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Escape to the Island of Beach Reads

It is difficult to believe that just over a month ago the Southeast was being pummeled by ice, sleet, and snow. Summer has come early to the South, as it so often does, and temperatures are expected to reach the 90’s by this time next week.

Now I don’t know about you, but rising temperatures and sunny days are more than enough to put me in the mood for a trip to the beach. Can’t you just see yourself, sipping on a piña colada and watching the boats go by without a care in the world? But what’s that? It’s only April? The kids are still in school for another three months and your summer vacation isn’t until June?

Well, if you’re itching for an early summer getaway, maybe it’s time to bring the beach to you! The following book titles offer easy, relaxed reading – all with a beach or island setting.

This Spring, let your living room be your vacation destination. Bonus: No sunburns.


Beach Trip: A Novel by Cathy Holton
Laura V. Says: Beach Trip follows a group of college friends, now all in their forties, as they take a week long beach trip to regroup after a series of trials and tribulations.
Amazon Says: Mel, Sara, Annie, and Lola have traveled diverse paths since their years together at a small Southern liberal arts college during the early 1980s. Mel, a mystery writer living more...
Amazon Says: Mel, Sara, Annie, and Lola have traveled diverse paths since their years together at a small Southern liberal arts college during the early 1980s. Mel, a mystery writer living in New York, is grappling with the aftermath of two failed marriages and a stalled writing career. Sara, an Atlanta attorney, struggles with her own slowly unraveling marriage. Annie, a successful Nashville businesswoman married to her childhood sweetheart, can’t seem to leave behind the regrets of her youth. And sweet-tempered Lola whiles away her hours—and her husband’s money—on little pills that keep her happy. Now the friends, all in their forties, converge on Lola’s lavish North Carolina beach house in an attempt to relive the carefree days of their college years. But as the week wears on and each woman’s hidden story is gradually revealed, these four friends learn that they must inevitably confront their shared past, and a secret that threatens to change their bond, and their lives, forever. less...
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Virals by Kathy Reichs
Laura V. Says: Virals is for readers who want a healthy dose of thriller with their relaxation. Tory Brennan, niece to Temperance (of TV's Bones fame) unravels a mystery on the beaches of South Carolina with the help of her friends.
Amazon Says: Adventure is in Tory Brennan's blood. After all, she’s the grandniece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her sci more...
Amazon Says: Adventure is in Tory Brennan's blood. After all, she’s the grandniece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her science-geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island, home to the very off-limits Loggerhead Island Research Institute, where something strange is going on. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them--and their DNA--forever. Now they are more than friends. They are a pack. They are Virals. And they're dangerous to the core. But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold-blooded murderer? less...
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Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Laura V. Says: Friends Ellis, Julia, and Dorie take a much needed vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Amazon Says: "Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction...."Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school more...
Amazon Says: "Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction...."Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia--whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world...though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about. Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs? Five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them. less...
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Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Amazon Says: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home… A Boston lawyer, Eli h more...
Amazon Says: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all… less...
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