Beach Reads

Last week of school…Woop Woop!! I am so done, I can’t even relate how the teachers feel. God Bless them! So I feel strange recommending summer reading but I promise these are all “light reads”.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Pride and Prejudice meet the 21st century. Liz, the one with the most together living in New York, returns to her hometown of Cincinnati after her father has a health scare. There she meets Dr. Darcy and it is not love at first sight.  Liz is the one who has to save each one of her sisters from themselves as well as her parents from throwing the family into bankruptcy. Stay attuned as there a lot of characters to keep track of but once you get caught up in their character (flaws) you will soon know who is who.

This is everything a beach read should be, a page turner without much thinking to do.

The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney

The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney

The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney

I admit it this book has been everywhere and I don’t know why I kept passing it by. Finally I picked it up and read the cover and knew this book was one that I needed to put on the reading list. I was not disappointed.

Anyone that has a sibling or siblings that drive you crazy will be able to relate on some level. Brother Leo has recently been released from rehab after being involved in a serious car accident with a 19 year old female. The clicker, the siblings are due to inherit their “nest egg” but this accident is putting everything in jeopardy.  It doesn’t help that “the nest egg” has increased exponentially with the stock market.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

I picked this up a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t read it but the synopsis of the book sounded so intriguing from Amazon that I had to pick it up. Here is what Amazon said:

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

You tell me. Can you resist this one? I’ve got it at the top of my pile to read this weekend.

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

I introduced you to Alafair Burke this Spring with The Ex (see post here). Everyone who has taken my suggestion and read The Ex agrees that it is one that you cannot put down. So I was intrigued by another one of her thrillers. I was not disappointed. The story  should have ended at the subway when a teenage boy is pulled from the tracks by a stranger. Every journalist is looking for this heroine. When McKenna finds a video that captures the stranger’s image she realizes that it is her long lost friend who disappeared a decade earlier.

Another page turner Ms. Burke. Well done.

Under The Influence by Joyce Maynard

This book will make you cry for a mother’s inability to care for her child and her attempts to claim him again after fighting her own demons and angry at a family who takes advantage of her and pulls at the heartstrings every mother knows…

Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. When she meets The Havillands, Helen is intrigued.  They quickly take her under their wing and their influence is helping to gain back her son.

Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love. But the Haviland’s debt she owes them is about to come due. Her son witnesses the Havailland’s son and their housekeeper’s daughter in an accident. Helen must choose between truth and the ones that have given her life back.

It’s going to be a great summer of reading.




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