Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Best Beach Reads of 2020

This year isn't panning out to be anything close that resembles normal. And this Summer... Well, let's just say aside from the Southern heat and humidity, Summer this year is a little different. We're putting out all of the positive vibes that we can in hopes that the back half of 2020 will put us all back on an upswing. 

I mean, where else does it have to go at this point?! 

Our fingers all double and triple crossed. 

Behind a pair of gloves and a mask obviously. 

And while not all of us get to enjoy a summer full of poolside fun and beachside bliss, that doesn't mean we can't escape for a few hours and pretend. 

One of our favorite posts to do each year is our annual "Best Books of Summer" list. This year we had so much fun gathering together what we think is the list of all beach read lists. A list so good you won't even realize that that crunchy feeling between your freshly done home pedicure isn't from the white sands of a tropical beach, but the remnants of crunched of Goldfish as you hide with a glass of Rosé in your pantry because #pandemicsummer. 

With a little bit of suspense, a dash of thriller, a dip into the past, enough drama to make you miss your own family even more, and a whole lot of heat - our Best Books of Summer list has a little something for everyone to escape into. 

Feels Like Falling by Kristi Woodson Harvey
Longtime readers know we are huge fans of Kristi Woodson Harvey's novels. They are the perfect summertime reads, and we couldn't wait to snag our own copy of her latest book Feels Like Falling. The story follows entrepreneur Gray Howard as she tries to re-focus her life beachside amidst a messy divorce, her mother dying of cancer, and losing her sister to a cult. Jam packed with family drama, juicy romance, and a cast of lovable characters - Feels Like Falling will definitely be your favorite pool side accessory this Summer.

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is the queen of the beach read, and for 2020 she pulls out all the stops when presenting us with her latest Hello, Summer. Acclaimed reporter Conley Hawkins heads back to her small seaside hometown to regroup after uprooting her life for a job that doesn't quite pan out. Thinking she will be bored and broke revisiting her past, she quickly learns that her time spent in Silver Bay will be anything but. Political drama, a mysterious death, and old turned new romance... just go ahead and "add to cart" and enjoy!

Sex & Vanity by Kevin Kwan
Remember the fun that was the Crazy Rich Asian series? Well Kwan is back with a new novel! Sex & Vanity follows Lucie Churchilll who is torn between falling for the man of her dreams or the man of her family's dreams.  We are already looking forward to reading about the over the top luxuries and next-level family drama this cast of characters is going to bring.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Already topping the reading charts, and named part of Reese Witherspoon's Book Club picks (so you know it's going to be a good one!) - The Guest List is on our must-read list for the Summer. A magazine worthy destination wedding in Ireland quickly turns into the talk of the wedding season when one of the guests turns up. Dead.

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan 
The long anticipated follow up to The Royal We is finally here! While the British royal family serves up enough of their own drama, you can get an additional royal fix with this juicy sequel. Bex and Prince Nicholas are back after their elopement and the Queen, press, and people are letting them know they are not happy. We can't wait to see if one of our favorite royal couples survives in The Heir Affair.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
How can a book titled "Beach Read" not be added to the list? This quirky rom-com is just what we all need to escape this Summer. Two authors with writers block head to the beach for the summer to get inspired. Once these neighbors discover each other they formulate a plan that will allow them to both get what they are looking for - and maybe a happy ending of their own.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner 
We always enjoy Jennifer Weiner's novels, so when a new one releases we get our tissue boxes ready and dig in. (Mascara disclaimer: tissues are for both tears of laughter and tears of emotions. Weiner knows how to bring it all.) Big Summer promises to be a tale of friendship, family, a big wedding, life in the social media spotlight, and a message about what matters most.

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series is just plain fun. These light and easy romances make for the perfect beach reads, and Party of Two is the newest addition in the series. Olivia has eyes only for her newly established law firm. That is, until she runs into Max - the hotshot senator whose charm is tough to resist. Because of Max's job they try to keep the romance quiet, but soon the secret is out.

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
This wouldn't be a "beach read" list if it didn't include at least one Elin Hilderbrand novel. We always look forward to her new releases year round, but particularly look forward to her summers on Nantucket. We've heard a lot of hype surrounding her latest, and already can't wait to throw 28 Summers in our beach bags! A juicy deathbed secret emerges, and two families lives are forever changed.

The Lies That Bind by Emily Griffin
What happens when you find the perfect person, but then they disappear without a trace? The Lies That Bind follows Cecily as she newly enters NYC as a heartbroken reporter. Contemplating life and feeling homesick, she stumbles into a relationship with seemingly the perfect rebound. Except he's leaving for a job overseas. The moment comes to say goodbye, and they just can't. Decisions are made and then 9/11 occurs. Dream man disappears without a trace.  Until he appears on a missing persons poster, and Cecily realizes she isn't the only one looking for him. We already can't wait to dig into this one!

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Okay psychological thriller lovers - this one's for you! Arden is famous, but not in the good kind of way. As a child she disappeared during a sleepwalking episode in the middle of a rainstorm. For days she was missing, and quickly became a media sensation as neighbors and family searched for her. As an adult Arden wants no part of being in the spotlight, and now goes by the name of Olivia. Her wish is fulfilled until she wakes up from sleepwalking again, but this time she's not alone. This time she's next to a dead man. One she knows. But why?  We'll prepare now for the loss of sleep.

Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver 
If you could go back and redo or relive certain events in your life, would you? Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a unique tale of love lost and getting a second chance. Lydia's longtime boyfriend dies in a car crash on her birthday. With the help of loved ones she finds her way out of the all consuming grief and towards a new special someone. But then she's given the chance to go back and revisit those months before the tragic loss of her boyfriend. Intrigued? So are we!

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer 
Thayer is one of those go-to's when you want something good in your beach bag. Girls of Summer promises to be the heartfelt family drama/romance we all need. Set in Nantucket, a single mom and her two adult children all find that both love and a storm is brewing on the island that they call home. 

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams 
We fell in love with Beatriz Williams when we were introduced to A Hundred Summers years ago. Each book makes us fall in love with her more. The queen of historical fiction is back with another Summer must-read. Her Last Flight follows Janey, a photographer and WWII correspondent, as she searches for what happened in the mysterious disappearance of pilot Sam Mallory.  The book promises to be full of suspense, rich detail, and some of that infamous Williams' plot twisting.

Have a great beach read suggestion? What should we add to our list?

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