The Perfect Summer Reading List

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Discover the perfect beach read…

The long, lazy days of summer are upon us, and you know what that means… There’s finally time to catch up on all the reading we resolved to do last New Year’s! Luckily, Harlequin MIRA is ready with the perfect summer reading list…

9780778314516_TS_SMPFriends are important year round, but these longer days are the perfect time to sit and catch up on the porch. In SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LUCK AND TRUST, bestselling author Emilie Richards paints a portrait of two women who, despite differences that threaten to derail their attempts to find common ground, ultimately develop a friendship so real that you’ll find yourself picturing them sitting under a shade tree years from now, catching up, drinking sweet tea, and wishing you could be there with them.

9780778315292_TS_SMPAnd speaking of sweet tea, it’s the perfect drink to sip while reading about the hot and sultry summers of the Deep South. Looking for something fun and upbeat? Beth Albright’s THE SASSY BELLES is the first in a hilarious trilogy about Southern women who are sassy, classy…and a little smart-assy! And don’t miss WEDDING BELLES, the feisty sequel filled with wedding-planning hijinks, passionate romance and a cast of women we’d love to be our very best friends.

Interested in a Southern read with heartfelt emotion and a 9780778315193_TSF_SMPhistorical twist? Grab a copy of THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH by Elaine Hussey—an unforgettable story of two courageous women brought together by one extraordinary little girl. Set in Mississippi in 1955, this is a remarkable tale about finding hope in a time of turmoil, and about the transformative power of friendship. A perfect summer book club pick!

9780778314974_TS_SMPWhen the summer days get too hot, the best way to cool down is to kick back with a mystery that chills you to the bones. THE MOURNING HOURS by Paula Treick DeBoard is an emotionally-charged suspense novel about a family put to the ultimate test. When local teenager Stacy Lemke mysteriously disappears during a freak snowstorm in rural Wisconsin, the event unhinges the quiet farming community and nine-year-old Kirsten Hammarstrom finds her family pinned under the weight of suspicion. Was Kirsten’s older brother, Johnny, responsible? Dive in to find out!

Did your vacation plans fall through? Not to worry—I’LL BE SEEING YOU by Suzanne 9780778314950_TSF_PRDHayes and Loretta Nyhan and A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS by Deanna Raybourn are two novels that will transport you to another time and place. Set on the American home front during World War II, I’LL BE SEEING YOU is a heartwarming story told through the letters between two women waiting at home while their husbands are fighting on the front lines. Looking for something exotic? A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS travels back to 1920s Africa in a tale about a woman escaping scandal, only to find herself right back in the middle of it. Evocative and unforgettable, these are two books that let you take a vacation without ever leaving the comfort of your lounge chair.

So enjoy the gorgeous weather while it lasts—it’s the perfect excuse to lie out in the sun and lose yourself in a good book.

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