Thursday, April 14, 2016

Reading Ahead: May 2016, part 4

If you're planning a getaway next month and need an easy, breezy read to take along with you, here are a few new titles that are sure to fit the bill.

The Girl From Summer Hill, by Jude Deveraux. Lately, Pride and Prejudice homage novels are de-rigeur, and here Deveraux puts her own spin on the sub-genre. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet in a little cottage on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the owner of the plantation, Hollywood heartthrob Tate Landers, makes a poor first impression when, mistaking her for a reporter and doing his best to run her out of town. When Casey and Tate are cast as the leads in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, sparks really begin to fly!

The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make tensions rise. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery a murderous way. For when you need your chick lit to be a little more substantial than the usual fluff.

I'll be back next week with some of my picks for some especially noteworthy reads coming out next month. Stay tuned!

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