Summer Reading

16158535Brrr! It’s getting cold here (for subtropical Queensland, Australia, that is). And yet all I seem to read at the moment are books that have “summer” in the title.

Maybe it’s my subconscious telling me I really need to spend July and August in the northern hemisphere ūüôā

At the moment, I’m reading A HUNDRED SUMMERS,¬†by Beatriz Williams, which I snapped up immediately after finishing her brilliant latest release, THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT.

A HUNDRED SUMMERS i a clever, beautifully written story about star-crossed lovers in 1930s New York, the lengths certain people close to them will go to keep their secrets, and the upheaval of the stock market crash. Much of the book is spent on the beach in the Hamptons with moneyed young socialites sipping martinis and smoking cigarettes. Sitting here in my ugg boots, sniffling into my hot chocolate, how I wish I was there!

15751752Judith Klinghorn’s THE LAST SUMMER is full of that Downton Abbey-style nostalgia for life among the English gentry and aristocracy¬†before the Great War.

The book¬†opens during that¬†last precious, magical summer in 1914 before the world turned upside down. Life in the English country house would never be the same. Innocent Clarissa falls in love with the educated son of the housekeeper–seemingly an¬†impossible choice, but war¬†changes¬†everything.

And finally, the lovely¬†Lauren Willig’s THAT SUMMER, which is just out and highly recommended. You might know Lauren from her fabulous Pink Carnation series, or perhaps from last year’s brilliant launch into time-slip women’s fiction, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR.

thatsummerTHAT SUMMER flashes back and forth between¬†the present and nineteenth century England. Julia, the present day American heroine, is left a house in England (don’t we all wish that would happen to us?) When she’s cleaning out the house preparing it for sale, Julia¬†finds a lost painting¬†by one of the pre-Raphaelites who had a personal connection to the house. As she delves into the love story behind the¬†painting, she¬†finds¬†the key to unlocking her own memories of the past.

There are two beautiful love stories in this book, one in the present and one in the past. And of course, all the glory of England in the summer time.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, what’s on your summer reading list? If you’re not, what’s your favourite beachy or summer time read?

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  • flchen1 says:

    I’m working on Nalini Singh’s Shield of Winter ūüôā And I just got a stack of Bandita books to start after that! Woohoo! Still need MORE time ūüėÄ

  • Christine, you’re not wrong about shivering and sniffling. And I’ve got my first cold in a couple of years – I’d forgotten quite how miserable a bad cold can be. Yuck! Snuffle. Yuck!

    Loved the post. I hadn’t heard of any of these books and they all sound great.

    Actually I want to add another great book to your summer list of titles. I finished Sarah Morgan’s SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER last week and it’s absolutely lovely. This O’Neil Brothers series just gets better and better.

    If any of you missed Sarah’s visit to the lair last week, here’s a link to her interview. She was a fun guest.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I have SOOOOO many books to read right now, but I can’t find my Kindle! In the rush of packing, I thought it was in my purse but it isn’t there now. I have added your two reccomendations to add to either my Kindle (if I find it somewhere in the hotel room) or to try to get from the local library which jusrt so happens to be next to the hospital.

    • Amy, find that Kindle!! Thank goodness you don’t lose all your books if you lose your device, but still. Hope you find it.

      Glad you like the look of these books. I’m really glomming on this style of novel at the moment.

  • Helen Sibbritt says:

    Hi Christina

    It is really cold down here in Sydney as well although I do love the cold ūüôā

    I have just fnished reading your new one and I loved it don’t miss this one everyone

    I have to agree with Anna’s suggestion loved Sarah Morgans newest such an awesome setting
    Have Fun

    • Thanks so much for your lovely words, Helen. That’s so kind of you.

      And Sarah’s book is getting a lot of praise all around, thanks for that recommendation.

  • Shannon says:

    A third vote for Sarah Morgan’s new book.

    An older book that I read in the winter to feel like summer is Summer is for Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston. (Hope I got that spelling right.)

    There’s also Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night.

  • catslady says:

    I honestly don’t change my reading except when I read the occasional holiday book that I try to read close to the occasion but even then if it’s a good book I won’t wait lol.

    • Catslady, I don’t read for an occasion, but I just happen to be reading these books at the same time! Maybe because they were recommended by someone who was reading summer books? I don’t know. It was just a coincidence on my end. Aussies aren’t really big on reading holiday books the way Americans seem to be.

  • I wish you would send a bit of that cold air this way, Christina! It is on its way up to 94 Farenheit here today. Yuck!

    I tend to read Christmas anthologies starting after Halloween to get myself into the Christmas spirit. However, I have been known to drag them out during the summer to take a mental trip to snowy England and cool off! For that purpose I also read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and Anne Gracie’s The Winter Bride – all in aid of cooling off!

    • Louisa, I’m sorry you’re suffering from the heat but personally I’d choose that over shivering and sniffling any time!

      Chuckling that you do in reverse what I do–I’m reading these beachy reads to warm up!

  • Rita Wray says:

    I’m looking forward to reading The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand.

  • Oh to be in the Hamptons on a beach with no cares in the world! sigh…

    I’m afraid I’m in-between books at the moment. The problem with summer is that it’s hard to find time to read. It’s my most productive writing time plus there’s all those summer diversions- art festivals, cook-outs, swimming, gardening – it’s hard to keep up with living! ūüôā

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll put these on my growing TBR kindle list.

  • Deb says:

    Christina, this summer in Iowa has been strange. Usually, in July, hot and humid with heat indexes (90 degrees, feels like 100). But, we’ve had many, many storms, some cool days, some hot days, some humid days, and next week’s forecast is more like fall temps.

    I have been reading some books that have been on my Kindle wish list for some time. I have a couple of Suzanne Enoch’s books to read, too, that went on sale just yesterday. I mainly read historical romance, but have KILLING KENNEDY on my list, too.

    Hope your little one feels better soon. My summer holiday ends August 16th, and it has been quite a busy one with appointments and errands and running my daughter to volleyball camps.

    • Deb says:

      I forgot to add that I read Christmas stories any time of year. ūüôā

    • Hi Deb, thank you, he is better and eating Vegemite toast this morning, which is a good sign! We’ll take it easy today.

      Love Suzanne Enoch’s books. She’s such a nice woman, too. I hope you’ve managed to have a bit of proper holiday in amongst the errands and appointments!

      Yes, why not read Christmas stories at any time of year?