Summer Beach Reads
Get lost in faraway lands, times and stories of friendship and family with this summer's picks for best beach reads.
In 1924, George Mallory attempted to be the first man to climb Mt Everest. While he embarks on his final expedition, his wife, Ruth stays at home, awaiting his arrival. In a blend of history and imaginative fiction, Rideout creates a love story and an exciting adventure tale.
In 1962, on a sun-drenched spot of the Italian coastline, a young innkeeper spots a beautiful woman on a boat. She's an American starlet, and she sparks something that continues even decades later. He finds himself in movie back-lots and film festivals, searching for the lost love that appeared like a dream at his hotel years ago.
Oldest daughter Bonnie flees home with a secret, leaving her widowed mother, Grace, and her younger sister, Rita, reeling in her loss. Grace must make sacrifices to care for the remains of her family now, and when Rita discovers she can take no more, she too leaves. In the midst of secrets, betrayal and heartbreak, these splintered women must find what it takes to come together again as a family.
Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin, Kelsey, needs a new assistant, it's an offer she can't refuse. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a "real" life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known--happiness.
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It's the summer of 1983 and three best friends - all very different- have finished university, looking forward to their journeys ahead. As they navigate their post-grad lives, the girls soon learn what it takes to be young women, in exciting and sometimes painful ways.
What happens when you just don't believe in fairy-tale endings? At 22, Elle Bee is on her way to London, working a quaint job in publishing, falling out of pubs, and certain she'll never fall in love because it never ends well. Ten years later, Elle is in New York, a successful editor, living a life much removed from what it once was. Happy endings come in all shapes and sizes - can Elle find hers?
Ruth Saunders left her east coast home behind when she moved west, dreaming big Hollywood dreams. Six years later, when she finally gets the call that her screenplay is getting the green light, she's elated. Ruth soon finds out that big dreams come at a price, and sometimes loving and losing are part of the Hollywood set.
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Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Swedish nobleman Count Axel von Fersen falls in love with beautiful Marie Antoinette, France's ill-fated queen. A combination of stylized faux-memoir and commentary from Fersen's sister, Sophie, brings us a rich depiction of the French royal family, a thrilling historical era, and a searing love affair.
When Polly Atkins heads home to London for her lavish wedding, both her sister, Bella, and her best friend, Grace, are equally thrilled at the chance to be part of the joyous event. The only one not thrilled? Polly. When Polly decides to call the whole thing off, Bella and Grace set out on a mission to get Polly and her fiancé back together - even if their own lives need a little attention.
How well do we know our own families? In the Copeland house, each person has a secret, a story, and a demon to battle. With humour and empathy, Elizabeth Crane reveals what one family finds when it goes searching for meaning in all the wrong places.