We’re delighted to welcome Pan Jenoff to the blog today. She is a generous, prolific, gifted storyteller and we’ve long admired her work. Her new novel, THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH, releases in a few weeks and now would be the perfect time to preorder your copy! But until then, she’s graciously shared the novels she’ll be reading this summer. Enjoy!
For me, answering the question, “What’s in your beach bag?” is something of a cheat – I haven’t read on the beach in six years because I’m chasing three small children! But in the ten minutes each night before I close my eyes, I will pretend I’m on the beach and read these:
My Very Best Friend by Cathy Lamb. Everything Cathy writes is emotionally riveting. This story, of a lifelong friendship between two women and the haunting truth one discovers when she goes search for the other in Scotland, about the other will be no different. Pack some tissues in that beach bag!
The Sound of Glass by Karen White. Not just because Karen is a gifted and remarkable writer, or because I have adored every one of her books. I’ve heard that this book, a tale of a woman returning to her husband’s ancestral South Carolina home and the mysteries it holds from the past, is her best yet.
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams. Williams’ latest features a young woman in 1960’s Cape Cod on the brink of a perfect life until unwelcome visitors and dark secrets threaten to unravel it. Kirkus Reviews called in “Kennedy-esque.” I’m sold!
The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Liza D. These authors are new to me. But I’ve been hearing raves everywhere for this story of a woman whose life starts changing to reflect her Facebook status.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. This is sort of a cheat because I have already read it. But the story of a woman who befriends a teenager with a baby and becomes ensnared in a web of lies is so good I will be reading it again. Warning: do not read it when you are supposed to be chasing the kids or doing something else because you will be completely captivated too.
Pam Jenoff is the internationally bestselling author of several novels, including THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL. Her latest, THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH, will be released on July 28.
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Young Adelia Monteforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.
Grief-stricken, Addie flees—first to Washington and then to war-torn London—and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family…and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.