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45+ Thought-Provoking Books For The Beach

Perfect for peaceful reading at the beach, these books are the ones to shortlist for this summer

The beach is a fun place, but it can always be a reflective setting for a good read. I always like to end a good day at the beach by admiring the sunset while reading a proper book.

This jumbo-sized list of recommendations is great if you’re a picky reader, or if you blitz through pages rapidly. But while there’s a lot of consider, there are some real gems. My top picks are numbers 5, 16 and 18. They’re truly inspiring and appropriate for a restful beach holiday.

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#1 Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink

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This inspiring memoir of a 49-year old, grief-stricken and chronically depressed woman who takes up running with her dog will entertain and motivate any reader who has ever fallen into deep despair. Sweeney finds a way through the darkness by pounding the roads with her canine companion. Whether or not readers want to follow in her footsteps, they will be enthralled with her journey.

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#2 They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon

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Shep Gordon is a legendary music and entertainment manager. He has worked for/with some of the biggest names in music and is credited with inventing the celebrity chef. Above all, he is a brilliant story teller.

The memoir is full of brilliant anecdotes and stories from his life & career which has been dedicated to making people famous. The book is captivating, funny, touching and very easy to read. A perfect book for the beach!

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#3 Bohemian Catastrophe by Kate George

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A hilarious romp across North America, Bree MacGowan is a great Beach read. It’s total escapism and perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. It won’t tax your brain cells and a happy ending is always guaranteed.

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#4 California Girl Chronicles: Brea’s Big Break

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California Girl Chronicles (book 1 and 2) are without question ideal reading for the beach. The story of Brea’s hapless misadventures, funny and fun mistakes, and all the hot men and sex offer pure candy for the brain. Readers will either laugh or frown as the young and inexperienced Brea tries to break into Hollywood as a screenwriter only to be continuously distracted by hot men. Book 3 Brea’s Big Scandal releases in fall 2019. So get caught up to date on Brea — and get a sun tan.

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#5 Making Minutes Matter by Mary Kutheis

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A friend recently tipped me off about a book I just got called Making Minutes Matter. It is a really good work/life management book that goes beyond the usual how to make your days more efficient, and goes into depth about how to make better decisions so you can do what is important to you (like spending more time on the beach). The book talks about how to handle all those pesky emails, people popping into your office, and other disruptions, and how to address them so you can focus on what really matters.

What I like is that the author, Mary Kutheis, talks about how leaving the office stressed every day and feeling unfulfilled really impacts your life at home. It effects your wife and kids and everyone else.

It’s not only about getting more done but getting the things done that really matter to you both at work and with family. Working through some exercises you become armed with the information you need to shift your focus and mindset, improve decision making, and improve on-the-job contentment.

Kutheis discusses how to make purposeful choices, the value of having an accountability partner, how to establish routines and processes to achieve your goals, overcoming procrastination, and managing stress.

Everything she writes about is backed by her experiences as a business coach and trainer working with corporate executives and business owners for some two decades.

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#6 Tales From the Kingdom of Telidore by Sarah Nicole Nadler

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This book is a YA urban fantasy novel full of good humor and fantastic creatures from the author’s own imagination. So tired of reading carefully-masked plagiarism off of Tolkien and other famous fantasy novelists – this one is entirely new and a treat to read!

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#7 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

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Do you have fun with your own life?

How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day?

In 365 Days of Happiness, author, holistic practitioner and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.

365 Days of Happiness has been – and is being – read, practiced, and reviewed by many (women, men, kids, professionals like doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, practitioners) all over the world––results of mental health betterment, physical wellbeing, success and abundance arrival, and unlimited happiness is being reported back to us.

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#8 Think Like A Man The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need by jD Shapiro

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A MANual which gives away the secret DESIRES of men. This book is very empowering. Without going on for eons, and revealing Shapiro’s secrets, the book is worth the read for anyone, male or female, looking for something out of the norm, and I’d recommend this to people that are stuck in their comfort zones. They may find an empowering bit of writing in there to get them through the day, or just needing to hear someone else’s opinion.

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#9 Follow Your Detour by Lindsay McKenzie

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Follow Your Detour is the perfect book for offering strength to anyone experiencing the reality that life rarely goes according to plan. We’ve always been told to follow our dreams, but what happens when those dreams aren’t working out? Divorce? Personal struggles? Loss of a job or a loved one? We all run into a variety of dead ends in life.

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#10 Carusi: The Shame of Sicily

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Every mother reading this will be in tears after just the first two pages. It opens with a little boy and his father playing, not realizing it would be the last time they would ever see one another. Based on TRUE events of the horrendous conditions of the sulfur mines in Sicily at the end of the 1800s, we are witness to secret meetings in preparation of an uprising by the workers, and the Christmas Day massacre of them by the land owners and other political people involved. Fortunately, author Louis Romano provides levity by weaving a life-long love story between the boy and a girl who also worked at the mines, who just happen to be the author’s ancestors.

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#11 Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway

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If you’re looking for a light and fun rom-com, Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is an ideal beach read. Written in chats, emails, and journal entries, it’s easy to enjoy in short doses between beach volleyball or trips to the pool. It’s about a woman who tricks her single mother into dating a robot, and it’s a completely original book that will leave you smiling.

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#12 Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

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Just because you’re relaxing at the beach, doesn’t mean you can’t also get motivated! For anyone who crumbles under the pressure they put on themselves to be successful, THIS IS FOR YOU! This book is a gentle reminder to take the pressure off yourself and just focus on the purpose behind doing what you do. Through her own relatable stories, Dooley encourages and offers real-world wisdom for other young female goal-chasers. I would recommend it to females of any age, at any stage of life. It’s inspiring, authentic, and you may just get motivated to start your own business right there on the beach!

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#13 Layover by David Bell

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Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

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#14 No One Tells You This by Glynnis Mannicol

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because it’s inspiring. A story of a non-traditional life that makes it bite size, and one I can relate to living a non-traditional (personal and professional) life myself. As a woman in my 40’s there is so much that skims over our life, as if we are supposed to be dead or useless. Not vibrant, motivated, females with a lot to offer the world and no desire to stop.. Though we feel the doubt and pressure to often. It’s a story of bonding, finding self, growing up, and embracing what no one tells you, and that’s ok. Plus a fun read, and I love finding new paths.

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#15 I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck by John Kim

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Because it’s like therapy in a shot glass, real, relatable review of things we all deal with, most we don’t want to talk about, and the relationship between them. This is from a male therapist helping shape the new woke man, but is perfectly usable by women seeking the same honest outcomes and goals in life. It’s your self therapy and personal workbook, and mental health is something I strongly believe in.

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#16 The Overthinker’s Guide to Love by Kristen Ruth Smith

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This story of one thirty-something woman’s attempts to ‘figure out’ where she fits in the ever more complex landscape of sexual spectrums and definition rainbows is bold and candid, funny and heart-wrenching, and coaxes readers into looking at their assumptions about the boundaries of intimacy and relationship. Full of earnest curiosity and engrossing plot twists, the tight and well-paced storytelling makes for the perfect beach read. And even better, you’ll find the sequel serial podcast Curious Love to be just as deliciously bingeable, making for the perfect summertime duo.

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#17 31 Days Of Gratitude: Create The Life You Desire

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In 31 Days of Gratitude, Shilamida shares her hard-earned knowledge with you. The first 10 pages are a simple explanation of the laws of the Universe, followed by 31 days of sample affirmations and room to journal your own thoughts and desires. Take a journey into the personal practice of gratefulness through positive affirmations and guidelines for living. Every single thing in your life right now has the ability to change if you believe it and practice gratitude! Life, love, money, abundance and pure magic is all within you if you commit to a mind shift! It’s time to start your journey.

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#18 The Ripple Effect by Steve Harper

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The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Life & Business. and can be found on amazon. As you may already know the ripple effect is when small actions have very real effects on those around, these ripples can then go on to make a big impact. Like how a ripple will spread throughout an entire pond, one action can influence the world. A relaxing setting, like the beach, is perfect for this book. Not only is it a great read but also makes the reader reflect and realize that your everyday actions have an effect on people. And what better place to reflect than by the ocean. Harper then shows the reader how to harness these ripples to maximize their effect on others, and then with new found knowledge find and shape sound relationships to aid in business and life.

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#19 Project You: Living A Determined Life

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The book covers seven key aspects of life (personal life, family life, professional life, spiritual life, mental and emotional life, health and fitness life, and interconnected life). The focus of the book is the self-examination of one’s life experiences to date and thoughts on charting a future plan to bring one’s life purpose into clearer focus and attainment. Each year this book helps me re-align my thinking and actions for each of these seven categories.

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#20 Choosing Happiness by Rudrani Devi

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In her third book, Choosing Happiness, Rüdrani Devi explores the many reasons why individuals might not choose happiness and offers ten key tools to change that notion. Rudrani pulls from her own personal experience at overcoming hardships and finding joy after she survived a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. Of her inspiration, Devi shares, I had survived the unsurvivable and had this intense desire to live my life to the fullest. The book is about bringing love and light into the world and would make the perfect summer beach read.

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#21 The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche by M. L. Longworth

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Longworth is an expat who moved to Provence in 1997 and has written about the area for numerous outlets including the Washington Post. Her writing evokes a sense of place that will transport you to lazy afternoons in the Provencal countryside or on the Cote d’ Azur, perfect for a summer escape.

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#22 The Girl from Barcelona by Peter Woodbridge

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A Franco-era General, with help from al-Qaeda, plans a coup. Funded by a massive slush fund accumulated during Spain’s corrupt construction boom, the fascists intend to bring separatist Catalunya to its knees. A young and beautiful Catalan girl, Daniela Balmes, becomes a spy in the jihadist camp – but which side is she working for? Peter Woodbridge’s political thriller The Girl from Barcelona, based on the Arabic saying ‘The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend’, skilfully unfolds a tale of mystery, suspense and romance.

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#23 The Spice Boys by Peter Morgan

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The Spice Boys is the tale of four young men from Manchester who are homeless and addicted to the legal high ‘spice’, which has plagued the city. The novel shows the harsh reality of the hardships, politics and truths of modern day homelessness and how society manages those young people who have been through the care and prison systems and are homeless. The story revolves around Ricky, Mo, George and Vinnie and takes the reader on a twelve-month journey with these individuals involving drugs, the care system, prison and life on the streets. Peter Morgan’s gritty and distinctly Mancunian novel is an astoundingly relevant and detailed depiction of the realities for those addicted to this horrific drug.

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#24 Promise by Eugene Williams

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This is a story of love, war, and a heartfelt promise set in 1960s America and during the Vietnam War. Melissa and Jonathan are young and in love. They are destined to be together or are they? The author cleverly weaves the story around the obstacles put in the way of true love, from obstinacy and parental dictation through to the horrors of war. The atrocities committed by the Vietcong are vividly described and the reader is left on the edge of their seat, knowing that so many young Americans lost their lives in this campaign and the innocent children caught in the deadly middle. The author explores the battles that both Jonathan and Melissa face. Will Jonathan survive the Vietnam War and be able to keep his promise to Melissa? Will Melissa win the war against her father and gain his blessing for her future?

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#25 I Will Find You by John M. Taylor

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I Will Find You, a tale of mystery and intrigue which starts in wartime Fenland near Ely and then moves halfway across the globe to Australia. John Taylor’s story is colourful, poignant and moving as it charts the journey of young Robbie Spalding and his path from a Dr. Barnardos Home in Cambridge to a new life on the other side of the world. Robbie becomes Nick Thorne and this account of his arrival into adulthood is more than a little tragic and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Touching, funny, sad and filled with drama, I will find you is an authentic and pacey read, gripping and compelling, and will certainly keep the readers’ attention until the last page is turned. Expect to shed a tear for the casualties of war.

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#26 Love Letters in the Wall: Agape Edition by Demetra Demi Gregorakis

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Demetra Demi Gregorakis has found herself feeling that technology has overtaken love in the priorities of life. In an age where whole relationships are carried out by texting, she remains a dreamer, a hopeless romantic, who wishes that her ‘Memories throughout her time she wishes she could keep in jars’ will inspire love, romance, and happy memories in her readers as she seeks – and hopes that we all find – that which she calls ‘Agapé love,’ the type of perfect love that transcends all others. Her journey is the somewhat convoluted one which most of us take, ebbing and flowing through this stage and that, meeting the right one, the wrong one, the next one … love and adoration, heartbreak and happiness, they all appear here, in thoughts and poems, love letters and even text messages sent and exchanged – written from the ever-romantic heart.

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#27 Running Wild by Austin Stevens

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I have yet to decipher what the word ‘brave’ truly describes, but one thing is evident to me, judging by the number of things that do scare me, I am no braver than the next person. From his early days at Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park, to his military conscription during the late ’70s and up to his internationally renowned TV shows on Animal Planet, herpetologist and wildlife photographer Austin Stevens takes us through his extraordinary encounters with some of the world’s most dangerous creatures.

Be it staring down a black mamba or trying to retrieve an escaped chimpanzee, these accounts are often exciting and hilarious in equal measure as Stevens dispels the myths surrounding these widely-feared creatures. Running Wild, Stevens’s fourth book, is reflective and personal. He touches on his relationship with his wife Amy, and describes dealing with depression after suffering a string of terrible misfortunes including a horrific car crash, a vicious knife attack and his struggle to rebuild a shattered life. Running Wild is the captivating story of a restless adventurer as he evolves from curator of reptiles, to wildlife photographer, author and film maker. Having faced adversity and mortality more than once, Austin shares with us his reminiscences of past experiences. With never a dull moment, Running Wild will render the reader both fearful and elated.

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#28 Claire’s Story by Pamela D. Holloway

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After an unusual upbringing, Claire decides to leave her Edinburgh home and travel to visit her old school friend who lives on Vancouver Island. Once there, she palms off her son, having persuaded him to pretend his father is dead. She sets out to find a job and a wealthy husband, and eventually finds both. She also finds herself in a very dangerous situation: her life is threatened. A prison sentence is likely. Can she find someone to believe her?

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#29 Sun Burn by Dannielle Davis

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Set on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Ibiza, Sun Burn is a steamy thriller which revolves around the island’s drug-fuelled club scene. Leaving behind her dead-end life in London, Stacey follows her dancer friend Lucia to Ibiza, finding work in the island’s world-famous nightclub Amnesia. Very quickly she and Lucia get drawn into the dangerous underworld after a mistake involving a large consignment of drugs. The girls fall out and Stacey goes it alone in Ibiza’s busy West End district until she reconnects with Aaron, a handsome stranger who helped her on her first night on the island. However, Aaron is not all he seems and the mystery over the drugs consignment comes back to haunt them, eventually threatening their lives.

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#30 A Caribbean Adventure by Sarah Symons

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A Caribbean Adventure takes the reader down the Caribbean Sea to visit some of its exotic islands with their different cultures and sometimes tragic histories, before being transported through the Panama Canal to visit the coast of Guatemala and Costa Rica, and ending at the glamorous Mexican resort of Acapulco, once the playground of Hollywood film stars and where a president of the United States had his honeymoon.

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#31 Heavenly Red by Janet Dwyer

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A young man strives to handle three women in his life: his mother, sister and lover. Wanting desperately to be forgiven and be loved by his family, he finds consequences out of his control when strange spiritual events occur. This story is set in a time and place when men were judged on their good behaviour.

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#32 A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton

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From the creator of the hugely popular @StrangeAnimals on Twitter comes A Book of Rather Strange Animals – a collection of one hundred remarkable animal specimens from around the world. With fascinating descriptions of nasty feeding habits, bizarre mating rituals and shocking defence mechanisms, you will marvel at both the splendour and gruesomeness of nature.. Meet the lizard that shoots blood from its eyes, the isopod that replaces the tongues of fish, the bug that stacks the corpses of ants on its back and the amphibian that looks like a penis. Come and discover the world’s most peculiar species!

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#33 The Rhino Trail by R. David Rosin

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The idea of making a fake rhino horn is being attempted, but, at the time in which this book is set, it was a pipe dream. The procurement of a real rhino horn and a sample of blood was/is necessary for DNA synthesis. The chase across Central Africa is an integral part of the story. Interpol are always one step behind. There is a huge demand for rhino horn (and elephant ivory) in the Middle and Far East due to the misconception that the horn has aphrodisiac and medicinal properties. All the characters are fictional, though some may bear a passing likeness to friends in Europe, Africa and the Far East.

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#34 I Am Megan by Catherine Moolenschot

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Megan has her bluff down pat. On the outside, she is cool and on top of everything, but inside, she’s falling apart. She hates herself for lying, for sleeping with Derrick, and she wants to be better–whatever that means. But old habits are hard to break. Chance encounters lead her to question herself, with unexpected results. Her divorced parents forge new relationships that she has to grapple with. Her friends face painful trials in their own lives, and there’s the new guy. Life feels confusing and out of control. Amidst all this, can she fix herself? Catherine Moolenschot writes with compassion and understanding, illuminating Megan’s state of mind with insight beautifully written into the story.

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#35 The Music Writer’s Rescue by Catherine Wagland

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Pour the champagne. Breathe deeply. Interview time. Jessa is a newspaper writer and her life has been upended. Her husband has left her. He has a girlfriend. Jessa is crushed… but for now, not coping has to wait. Sienna – whose boyfriend is a rock star – always gets what she wants, and right now, she wants Jessa to write about an unknown, small-town rock band. The article should be harmless; the band is great, but there is little else to say. Or so Jessa thinks. SOMETIMES TRAGIC, OFTEN FUNNY, BUT NEVER PREDICTABLE, THE MUSIC WRITER’S RESCUE IS A GRIPPING STORY ABOUT COPING AFTER TRAUMA AND THE RESCUES THAT PAVE THE WAY FORWARD.

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#36 Judge Jack by K. F .Fleming

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Anthony Peregrine receives an urgent summons from his estranged father, Judge Jackson Peregrine, requesting that he visit his home on the beautiful island of Vonu in Fiji. Judge Jack is desperate to have his family together before he dies. Joined by his mercurial brother and troubled sister, Anthony finds on his arrival to the island a house of secrets, sexual temptation, and deadly enemies, bent on revenge. As he discovers the truth against the backdrop of island life, Anthony is forced to revisit the events of his fractured childhood and adolescence, and to examine his toxic relationship with his father. But soon, old wounds are the least of Anthony’s problems.

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#37 Coast lines by John Rayment

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Is this the first of three such books? It will be if I make it. Each part of a longer tale. That is, if you can take it. Come on a trip round GB’s coast. In verse and photos told. I think you’ll find it mind-blowing. If I may be so bold. You’ll find you cannot put it down. Can’t swap it for another. Not because the tale’s so strong. But I’ve super-glued the cover The author had often dreamt of walking round the coast of Britain, but the opportunity never arose until he was offered redundancy, allowing him the time and money to ‘walk the talk’. Join John Rayment as he takes you on a journey with poetry and photos taken at all the different places that the author passed through on his mammoth 5300-mile journey around the coast of Britain.

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#38 Strategically In Love by Fatima Aladdin

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We had the fairytale kind of love many people can only dream about
I knew you liked my favorite story, I memorized you inside out.
You were my knight in shining armor, but you misplaced your sword in my heart
You killed my feelings for you, I say I no longer love you, but if I could go back to the start…
Take me back to the start when the fire was still burning hot and high
Take me back to when love was easy and we always saw eye to eye
Take me back to when we didn’t know happily ever after was a lie
And even if it was, we didn’t care, we just wanted to give love a try.
Take me back to before things fell apart and I’d hold on tightly to you
Take me back to the start when we were still at the start, take me back to you.

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#39 Second Chances on the Nile by Hazel Williams

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For Tracy Widowson, the morning she wakes up to venture out on a Nile cruise is a turning point in her life in more ways than one. The trip originally planned for her husband, Tom, and herself, is now to be undertaken alone since the death of Tom from a brain tumour four years earlier. In Second Chances on the Nile Hazel Williams explores getting through life’s problems with faith. Strengthened by her belief that a design greater than our own shapes our lives Tracy can set out for the Nile with an open mind and, more importantly, an open heart. And that is where Jake can come in. From this starting point Tracy’s family can grow and despite the many wrong turns individuals in that family can take, there is always the guiding hand of God to help them find the right path.

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#40 Traveller Inceptio by Rob Shackleford

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If you were sent 1000 years into the past, would you survive? Traveller Inceptio describes how the Transporter is accidentally invented and becomes public knowledge when it sends a subject 1000 years into the past. A Special Forces team of Travellers is then selected and trained with the intent to send them to Saxon England to explore what could be a very dangerous period of history. From the beaches of Australia, to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller Inceptio reveals how Travellers discover they need a lot more than technology to survive the trials of early 11th-century life.

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#41 A Murder On Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

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The best kind of beach read is an easy breezy thrilling book, that will entertain you but at the same time not exhaust your brain. Sujata Massey’s A Murder On Malabar Hill is perfect for that- set in 1920s India, it deals with how a lady lawyer (one of the first in India) manages to solve her first case and protect three lonely widows who don’t understand their own rights, and at the same time, it tells the parallel story of her failed marriage. Plus, if you enjoy it you can buy its newly released sequel- The Satapur Moonstone.

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#42 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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This book is an amazing story of 9 boys and their quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics. It is the tale of how they pulled together despite odds against them and gives a ton of insight into the sport of rowing which is very much on the rise and the teamwork that brought them to achieve their dreams. We have been suggesting this book far and wide and people are loving this story.

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#43 A Year Under Sharia Law by Alex Fletcher

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It is not too often that you can read a book that sheds light on the repressive regime of Saudi Arabia. A Year Under Sharia Law gives a birds eye view of life in the Kingdom by two expats, a wife and husband duo, who make a desperate decision to live and work there. The authors try to be as balanced as possible, but this becomes increasingly difficult as they witness a patriarchal system that treats woman as second tier citizens and human rights violations that go unchecked even up to today.

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#44 The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

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The Perfect Couple is the perfect mixture of thriller meets Nantucket beach read. Hours before a Nantucket wedding a body is discovered in the Harbour, making everyone in the wedding party a suspect

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#45 Queen Bee by Dorothea Beanton Frank

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Dorothea Benton Frank is the queen of low country reads, and she often ties in Northern NJ references to her books. Her latest novel is about a woman madly in love with her neighbor, who happens to be seriously dating someone else. Throw in a love for beekeeping, a mother with a Queen-like demeanor, and a sister whose marriage is falling apart, and you get the perfect read to throw in your summer bag.

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#46 Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

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It is not summer without a new Mary Kay Andrews book. This novel follows the story of Drue Campbell. Recently fired from her job as a bartender after her mother’s passing, she reconnects with her estranged father after inheriting a family beach house.

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#47 The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

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Sea turtles, family, and love stories -The Beach House is the epitome of what all summer beach novels should be. This book is part of a series (which can be read out of order!). It’s a mixture of environmental and domestic fiction, which is perfect for those who are interested in ocean conservation efforts.

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#48 The Madoffs Among Us by William Francavilla

The The Madoffs Among Us by William Francavilla travel product recommended by William Francavilla on Lifney.

Wealthy, smart and successful people get swindled every day, and it’s not always from petty thieves or ex-cons, but from people they believe they can trust, including financial advisors, stockbrokers, and realtors. There are many steps one can take to help insulate against suffering financial ruin and they can be found in an eye-opening book, The Madoffs Among Us: Combat The Scammers, Con Artists, and Thieves Who are Plotting to Steal Your Money (Career Press), by William M. Francavilla, CFP.

Francavilla identifies:

  • 6 top scams perpetuated by con artists in America today.
  • Why so many smart people fall prey to financial scams.
  • 7 financial concepts everyone needs to understand.
  • 3 types of financial advisors one must avoid.
  • 5 most important questions you should ask your financial advisor.
  • How to avoid losing money to fraudsters and embezzlers the way Billy Joel, Sting, and Robert DeNiro were ripped off millions of dollars.
  • The tragedy of stealing from the elderly: how to protect your aging parents and loved ones.
  • How women are specifically targeted by dishonest financial advisors.
  • How inflation, deflation, and geopolitical events play a big role in how we protect our wealth.
  • What to understand about your financial advisor’s credentials.
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#49 The Island: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand

The The Island: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand travel product recommended by Andrea Tran on Lifney.

This is a classic beach read about four women spending the summer together on a rustic island near Nantucket. A story about relationships that will speak to any woman.

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Kate George from KateGeorge

Michelle Gamble from 3L Publishing

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Darci Murry from Silkin Management Group

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Katrina Johnson from Galbadia Press

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Liz Galloway from Wild Adventure Wellness Retreats

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Jessica Bielen from Livingston Public Library

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