Summer 2020 Beach Reads
August 3, 2020
Whether you’re sunning yourself—with plenty of distance!—at the beach, hanging out by the pool, relaxing in your back yard… or enjoying in the air conditioning inside… nothing’s better than a book! Here are some of the best beach reads to enjoy this summer.
Helena Dea Bala
The immigrant former Washington lobbyist behind CraigslistConfessional.com presents a collection of 40 raw, heartfelt stories by anonymous strangers who reveal their intimate private struggles with sex addiction, hoarding, prostitution, the loss of a child and more.
Party of Two
Going against her better judgement, LA lawyer Olivia Monroe secretly starts dating a hotshot junior senator until their romance is made public and her life falls under intense media scrutiny, jeopardizing everything.
The Vanishing Half
Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.
Sex and Vanity
When George, the man with whom she had brief fling several years earlier, unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, newly engaged Lucie Churchill is drawn to him again and spins a web of deceit in an attempt to block him from her life – and her heart.
All Adults Here
A matriarch confronts the legacy of her parenting mistakes while her adult children navigate respective challenges in high standards and immaturity, before a teen granddaughter makes a courageous decision to tell the truth.
A Week at the Shore
Returning to her family’s Rhode Island beach home after a 20-year estrangement, a real estate photographer navigates painful family secrets that test her bonds with her sisters, while her 13-year-old daughter pursues desperately wanted family ties.
The Key To Everything
Valerie Fraser Luesse
After WWII and a family tragedy, Peyton Cabot seeks connection with his troubled veteran father by retracing the trip he’d taken from Savannah to Key West at the same age. The adventure forces Peyton to come to terms with his identity and decide how much he’s willing to risk for the girl he loves.
Brooke Lea Foster
Set during the splendid summer days of 1960s Martha’s Vineyard, a historical novel pulls back the curtain on a mysterious and wealthy family, as seen through the eyes of their nanny—a college student who, while falling in love on the elegant island, is also forced to reckon with the dark underbelly of privilege.
The Girl in White Gloves
A vivid reimagining of the life of Princess Grace of Monaco follows the experiences of an Oscar-nominated actress who falls unexpectedly in love with a prince before overwhelming loneliness prompts her search for a greater purpose.
When a baby girl is abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth Cooperman, new to Provincetown, turns to her neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community as alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered.
To Have and to Hoax
After their marriage has become cold and detached, a Lady and Lord in Regency England each fake accidents and illness in an escalating game of manipulation that includes sanitariums, fake affairs and possibly a rekindled flirtation.
The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
Reevaluating her past upon finding herself alone at age 79, Missy forges unexpected ties with two strangers and their spirited dog, discovering the power of friendship, family and self-forgiveness along the way.
Wife After Wife
A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII…if he were a twenty-first-century womanizing media mogul rather than the king of England.
Jean Kyoung Frazier
Delivering pizzas in suburban Los Angeles, a pregnant teen mourning the death of her father becomes obsessed with a middle-aged stay-at-home mom who comes to depend on weekly pizza deliveries for her son’s happiness.
The Summer Set
Relegated back into obscurity by age discrimination, a former Hollywood A-list star returns to the theater where she got her start and reconnects with her director former flame before a celebrity rival threatens their summer production
Happy & You Know It
Accepting a job as a playgroup musician for Park Avenue infants after her band rises to stardom without her, Claire is drawn into the glamorous world of wealthy clients who hide secrets and betrayals beneath competitive social-media stardom.
How the Penguins Saved Veronica
Determined to find a worthy cause where she can dedicate her millions, octogenarian Veronica rediscovers love, family and connection while bonding with an unknown grandson and infiltrating a scientific team on behalf of endangered penguins in Antarctica.