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Summer Beach Reads for 2017

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I don't know about you, but I love reading in the summer. Whether it's on the beach, by the pool, or sitting in a chair by the window - there's just something about it.

Are you looking for a few great beach reads? If so, you're in luck, because we put together a great list sure to keep you busy all summer long.

Beach Reads - Multiple Formats

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury - available in Print, Large Print, Audiobook, eBook and eAudiobookLove Story by Karen Kingsbury
Baxter Family series, Book 3

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

Books in this series include: Coming Home, A Baxter Family Christmas and Love Story.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green - available in Print, Large Print, Audiobook and eBookThe Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

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Receiving a sobering health diagnosis, a once-uninvolved mother-turned-Hollywood star calls her estranged adult daughters home in the hopes of ending her life, triggering old rivalries and secret fears that challenge family bonds. By the best-selling author of Falling.
The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner - available in Print and eBookThe Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

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When a single careless mistake costs her the job she so carefully built, straitlaced Marin joins a stranger claiming to be her half-sister in Cape Cod, where she meets family members she never knew she had during a fateful summer of revelations and self-discovery.
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank - available in Print, Large Print, Audiobook, eBook and eAudiobookSame Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Reconnecting on one of Charleston's most beautiful barrier islands, a pair of former sweethearts rediscover their feelings for one another while their jealous spouses pursue an unexpected attraction of their own over more than twenty years.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand - available in Print, Large Print, Audiobook and eBookThe Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

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Forced to call a truce by a family crisis, estranged identical twins Tabitha and Harper reevaluate their bond and the resentments that drove them apart from their respective homes on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. By the best-selling author of The Rumor.
Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe - available in 
Print, Large Print and AudiobookBeach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe
The Beach House series, Book 4

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Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author returns to her beloved Beach House series (also known as Isle of Palms novels).

When Cara Rutledge rents out her beach house to artist Heather Fordham, a sudden tragedy brings Cara back to the beach house, but Heather refuses to move from her newfound sanctuary.

Books in this series include: The Beach House, Swimming Lessons, Beach House Memories and Beach House for Rent.
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer - available in Print, Large Print, Audiobook and eBookSecrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

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Spending her days at the library and her nights stargazing and contemplating a new relationship, Darcy is unexpectedly drawn into the summertime dramas of three families, including those of her recently married ex, a situation that compels Darcy to consider what she truly wants.
Summer Dance by Nan RossiterSummer Dance by Nan Rossiter

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When Liam Tate was seven years old, his uncle Cooper opened his heart and his Nantucket home to him. In the intervening decades, Liam has found both love and loss on the island, and since learning of his son Levi’s existence, a new kind of happiness. Yet one piece of his family history remains elusive—the long-ago romance between his uncle and Sally Adams. Now Sally has a revelation that sets the whole town abuzz: She’s publishing a book about what happened during the summer when she and Cooper first met, painting a picture so vivid it feels like yesterday . . .

In 1969, Winston Ellis Cooper III lands on Nantucket with only a duffel bag and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He finds a sparsely furnished beach cottage, about as far from Vietnam as he can get. But even here, Cooper can’t withdraw from the world entirely. Especially once his eyes meet Sally’s in the flickering lights of a summer dance. The effects of that fiery affair can still be felt decades later. And as the story unfolds, there are new lessons for all to learn about life’s triumphs and heartaches, and about loving enough to let go.
Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs - available in Print and Large PrintMap of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

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Accompanying her aging father on a trip to his native France, a widowed photographer is led by his memories of World War II to unexpected revelations about their family's history at the same time she bonds with a handsome American historian.
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery - available in Print, Large Print and AudiobookSecrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

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Estranged by their mother's abandonment and their own secrets, sisters Kelly and Olivia harbor longtime crushes for popular brothers Griffith and Ryan, whose return a decade after high school leads to embarrassing memories, unexpected disillusionment and romantic closure.
No One But You by Brenda Novak - available in Print and eBookNo One But You by Brenda Novak
Silver Springs, Book 2

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When she reluctantly takes a position assisting Dawson Reed, who was recently tried for murder, in order to earn more money so she can secure custody of her son, Sadie Harris finds that Dawson is a better person than she expected.

Books in this series include: Finding Our Forever and No One But You.
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis - available in Print and Large PrintLost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

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Feeling empty after the accidental death of her sister, Los Angeles chef Quinn Weller is shattered when a lawyer reveals a devastating family secret that prompts her to relocate to a different town, where she finds solace in a kindhearted new friend.
Perennials by Mandy Berman - available in Print and eBookPerennials by Mandy Berman

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A darkly poignant coming-of-age novel about the magic of camp and the enduring power of female friendship finds two former campers reunited as counselors and struggling to find common ground in the wake of personality differences, secrets and tensions that build to a tragic event.

Beach Reads - Print Only

Hello Sunshine by Laura DaveA Stardance Summer by Emily March - Eternity Springs, Book 13The Light in Summer by Mary McNear - Butternut Lake, Book 5
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting
One Good Thing by Wendy Wax - Ten Beach Road novels, Book 5The Book of Summer by Michelle GableThe Beach at Painter's Cove by Shelley NobleThe Summer House by Hannah McKinnon

Looking for even more great summer reads?

Check out our Summer Reads board on Pinterest or a few of the great book lists below.

Summer Reads - Book Lists

Best Beach Reading 2017: 9 New Books You’ll Be Talking About This SummerAARP

The 24 Best Books to Read This SummerElle

The 21 Best New Books for Summer 2017Good Housekeeping

Six Beach Reads for Nonfiction FansPaste

Dive Into This Summer's Best New Beach Reads!POPSUGAR

Best Summer Books 2017Publisher’s Weekly

The Best Beach Reads Of 2017Refinery 29

The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2017Pure Wow

10 Best Summer Books to Read on the Beach (2017)Smarter Travel

37 Books We’ve Loved So Far in 2017The Washington Post


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