Best Beach Reads of 2016

The weather is getting warmer.  The sun is showing up.  Now is the time to choose your summer vacation reads.  Here are my recommendations for 2016.

image The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

This dynamic duo makes the writing flow seamlessly that you would never guess it was written by two women together.  This is the story of Kate who is dumped the night before her wedding by her fiancé.  When she discovers she can alter the course of her life via Facebook statuses, she has to decide whether changing history will make her happy.

image The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

One reviewer described this novel as making “The Devil Wears Prada look like My Little Pony.”  I couldn’t agree more.  When Imogen Tate returns to work at her magazine after a leave, she finds her former assistant angling for her job.  If you’ve ever rooted for the underdog, or know the feeling of being the underdog, you will be a big fan of this book.

image The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

If you have any interest in the Royal Family, this is a must read book.  It is such a fun and joyous read that had me completely sucked in to the love story of Nick and Bex and the scandal that ensued.  As soon as I finished, I was demanding a sequel.  A movie is in the works so be sure to read the book first.

image The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand 

No summer would be complete without an Elin Hilderbrand novel in your beach bag.  This is an oldie but goodie that had me longing to spend a summer on Nantucket to explore the beaches and restaurants.  I was enthralled in this love story that takes place in a busy restaurant.  And it will make you very hungry.

image What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

When Rachel’s son goes missing after a walk in the park, her world is turned upside down.  Told in alternating viewpoints between her and the detective in charge of the case, you’ll be as eager to find out what happened as she is.  All psychological fiction fans will be flipping the pages and should add Macmillan as a writer to watch.

image Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara Davis

This was my first novel by Barbara Davis but certainly won’t be my last.  When Lily’s father passes away and leaves her a cottage on the beach, she is determined to find out the story behind it.  If you enjoy historical fiction, Davis incorporates some back story in this novel as well.  A little romance thrown in makes this a perfect book for all readers.  See my full review here.

image Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

There was so much to love about Buxbaum’s first venture into contemporary YA.  This is the story of Jessie whose father relocates her across the country to California and how she has to start fresh at a brand-new high school.  When a student anonymously emails her, a friendship develops.  The reader and Jessie try to figure out who the mysterious sender is in this sweet book.

image A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden 

Ever wish you could just drop everything and travel to an exotic location to get away from it all?  That is the premise of Ogden’s debut novel.  When she suddenly finds herself out of a job, Anna jumps at the chance to head to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a new beginning in a place that she soon learns will become home.  See my full review here.

If you get a chance to read any of these books, I’d love to hear your review too!  Have a great summer!

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