17 End-of-Summer Books to Read While You Still Can | Working Mother

17 End-of-Summer Books to Read While You Still Can

Take a moment for yourself to enjoy one of these stellar beach reads before back-to-school insanity sets in.

Summer is almost over and that means the socially acceptable excuse to lay around reading books on beaches all day is about to expire. Don’t worry, there is still time to pamper your imagination this season. From mesmerizing suspense to heartwarming family dramas that will make you swoon, these are the books you need to pack into your straw beach bag ASAP.

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley

A woman moves her family to Hawaii only to discover paradise is looming with toxic friendships, dark adventures and winds that could tear her family apart forever. Intoxicating from the first word to the last captivating page, The Goddesses is a mandatory summer thrill-ride that will forever change your relationship with Hawaii ($18, amazon.com).

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley

Doubleday

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P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy

A famous actress in hiding, a bestselling writer a little lost in the world and the city of Paris—yes, this love story will capture your heart from the first word. (And to make it more authentic, it’s penned by a French author). If you want to continue the art of multitasking even in your reading hours, then indulge in this love story and one-way ticket to Paris for the imagination ($11, amazon.com).

P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy

P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy

AmazonCrossing

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The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

The paths of four young women named Guinevere converge when they enter a convent—but their lives and adventures start when they dare to cross over into adulthood together. Gorgeously written and brimming with emotion, beauty and power, The Guineveres is one of 2017’s most mandatory reading experiences ($11, amazon.com).

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

Flatiron Books

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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Adebayo's daring prose explores a husband and wife in Nigeria as they battle with cultural norms, societal expectations and infertility to save their love. A deeply touching story that will touch the heart of absolutely every mother, Stay with Me belongs on your keeper shelf ($18, amazon.com).

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Knopf

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The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Two twin sisters are living the dream life on two of Massachusetts’ most exclusive islands—the problem? They haven’t seen each other in over a decade. A dazzling story that captures the quintessential American summer combined with a deep-rooted sister rivalry, this is one of those books you take to the beach and don’t leave until it’s finished ($17, amazon.com).

 The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown and Company

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The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

A woman returns to her coastal Maine hometown but finds herself confronted with paths not taken—paths she might still want a chance at, despite already being married with two kids. You'll need plenty of tissues for this gorgeous summer tale that explores life-changing choices and the unstoppable ripples of transformation that occur when we have the courage to make them ($18, amazon.com).

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

Doubleday

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What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

This is the most dazzling, emotional and distinctly haunting novel of the year, hands down. It's a gorgeous portrait of a woman coming-of-age combined with a profound exploration of family, sex, race and social class, set in both Pennsylvania and Johnnesburg ($15, amazon.com).

 What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Viking

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Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

This stunning debut story collection explores the lives of Chinese-American girls growing up in the concrete jungle of New York City. A spell-binding narrative that illuminates the raw terrain of being a foreigner in America, Sour Heart is one of the year’s most timely reads ($16, amazon.com).

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Lenny

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Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

A deftly smart psychological thriller that will make your stomach turn, Emma in the Night is the daring exploration of what happens when two sisters go missing—and only one returns home. Mesmerizing, haunting and every emotion in between, this is the dark thrill you need to indulge in before summer ends ($19, amazon.com).

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

St. Martin's Press

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Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

CNN morning correspondent Alisyn Camerota delivers a laugh-out-loud look at the the real inner workings of a major news network, all told from the charming perspective of a bootstrapping young reporter who won’t stop until she reaches the top—if it’s possible ($17, amazon.com).

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

Viking

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The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

Maeve Donnelly is kissed by the boy of her dreams and bitten by a blacktip shark on a summer day in Florida, and how those consequences affect her 18 years later will capture every reader’s heart. This delicious exploration of growing up in paradise—and the answers that can be found beneath that dazzling surface—is one of summer’s most unputdownable reads ($16, amazon.com).

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

Viking

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The Bad Dream Notebook by Linda Dahl

An artist mother and her heroine-addicted teenage daughter face unfathomable heartbreak when their patriarch dies. An unexpected ride that honors loss, celebrates renewal and teaches readers love can heal even the nastiest of wounds, The Bad Dream Notebook is one of 2017’s most emotional reading experiences ($11, amazon.com).

The Bad Dream Notebook by Linda Dahl

The Bad Dream Notebook by Linda Dahl

She Writes Press

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The Heart Echoes by Helena von Zweigbergk

The lives of three Swedish sisters are forever turned upside down when one of them is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and that’s not the only struggle they face. Grab your tissues and enjoy this heartbreaking and vibrant look at the fortitude of sibling bonds ($11, amazon.com).

The Heart Echoes by Helena von Zweigbergk

The Heart Echoes by Helena von Zweigbergk

AmazonCrossing

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Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

The CEO of a couture wedding dress company is sent down drastic dieting lane as she works on herself to win back her career, with naked yoga and plenty of green juice included. Uproarious and uplifting, a night spent reading Fitness Junkie is like a sleepover with your oldest BFF ($18, amazon.com{rel=nofollow).

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Doubleday

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Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

A 40-something divorcee embarks on a hilarity-filled new chapter when her only child leaves for college. We know you are a Tom Perrotta fan, and if you aren’t yet, you surely will be after this delectable adventure ($16, amazon.com).

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Scribner

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Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios

For the mom who needs to gift her middle grader with a summer read so she has the peace and silence to indulge in her own, Bridge of the Gods is your answer. A young girl living in the Oregon wilderness finds her only refuge being in the company of animals—especially when she is kidnapped and taken into the woods ($14, amazon.com).

Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios

Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios

She Writes Press

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Venetian Blood by Christine Evelyn Volker

If you want to escape the daily grind with the sun-soaked scenery of Italy, this murder mystery will keep you guessing on every sensuous page ($16, amazon.com).

Venetian Blood by Christine Evelyn Volker

Venetian Blood by Christine Evelyn Volker

She Writes Press

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