Whether you're lounging poolside or sitting under the shade of a beach umbrella, it's time to embark on a literary adventure perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer. Because today we've curated a delightful collection of books set in summertime and coastal locations. From gripping mysteries to heartwarming romances, these page-turners will transport you to sun-kissed destinations and make your beach bag the envy of every bookworm. Let’s dive in!
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe: Transport yourself to the stunning shores of the Lowcountry in this heartwarming tale. The Beach House intertwines the lives of three generations of women as they grapple with love, loss, and redemption against the backdrop of a charming coastal community. With its vivid descriptions and compelling characters, this novel is a perfect choice for those seeking a captivating beach read.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: For a nostalgic trip down memory lane, delve into this young adult gem by Jenny Han. Set during a summer at the beach, the story follows the transformation of Belly as she navigates friendship, first love, and the bittersweet passage into adulthood. This coming-of-age novel is infused with a delightful mix of romance, self-discovery, and sun-soaked adventures that will charm readers of all ages.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter: Venture to the stunning Italian coastline in this mesmerizing novel that seamlessly weaves together multiple narratives across time. Beautiful Ruins paints a vivid picture of love, dreams, and the human desire for connection amidst the backdrop of a glamorous seaside village. Prepare to be transported through decades and continents in a tale that is both poignant and full of surprises.
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams: Escape to the enchanting world of Winthrop Island, a glamorous retreat for the privileged, in this atmospheric historical novel. Set in both the 1950’s and the present day, The Summer Wives uncovers dark secrets, forbidden love affairs, and the transformative power of forgiveness. With its lush descriptions and gripping plot, this book is a must-pack for those seeking a riveting beachside mystery.
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews: Prepare for a captivating blend of mystery, friendship, and coastal charm. The High Tide Club takes you to a secluded island off the Georgia coast, where a group of women unravels secrets of the past. As they delve into a decades-old murder case, they begin to form an unbreakable bond. With its rich Southern atmosphere and intriguing plot twists, this book is perfect for a sun-soaked beach day.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: If you're in the mood for a lighthearted romantic comedy, look no further than The Unhoneymooners. Set against the backdrop of a tropical destination wedding gone awry, this book follows Olive, who finds herself pretending to be her sister's honeymoon replacement. Sparks fly when she crosses paths with the infuriatingly charming Ethan, and a series of unexpected events ensues. Packed with witty banter, swoon-worthy romance, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this book is an ideal addition to your summer reading list.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson:
A timeless classic set on a remote island in the Gulf of Finland, this enchanting novel captures the whimsical adventures of a young girl and her wise grandmother as they navigate the joys and challenges of island life. Tove Jansson's evocative prose and the picturesque setting make this a must-read for anyone yearning for a slow-paced and soulful beachside escape.