Headed to the beach soon? Well if you want to take a book with you that you haven’t read yet, these seven books are definitely the ones you should add to your reading list.
1 I Found You by Lisa Jewell
For some people, a beach read usually means a light novel that leaves you smiling and feeling good until the end. Well, if you are looking for more of a mystery that wraps you in and won’t let go until it’s done, than you need to read, “I Found You” by Lisa Jewell. It involves two different timelines (one set in the past, one in the present) and several different points of view. You meet a woman looking for her husband, who has gone missing, and she begins to realize her husband is not who he says he is. And then you have another guy who shows up on some beach without any memory at all. And then you have another family (they are in the past) who’s daughter meets a guy that the brother can’t feel safeabout. It’s an involving mystery that you absolutely will keep guessing until it’s done.
2 Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray
Now this is definitely for those looking for the classic beach read. This book has two timelines – one set in the past, the other set in the present day. It’s about a woman trying to find a famous portrait of her grandmother (painted by Picasso) that she isn’t sure even exists. This book is French, and beachy, and artistic all at the same time. It’s also a bit of a mystery, bit of a thriller, and even a little romantic. I wasn’t sure about this book when I first read it, but it roped me in and I couldn’t let go.
3 The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney
This book is about the bond of four women who became “The Saving Graces” thanks to a near miss with a charming pup during their first outing as friends. It’s a story that will make you feel envious of their friendship while enjoying it all at the same time. Bring a tissue box to the beach though. You have been warned!
4 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This is a classic book that is so important for you to re-read this summer (or read it for the first time, if you haven’t already). It’s a story about a girl growing up in Brooklyn during the turn of the century. She ends up having to make sacrifices for her family, just so they can get by. It’s heartbreaking, relatable, and the journey the main character takes to achieve her dream is inspiring.
5 The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
Have you ever wanted to change the past? Maybe take back a choice you made and see what would have played out if you had chosen a different path completely? If that sounds like appealing to you, you must read this book. It’s a story about three woman who meet at the DMV one day and became friends – only to reunite some years later completely different people. Dreams broken. Opportunities missed. Loves lost. Ideals shattered. Well they get a chance to change all that.
6 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .” Ah, the way that book spookily starts as the character takes you back ropes you in immediately to the mystery involved. She takes you back to the time she lived in an iconic manor with a man who she thought would be the man of her dreams. Instead of being whisked away to paradise, she’s swept up into a mystery of a woman that the house can’t let go of as the staff refuse to accept her and the memories of the previous woman refuse to let go.
7 The Hotel Westend by Ashley Lynch-Harris
If you need a good ole fashioned mystery, you will want to read this book. The main character finds a small seaside town and stays in a room in the only hotel of the town. Well, there’s a mystery involved and the guests there are all suspects in a murder that happened 20 years prior. It’s very similar to the Agatha Christie mysteries and will definitely capture you right from the start.