Summer is one of the best seasons for reading, so whether the kids are in summer camp or playing in the sand at the beach, kick back with these new highly anticipated summer releases. From historical fiction to touching women’s fiction and more, there’s sure to be a book here that will fit perfectly in your beach tote or carry-on bag this summer.
It’s 1938 and Beatrice Bordeaux has just arrived in Montauk, Long Island, ready for a summer of reconnecting with her husband. But when her husband leaves her to get work done in the city, she’s forced to spend her time with Montauk’s high society wives. Instead, Beatrice befriends a laundress working in her seaside hotel and together, Beatrice begins to remember her dreams and finds a new love interest who’s the total opposite of her husband. This engaging debut novel deftly explores the tensions between the life we want and the life we have chosen ($18, amazon.com).
In the latest from bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers (The Widow of Wall Street), working mothers Daphne and Alice seem to have it all but can’t get past one major obstacle: the number they see when they step on the scale. Obsessed with their weight, the two sign up to participate in an intense weight loss program that promises extreme results in exchange for being filmed throughout the process. But Daphne and Alice are about to realize that everything’s not what it seems and the filmmakers are taking advantage of the participants. If the two women want to take back control, they’ll have to enact a plan that will give them the power once again ($17, amazon.com).
The Enlightenment of Bees takes readers across the world, making this the perfect read for your summer travels. Mia West believes that she has her entire life planned out at only 26. With a great job and boyfriend, she’s shocked when the man she loves says he wants to take a break. Instead of dwelling in her heartbreak, she takes off on a whirlwind journey around the world with her roommate and a cast of unique characters that will teach her about finding her true purpose. By the time she returns to her life in Seattle, Mia will have to decide whether she wants to continue on with a life of complacency or pursue a new adventure that allows her to live out her dreams ($12, amazon.com).
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead is back with a book that will shock and enlighten you this summer. Elwood Curtis has always been careful to stay out of trouble as a young black man in the Jim Crow South of the 1960s. But in this new novel, Elwood makes a mistake that will send him to a place he never wanted to go: the Nickel Academy. A reformatory school known for abusing and possibly killing its students, Elwood and another boy, Turner, will team up to stay alive. With tempers rising and obvious tension between Elwood and Turner, they make a decision that will change their lives and the course of history forever ($16, amazon.com).
Sue Ellen Wright has always been under the impression that her life is almost perfect. When she learns of her husband’s indiscretions and the mistakes her son has made, she knows she has to get them back on track. Traveling to a Greek island for a month, Sue Ellen hopes that a change of scenery will be exactly what her family needs. What results from the trip is a story of family, new beginnings and forging your own path. Filled with plenty of humor and heartbreak, this complex novel will make a great addition to your beach bag this summer ($18, amazon.com).
This summer, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner brings readers a touching story of sisterhood. As young girls, sisters Jo and Bethie had everything they could ever want. But growing up against the backdrop of crucial moments in history like women’s liberation and Vietnam, the two run into tragedies that will change their lives forever. Now adults, the two will look back at their lives and realize the dreams that never became a reality. In Mrs. Everything, these sisters will make strides to get the happily ever afters they missed out on and take back their lives for good ($18, amazon.com).
Amy Lee has always idolized her sister Sylvie. Unaware of Sylvie’s complicated past, Amy is shocked when her sister goes missing while on a trip to visit their dying grandmother. On a mission to find Sylvie and bring her home, Amy travels to the Netherlands to continue her search in the last place her sister was seen. As she gets closer to finding Sylvie, Amy learns about family secrets that will forever disrupt her perfect world ($22, amazon.com).
If you’re looking for a summer release unlike any other, you’ll love The Stationery Shop. Roya finds herself drawn to a local stationery shop in Tehran during a time of uncertainty and political distress. Feeling at home in the small store, she is delighted when the owner introduces her to fellow customer Bahman. Before she knows it, Roya is deeply in love with Bahman and they decide to get married. But when violence breaks out on the night of their marriage, Bahman disappears. Over 60 years later, fate brings Roya and Bahman back together so she can finally get the answers she’s needed for decades: Why did he disappear and leave her? ($18, amazon.com)
When Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago, she vowed to never return to the tortured place. Still struggling with the guilt she feels over her father and sister’s deaths, she’s shocked to find out that her nephew has gone missing from the family home in Ohio. Knowing she has to travel back to her home to help find him, she returns with a heavy heart and soon learns there’s more to the story than she originally thought ($10, amazon.com).
A story that spans the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president, this layered literary fiction novel will leave you feeling incredibly hopeful. James Vincent is excelling in his career but his family life is less than dazzling. When his son marries the brilliant Claudia, he’s quickly introduced to her family and through the years, this cast of diverse characters will come to learn tough lessons about love, history and what it truly means to be family ($18, amazon.com).
Judith Kratt is in charge of keeping a list of her family’s heirlooms as well as a list of their darkest secrets—including the truth about a murder no one talks about. But Judith’s entire world is turned upside down when her estranged sister returns to town, determined to expose the family and small cotton town’s worst secrets. Told through a series of flashbacks, Judith tells the story of the events that made one small South Carolina town realize the damage secrets can do and the lasting effects they have for generations to come ($11, amazon.com).
Police officer Barry Sutton has begun to investigate the False Memory Syndrome that is taking over New York and driving people mad by showing them memories of a life they haven’t lived. With new technology, memories are being altered and preserved and Barry must team up with neuroscientist to Helena Smith to stop a terrifying opponent that could unravel the history of the world as a whole. For science fiction lovers, this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Blake Crouch will provide you with the perfect summer escape ($18, amazon.com).
Madeline Cullen is less than thrilled when she learns she will be taking over her aunt’s bookshop after her passing. Ready to sell the shop due to past family drama, Madeline knows she’ll have to put in work to restore the family business and make a decent profit. But as she gets to know the shop’s staff and understands the importance of the place, she finds a soft spot in her heart and begins to rethink her decision to sell ($12, amazon.com).
The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10 returns this summer with a new novel fans of the thriller genre will love. When Rowan Caine stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny job that seems too good to be true, she immediately applies. While the family appears perfect on the surface in their luxurious home and life, she soon learns that there’s a dark plot brewing. Before she knows it, one of the children is dead and she’s being accused of murder. Rowan will have to prove her innocence and find the true killer or face serious consequences ($25, amazon.com).
It’s the summer of 1987 and 25-year-old aspiring writer Eve Rosen has just been given the opportunity to attend a party thrown by one of her literary heroes. Getting to know New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his family, it doesn’t take long before she has a job with Henry. But as she begins to see the inner workings of the literary world, she comes to realize the life she’s always dreamed of may not be right for her after all. If you love a dramatic read to spend your summer with, you’ll devour this debut novel from Karen Dukess ($18, amazon.com).
Jen Dixon is the kind of mother others strive to be. With a knack for saying whatever’s on her mind to the micromanaging PTA mothers and the ability to keep her family running pretty seamlessly, she’s envied by the moms at her son’s school. But as her husband gets caught up in his work, her eldest daughter begins her life as an adult and Jen’s aging parents need her help, she’ll find that she’s up against the biggest challenge of her life. All mothers will find themselves relating to Jen’s struggles as a mother and wife in You’ve Been Volunteered ($17, amazon.com).
The author of It’s Always the Husband returns this summer with a suspenseful new novel that will have you completely ensnared from beginning to end. From the outside, Caroline Stark’s life is perfect. What people don’t know is that her husband is harboring a dark secret and in retaliation, she spends the night with a young bartender. But when the one-night stand begins stalking Caroline, she knows she and her family are in danger. Before long, her husband has gone missing and she is now the prime suspect in a possible murder case ($18, amazon.com).
The Beijing Duck House has always been a home away from home for the restaurant's staff. But when tragedy strikes this tight-knit work family, they’ll have to finally own up to the mistakes from their past. With each employee struggling to come to terms with their inner demons, this cast of unique and diverse characters come to learn a lot about themselves, family and love in this paperback summer release from Lillian Li ($12, amazon.com).
Hannah Webber’s dreams came true when she gave birth to her son Sam. While raising the child meant damaging her marriage, Hannah believes it’s all worth it when at 14, Sam is accepted into a prestigious boarding school in New England. Although attending the school means escaping his mother’s watchful and overbearing eye, it also means Sam is being exposed to the outside world for the first time in his life—and when he happens upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school, he has to make decisions that will change his relationship with his mother forever ($25, amazon.com).
Lee is a single mother and because her son is on the spectrum, she makes sure to spend every moment caring for the young boy. With the help of her best friend, Lee gives into getting away for the weekend and leaving her son in the care of her son’s tutor, Noah. But only 48 hours after leaving her child behind, Lee learns that someone has died, leading her to question everyone around her and the real motives behind the weekend getaway ($17, amazon.com).