2020 Summer Reads

Big Summer: a novel / Jennifer Weiner

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

28 Summers: a novel / Elin Hilderbrand

Their secret love affair has lasted for decades–but this could be the summer that changes everything.

Beach Read / Emily Henry

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

The Summer Deal: a novel / Jill Shalvis

Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.

Hello, Summer / Mary Kay Andrews

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small-town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat. Soon Conley is assigned the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.” But when she witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman, she finds a story worth digging in to, no matter how dangerous it gets.

Queen Bee: a novel / Dorothea Benton Frank

A Sullivan’s Island beekeeper navigates her demanding hypochondriac mother and flamboyant rival sister while immersing herself in the lives of two young neighbor boys and their widowed father.

The High Season: a novel / Judy Blundell

This story opens on Memorial Day weekend in a seaside town on Long Island, where Ruthie, her still-adored ex-husband Mike, and the couple’s sullen fifteen year old daughter Jem are packing up the last bits of their household, awaiting the yearly arrival of a wealthy renter from Manhattan. It is what Jem calls “the summer bummer”; her parents own a beautiful house that they have renovated by hand from top to bottom, but which they secretly can only afford to keep by leasing it out during the best part of the year. Every year they must do this and every year it gets harder, amassing a pile-up of low-grade resentments from everyone in the family. And thus begins the summer when every possible thing that can go wrong in Ruthie’s life seems to do so.

A Wedding on the Beach  / by Holly Chamberlin

Bess Culpepper has long been sure of two things–that her group of college friends would stay close, and that love is worth the wait. At forty-two, she’s found the right man, and she’s celebrating her upcoming wedding by inviting her best friends to beautiful Kennebunkport.

The Sea Glass Cottage / RaeAnne Thayne

The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour workdays are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.

Girls of Summer [sound recording] / Nancy Thayer

Lisa Hudson feels more alive than she has in a long time after hiring hunky carpenter Mack Whitney to renovate her old Nantucket home. There’s no denying the spark growing between them, despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior. But her twentysomething children, Juliet, and Theo, on the island for the summer, worry that the new relationship will only lead to Lisa’s heartbreak.