Summer 2020 might look different than we all expected, but one thing remains the same, beach read books are back and in my opinion, this year, they’re better than ever.
At the top of my list is, The Lies that Bind, the latest from Emily Giffin. Emily has always been one of favorite authors. I love her writing style, how real her characters are, and the way she explores complicated matters of the heart. The Lies that Bind is now my favorite of hers to date and is a page-turning love story about a woman who falls quickly for a man who almost seems too good to be true. When he disappears she wonders, was he?
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke’s latest, How To Save a Life, just came out this week and is next on my reading list! These San Diego based authors have been writing hit after hit, and I’ve heard great things about this story that explores the measures a person will go to to save someone he or she loves.
Colleen Hoover, a romance author I somehow just discovered, has a new novel out called One More Step. I can’t wait to get to it after devouring It Ends with Us a few weeks back. (One of the best books I’ve read in ages!) Another romance author with a new read out is Jasmine Guillory. I started Party of Two last night and so far am enjoying this whirlwind romance.
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to review an advance copy of Joey Jone’s latest, Where The River Runs, which is releasing in August. Joey Jones is an author I discovered when visiting New Bern, North Carolina on my book tour. His stories have been described as resembling the writing style of Nicholas Sparks, so I obviously had to check them out.
Since most of us aren’t traveling much this summer, I’ve been really drawn to books where setting plays a big role, so it at least feels like I’m visiting new beach towns. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest release, Feels like Falling, is a perfect book to transport you to the coast of North Carolina.
Looking to virtually visit Nantucket instead? Pick up Elin Hilderbrand’s latest 28 Summers.
Some upcoming titles that will be released at the end of the summer include The Year by the Lake by Natalie Banks. Natalie’s latest book The Moments Between was featured in Women’s World Magazine as one of their top five reads. She’s an author I recently discovered and love!
Emma Woodham, a Charleston based author and fashion blogger, has a new novel coming out July 28th called Back Home. Her book The Lights Out Club, reads to me like a Mary Alice Monroe story, so if you’re a fan of her books, you might enjoy Woodham’s as well.
And on August 4th Charming Falls Apart by Angela, Terry, releases. Terry is another new author I found through Instagram who writes women fiction books that look like ones my readers will enjoy!
Finally, to everyone who is reading Waiting at Hayden’s this summer, thank you for your continued messages sharing your reactions to the story. I love knowing it’s been a feel-good read for so many during COVID-19.