Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reading Ahead: June 2017, part 4

Feeling the need to plan your summer reading? Next month's titles will get your summer off to a great start!

The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand. Identical twin sisters couldn't be more different. Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.
Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills--Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode--and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.
After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer novel--fans are already lining up for this new title. Also available in Large Print

The Sunshine Sisters, by Jane Green. In this emotional, warm novel from fan-favorite Green, three sisters who left home (and their narcissistic, disinterested celebrity mother) years ago must now return when their mother learns of her fatal illness and asks her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. This would also make a great book club selection in months to come.

The Duchess, by Danielle Steel. Steel explores new territory in a novel that takes place in nineteenth-century England. Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune. Also available in Large Print

Beach House For Rent, by Mary Alice Monroe. When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted. It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably, resulting in the unlikeliest of rooming situations, two strangers ultimately becoming friends. Feel-good reading for the summer.

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