Friday, May 20, 2016

Bookshelf Friday - Upcoming Summer Reads!

Hey all! I am filling my bookshelf and preparing for summer. Thought you'd love a heads up on some of the books that'll make great beach reads this summer because I don't know about you, but I am SO ready for fun in the sun:) So here's a few of what's currently on my shelf--a little of everything! I'll bring the reviews to you over the next few months, but keep an eye out for these great reads!

This novella has already released and is part of Beth Vogt's Destination Wedding series. Here's a blurb on it and you can currently purchase it here.

When Elisabeth arrives in Denver to be the maid of honor at her friend’s wedding, the last thing she expects is to run into Jamie Travers, her high school boyfriend, who is also the groom’s best man. A bitter breakup when they were in college destroyed their hopes for a future together. Seven years later, is it possible for Elisabeth and Jamie to forgive one another and have a second chance at love?

You Can't Hurry Love is perfect for a day by the pool or on the beach and will have you all ready for the next full length in this series, Almost Like Being in Lovewhich releases in June. Here's the scoop on that one!

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

Spending time with Kade has Caron questioning everything. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she lost. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? Just because others believe she and Alex are an ideal couple, does that mean they should get married? And how can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another?

Another great upcoming read is Jody Hedlund's Forever Safe, which is part of the Beacons of Hope series. This is one Jody is releasing herself as an ebook on June 1st. It promises to be another great addition to this series. Here's a little info on it:

Heiress to a vast fortune, Victoria Cole has everything she wants, including the perfect fiancĂ©. Having left two other men at the altar, Victoria is sure that now she’s found her true love and will finally live happily ever after. As her wedding draws near, however, Victoria’s life is threatened. To keep her safe, Victoria’s father hires a bodyguard. 

Tom Cushman’s number one priority is protecting his clients, which means no personal entanglements. But he’s never guarded someone as beautiful and winsome as Victoria. After a near-kidnapping, the wedding is cancelled, and Tom hides Victoria at Cape Cod’s Race Point Lighthouse until her attacker can be found. Appointed as assistant light keeper with Victoria posing as his wife, Tom believes the isolation of the lighthouse will keep her safe. 

As Victoria struggles to live without familiar luxuries, her heart betrays her with growing feelings for her protector. Determined to help Tom stop fleeing from his haunted past, can the runaway bride learn to face her own fears? With the attacker closing in, will both of them ever be able to stop running and find the safety they long for?

Another great read releasing in June is Jessica Patch's next LIS, Protective Duty. I've already read this book, and I'll have my review up soon. But just a head's up--it was GREAT! Another book that makes an easy weekend read, this is one you'll definitely want to stash in your beach bag.

Minutes into FBI profiler Bryn Eastman's first case since a near-fatal shooting, a brazen serial killer sets his sights on her next. Now her life—and career—is in the hands of her new partner, Detective Eric Hale, the man she once loved and lost. Racked with nightmares of the shooting and regrets for the tragedy that tore her and Eric apart, Bryn doesn't want Eric to discover the secrets she carries—but she needs him. Seeing Bryn brings back memories Eric can't control. Memories of a once-in-a-lifetime love. But the tough detective knows their only path to a second chance goes straight through a relentless killer…one who won't quit until he counts Bryn as his fifth victim.

Also releasing this summer is Cathy West's The Things We Knew. I'm smack-dab in the middle of this book an loving it. Look for my review in July when this book releases.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

And if you're looking for a fun, Jazz age read, Kristy Cambron delivers with her latest release. Between glittery estates and circus big tops, this is a must for your summer bag.

In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures to call her own, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World’s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny—a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.

A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling of Yorkshire, England, boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her life is planned out for her. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties in the grandest ballrooms the country has to offer. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.

When Rosamund’s path crosses with Mable’s and the Ringlings’ glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, instead choosing the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers’ circus.

So that's just a few to keep your eye out for. I'll be posting books and reviews all summer plus bringing back giveaways. I'd love to hear what books you're looking forward to reading on lazy summer days! See you back here next week:)


  1. Hi Susan,

    I'm looking forward to reading Beth's new book. I've already got the novella on my Kindle.

    I'm also looking forward to reading Janet Ferguson's second book, Going Up South. And I bought Kara Isaac's book, but it's too early in the morning for me to remember the title.

    I always like books by Cathy West, so I'm sure I'll buy her book, too.
    Thanks for sharing this great list. You definitely suggested two books I might have missed this summer. I look forward to your reviews!

    1. Ooh! Yes! Karas book is in my list too!! The other is new to me, so thanks for sharing your suggestions:)

  2. Thanks for the great suggestions. I really liked Kristy Cambron's first two books- I'm excited to read the Ringmaster's Wife :)