There’s nothing like a fantastic beach read – or a poolside page turner – to prove it’s the simple things in life that make mom content. When the foolproof formula (warmth + book + breeze) comes together, the trifecta feels downright luxurious! Here are ten titles that go far beyond fluff, but won’t drain your mental battery. Pick them up at Greenwich’s favorite local bookstores, Athena Books in Old Greenwich and Diane’s Books downtown. Happy reading, moms!
One Night on the Island by Josie Silver
This novel by New York Times bestselling author Josie Silver is a classic romantic about two strangers who come together when double-booked at a one room cabin.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
The Washington Post said this poignant book “will warm even the most jaded hearts.” Steven Rowley’s writing is equal parts deep and humorous, and this gay uncle who used to be a sitcom star, will not disappoint.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Delia Owens bestselling novel has sold over 12 million copies, and was turned into a movie, produced by Reese Witherspoon – in theaters now!
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Another funny book with real depth, Lessons in Chemistry is about a 1960s scientist who finds herself as host of a cooking show—challenging societal norms every step of the way.
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
The Summer Place is this year’s ultimate beach read offering from chick-lit queen Jennifer Weiner.
Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer
This debut novel explores the classic conundrum of a somewhat desperate housewife looking for something new. A career – and a romance with her female boss – give her something new and more.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora Stephens is a literary agent who finds herself in a romantic “meet cute” situation that wouldn’t be out of place in a novel.
Dream On by Angie Hockman
Author Angie Hockman’s sophomore novel about a women who wakes up from a car accident thinking about her “dream man”, who turns out to be real, was called “wonderfully original” by Publishers Weekly.
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
This book about Lily, a Wild West treasure hunting guide, spans genres of adventure, mystery and romance.
The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
Booklist calls this “a perfect summer escape”, and combines the fun of DIY home restoration reality shows, mystery and murder.