Top 5 Books to Pack in Your Beach Bag this Summer

Nicole Doliner

As a former teacher, when I had any time away from the classroom, my reading preferences would be all about escapism -- books that totally brought me to a different place than the classroom that exhausted me. Often my spring breaks are spent sitting on my front porch in New England, soaking in some Vitamin D and pretending that it’s warmer than it actually is. Here are some great books that provided me the escape that I needed, even from the comfort of home.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand


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To me, Elin Hilderbrand’s books scream summer: most of them take place on Nantucket, in the summertime, and usually have a little mystery or romance (or both!) thrown in. This book, out in paperback now, took me to the isle of Nantucket on fourth of July Weekend -- I could almost see fireworks in the air! This was about a wedding that was going to be perfect -- until the Maid of Honor winds up dead. What happened? Told from multiple perspectives, this book was compulsively readable & will be a perfect beach read! 

The Huntress by Kate Quinn


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I LOVED this novel! This took place in post World War II Boston, with flashbacks to Europe during WWII. There was mystery & romance and Kate Quinn is a master at character development. Jordan is a teenager in Boston, living with her widowed father who marries the mysterious Annalise. Ian Graham is a Nazi hunter whose world collides with Jordan’s in ways you won’t expect. I haven’t normally been a fan of historical fiction but this book has absolutely turned me onto the genre. 

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book is absolutely STUNNING. It broke my heart into a million pieces. Evelyn Hugo was a movie star in the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1950’s, always in gossip rags for her scandalous love life! She decides to sit down with Monique, a journalist, and spill all of her secrets. You will not be disappointed by this book! 

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones 


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WOW! I became a big fan of this author after reading her previous book, The Other Woman, in about a day. I wasn’t sure of what to expect, and want to give you the same feeling when you dive into this book. Once the plot ramps up, there’s a twist & turn in almost every chapter. A really quick-paced domestic thriller that’s perfect for the beach! This will be out on June 11, 2019, and I’m anticipating it will have a spot on a lot of book club lists! 

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center


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Katherine Center is great at writing real women in real situations. Cassie is a firefighter at the peak of her career in Austin -- but circumstances in her life lead her to Massachusetts. She’s got the odds of fitting in stacked against her in this male-dominated firehouse, but she’s determined to be integral to her new team. This is the third book I've read by this author and they're always enjoyable & lighthearted. I like the 'twist' at the end and everything was resolved beautifully!

What books are you reading this summer?

Editor’s Note: One really cool thing to know about Nicole is that she actually runs her own book blog. I basically only read books if Nicole posts about them, so I can’t recommend following her enough! -B. Roach

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