New Books 6/18/18

Shelf of new books

What is a “beach read” anyway?  This ubiquitous term has been around since the ’90s and is often used to describe a book without a heavy theme, that is enjoyable and easy to read.  While it can be a thriller or a tearjerker, it should never require serious thinking.  And, of course, beach reads are usually associated with summer vacations.  However you define it, any of the books below would be enjoyable reads on the beach or in your favorite reading chair.

The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker
When Rachelle Matthews undergoes a procedure to restore her sight, she begins to dream of another world and learns that she is the one destined to find five seals in both worlds in order to bring them peace, but if she fails, both will fall into darkness.

Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
Three generations of the Rutledge family gather at their historic beach house in Charleston, South Carolina, where they find love, strength, and forge new bonds.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
After erroneously receiving a mysterious letter about a large inheritance, Hal attends the deceased’s funeral and realizes that something is very, very wrong.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
When tensions escalate on the set of a reality television program featuring young, ambitious female entrepreneurs, including Brett and Kelly Courtney, two sisters who are no strangers to sibling rivalry, one of them ends up dead.

Florida by Lauren Groff
A collection of stories spanning centuries of time in mercurial Florida examines the decisions and connections behind life-changing events in characters ranging from two abandoned sisters to a conflicted family woman.

Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry
A recovering addict who has been clean for three years begins seeing things and hearing voices in her head when a ghostly boogey man she imagined in her drug-induced hallucinations begins hunting her in real life.

How Hard Can It Be? By Allison Pearson
When her husband quits his job to pursue cycling and mindfulness, middle-aged mom Kate Reddy returns to the workforce as an entry-level employee for her former employer.

Kudos by Rachel Cusk
A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal.

The Moscow Offensive by Dale Brown
Brad McLanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron team up with the newly formed Alliance of Free Nations in Eastern Europe to counter a deadly Russian strike involving combat robots that have been smuggled into America.

The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas
Working on a bridal quilt for a granddaughter who abruptly calls off the wedding, Ellen imparts the story of a woman who avoided marriage twice before finding the love of her life.

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
As enemies plan an unprecedented attack on American soil, Washington is gripped by uncertainty and fear as rumors spread of a traitor in the cabinet and the president himself comes under suspicion, before he goes missing.

Probable Claws by Rita Mae Brown
Postmistress “Harry” Haristeen and her human and animal companions investigate a mystery dating back to Virginia’s post-Revolutionary past, an effort shaped by the creative influence of an artistic new friend and the struggles of their predecessors from the eighteenth century.

The Restless Wave by John McCain
The former Republican presidential nominee chronicles his political career from the election of Barack Obama through the divisive 2016 election, offering his opinions of the current developments in Washington as well as his recommendations for ongoing international challenges.

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
A group of survivors navigate trauma and recovery challenges in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a movie theater, an event that inspires a career in law enforcement, triggers devastating PTSD and gives way to an escaped killer’s plot to orchestrate an event with an even higher death toll.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Struggling to put her life back together a decade after her beloved teen daughter’s disappearance, a divorced woman bonds with a charming single father whose young child eerily resembles the woman’s own lost daughter.

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The community of Beartown is divided by an effort to save the local hockey team that involves a challenging new hockey coach, three promising players and a dangerously escalating rival competition.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Emily Charlton, the beleaguered assistant-turned-successful Hollywood image consultant, teams up with a former ace lawyer-turned-Greenwich stay-at-home mom to retain the services of an A-list model and politician’s wife.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
When a wealthy woman is found murdered after planning her own funeral service, disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate.


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