3 Great Books to Read this Summer

There is nothing like reading a great book on the beach!

Here are a few can’t-put-down books I recommend for your summer (or vacation) reading…

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Three Great Books to Read this Summer

If you are a blogger or read blogs on a regular basis, I am sure you have come across this heartwarming novel, Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  You will recognize her name from her fabulous blog, Design Chic she co-writes with her mother.  If you love her blog, you will love her book as well.

A Summer Reading Must Read! Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Dear Carolina

Here is a description via Amazon:

One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…

I always enjoy reading the perspective from two different characters.  Loved this book and trust me, you’ll love it too!

A friend recommended A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner and I am so glad she did!

A Fall of Marigolds - Great Summer Reading!

A Fall of Marigolds

Here is a description via Amazon:

A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away….

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

Living so close to New York with memories still fresh in my mind from September 11th, this was the perfect book for me to get caught up in.  I always enjoy novels that bounce back between two different moments in time so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!

Another one of those books I couldn’t put down was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  In fact, I just picked up another one of her books, The Husband’s Secret to start this weekend.

What Alice Forgot - A great book to read on the beach!
What Alice Forgot

Here is a description via Amazon *Kirkus Reviews:

A “cheerfully engaging”* novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”


Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

So entertaining and had me wondering how I would react to my current life if I managed to forget the past ten years….2 Boys?…A Dog?…What?  I write a blog…what’s that?  LOL…

Obviously, I highly recommend all three books.  So engaging, entertaining and each one fulfills my “requirements for a good beach read” listed on one of my previous posts, Beach Reading Tips.

Do you have a list of books to read this summer?


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