Some moms believe the best way to spend the summer months is relaxing by the pool, beach, or lake with a good book. We couldn’t agree more. Many current bestselling authors like Elaine Viets, Karen White, and Sarah Jio schedule their new releases especially for this time of year.
Like visiting with an old friend, these highly anticipated literary reunions are an essential part of the season. From cozy mysteries to romance and suspense, the possibilities are endless. To help you find something just right, here are some of our top book club picks for summer 2014.
Sakett Street Writer's Group founder, Julia Fierro recently launched her debut novel with Cutting Teeth. Perfect for smart, savvy parents, CUTTINGTEETH takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow. As the weekend runs its course, Fierro touches on the complex dilemmas of early midlife and of parenthood — friendship, love, sex, and what it means to be a "good" parent. For a laugh (or a sympathetic grimace!) check out Julia's Parenting Confessional blog. Inspired by the book, this a place for parents to share what they wouldn't dare say to the rest of their playgroup.
Catnapped!: A Dead-End Job Mystery by Elaine Viets is the thirteen installment of this popular bestselling series. Trish and Mort Barrymore are in the midst of an ugly divorce battle over the ownership of their prized show kitty, Justine. When an unfortunate occurrence leaves Mort dead as a doorknob, private eyes Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are enlisted to find his killer. A behind-the-scenes look into the cat show world makes this superb cozy mystery best in show.
A Long Time Gone by Karen White is an intricate novel by this perennial favorite New York Times bestselling author. Vivian Walker fled from her hometown in the Mississippi Delta vowing never to return home, only to be called back due to a broken marriage. Hoping to find solace in the arms of her beloved grandmother Bootsie, Vivian is devastated to learn she has passed away. Instead Vivian is taking on the task of caretaker to her estranged mother whose memory is slipping away.
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Goodnight June by Sarah Jio is the latest release by this international, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author. June Andersen is at the top of her game professionally, but her personal life is a mess. When her great-aunt Ruby passes away, it’s up to June to decide the fate of Bluebird Books, a children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. While settling the estate, June comes across some letters between Ruby and the late Margaret Wise Brown…and so this unforgettable story unfolds.
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand is hailed as the perfect beach read for 2014, and rightfully so. Dabney Kimball Beech has a knack for matchmaking with forty-two happy couples to her credit… and counting. She always has been right on the mark with romantic pursuits except when it comes to herself. Green-eyed Clendenin Hughes stole her childhood heart when he left Nantucket twenty-seven years ago, but now he has suddenly returned. This poignant novel explores losing and finding love, something we all have experienced a time or two.
Fast Trackby Julie Garwood is a whirlwind novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author with over thirty-six million copies of books in print. Cordelia Kane was raised by her devoted dad having lost her mother in a car crash at the young age of two. When her father suffers a serious heart attack, a chain reaction of emotions is unleashed. An unexpected revelation about her mother sends Cordelia jet setting to Sydney, Australia searching for answers with the handsome hotel magnate Aiden Madison by her side. Yet, danger lurks along the way causing multiple attempts on Cordelia’s life.
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