Rest, Relax, Read: 5 Great Books for Your Summer Vacation

When it comes to summer vacations, we like excitement and adventure, but we also need some time put aside for the three Rs: rest, relaxation and reading.  To this end, I think I put as much thought into the books I’m going to take as I do into deciding where we should stay—in fact, it may even be more thought, because when there is one of those delicious moments for rest, relaxation and reading, we want to make the most of it. Because for readers, a vacation without a great book is merely a trip.

So we’ve got you covered. Thrills, chills, love, humor—whether you’re practicing the three Rs at the beach or in the backyard, look no further for a great book to bring along. Follow our recos as you put the finishing touches on vacation planning, so you can leave more time for other, less important things, like reserving hotel rooms.


If you are vacationing at the lake, you’ll love…

Thief’s Mark (Sharpe & Donovan) by Carla Neggers

When Oliver York, a reclusive art theft expert, disappears following a break-in at an art detective’s home, FBI agents (and newlyweds) Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan must delve into Oliver’s traumatic past to discover who may have wanted to harm him, giving them the opportunity to solve a rash of crimes that go back several decades.


If you are vacationing on the beach, you’ll love…

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.


If you are vacationing by the pool, you’ll love…

The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

When Lucy Sparks hits her head and awakens in the hospital, her life is nothing like she had thought it was. Her happy marriage is actually over, and she is shocked when she’s told that a man she considers just a work colleague is now her devoted boyfriend. She can’t trust her memories and her life looks utterly unrecognizable—so how can Lucy rebuild something she doesn’t remember building in the first place?


If you are vacationing in the city, you’ll love…

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Clara’s life is thrown into a tailspin when a car crash kills her husband Nick, but mercifully leaves her daughter Maisie, unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares about what caused the crash, Clara becomes obsessed with the idea that Nick’s death was no accident. Uncovering the truth of Nick’s final months leads Clara on a twisting, terrifying path.


If you are vacationing under the stars, you’ll love…

The Family Gathering (Sullivan’s Crossing) by Robyn Carr

Having recently left the military, Dakota Jones travels to the small town his brother and sister are living in with the intention of clearing his head and his schedule before moving on to the next adventure. But being new in town attracts curiosity and attention that he hadn’t expected and Dakota must learn to readjust to civilian life and navigate the intensifying relationships that are derailing his carefully laid plans.



Where are you vacationing this summer and more importantly, what are you reading? Leave us a comment and let us know!


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KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer, who probably spends too much time on her laptop in coffee shops. When not writing, she can be found running with her husband, coloring (outside the lines) with her daughter, or baking yet another batch of banana muffins. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her family. She's the bestselling author of two novels, Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make.

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