The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons. When a group of friends, who call themselves the Girls of August because they meet each summer to spend some time together at a beach house, loses one of its circle, the group dissolves and drifts apart. Until, that is, they reconvene to celebrate a new marriage, and as they reconnect, they find one another changed beyond imagining. This will undoubtedly be a book club favorite in the coming months!
The First Affair, by Emma McLaughlin & Nicole Kraus. You may recognize the names of these authors--they made quite a splash several years ago with The Nanny Diaries, and have been regularly hitting the bestseller's list ever since. Here, a young woman with a pricey degree gets the intership of her dreams--at the White House. However, she quickly becomes embroiled in a heated affair with the most powerful man in the country, and scandal is only a step behind her. Reviews are calling it unflinching fiction for pop-culture aficionados--sounds like a beach read to me!
The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes. Moyes, who got great reviews from critics and readers alike for 2012's Me Before You, returns here with another heartbreaker of a novel that asks "Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?" It's 1916 and a young artist leaves his wife to go and fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans, the young wife, Sophie, draws the eye of the new Kommandant, and Sophie is willing to do anything to survive in order to see her husband again. Then the story shifts to present day, and a portrait of Sophie that has survived is under scrutiny. This is being likened to Sarah Blake's The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key; I can almost guarantee it's going to be one of the must-read titles this fall.
Rose Harbor in Bloom, by Debbie Macomber. Macomber returns here to her ever-popular Rose Harbor Inn series, where every room comes with a second chance and a new view on life. Three women arrive, seeking to put their pasts behind them, and look forward to new beginnings. Of course, compassion and joy await all three. A gentle, heartwarming novel for your beach-bag.
Hotshot, by Julie Garwood. Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it. Yet nothing simple is ever easy, and they will have to overcome confrontations with family and powerful land developers who don't want to take no for an answer. Add a mystery and a little romance, and it's the perfect summer read.
I'll be back next week with the final wrap-up of August's new titles. In the meantime, stay cool and happy reading!