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Explore the best list of books set in summer to read in 2023.
This curated collection of summer books will take you on a literary journey filled with laughter, tears.
These summer-themed books capture the essence of sun-soaked days and lazy beach vibes. Whenever I want a great beach romance novel that makes me feel joyful and uplifted I always choose these.
So find a cozy spot under the shade of an umbrella, and let the magic of summer reading transport you to captivating worlds.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
- The Instant New York Times Bestseller
- Named a “Must-Read” by Today Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2019)
The Unhoneymooners, where the main character Olive’s perpetual bad luck clashes with her twin sister Ami’s seemingly charmed existence. Olive’s life takes a thrilling turn when Ami’s wedding party falls victim to food poisoning, leaving only Olive and her sworn enemy, Ethan, unscathed. Suddenly, a paradise-like honeymoon in Hawaii beckons, providing an opportunity for Olive and Ethan to put aside their differences and venture into the unknown.
A delightful romantic adventure set in summer that combines heart, humor, and a touch of luck. As a fan of both romance and enemies-to-lovers tropes, I couldn’t help but be drawn into Olive and Ethan’s journey. There were many delightful moments in the book that I absolutely loved.
The Unhoneymooners is a great book for fans of enemies-to-lovers stories, feel-good rom-com, and the magic that unfolds when unexpected circumstances lead to unexpected love.`
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
Mary Jane is a captivating coming-of-age tale that will transport you back to the groovy 1970s small town in Baltimore.
Fourteen-year-old Mary Jane is thrilled to start her summer job as a nanny for a doctor and his wife, The Cones. At first glance, the house appears respectable, but soon Mary Jane discovers the chaos that awaits inside. Shortly after they are joined by a famous rock star and his movie star wife.
I was hooked from the first page. Mary Jane is one of the best books set in summer that made me fall in love with all the characters. Mary Jane, with her love for cooking and singing, was a relatable protagonist who quickly captured my heart. Overall, I would say Mary Jane is a sexy, funny, and vibrant book that you would want to reread every summer.
Also, I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by the talented Caitlin Kinnunen. She is one of the best audiobook narrators I have ever listened to. Her voice is sweet and melodious which effortlessly captures the essence of the story.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
- The Instant New York Times Bestseller
- Named One of the Hottest Reads of Summer 2022 by Today, Parade, PopSugar, USA Today, SheReads
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2022), Nominee for Best Debut Novel (2022)
Next on the list of books set in summer is a sweet story that captures the nostalgia of young summer love. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune is like a warm summer breeze that will whisk you back to the lakeshore of Barry’s Bay, where love, heartbreak, and second chances intertwine in a way that will leave you breathless.
Spanning over twelve years, Every Summer After by Carley Fortune follows the sweet friendship between Sam and Persephone Fraser ( Percy). Like a modern-day Odysseus, Persephone embarks on a journey of self-discovery, haunted by the ghosts of her past. Her story will resonate with anyone who has ever made a mistake and yearned for redemption.
As I am writing this I am actually listening to Carley Fortune’s new novel Meet Me at the Lake and I definitely think it’s a great summer book.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
- The instant New York Times bestseller
- Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick
- Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance (2021)
Set in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Seven Days in June follows the journey of Eva Mercy, a single mom, and acclaimed erotica writer. In the midst of her chaotic life, an unexpected encounter with the reclusive literary genius, Shane Hall, sets off a chain of events that will unravel long-held secrets and ignite a passion that refuses to be ignored.
When Eva and Shane meet at a literary event, the chemistry between them is undeniable, stirring up buried traumas and catching the attention of New York’s Black literati. What no one realizes is that their connection runs deeper than anyone could imagine.
Seven Days in June is one of the best summer romance novels that delve into the complexities of Black life, the challenges of modern motherhood, and the profound impact of being motherless.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
- Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, The Skimm, Marie Claire, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, PopSugar
- Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Romance (2021)
Emily Henry’s novels are the ultimate summer reads! They effortlessly capture the essence of summer, whisking you away to idyllic destinations and immersing you in the excitement of long-awaited reunions. Although I had high hopes for her latest novel, Happy Place, it wasn’t something I enjoyed reading.
But Henry’s bestselling novel, People We Meet on Vacation is a delightful book set in summer. With its captivating blend of opposites attracting and a dash of unresolved tension, this book is the perfect companion for lazy beach days or breezy afternoons by the pool.
From their wild car share days in college to the unspoken rift that tore them apart, Alex and Poppy’s journey is filled with nostalgia, laughter, and unexpected twists. As they embark on one last vacation together, the charm of summer becomes the catalyst for their reunion and a chance to mend what was broken. Find full list of Emily Henry’s books.
The Last Summer by Karen Swan
Next in the list is a historical fiction summer read, that will transport you to high society on the 1930 island of St Kilda. Wild-spirited Effie Gillies finds herself caught in a whirlwind of love, loss, and dark secrets.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of a small island, The Last Summer will transport you to a place where the bonds of friendship and the complexities of romance are tested like never before. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a summer read that intertwines a richly woven historical romance, complete with deeply crafted characters and a setting that stirs one’s imagination.
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
You can’t have a list of the best book sets in summer without throwing in a juicy romance set in Italy. Whenever I think about a heartwarming, steamy romance book, Call Me By Your Name is the first one that comes to my mind.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian Riviera, this captivating story unravels the unexpected and powerful romance between Oliver and Elio. Equal parts charming and nostalgic, this book is a beautiful summer love story to take on vacation.
André Aciman’s prose is richly, sensuously detailed that delves into the intricacies of attraction. Call Me By Your Name is also one of the best romance movies based on books that I have ever watched.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
- New York Times Bestseller
Summer Sisters is set against the backdrop of the transformative summer of 1977 when Victoria Leonard’s life takes an extraordinary turn when she is chosen by the mesmerizing Caitlin Somers as her closest companion. Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, and whisked her away to the enchanting Martha’s Vineyard, and became inseparable summer sisters
Years later, the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded but Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. Vix yearns to unravel the mysteries of that fateful last summer, to comprehend the events that shattered their friendship.
Summer Sisters is a moving exploration of love, loss, and the unbreakable ties that bind us together.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
One Crazy Summer is an unforgettable summer adventure novel by Rita Williams-Garcia, that takes readers on a journey to 1968 Oakland, California, where three sisters embark on a quest to reconnect with their long-lost mother.
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern set out on a road trip that will change their lives forever. With humor and heart, Williams-Garcia beautifully captures the struggles and triumphs of these young girls as they navigate their mother’s unexpected new life. Along the way, they find themselves immersed in the world of the Black Panthers, attending a day camp that challenges their perceptions of family, history, and themselves.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, One Crazy Summer is a powerful and poignant tale that delves into themes of identity, resilience, and the bonds of sisterhood.
This novel is an excellent choice for family road trips or quiet summer reading at home.
Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand, the New York Times bestselling author, has rightfully earned the title of “Queen of Beach Reads.” With her captivating storytelling and summer-themed settings, her novels are perfect companions for a day at the beach. Whether it’s 28 Summers, or The Hotel Nantucket you’ll be swept away by the irresistible charm and warmth of Hilderbrand’s writing. Hilderbrand’s 2019 novel Summer of 69 is a gripping tale, the Levin family navigates a summer of change, drama, and secrets on the picturesque island of Nantucket.
For years, the Levin children eagerly anticipated their annual summer retreat at their grandmother’s Nantucket home. But this year, the world around them is in flux, and their beloved summer traditions are disrupted.
Blair, the eldest sister, finds herself stranded in Boston, expecting twins and unable to travel. Kirby, the independent and spirited middle sister, embraces the civil rights movement and secures a job at Martha’s Vineyard. Tiger, the only son, is serving as an infantry soldier in Vietnam. Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Jessie feels isolated in the company of her out-of-touch grandmother and worried mother, each harboring their own secrets.
Against the backdrop of a scorching summer, significant events unfold both nationally and within the Levin family.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Step into the heartfelt world of Taylor Edwards, a young woman who has always felt overshadowed by her exceptional siblings. In Morgan Matson’s remarkable novel Second Chance Summer, Taylor’s life takes an unexpected turn when her family receives devastating news, prompting them to spend a summer together in their old lake house.
Reluctantly returning to the summerhouse she left behind years ago, Taylor is confronted with familiar faces from her past, including her former best friend Lucy and Henry Crosby, her childhood crush who’s all grown up and a lot cuter. Surrounded by memories she had hoped to leave behind, Taylor realizes that this time she can’t escape. The days spent on the beach and the nights under the starry sky become a canvas for second chances—for friendship, for family, and maybe even for love. Second Chance Summer, is a sweet coming-of-age novel perfect for a long day at the beach.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- New York Times Bestseller
- Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s captivating novel has everything you look for in a book set in summer. Malibu Rising is an ultimate summer tale that unfolds in the picturesque coastal town of Malibu, known for its tropical beauty and glamorous lifestyle, and follows four sexy, surfing siblings.
Nina Riva, the talented surfer, and supermodel, is preparing for her annual end-of-summer party, an event that draws anticipation and fascination from all corners. Alongside Nina are her brothers Jay, a championship surfer, and Hud, a renowned photographer, as well as their beloved baby sister Kit. Together, they form the mesmerizing Riva siblings, whose lineage as the children of legendary singer Mick Riva only adds to their allure.
Malibu Rising delves into the lives of the Riva family as they navigate one unforgettable night. Each member is faced with decisions about what they will hold onto from the people who shaped them and what they will leave behind. With Taylor Jenkins Reid’s masterful storytelling, this historical fiction beach read paints a vivid picture of passion, resilience, and the complexities of family dynamics.
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
The Instant New York Times Bestseller
In One Italian Summer, Katy’s world is turned upside down when her mother, Carol, passes away. To add to her grief, the mother-daughter trip they had planned for years is just around the corner: two weeks in Positano. Now, Katy must embark on this journey alone.
However, the moment Katy sets foot on the Amalfi Coast, she is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the charming locals, and the mouthwatering cuisine.
Then, the impossible happens. Carol appears before her, youthful, healthy, and thirty years old. Throughout one unforgettable Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol as the young woman she was before becoming a mother. One Italian Summer is a poignant and uplifting story that transports readers to the lush Italian coast. After reading the vivid descriptions and Katy’s culinary adventures I almost booked a solo trip to Italy!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest American novels and a masterpiece of twentieth-century literature. Published in 1925, this short classic is the story is Jay Gatsby, a mysterious and enigmatic millionaire who throws lavish parties at his opulent mansion on Long Island.
Gatsby is deeply in love with Daisy Buchanan, a married woman from his past who represents everything he desires. The novel follows Gatsby’s pursuit of Daisy and his efforts to recreate the past and win her back, revealing the disillusionment and tragic consequences of his extravagant lifestyle.
If you’re in the mood for a classic romance book to read on vacation, The Great Gatsby is a great choice. With vivid descriptions, and lyrical prose, it will transport you back to the 1920s Jazz Age.
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
- A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
- One of USA TODAY’s “Best Books of 2020”
- One of Good Morning America’s “25 Novels You’ll Want to Read This Summer”
- One of Parade’s “26 Best Books to Read This Summer”
Florence Adler Swims Forever is set in during a transformative summer in Atlantic City, in 1934. The novel explores the lives of three generations of the Adler family as they navigate heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets.
Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent out their house to vacationers and move into their small apartment above the bakery they own. As the story unfolds, tragedy strikes the family, leading Esther to make a shocking decision: to hide the truth from her daughter. This decision sets off a series of events that delve into the complexities of family dynamics, love, and the lengths people will go to protect their loved ones.
This multigeneration family drama is the kind of beach read that left me emotionally wrecked. The raw emotions portrayed in every chapter had me on the edge of my seat, feeling as if I were right there with them, experiencing their grief. This is another book I recommend the audio version. The full cast narration made the story even more compelling, in my opinion.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book has my heart. To Kill A Mockingbird is the one book that made me fall in love with reading. This book helped me develop reading habit. The enthralling tale of injustice and courage kept me hooked from beginning to end. You can’t help but love Harper Lee’s beautiful writing style. Set between the summer of 1932 and Halloween night of 1935, this classic novel is the perfect book to take to the beach.
Harper Lee’s incredible descriptions make you feel like you’re right there. You join Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill on their adventures in the sleepy town of Maycomb.
To Kill a Mockingbird will make you laugh, cry, and reflect on the complexities of the world. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I obviously want you to read all the books set in summer on this list. But if you ask me what book you have to read immediately, I’d say The Summer I turned Pretty.
The first book in Jenny Han’s Summer Series will take you back to the charming and nostalgic summer vibes. I started reading this book without any expectations, but it captivated me from the beginning, and I ended up devouring it within a few hours. Belly is the protagonist and the narrator of the book. A girl who has always felt like an outsider but finds herself at the center of attention as she spends yet another summer at the beach house with her family and their longtime friends, the Fishers.
The best part about The Summer I Turned Pretty is the beach house—the very heart and soul of summer adventures. You can practically feel the salty breeze on your skin and hear the crashing waves in the background as you dive into this captivating story. This is not only a feel-good romance but also a heartwarming story about family and relationships. Read my review of The Summer I Turned Pretty
The Comeback Summer by Ali Brady
Ali Brady’s sweet and sexy summer novel, The Comeback Summer is all about two sisters having one summer to crush their comfort zones and save their grandmother’s legacy.
Hannah and Libby find themselves at a crossroads as they struggle to save their grandmother’s PR agency from closing its doors. Just when all hope seems lost, they encounter Lou, an unconventional self-help guru with a proposition that could turn their fortunes around. But there’s a catch: they must embark on a twelve-week challenge to crush their comfort zones.
The Comeback Summer takes you on a heartwarming and humorous journey that will keep you hooked from start to finish. It’s a kind of light novel for summer reading that will leave you happy and joyful.
Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan
- Named a Best Book of Summer by Real Simple, Reader’s Digest, Country Living, The Skimm
Dive into Same Time Next Summer which will take you on an adventure filled with love, nostalgia, and life-changing decisions. This gorgeous novel set in summer will transport you to the sun-soaked beaches.
Sam has a perfect life that every girl would envy. She has a great job in Manhattan, is engaged to a doctor fiancé, Jack . And she is about to tour a wedding venue near her family’s Long Island beach house. When she unexpectedly meets Wyatt, the guy who shattered her heart at seventeen, Sam’s carefully constructed world is turned upside down.
They had spent every summer together from age five to seventeen, creating a seemingly perfect love story. However, Wyatt’s return calls into question everything she thought she knew about their past and herself.
Same Time Next Summer is like a blend of Nicholas Sparks’ heartfelt romance, sprinkled with the complexities of Jojo Moyes’ character-driven storytelling.
The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith
Embark on an emotional journey with Greta James, the rising indie star, as she navigates fame, heartbreak, and unexpected connections in Jennifer E. Smith’s romantic comedy novel.
From the dusty bars of her hometown to the heights of stardom, Greta’s path to success hasn’t been easy. With the sudden loss of her mother and a viral onstage meltdown, she finds herself at a crossroads. Reluctantly joining her estranged father on an Alaskan cruise, Greta discovers that healing and new beginnings can be found in the most unexpected places.
As she forms a bond with Ben Wilder, a historian facing his own challenges, they both learn to confront life’s difficult choices and find solace in the power of love and music. The Unsinkable Greta James is a captivating tale of grief, resilience, and self-discovery that will leave you inspired and rooting for Greta’s journey.
The Beach Trap by Ali Brady
When childhood friends Kat and Blake discover they’re actually half-sisters, their friendship crumbles under the weight of betrayal. But a twist of fate brings them back together fifteen years later when they inherit their father’s beach house.
With conflicting desires for the property, they reluctantly team up to renovate it, hoping to find common ground. As the house takes shape, Kat and Blake navigate unexpected romances and confront their shared past, learning the true meaning of sisterhood along the way. The Beach Trap is a heartwarming journey of self-discovery and forgiveness that will have you yearning for your own beachside escape.
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
The Instant New York Times Bestseller
If you are into funny and lighthearted novels set in the summertime that follow the journey of a family You’ll love The Summer Place .The book delves into the complexities of family, secrets, and the enduring ties that bind us.
When Ruby, Sarah’s stepdaughter, announces her sudden engagement, Sarah is taken aback. With the wedding just three months away and set to take place at the family’s beach house on Cape Cod, Sarah finds herself grappling with a mix of worry and excitement. As the big day approaches, each member of the family faces their own challenges and revelations.
The Summer To Remember by Erika Montgomery
- Best Debut Novels of Spring and Summer by Library Journal, Fresh Fiction, Booktrib
The Summer To Remember is a timeless debut novel, where Hollywood glamour meets buried family secrets in the salty breeze of Cape Cod. In this sparkling tale, thirty-year-old Frankie Simon finds her life unraveling when a mysterious package reveals a photograph of her mother with famous movie stars.
Frankie’s connection to her late mother and Hollywood Boulevard runs deep as she sells movie memorabilia in their shop. But with the arrival of the photograph, Frankie’s journey to uncover the truth begins, leading her down a path of buried secrets, betrayals, and the power of memories. Along the way, she discovers the meaning of home and the magic of true love.
With lyrical writing, flawed yet lovable characters, and genuine emotions, The Summer To Remember is a perfect read to immerse yourself in this summer.
That Summer Feeling by Bridget Morrissey
- One of Amazon’s Best Romances of June
- A Real Simple Must-Read of Summer 2023
- A Book Riot Best Romance Book of Summer 2023
- A Buzzfeed Romance Book To Look Out For In 2023
- A Paste Magazine Most Anticipated Contemporary Romance Book of 2023
Discover the magic of summer camp and the unexpected twists of fate in this heartwarming tale of love and self-discovery.
Garland Moore, a divorced woman seeking a fresh start, finds herself attending an adults-only sleepaway camp where she reconnects with a man from her past. But as the universe plays its hand, Garland’s heart takes an unexpected turn towards Mason’s vibrant and charming sister, Stevie.
Set against the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Carl Cove becomes Garland’s refuge, offering her the escape she has longed for. As the summer camp days unfold, Garland must trust her heart and embrace the unexpected love that blossoms. That Summer Feeling is a lighthearted romance, filled with laughter, swoon-worthy moments, and the beauty of the great outdoors.
Sunkissed by Kasie West
Kasie West‘s novel Sunkissed is a summer romance novel that will leave you longing for your own adventure. Avery, a young girl who finds solace in music, is devastated when her best friend betrays her. Forced to spend the summer with her social-media-obsessed sister and their parents, Avery feels like her world is falling apart.
But amidst the chaos, Avery’s path crosses with Brooks, charming camp staff member who stirs something within her. Despite the off-limits nature of their connection, Avery can’t help but be drawn to him. As the outside world fades away, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
Sunkissed is swoony contemporary YA romance that celebrates the magic of summer and the transformative power of love.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
- National Bestseller
Prepare to be immersed in the lush beauty and intricacies of southern Appalachia in Barbara Kingsolver’s captivating novel, Prodigal Summer. The book explores the lives of a wildlife biologist, a city girl turned farmer’s wife, and two elderly neighbors.
Against the backdrop of a humid summer, these characters navigate their intertwined lives, forging connections with one another and the natural world around them. Prodigal Summer showcases Barbara Kingsolver’s masterful storytelling, seamlessly weaving together narrative, drama, and thought-provoking ideas.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Summer Book is a tender story that follows the bond between an elderly artist and her young granddaughter on a remote island in the Gulf of Finland. As the summer unfolds, they navigate the complexities of their relationship, learning to understand and appreciate each other’s fears, desires, and longing for independence.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Every Nicholas Romance novel is a beach read that celebrates love and relationship. Safe Haven is the first Sparks’ novel I have ever read and fell in love with. Read my full review of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
The story starts with the arrival of the protagonist Katie in a small North Carolina town. Her enigmatic past and her reluctance to form personal connections intrigue the locals, including widower Alex. As Katie navigates the complexities of her relationships with Alex and Jo, she begins to let her guard down and discovers the warmth and love of the close-knit community. However, the shadows of her past loom over her, haunting her every step.
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
In the vibrant and charming summertime novel, The Summer I Became a Nerd, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers navigates the delicate balance between her popular cheerleader persona and her secret life as a passionate nerd. Behind her blonde and bubbly exterior, Maddie’s true interests lie in comic books and all things geeky, a side of herself she keeps hidden from her peers.
During the summer, Maddie’s carefully crafted facade begins to crumble when Logan, an adorkable guy from the local comic shop, discovers her secret. What follows is an unexpected journey into Logan’s world of comic conventions, role-playing games, and video games that Maddie finds herself surprisingly drawn to.
The Summer I Became a Nerd” is a delightful coming-of-age story that celebrates the power of embracing one’s authentic passions and identity.
Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson
Summer at The Comfort Food Cafe is a feel-good novel that follows a widowed mum named Laura who takes a leap of faith and moves with her kids to a charming coastal town for the summer. She finds solace and a fresh start at The Comfort Food Cafe, a cozy spot perched on a cliff top overlooking the beach. Alongside delicious treats, Laura discovers a community of funny and supportive characters who become her friends.
This delightful chick lit book is about finding love, laughter, and healing in unexpected places.
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Meet Ellis, Julia, and Dorie—lifelong best friends who find themselves at a pivotal point in their lives. Ellis is adrift after being unexpectedly let go from a job she poured her heart into, questioning the choices she’s made along the way. Julia, known for her sharp wit, is grappling with deep-seated insecurities about her appearance, intelligence, and overall happiness, despite having a man who adores her. And Dorie has been shattered by the ultimate betrayal from the person she loved and trusted the most. These three friends are craving a change, a reset, and they find themselves drawn to the Outer Banks for a transformative month.
Enter Ty Bazemore, their landlord, desperately trying to hold onto the beloved beach house that hangs by a thread. Despite a rocky first encounter, there’s an undeniable attraction between Ty and Ellis, complicating matters as Ty faces the loss of everything he holds dear.
But there’s also Maryn Shackleford, a mysterious stranger on the run, seeking refuge, a fresh start, and a new identity. Can Ellis, Julia, and Dorie provide the sanctuary and support she needs while navigating their own personal journeys?
Summer Rental weaves together the lives of these five individuals, each grappling with their own secrets, doubts, and desires. A perfect escape book that will leave you longing for the beach, friendship, and the magic of a summer that changes everything.
A Riviera Retreat by Jennifer Bohnet
Here is a feel-good and uplifting novel set in summertime in the French Riviera. A Riviera Retreat follows Amy, the owner of a beautiful retreat on the stunning Cote d’Azur, Chelsea, a young entrepreneur who’s just gone through a very public and painful breakup, Victoria, the wife of an MP, who’s reached a turning point in her life, Matilda, who is recently widowed and trying to navigate life without her beloved husband.
As these four incredible women come together at the retreat, despite their differences, they form a bond and provide unwavering support to one another. They create lasting memories and forge friendships that will stand the test of time.
A Riviera Retreat is a heartwarming summer book for cozy and comforting reading.
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan is the ultimate road-trip adventure book.
We meet Kathleen, an incredible eighty-year-old woman who is not ready to settle down in a residential home, despite her daughter’s wishes. Nope, Kathleen is all about adventure and craving something more in life.
Then there’s Liza, who is drowning in the stresses of everyday family life. The last thing she needs is her mom taking off on a wild holiday, making Liza yearn for a summer of her own, where she can find some much-needed solitude.
And then there is Martha, who my favorite among them. She is going through a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved, and feeling uninspired, she knows she needs a change. That’s when she stumbles upon Kathleen’s ad for a driver and companion for an epic road trip across America. As these three incredible women embark on this journey of a lifetime, they discover that it’s never too late to start over.
Once you delve into the pages of The Summer Seekers , I can guarantee that you’ll be filled with an irresistible urge to plan your very own historic route 66 road trip.
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
In Lois Lowry’s poignant novel, A Summer to Die, thirteen-year-old Meg grapples with the complex emotions of envy, grief, and loss. Meg has always admired her older sister Molly’s beauty and popularity, but these feelings of admiration soon become intertwined with a deep sense of longing and jealousy.
As Molly falls ill and faces her mortality, Meg is forced to confront her own insecurities and navigate the difficult terrain of her sister’s illness. The weight of grief and the impending loss loom over their summer, casting a somber shadow on their once vibrant lives.
A Summer to Die is a moving exploration of sisterhood, the complexities of human emotions, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. Lowry’s masterful storytelling captures the essence of loss and reminds us of the enduring power of love and the strength found within ourselves during life’s most challenging moments.
Summer by Edith Wharton
I was thrilled to discover that Edith Wharton has written a novel set in summer. I have read The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome, so I am a huge fan of her storytelling and her ability to create compelling characters.
In Summer, a tale of love and passion unfolds against the backdrop of a small New England town. Charity Royall, a young woman from humble beginnings, finds herself irresistibly drawn to Lucius Harney, a charismatic city boy with ambitious dreams. As their torrid romance ignites, Charity’s pride, independence, and honesty clash with the expectations of her past.
Wharton, known for her keen observations of society, fearlessly delves into Charity’s sexual awakening, challenging conventional notions of love and desire. Published in 1917, Summer caused a sensation with its frank portrayal of a woman’s journey to find herself, making it a phenomenal classic novel for your summer reading list.
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
New York Times Bestseller
Next, we have brilliant historical fiction set in England, transporting you to a charming English town during the fateful summer of 1914. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson is a masterpiece that blends love, war, and the idyllic beauty of the English countryside.
As the story begins, we find ourselves in East Sussex, where the residents are basking in the glory of an extraordinary Edwardian summer. Our protagonist, Hugh Grange, has returned from his medical studies to spend time with his Aunt Agatha in Rye. Hugh relishes the opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Sussex landscape. But beneath the surface, there is an air of anticipation, a sense that change is imminent.
Enter Beatrice Nash, a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who arrives in Rye with her unconventional ways and a trunk full of books. She seeks solace and a fresh start after the loss of her father and hopes to pursue her passion for teaching and writing. Beatrice challenges the traditional expectations placed upon women, and her presence creates a ripple of excitement and intrigue in the town.
Helen Simonson paints a vivid picture of the characters and the setting, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the idyllic charm of Rye.
The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
The Instant New York Times Bestseller
When you feel like escaping to the pages of a good book set in the summer season, you should get read a poignant tale that will transport you to a world of family, love, and self-discovery
Susan Mallery ‘s The Summer Getaway will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of second chances.
Robyn Caldwell, a devoted single mom, finds herself at a crossroads in life. With her children, all grown up and her own desires calling out to be fulfilled, she yearns for a change. But with a demanding daughter, an indecisive son, a troubled best friend, and an ex making questionable choices, Robyn feels trapped.
In search of a fresh start, Robyn seizes the opportunity when her great-aunt Lillian invites her to spend the summer in beautiful Santa Barbara. Eager for a break from the responsibilities weighing her down, Robyn boards a plane to sunny California, ready to embark on an unforgettable journey.
The Summer Getaway is a celebration of the ties that bind us and the courage it takes to embrace new beginnings.
The Summer That Changed Us by Cathy Bramley
The Summer That Changed Us is the story of three women who find solace and strength in the idyllic seaside village. Katie, seeking refuge from a haunting past, discovers that the serene beauty of Merle Bay provides the perfect sanctuary for her wounded soul. Robyn, hopes to mend not only her physical scars but also the cracks in her marriage. And Grace, grappling with the weight of heartbreak, sees this coastal haven as her chance for a fresh start.
When fate brings these remarkable women together extraordinary bond forms. Which motivates them to share laughter, prosecco, and the exchange of their deepest secrets.
My favorite books set in summer for your summer reading
You should read all these amazing books that take place in the summer. But if you are a bit confused about which one to choose FIRST, let me help. Here is The Creative Muggle top three picks for books for summer.
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
So now start reading these gorgeous stories right away!!