By Debra Horan, Owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster
Whether for the beach or lounging in your own backyard, here are some recommendations to keep you cool and entertained all summer long, featuring both long-time favorite authors as well as some brand new series. Get started soon-before you know it, the summer will breeze by!
Perennial favorite Judy Blume has a new release in paperback, In the Unlikely Event, which takes place in the 1950s in a town in New Jersey where she actually grew up. This fictional tale imagines three generations of a family whose lives are unalterably changed over the course of one winter. A real page turner! On the lighter side of mystery with a bookish theme, try Booked 4 Murder by seasoned writer J.C.Eaton. This is the start of a brand new series where members of a book club seem to succumb to a book’s deadly curse. For a regional mystery set in a summery locale, there is Death on Nantucket by Francine Matthews, who is also the author of the nationally bestselling “Being a Jane Austen Mystery” series. This one is a smart, complex mystery about long-buried family secrets told in a breathtaking style and very evocative of this island setting.
Continuing on the theme of suspense, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley was hailed one of the year’s best in the genre and a national bestseller. Taking place at Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York on a foggy summer night, 11 people are plunged into the ocean when the plane goes down. Only two survive. Because the plane had so many influential people on board, there is a storm of media attention and accusations that raise questions about fate and the ties that bind us together.
Up for a Maine getaway? Take an armchair trip to Yorktide in Home for the Summer, the latest novel by Holly Chamberlain. Following a tragic car crash that claimed the lives of her husband and youngest daughter, Freida decides to return to a favorite place they all used to share among bittersweet memories hoping to reconnect and heal.
For teen readers, The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout is a remarkable novel about the power of first love, facing your fears and finding your voice. A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron continues the theme of the beloved A Dog’s Purpose. How far will a dog go to be reunited with his special human?
Happy Summer & Happy Reading!!