Whether you’re relaxing next to the ocean or in a lounge chair on your back porch, your summer reading will be more enjoyable with one of these books in your hand and another in your beach bag.

Beach Reads – Best 2023 Summer Books

The Garnett Girls

This character-driven family drama explores what happens to complex relationships when the past and present collide. The Island of Wight is richly described, so you’ll get an armchair vacation as you read.

Happy Place

We can always count on Emily Henry for a perfect new summer title, and this year is no exception. In Happy Place, she tackles one of our favorite tropes - fake dating.

Good for You

 At just over 250 pages, this one is fun and fast, with a good balance of emotion and depth. Like most of Pagan’s books, the story includes a mix of women’s fiction and romance.

Meet Me at the Lake

Fern is 32 and has returned home to run her mother’s Muskoka lakeside resort, despite vowing to stay away. It's run by her ex-boyfriend, making things even more complicated.

Someone Else's Bucket List

While this is largely a book about finding yourself, one of the bucket list items is to fall in love, so there is a romance thread as well.

Half Way to You

This sweeping novel spans both decades and continents. While this is a more emotional book, armchair travelers will love the beautiful imagery of Greece and Italy. And the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.

The Comeback Summer

This summer read set in Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan is a great balance of sisterhood, second-chance romance, and found family.

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