Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Reading

Ahhh.... such willpower, such self-control!  Or not!  Every summer  I say I'm not going to do it, but then the weather warms and I get bit by the "bug".  The pretty covers bloom like summer flowers and I find myself making a Summer Reading wish list.  Warm, sunny days always lure me to the swing with a cold drink and a book.  With the purchase of our "vacation home" (a.k.a. pop-up camper), I'm envisioning even more quiet hours for reading.  So here's my 2013 Summer Reading Wish List

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg - because I like everything she writes.

Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves into a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden and three roommates.   The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a road trip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue.

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews - ditto.  And don't you love the colors in that cover? (release date 6/13)

There’s the “Grace Stanton” who alluringly chronicles her glamorous Florida life on Gracenotes, her popular blog. And then there’s the Grace Stanton who had to slink back to mom’s with the clothes on her back after she drove her philandering hubby’s car into the pool. Things look up when she persuades the divorced women in her therapy group to move their Wednesday night sessions to the Sandbox, her mom’s ramshackle beach bar. Grace, Camryn, Suzanne and Ashleigh were all done wrong, and they’ve bonded together to heal each other’s hearts—and get even with their exes.

Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman.  This is a new author for me, but the story sounds intriguing and no way could I pass up  a book featuring a beach and a lighthouse on the cover.

1901, unhappily married Isabella Winterbourne is the lone survivor of a shipwreck off the Australian coast. But in her possession is a priceless gift that could give her the means to start anew in the seaside town of Lighthouse Bay. The year 2011 hasn’t been good to Libby Slater. After a failed love affair in Paris, she’s returned to her family home in Lighthouse Bay knowing that her sister Juliet may still, after 20 years, not forgive the egregious act that fostered their estrangement.  The century that spans these love stories is filled with breathtaking drama.

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman.  Another new author.  The setting hooked me on this one and - surprise - the pretty cover art.  (release date 5/13)

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. Breathing new life into these discarded objects gives Teddi purpose, but has never alleviated the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to find him. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last.

Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble by Ann B. Ross.  Newest installment in a long-time favorite series.  And did you notice the pretty cover?

Upon feeling a nip in the air, Miss Julia decides to cozy up in front of her new fireplace—until she discovers autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling down in Abbotsville. James, Hazel Marie’s housekeeper, has had a bad tumble down the stairs, leaving the already harried young mother, who can’t boil water, having to feed and care for everyone! Naturally Miss Julia jumps in to help. And what better way than to have the town’s most accomplished cooks share recipes? But the last thing they need are too many cooks in the kitchen. When Hazel Marie’s no-good Uncle Vern Puckett shows up, madcap antics are added to the mix

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan.  Her book, Maine, was one of my top reads last summer.  (release date 6/13)

A diamond lasts forever, wrote a young advertising wordsmith in 1947, and today the glittering gem is inseparably associated with marriage. J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagements is a resplendent novel illuminating every facet of marriage—the shine, the strength, and the flaws.  Evelyn married for companionship, and her union has lasted four decades. Delphine lives for passion—its ecstatic beginning and its bitter end. Kate and Dan have been together ten blissful years, but Kate is loath to tie the knot. James is painfully aware that his in-laws feel his wife could have chosen better. And linking these four stories is that of the aforementioned ad writer, Mary Frances Gerety, who aimed to put a diamond ring on every bride’s finger.

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  I enjoy Janet Evanovich's writing and I'm hopeful that Mr. Goldberg's contribution to this book will be to keep her from reverting to writing the same characters and story once again.  (release date 6/13)

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare has a rep for tenacity second to none. She always gets her man. Except one—Nicolas Fox, a suave, charming schemer who scams the world’s movers and shakers just for the thrill.  Nick’s not running from Kate because he’s scared she’ll catch him—he just enjoys being pursued by a smart, sexy woman. But when O’Hare finally nabs Fox, he pulls his biggest con yet: He persuades the FBI to hire him...and partner him with Kate!  Now, Kate and Nick are after a crooked banker holed up on his private island. And if high-speed chases, pirates and hired guns don’t kill these two, they just may kill each other!

I know I can get a couple of these at my library - either in their collection or through interlibrary loan.  I am on a self-imposed book buying ban, but I may have to declare an exception in the case of birthday money and new releases.

These summer reading posts are more for my benefit - to keep track of what I had planned - than yours, although I hope you'll see something here that you may want to add to your own list.  If, for some reason, you're interested in previous Summer Reading posts, you can find them here:


  1. what a great choice for summer reading. my tastes change by season as well:)

  2. I, too, will be reading Lighthouse Bay this summer, along with Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand. Other than those two, I haven't really done any planning. I might check out a few on your list. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. Oh wow I love those pretty books! Mine are due back to the library this week so I may check out a couple on your list! What a great idea!

  4. Summer reading rocks! Love the covers on these books. I've only read Ann Ross so I'll have to check out some of these other authors. I utilize my library a lot :)

  5. Very nice covers, Tami! This year I thought I would go free and wild, no list to stick to. Alas, my reading is suffering for it. I think I might NEED a list to keep me focused!

  6. I just finished Hoffman's book (make sure you read the first one too :)) And I am a big Elizabeth Berg fan too :)

  7. Great choices, my reading list has grown by 4 titles. Naughty me!