“The Summer of Songbirds” by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Camp Holly Springs serves as the backdrop for this novel about friendship, loss, love, hardship and the bonds between friends that are built and tested over time.
The camp’s owner is in danger of losing it and three 30-something friends, who all met while at camp, come together to help save it. This novel will evoke sentiments around carefree summers at sleepover camps and showcases how female friendships support and endure, especially in times of greatest need.
A Little Beachside Romance
“Same Time Next Summer” by Annabel Monaghan
30-year-old Sam is about to tour a wedding venue near her family’s Long Island beach house, the same beach house where she grew up enjoying laid-back summers, when she realizes she will inevitably see Wyatt — the boy who broke her heart when they were seventeen. She and Wyatt were inseparable as teens, spending long summer days together until their ultimate rift. Being back in her beloved childhood beach home and seeing Wyatt has Sam reconsidering her past. Is there anything more relaxing than packing up a blanket, a light lunch, some sunscreen and a good book and setting off for a day of leisurely reading on the beach? Whether you’re preparing for an extended vacation or just a weekend getaway, an enthralling book should be at the very top of your packing checklist.
An Unexpected Weekend Away
“The Five-Star Weekend” by Elin Hilderbrand
When Hollie Shaw’s seemingly perfect life is ripped apart by tragedy, she makes a plan to gather her best friends, one from each phase of her life, to Nantucket for a much needed break by the seaside. What she gets is far from idyllic when secrets, gossip and a past love introduce more chaos than solitude to the weekend. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Hotel Nantucket” comes a new novel about love, loss, friendship and self-discovery.
YA Summer Adventure Read
“Immortal Longings” by Chloe Gong
A banished Princess awaiting her chance to avenge the murder of her parents and an exiled aristocrat who will do anything necessary to save his ill childhood love must join forces to change the course of their destinies. In the twin cities of San-Er, the palace hosts annual games that promise ultimate glory and riches to the victors and death to the less skillful competitors. Their alliance may help them win the games but brings unexpected obstacles and emotional hurdles along the way. This novel has made several lists as one of the most anticipated releases of 2023.
By Sherry Whiting