And now what we all have been waiting for- Summer Fiction 2015. Here is just a snapshot of some of my favorites:
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers was one of my top two books of 2014. I have now commanded everyone I know to read it. It is that good. The paperback came out last week. If you are reading this, I command you to read it as well. I truly believe that Meyers’ character development and dialogue is the best out there.
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont is one I haven’t read yet but am anxious to. It comes out on July 7th.
The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall is a must-read for all working mothers. If you loved The Devil Wears Prada (and who doesn’t?) you will adore this book. If only we could have it all…
The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart is another I am looking forward to reading. It has gotten fabulous reviews.
Center of Gravity by Laura McNeil is outstanding. I read it and immediately messaged the author to say that I think it will be the breakout book of Summer 2015. Just be prepared to read it in one sitting as once you start, you will not be able to put it down. You are welcome in advance for this recommendation.
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, my top book of 2013. In this case, the sequel is just as good as the original. I would love to see a movie made of these books. Simply fabulous reading!
Dear Carolina by Kristy Harvey is a gem of a debut novel. This book is a must for everyone who loves Southern fiction (and if you don’t, what is wrong with you?). The story is touching and heartfelt. I anticipate that we will see many more great books from Harvey.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume is the first book Blume has published in years. The national press is going gaga over this book. I have not yet read it but I’m sure I will treasure it as much as Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff is Pam’s first “beach” read. If you are a fan of Beatriz Williams’ books (like the rest of the human race), you will adore the new Jenoff book. Pam is a master at historical fiction. It is a pleasure to see her work crossing over into my favorite Summer fiction. It comes out on July 28th. Summer Reading at its finest!
My Very Best Friend by Cathy Lamb comes out on July 28th. I recently discovered Cathy’s work and now cannot read enough of her books. I am very excited to see where Lamb takes me in this book. The characters in Lamb’s books are simply the best. Just pre-order it and thank me later.
Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade is a difficult but satisfying debut book. It is the story of a woman who meets the doctor who performed medical experiments on her as a child in an orphanage. While covering a very tough subject, the book is very well-done and worth a read.
The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White comes out on July 1st. I am very much looking forward to reading it based upon the reviews. I am intrigued at how many of the reviews say that White examines family roles and shows how their definitions grow and change.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica will appeal to the psychological thrillers in the crowd. Kubica proved to us in The Good Girl that she will be a powerhouse in this genre. The bookstores around America agree as Mary will be touring everywhere once this book comes out July 28th.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend comes out on June 18th and looks like a fabulous read. This book is being touted as the book to read if you love books. Clearly that applies to you if you are reading this.
The Sound of Glass by Karen White is OUTSTANDING. While I adore each of her books, I think she has outdone herself with this one. The story is so engrossing that you will think about it long after you finish the book. Loralee is my very favorite character from all of White’s books. Her quotes are THE BEST. Buy the book at once. Perfect Summer Fiction- just perfect!
The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is both brilliant and awesome. In this book, they examine what happens if you can rewrite your fate on Facebook by changing your status- brilliant. The book is so cleverly written that it feels like a Jennifer Weiner book- awesome. Buy it for yourself and for your best friends. And I just love that best friends wrote a book together.
The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan is another I have yet to read but it’s high on my list. The book covers loss, friendship and love. The early reviews are amazing.
Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen is her best yet. Yes, I know I say that with every book she publishes but Pekkanen seems to take it up a notch with every book. In this day and age of police shootings in the news, this book tackles the subject and really shows the human emotion on all sides of the issue. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams is just as good as The Secret Life of Violet Grant that we all devoured last year. Williams writes simply perfect historical fiction. This book feels Kennedy era-esque an is simply perfect. Yes I’m gushing but who doesn’t gush over Beatriz Williams books?
Those Secrets We Keep by Emily Liebert is a delightful Summer read. I love books when the old friends reunite in a summer home near a lake or ocean and old secrets come out. Liebert has written a gem that simply must be read immediately.
What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb was the first of her books I read. By chapter 2, I was hooked and am a huge fan. It is rare that I laugh out loud when reading a book. It is also rare when I cry when reading a book. Lamb achieves both numerous times during this book. I demand you read it.
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner comes out on August 11th. What a wonderful treat during the dog days of Summer to have a new book by the queen of women’s fiction. Weiner cannot write a book that isn’t perfect so I have high expectations that will no doubt be exceeded by the book.
Stay tuned in coming days for the Best Beach Reads of Summer 15 and the Books of Summer that Take Us to Faraway Places.
I received review copies of several of these books. All opinions are my own.
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