about Malaki were wrong.
We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall (July 12, 2022)
A woman named Felicia is found floating in Lake Palmdale. The day before, she sent frantic text messages to TV writer Yara Gibson. In town to host her parents’ anniversary party, Yara didn’t have time to respond to Felicia’s urgent messages, but now she can’t forget the haunting texts. Felicia claimed that she had information that would change Yara’s life. Now Yara is determined to find out who killed Felicia, and how in the world this could be connected to her.
Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim (August 16, 2022)
Trying to make it as a matchmaker in Toronto, Sophie Go has just been ousted as a fraud who never completed matchmaking school. Still, she’s determined to build a client base and convinces seven septuagenarian Chinese men who never found love to hire her. Sophie’s skills will be put to the test as she grapples with the complicated histories of her new clients.
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (August 23, 2022)
Bee Königswasser lands her dream job leading a neuroengineering project for NASA. The only problem is that her co-lead is the insufferable Levi Ward, her sworn enemy from grad school. As challenges at work continue to accumulate and she finds her career on the line, she suddenly senses that Levi is becoming an ally.
The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas (September 6, 2022)
Rosie Graham has just quit her job to focus full time on her secret career as a romance writer. As luck would have it, as soon as she quits, she finds herself with incurable writer’s block. Then, her New York apartment caves in on her. Literally. When she moves into her friend’s apartment, who is away for the summer, she discovers that her attractive cousin Lucas, who she routinely stalks on instagram, has already made himself at home there. He’s suggested an interesting idea: he’ll take Rosie on a few experimental dates to see if he can help cure her writer’s block. After all, what better way for a romance writer to write about romance, than to experience it firsthand? And now Rosie must assure herself that her crush on Lucas is completely under control.