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2023 Beach Reads

Relax and enjoy the warm weather (or the cool air conditioning!) with one of these great new beach reads.

May 23, 2023

Relax and enjoy the warm weather (or the cool air conditioning!) with one of these great new beach reads.

Check out beachy reads from previous years: 2020 | 2021 | 2022


Shell Beach by Davis Bunn

Shell Beach

Davis Bunn

An end-of-life nurse, Jenna Greaves, when her millionaire client bequeaths her a luxury yacht to travel the world, is brought together with Noah Hearst in the most unexpected way and together they navigate towards a future together.

My Magnolia Summer by Victoria Benton Frank

My Magnolia Summer

Victoria Benton Frank

Returning home when Gran, the treasured matriarch, falls in a coma after a car accident caused by her mother, Maggie finds Sullivan’s Island is holding even more secrets as she feels herself changing like the Atlantic tides, rediscovering the roots she left behind and finding love.

The Darlings by Hannah McKinnon

The Darlings

Hannah McKinnon

Tish Darling, the matriarch and protector of what’s left of the family fortune, returns to Riptide, a decades-old beach house on Cape Cod, for her granddaughter’s wedding where she reveals an old secret, kept with the best of intentions, that throws both the wedding and the family off course.

Summer On Sag Harbor by Sunny Hostin

Summer On Sag Harbor

Sunny Hostin

When real estate developers discover the hidden enclave of SANS–Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest and Nineveh–the home of African American elites, Olivia Jones fights to preserve her new Black utopia, leading her to define the meaning of love, friendship, community and family.

Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison

Hotel Laguna

Nicola Harrison

Unwilling to return to traditional female roles after becoming a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war, Hazel Francis heads to an artsy, bohemian life in Laguna Beach, in the new novel from the acclaimed author of Montauk.

The Summer Of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Summer Of Songbirds

Kristy Woodson Harvey

When they learn Camp Holly Springs, their childhood oasis, is in danger of closing, three best friends, in spite of their personal problems, come together to save it, rediscovering themselves in the process.

You Can Trust Me by Wendy Heard

You Can Trust Me

Wendy Heard

Grifting their way through sunny California, best friends Summer and Leo target Michael Forrester, a self-made billionaire and philanthropist who invites Leo to his private island, but when Leo disappears, Summer infiltrates the island to find the truth, and becomes trapped in a scheme she helped initiate.

A Little Ray Of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

Kristan Higgins

A young man shocks his adoptive mother by flying to Cape Cod and walking unannounced into the bookstore owned by his birth mother and her grandfather and surprising them, forcing both women into addressing their assumptions about motherhood.

The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

The Five-Star Weekend

Elin Hilderbrand

Inviting her best friend from each phase of her life, widow Hollis Shaw hosts an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket, during which things don’t go as planned as each woman deals with heartbreak, infidelity, scandal and secrets, but things turnaround due to new friendships, unexpected romance and self-discovery.

Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay

Summer Reading

Jenn McKinlay

While chaperoning her half-brother, who is in a robotics competition at the local library, chef Samantha Gale meets Bennett Reynolds, who has come to Martha’s Vineyard to find his father, and as their summer fling heats up, they both realize they may have stumbled upon happily-ever-after.

The Bookshop By The Bay by Pamela Kelley

The Bookshop By The Bay

Pamela Kelley

After discovering her husband cheated on her, high-profile lawyer Jess retreats to her childhood home on Cape Cod where she purchases a beloved local bookstore with her best friend Allison, and by reopening its doors, they open themselves up to the possibility of romance and the magic of second chances.

Long Past Summer by Noue Kirwan

Long Past Summer

Noue Kirwan

When an old photograph of her and her childhood best friend, Julie, is used as the cover of a high-profile magazine, successful lawyer Mikaela Marchand, brought on to defend the magazine when Julie sues, must confront her past–and her unresolved feelings for the photographer.

The Happiness Plan by Susan Mallery

The Happiness Plan

Susan Mallery

Three women search for joy in #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery’s new novel of hope, heartache, and the power of friendship.

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan

Same Time Next Summer

Annabel Monaghan

The ultimate summer nostalgia read, about an engaged woman who comes face to face with her first love who she hasn’t seen in fourteen years, but who she spent every summer with from age five to seventeen when he broke her heart, calling into question everything she thought she knew about their love story, and herself.

Summer Stage by Meg Mitchell Moore

Summer Stage

Meg Mitchell Moore

Working together to ensure their summer production at a storied Block Island theater is a success, former aspiring playwright Amy Trevino, her daughter Sam and her brother, a well-loved Hollywood actor, must grapple with their desires for fame and fortune and discover what they really want out of life.

The Island Villa by Sarah Morgan

The Island Villa

Sarah Morgan

Celebrated romance author Catherine Swift has topped the bestseller lists for decades, though her personal story hasn’t been quite so successful. Three failed marriages have left her relationship with her daughters strained, but that’s about to be rectified. Engaged yet again, Catherine is counting on this wedding to be what finally brings them together as a family, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

That Summer Feeling by Bridget Morrissey

That Summer Feeling

Bridget Morrissey

Spending a week at her new friends’ reopened sleepaway camp, newly divorced Garland Moore, seeking signs from the universe, reconnects with Mason, a man from her past, but instead finds herself drawn to his sister, discovering her stars have aligned in a way she never could’ve predicted.

The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick

The Little Italian Hotel

Phaedra Patrick

After her husband asks for a divorce on their anniversary, acclaimed radio host Ginny Splinter impulsively invites four heartbroken listeners to join her on her holiday to Italy and, with her newfound friends, embarks on a vacation of healing and second chances.

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum

Bad Summer People

Emma Rosenblum

Two Fire Island queen bees and their single friend who meant to spend summertime relaxing and gossiping discover a body face down off the side of the boardwalk and in addition to uncovering the murderer also reveal infidelity and backstabbing.

Summer's Gift by Jennifer Ryan

Summer’s Gift

Jennifer Ryan

When an at-home DNA test reveals the truth about her father, Summer Sutherland, meeting him for the first time, settles into his Carmel home, ready to get to know her instant family, and pursue a romance with his business partner, which could tear their lives apart.

Famous In A Small Town by Viola Shipman

Famous In A Small Town

Viola Shipman

After her relationship goes down in flames on a playground, assistant elementary school teacher Becky decides to recover in Michigan and inadvertently enters and wins an annual cherry-pit-spitting contest, running afoul of a local woman and long-time title-holder.

All The Days Of Summer by Nancy Thayer

All The Days Of Summer

Nancy Thayer

A divorced empty-nester moves into a cottage on Nantucket and is irritated when her adult son arrives with his serious girlfriend and the two women must learn to overcome their differences to achieve the future they want.

The Cafe At Beach End by RaeAnne Thayne

The Cafe At Beach End

RaeAnne Thayne

While Meredith tries to make a fresh start, she is drawn to a mysterious writer renting the cottage next door. Liam Byrne’s kindness is a balm, though she worries he might not be so friendly if he knew who she was. But Liam has his own secret and a mission that will help Meredith confront her past, and maybe, claim a surprising future.

Welcome To Beach Town by Susan Wiggs

Welcome To Beach Town

Susan Wiggs

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns with a compulsively readable tale of an idyllic California beach town forced to reckon with scandal when a high school valedictorian’s speech reveals secrets that shake the town to its core

The Beach At Summerly by Beatriz Williams

The Beach At Summerly

Beatriz Williams

In 1954, Emilia Winthrop, a professor at Wellesley College, is summoned to CIA headquarters where she’s forced to confront the harrowing consequences of the summer she exposed a traitor amongst the New England elite and a choice that could destroy her chance for redemption all over again.