This week marked the first official day of summer. That means the start of warmer, more luxurious afternoons during which you can laze by the pool or in a park with a good book — and since the sun sets later, there’ll be enough light for you to keep reading well into the evening. There’s nothing better than escaping into a captivating story (especially if it’s one of our book club suggestions!) while sipping on a piña colada or working on your tan.
These Woman’s World recommendations include everything from a coming-of-age tale to chick-lit to a book about the joys of cultivating plants. Ease into the summer with some of these titles — or if none strike your fancy, check out last week’s book club picks.
Reservations for Six by Lindsey J. Palmer
Emotion, drama, dynamic characters…this page-turner has it all. The story follows the lives of three couples who gather to celebrate each other’s birthdays every year. But on his 40th birthday, Nathan makes a shocking announcement. His confession leads to more secrets coming to light, which forces the group to examine their own lives and marriages. What happens next is an inspiring tale of growth and reflection.
Grab a copy here! ($15.95, from Amazon)
Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
Readers are taken back to 1999 Chicago in this uplifting story about friendship, community, and resilience. The book stars Felicia “Fe Fe” Stevens, who is growing up with her loving mother and brother. When Fe Fe’s family’s apartment building is next to be torn down by the Chicago Housing Authority, she turns to her friends. As life gets even tougher, Fe Fe learns who she can — and cannot — trust.
Grab a copy here! ($25.19, from Amazon)
Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore
Meg Mitchell Moore is the bestselling author of six novels, and her latest saga is captivating. Louisa and her three kids escape Brooklyn and flee to her parents’ house in Maine for the summer. But Louisa realizes her parents need her more than she thought. Across town, a woman named Kristie arrives who has a shocking connection to Louisa’s family. As the two cross paths, they reflect on what they want and what’s worth fighting for.
Grab a copy here! ($23.36, from Amazon)
Death by Beach Read by Eva Gates
Danger, intrigue, cats, and beachside settings combine in this fun whodunit! Librarian Lucy and her fiancé, Connor, move into a historic cottage in the Outer Banks. The first night Lucy is alone in the house, she finds footprints in the living room. Later, they find the dead body of a man in their kitchen and realize he has a connection to the house. Now, they must uncover the house’s history and find the culprit — or else.
Grab a copy here! ($21.99, from Amazon)
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla
From easing anxiety to nixing stress, gardening is study-proven to benefit our mood and health. In her new book, gardening pro, podcaster, and plant-lover Maria Failla shares even more science on how plants can heal. Whether you’re a pro or don’t have a green thumb at all, her easy tips — like simply making it a habit to look at a plant before a screen in the morning, or how to nurture an aloe plant in your windowsill — help us grow in joy.
Grab a copy here! ($19.99, from Amazon)
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.