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5 New Beach Reads for a Sandy Escape

Novels by Barbara Delinsky and Debbie Macombers among these books set by the sea

five books collaged over a beach scene with palm fronds

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Yearning for a hot and lazy beach vacation? You can almost feel the warm sand between your toes while you soak up these five new novels set by the sea.

Hello, Summer

Mary Kay Andrews

Andrews is the New York Times best-selling author of 24 novels, all filled with scandal, gossip and romance, and as refreshing as iced tea on a hot day. Here, big-city reporter Conley Hawkins loses her job and is forced to take on the Florida gossip column of her hometown paper, working for her unwelcoming sister. But things heat up when Conley witnesses the death of a congressman with a murky past, even as an old flame and an intriguing new love threaten to ignite. Andrews isn’t called the Queen of the Beach Reads for nothing!

Hello, Summer book cover

St. Martin's Press

A Week at the Shore

Barbara Delinsky

Romance novelist Delinsky, 74, has penned 22 best sellers for her devoted fans, and her latest sand-swept saga, about love and memory, won’t disappoint. Photographer Mallory Aldiss must return home to Rhode Island with her 13-year-old daughter to tend to her father, who is in the beginning stage of dementia. But while grappling with her dad is difficult, reconnecting with Jack, the love she left behind, is even more heart-wrenching. Jack still blames her father for his mother’s mysterious death years ago. Can they finally find out the truth of what really happened, before it’s too late? (Read our excerpt.)

A Week at the Shore book cover

St. Martin's Press

My Kind of People

Lisa Duffy

When 10-year-old Sky’s adoptive parents die in a crash, their best friend, Leo, is awarded custody of her. But taking care of Sky comes at a high cost: Leo has to move to Ichabod Island, leaving behind his bustling Boston life and his new husband, who wants nothing to do with raising a child. But as Leo struggles with single fatherhood and long-distance marriage, unexpected strength comes from his neighbors, all harboring wounds of their own and profound secrets — including what really happened in the days leading up to the accident.

My Kind of People book cover


Girls of Summer

Nancy Thayer

Thayer has written 31 novels, all of them grounded in family, friendships, love and gorgeously appealing backdrops. In her latest oceanside anthem, single mother Lisa and her two grown kids, Juliet and Theo, hire contractor Mack Whitney to fix her Nantucket home. Though worried he's 10 years too young for her, Lisa finds herself increasingly drawn to him, even as Theo is falling for Mack's daughter. But Juliet is suspicious of Mack's motives and can't trust her own new feelings for a handsome entrepreneur. Can these summer romances turn into something forever?

Girls of Summer book cover

Ballentine Books

A Walk Along the Beach

Debbie Macomber

You can always trust Macomber, who has more than 200 million copies of her books in print, to tug at your heart strings and keep you turning pages. Her latest is about two close siblings, steady and responsible Willa and outgoing Harper, living together by the ocean, in a community where Willa runs a coffee shop. Life seems perfect, especially when Willa starts to have feelings for a handsome new customer. But when a terrifying illness returns to attack Harper, both sisters must gather their strength — and cement their devotion to each other — to discover what matters most in life. (On sale July 14)

A Walk Along the Beach book cover

Ballentine Books