We are reposting Ellen's June 23, 2011 list of fun books to read in the summer because you can never have too many ideas for summertime escapism:
get on a wait list for this year's crop of beach reads, when last
year's are on the shelves right now? Most of these come from Library
Journal's list (note: this list is no longer available on the LJ website.)
Summer Shift by Lynn Kiele Bonasia
trying to run the Cape Cod clam bar she owns, 44-year-old widow Mary
Hopkins must rely on her diverse and dependable staff to weather the
sudden death of a young waitress, her beloved great aunt's struggle with
Alzheimer's, and Mary's own sense that life is passing her by.
The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek
to set aside their differences when they jointly inherit a rundown
cottage in the Hamptons, practical-minded Cassie and her dreamer
half-sister Peck struggle to decide what to do with the house, which
comes with a resident artist plagued by bad luck.
Thin Rich Pretty by Beth Harbison
their misfit teen years and the summer they lashed out at rich and
spoiled Lexi, Holly and Nicola struggle to overcome insecurities to
safeguard their ambitions and are shocked to re-encounter a
down-on-her-luck Lexi, who harbors painful memories.
The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
her daughter, Chess, breaks off an engagement and her fiance
subsequently dies in a rock-climbing accident, divorcee Birdie Cousins
encourages her younger daughter, Tate, and her sister, India, to join
her and Chess on Tuckernack Island for a month, a time when deep secrets
are soon revealed.
Summer in the South by Cathy Holton
old friend Will from college only to find him much more attractive and
confident than she remembers, Ava becomes immersed in Will's Southern
community and wonders if the local secrets she uncovers will estrange
her from Will or strengthen their bond.
Dolci di Love by Sarah-Kate Lynch
discovering that her husband has a secret second family in Tuscany,
Lily Turner leaves New York and looks for a happy ending in a struggling
Italian bakery with the help of the Secret League of Widowed Darners.
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Ansley Waller's fiance Parish cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley
decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she
heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother
Vivian, who gives Ansley an ultimatum: get a job or go home. Before
long, she's opening up her own cupcake shop and even trying her hand at
Looking for a Love Story by Louise Shaffer
divorced, Francesca agrees to write a memoir on an elderly woman's
parents who worked in vaudeville, and while researching the couple,
Francesca starts to reexamine her own family and love life.