We’re delighted to have Mary Kubica with us today for the second installment of our summer reading series. If you missed last week’s post, you can read it here. And if you loved Mary’s debut novel, THE GOOD GIRL, don’t forget to preorder a copy of her new novel, PRETTY BABY. It releases July 28th.
Admittedly I don’t get much writing done in the summer. Between having my two kids home from school for the summer months and a July book launch for the second year in a row, writing falls by the wayside this time of year. But there’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as bringing a book along to the park or beach, or slipping outside on a quiet summer afternoon to read, and it’s this time of year that I get to make up for all the lost reading time that I miss out on the other nine months, when writing is my top priority. And this year, I’ve got a great lineup of books to read, including a few from my favorite authors, and some whose writing I get to enjoy for the very first time.
Of all the books on my summer reading list, Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS is certainly at the top. I’ve been a fan of Lori’s since reading her touching and enormously successful debut, THE LIFE LIST, and can’t wait to consume what’s sure to be another heartwarming hit, the story of a talk show host’s journey to make amends with her mother. By the same token, Erika Robuck and SJ Watson have both captivated me with their earlier works, and I can’t wait to get my hands on their latest: Robuck’s THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE, a story about the life and marriage of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, and Watson’s SECOND LIFE, a psychological thriller dealing with secret identities and how much we really know about the people in our lives. Watson’s first novel, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, is without a doubt one of the greatest psychological thrillers I’ve read. I can’t wait to see what he’s conjured up this time; I know it’s going to be brilliant. And Robuck’s seamless writing and ability to bring historic icons back to life captivated me with HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, and I’m absolutely sure she’s going to do it again with THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE.
There are a few authors on my summer reading list that I have yet to read, though their books are already getting rave reviews. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s New York Times Bestselling BITTERSWEET and Nicole Baart’s THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS are just a few of them. From what I’ve heard, both novels have all the elements of a good mystery that I enjoy – secrets, lies and betrayal – coupled with tales of friendship and young women’s journeys to self-discovery. Both books have received many plaudits already; I can’t wait to discover them for myself!
My list could go on and on, but knowing that summer will be here and gone before we know it, it’s time I grab a book, step outside and revel in the warm sun and the slower pace of life while it lasts. Whatever is tucked away in your beach bag to read this summer, I hope you enjoy!
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She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.