Books Worth Reading This Summer



I’ve been on a book reading kick this pregnancy.  I wanted to share a handful of books that have been my top reads from the past few months:



1 ::  Betrayal by Fern Michael

When her husband is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, Kate plots her revenge on the people responsible.  Kate and Alex have a good life and a seemingly perfect marriage.  This all changes one day when Alex receives a phone call that will change the course of their life.  Alex has been accused of an unspeakable act by one of their best friends.  Alex is sent to jail and Kate is left with grief, unanswered questions, and a lot of anger.  Kate is determined to get to the bottom of the situation, no matter what it takes.

This one was excellent.  A solid A.



2 ::  The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins.  The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea.  At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant.  But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard.  The problem?  All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

This one was good.  I had a few points when I was irritated with a few characters, but it was overall solid.  I just started another one of hers this week called In a Dark, Dark Wood.



3 :: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora.  But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed.  Suspicion immediately lands on the parents.  But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something.  Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.   What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I read this book in 48 hours I love it so much!  Right from the very beginning it had me sucked in and I love a book that isn’t predictable!  This one would be AWESOME turned into a movie!



4 :: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads.  This book is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

If you haven’t gotten to this one yet, you need to.  They even made it into an HBO mini-series with some huge names acting in it.



5 :: Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

First husbands, second chances…

When you think the past is over and done and when you believe you’ve moved on in life, there’s no harm in catching a little spring fever. . . is there?

Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. Celia: the woman everyone in town adores.  Everyone, that is, except for Annajane and her lifelong best friend, Pauline “Pokey” Bayless.

But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.

First off, the company in this book was loosely based around the Cheerwine company in Salisbury, NC – so I loved that it has all of these North Carolina ties to it.  It is a really easy read and what I consider to be a traditional, light ‘beach read’. 


Happy reading!



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