Some books make us feel like we’re returning home when we read them, to friends and places that are familiar and welcoming. It doesn’t mean that everything is perfect when we get there, but we definitely become invested enough to stick around and see how things shake out.
With strong voices, engaging, original plots and relatable protagonists, here are five titles deliver that must-read, must-stay experience. These perfect July reads give us everything we look for in women’s fiction, especially as we enter the hot, languid dog days of summer. Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from powerhouse authors like Sherryl Woods, Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber.
Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores) by Sherryl Woods
Recovering from the grief of her fiancé’s death, a woman returns to Chesapeake Shores to heal with her family near her. As she begins work at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, she slowly allows herself to build friendships and to become close to the surly chef at the pub, who is also trying to come to terms with his own pain and learn to be vulnerable again.
A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr
Originally released in 2010
Revisit this tale of four friends on the precipice of their thirties, spending a crucial summer together as they each cope with personal challenges and changes that will test and tighten their bond of friendship. Can they depend on the others as they used to, or will they be too absorbed in their own issues to support each other they way so desperately need?
How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan
Separated by miles and years, three generations of women are reunited when a crisis has them all return to their family home in Martha’s Vineyard. As they each struggle to repair their relationships with each other, they must also take a look at the ways in which the past has affected their own lives and how the choices they have made all lead back to a secret they have been keeping for decades.
The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
Two young friends were once inseparable, planning their lives in parallel to each other and partaking in thrilling scavenger hunts throughout summers in their lakeside town. But a betrayal one summer night rips the girls apart, cleaving their friendship. Seventeen years later the women find themselves reunited, trying to repair the wounds of their past by partaking in a scavenger hunt that could finally bring them back together—or reveal all the secrets of the events that tore them apart.
1022 Evergreen Place (Cedar Cove) by Debbie Macomber
Originally released in 2010
The perfect rerelease for summer! Mary Jo lives at 1022 Evergreen Place with her baby daughter, where she navigates a potential relationship with her landlord, a potential custody battle with her ex and a potential mystery surrounding the letters she has found from a World War II soldier to a woman who may have lived in her apartment. It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting summer at Evergreen Place.
Are you looking for a great new women’s fiction read? Let us know what’s on your list!