The sun is shining, the ocean is calling … But if a summer trip to the shore isn’t on your schedule, no fear! Critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey is here, and she’s rounded up twelve of this summer’s hottest reads to whisk you away to seasonal destinations near and far, without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
Come with me, Kristy Woodson Harvey, to fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a coastal town full of quirky characters, hidden secrets, and enough Southern charm to heal even the most broken of hearts, in my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple. The first installment in the Peachtree Bluff series, this is a tale of three sisters, the mother that bonds them all, and the year that will change their lives forever.
Set on a bluff house in Sconset, Nantucket, Michele Gable’s The Book of Summer is a multigenerational tale of a place—and a guest book—that holds the stories of its visitors and inhabitants, past and present.
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Martha’s Vineyard? Nantucket? If you’d like to summer in both places, take a trip with Elin Hilderbrand’s The Identicals, in which twins Harper and Tabitha switch islands—and lives.
Cape Cod is perfect for a road trip and a great backdrop for Jamie Brenner’s Forever Summer, where family ties are formed and long-held beliefs are tested.
Set in stunning Maui, The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke winds readers through an edge-of-your-seat thriller amidst an enviable summer setting. This heart-pounding beach read will keep you guessing until the last page.
St. Bart’s, the jewel of the Caribbean, is full of the White Sand, Blue Sea that Anita Hughes describes in her latest luscious novel. But Hughes’ St. Bart’s also carries with it its fair share of adventure, intrigue, and a love story you won’t soon forget.
Nothing lasts forever on Nantucket, despite summer families clinging to traditions of clambakes, cliff walks, and keeping each other’s secrets. Kelly Simmons’ The Fifth of July is about what holds island communities together—and what tears island families apart.
Dorothea Benton Frank’s Same Beach, Next Year explores Wild Dunes, South Carolina, a lovely part of the Lowcountry where friendships are formed—and true love is challenged.
Little Broken Things by Nicole Lynn Baart is set on the shores of the fictional town of Key Lake, Minnesota, where the waters run deep—but secrets never stay submerged for long.
Idyllic Watersend, South Carolina, where “buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide,”is the enchanting site of Patti Callahan Henry’s new Bookshop at Water’s End. Sand dunes, Spanish moss, female friendship, and, best of all, a charming bookshop, will transport you into Henry’s world no matter where you are.
Daniel Wallace’s protagonist Edsel Bronfman has never won anything. So when a representative from Extraordinary Adventures calls to tell him he has won a trip to Destin, Florida—and all he has to do is find a companion to come along—Bronfman embarks on a journey that might actually be more extraordinary than the trip he has won.
Mary Alice Monroe’s beloved Isle of Palms takes center stage in Beach House for Rent, which proves once again that nature’s bounty and the power of female friendship can completely remake a life.
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