Whether you’re beach bound or poolside, settle into these great page-turners this summer. There’s something for everyone in this mix — mysteries to be solved, romantic happily-ever-afters, books that just may change how you think about the world, and more.
1. Dial A for Aunties, Jesse Q. Sutanto
An accidental murder, meddling aunts, and a billionaire’s wedding combine in this tale of hijinks and family bonds. When Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her blind date and the corpse is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to a wedding, her family comes to the rescue in this hilarious romp that has already been snapped up for a Netflix adaptation.
2. A Lowcountry Bride, Preslaysa Williams
When aspiring wedding dress designer Maya Jackson returns to Charleston, South Carolina to care for her ailing father, she is elated to find a short-term opportunity at the local bridal store. The last thing struggling store owner Derek Sullivan needs is a fling — he’s a military veteran raising his 12-year-old daughter alone. Yet, as the two grow closer, they realize the best way to achieve their dreams might just be together. Author Preslaysa Williams tackles issues of racism, chronic illness, and grief within this sweet story, but romance lovers will appreciate the swoon-worthy happily ever after.
Check out our June page-turner: The Lost Apothecary.
3. Don’t Breathe A Word, Jordyn Taylor
In 1962, prep school student Connie signs up alongside her crush to test the school’s nuclear fallout shelter. Six students go in … but only five come out. When modern-day teenager Eva is invited to join her boarding school’s secret society, the last thing she expects is to become embroiled in a Cold War-era mystery. In this thrilling dual narrative, Eva and Connie’s lives collide as Eva realizes that her society might truly be harboring some very dark secrets.
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4. The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, Cat Sebastian
Reformed highwayman Kit Webb now spends his days manning a coffee shop instead of clutching pistols, but when Percy and Lord Holland attempt to hire him for one last robbery, he agrees — with a catch. He won’t commit the crime, but he will teach Percy how to do it. As Kit teaches the finer points of thievery to Percy, the two begin to fall in love, even as forces beyond their control threaten to tear them apart in this romance from critically-acclaimed author Cat Sebastian.
5. Beneath The Seams, Peyton H. Roberts
When Houston dressmaker Shelby Lawrence wins a design competition, she thinks all her dreams are about to come true. But when she realizes her success may come at a price, she journeys to Bangladesh in an attempt to find the truth about how her clothes are made and make things right. This debut novel from Navy spouse Peyton H. Roberts was also a Military Families Book Club pick!
Enjoy these 5 page-turners as you unwind this summer! Happy reading.