Beach Reads 2015

Summer 2015 is upon us. Time to seek out those gripping but not too challenging beach reads. This list contains new titles that may not get a lot of press, but are still great reads.


Compiled by:
Luann
A Touch of Stardust

Kate Alcott
Alcott

Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she’s able to find is one in the publicity office of producer David O. Selznick – who is busy burning through directors, writers and money for the Gone With the Wind shoot.


Beekeeper’s Daughter

Santa Montefiore
Montefi

1933 – The beekeeper’s daughter knows her place and her future, until her father dies. She marries childhood sweetheart, Freddie, who takes over as beekeeper.

1973 – Massachusetts Graces’ daughter, Trixie, is in love with rocker Jasper. His brother’s death calls him home to England. Will he return, will Trixie wait for him?


Behind Every Great Man: forgotten women behind the world’s famous and infamous

Marlene Wagman-Geller
920.72 Wag

Some of the women profiled include: Mrs. Oscar Wilde, Mrs. Billy Graham, Mrs. Jackie Robinson, Mrs. Jerry Garcia, Mrs. Gerald Ford, Mrs. Frank Sinatra, Mrs. Oskar Schindler, Mrs. Pablo Picasso.


Emma: a modern retelling

Alexander McCall-Smith
McCalls

Contemporary Emma Woodhouse has arrived home in Norfolk ready to rule the roost. There is only one person who can play with her confidence, old friend and neighbor, George Knightly. Based on the Jane Austen novel, Emma.


Girl Before a Mirror

Liza Palmer
Palmer

Contemporary ad exec, Anna Wyatt, is recently divorced at 40. Taking control of her live means taking chances, including those with men. Her goals, to be happy without guilt, to be accepted for herself, to love and be loved. She must learn to put herself first, accept her imperfections and be the heroine of her own story.


House of Echoes

Brendan Duffy
Duffy

Modern New York couple, Caroline and Ben Tiernay are forced to leave the city and move to upstate New York, Swannhaven, a town that time has passed by. What dark secret is buried in this odd place and will Ben and Caroline be able to save their young family?


Housewitch

Katie Schickle
Schicke

When the passing of her estranged mother causes her special talents to emerge, Allison Darling becomes torn between reuniting with her family that abandoned her or the glamor girls, the most powerful and glamorous women in town.


Summer’s End

Mary Alice Monroe
Monro

Third in the trilogy, Lowcountry Summer. It is summer’s end and beloved estate on Sullivan’s Island, South Caroline, Sea Breeze, must be sold. Three half sisters have come to support their grandmother, Mamaw. All must face loss and find a new place in the world. Harper, the youngest, discovers her talents and independent spirit during the summer. Will she be strong enough to accept love from her sisters, Carson and Dora, Mamaw and most of all a Wounded Warrior, who has claimed her heart?


The Language of Hoofbeats

Catherine Ryan Hyde
Hyde

Jackie and Paula are looking for a quiet life for themselves, adopted young son and two teenage foster children. They immediately come into conflict with their neighbor, Clementine. As foster daughter, Star, becomes close to Clem’s horse, Comet, the drama escalates until Star and Comet disappear.


The Sea Garden

Deborah Lawrenson
Lawrens

Interweaving three narratives, a story of love, mystery and murder during World War II follows three courageous women, a contemporary landscape designer, a young, blind perfumer’s apprentice and a junior British intelligence officer. (I loved this book)