Best Summer Reading Picks

Is there anything better than a book that keeps you up all night?  And in summer,  a good book is a necessity.  The books listed here will keep you begging for more.  I’m reading through the list as well and loving these novels!

*Mia March’s THE MERL STREEP MOVIE CLUB – 6/19  Three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and one another with Meryl Streep movies as their inspiration
*Lisa Wingate BLUE MOON BAY 2/5Heather Hampton returns to Moses Lake, Texas, to help facilitate the sale of a family farm as part of a planned industrial plant that will provide the area with much-needed jobs.
*Kristina McMorris’s BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES 2/28Violinist Maddie Kern secretly elopes with her Japanese American boyfriend—the night before Pearl Harbor is bombed. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “gripping story [that] hits all the right chords.”
*Kaira Rouda’s ALL THE DIFFERENCE – 4/29 The story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.
*Darien Gee’s FRIENDSHIP BREAD (paperback) – 5/1 “The novel traces the effect of the friendship bread on a small town, jumping from neighbor to neighbor, but focuses on a small group of women whose lives need mending…
*Heather Barbieri’s THE COTTAGE AT GLASS BEACH – 5/15 Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts state history, Nora Cunningham is a picture-perfect political wife and a doting mother. But her carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she, along with the rest of the world, learns of the infidelity of her husband, Malcolm.
*Camille Noe Pagán’s THE ART OF FORGETTING (paperback) – 5/29  A story of friendship and love –  Library Journal calls THE ART OF FORGETTING a “page turner … for readers who enjoy intelligent books about women’s friendships.”
*Claire Cook’s WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM – 6/5  Deidre Griffin has spent her life tending to everyone’s needs but her own.  When she manages to get a stint on  Dancing with the Stars, Deirdre Griffin’s fifteen minutes of fame has begun.
*Nichole Bernier – THE UNFIISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D – A  novel about friendship the secrets we keep.
Amy Hatvany’s THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS – A story of sisters, Jenny and Nicole Hunter,  each struggling and for Nicole, the search for happiness—both in career and in love—has fallen short of her dreams.
*Margaret Dilloway’s THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS – 8/2  “A captivating study of how love and understanding nurture our lives.  Engaging, enlightening, thoughtful, this is a winner.” Library Journal
*Laurie Frankel GOODBYE FOR NOW – 8/7 Goodbye For Now is about love and loss, real live emotions and human relationships in a cyber world taken to its extreme.
*Sarah McCoy’s THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER (paperback) – 8/14 In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.