Beach Reads

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15 summers later

15 summers later

Thayne, RaeAnne, author
2024

Ava Howell seemed to have it all. But she never expected that her husband would feel so betrayed by a secret from her past - the truth of what happened to her and her sister all those years ago. Following years of healing, Madison Howell is finally happy and in love with the town veterinarian, Dr. Luke Gentry. But she can't ever bring herself to tell him that his dad died protecting Ava and her sister. With the truth laid bare, and the past that Ava and Madison have worked so hard to leave behind threatening everything they have built for themselves, the Howell sisters' reunion is bittersweet.

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The art of catching feelings

The art of catching feelings

Thompson, Alicia, 1984- author
2024

"Daphne Brink doesn't follow baseball, but watching "America's Snoozefest" certainly beats sitting at home in the days after she signs her divorce papers. After one too many ballpark beers, she heckles Carolina Battery player Chris Kepler, who quickly proves there might actually be a little crying in baseball. Horrified, Daphne reaches out to Chris on social media to apologize . . . but forgets to identify herself as his heckler in her message. Chris doesn't usually respond to random fans on social media, but he's grieving and fragile after an emotionally turbulent few months. When a DM from "Duckie" catches his eye, he impulsively messages back. Duckie is sweet, funny, and seems to understand him in a way no one else does. Daphne isn't sure how much longer she can keep lying to Chris, especially as she starts working with the team in real life and their feelings for each other deepen. When he finds out the truth, will it be three strikes, she's out?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Attached at the hip : a novel

Attached at the hip : a novel

Riccio, Christine, 1990- author.
2024


The bump

The bump

Karger, Sidney, author
2024


The catch

The catch

Lea, Amy, author
2024

"In a last-ditch effort to rescue her brand from the brink of irrelevance, Boston fashion influencer Melanie Karlsen finds herself in a rural fishing village on the east coast of Canada. The only thing scarier than nature itself? The burly and bearded B and B owner and fisherman, Evan Whaler--who single-handedly disproves the theory that Canadians are "nice." After a boating accident lands Evan unconscious in the hospital, Mel is mistaken for his fianceĢe by his welcoming yet quirky family, who are embroiled in a long-standing feud over the B and B. In a bold attempt to mend family fences, Mel agrees to fake their engagement for one week in exchange for Evan's help with her social media content. Amid long hikes and campfire chats, reeling in their budding feelings for each other proves more difficult by the day. But is Mel willing to sacrifice her picture-perfect life in the city for a chance at a true, unfiltered love in the wild?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Finding Mr. Write

Finding Mr. Write

Armstrong, Kelley, author.
2024

"Daphne McFadden is tired of rejection. After submitting her manuscript to dozens of agents, she's gotten rejection after rejection, and now it's time for something drastic. And so, Daphne submits her manuscript again ... under a man's name. Imagine her surprise when it sells for big money at an auction and soon becomes a publicity darling. Only problem: she needs a man to play her super macho alter ego Zane Remington. Enter Chris Stanton, who absolutely looks the part of a survivalist and has a talent for pressing her piss me off I dare you buttons while somehow being endearing at the same time. But Chris has a few secrets of his own, including the fact that he's really an accountant who has no idea how to chop wood or paddle a canoe. When Daphne's book becomes a bestselling sensation and they're forced to go on tour together, Daphne finds herself wondering if this city boy geek was exactly what she needed to push her to claim her dreams"-- Provided by publisher.

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Funny story

Funny story

Henry, Emily, author
2024

Daphne always loved the way Peter told their story. How they met, fell in love, and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. Too bad it turned out to be more of a prequel, a complication to Peter's actual love story, the one that ends with him dumping Daphne before their wedding to begin a relationship with his lifelong best friend, Petra. Scruffy and chaotic, Miles is entirely the opposite of buttoned-up Daphne, and they mainly avoid one another until one night, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship. Miles decides he will convince Daphne to give Waning Bay a real shot. Miles believes Daphne deserves the chance to build a life here, her own life. As she begins to fall for the town, Daphne wonders what this summer is supposed to mean.

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Here we go again : a novel

Here we go again : a novel

Cochrun, Alison, author
2024

"A queer rom-com following once childhood best friends forced together to drive their former teacher across the country"-- Provided by publisher.

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It happened one summer : a novel

It happened one summer : a novel

Bailey, Tessa, author
2021

"Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father's dive bar... in Westport, Washington. Piper hasn't even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won't last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can't do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She's determined to show her stepfather-and the hot, grumpy local-that she's more than a pretty face. Except it's a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there's an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn't want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan-and this town full of memories-may have already caught her heart."--Provided by publisher.

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Just for the summer

Just for the summer

Jimenez, Abby, author
2024

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: they'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other's out, and they'll both go on to find the love of their lives. It's a bonkers idea - and it just might work. But what if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

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Lies and weddings : a novel

Lies and weddings : a novel

Kwan, Kevin, author
2024

Rufus Leung Gresham, future Duke of Greshambury and son of a former Hong Kong supermodel has a problem: a gargantuan mountain of debt. The only solution, put forth by Rufus' scheming mother, is for Rufus to attend his sister's wedding at a luxury eco-resort, a veritable who's-who of sultans, barons, and oligarchs, and seduce a woman with money. When a volcanic eruption burns through the nuptials and a hot mic exposes a secret tryst, the Gresham family plans - and their reputation - go up in flames.

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The Love of My Afterlife

The Love of My Afterlife

Greenwood, Kirsty.

"This book has it all. Humor, heart, and a heroine I was desperately rooting for. Kirsty Greenwood has a new fan!”
—Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author

A recently deceased woman meets “the one” in the afterlife waiting room, scoring a second chance at life (and love!) if she can find him on earth before ten days are up…


If she wasn’t dead already, Delphie would be dying of embarrassment. Not only did she just die by choking on a microwaveable burger, but now she’s standing in her ‘shine like a star’ nightie in front of the hottest man she’s ever seen. And he’s smiling at her.

As they start to chat, everything else becomes background noise. That is until someone comes running out of a door, yelling something about a huge mistake, and sends the dreamy stranger back down to earth. And here Delphie was thinking her luck might be different in the afterlife.  

When Delphie is offered a deal in which she can return to earth and reconnect with the mysterious stranger, she jumps at the opportunity to find her possible soulmate and a fresh start at life. But in a city of millions, Delphie is going to have to listen to her heart, learn to ask for help, and perhaps even see the magic in the life she’s leaving behind…

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The paradise problem

The paradise problem

Lauren, Christina, author
2024

Anna Green thought she was marrying Liam "West" Weston for access to subsidized family housing while at UCLA. Three years later, Anna is a starving artist living paycheck to paycheck while West is a Stanford professor. Due to an antiquated clause in his grandfather's will, Liam won't see a penny of his inheritance until he's been happily married for five years. Just when Liam thinks he's in the home stretch, pressure mounts from his family to see this mysterious spouse. Liam will have to ask himself if the price tag on his flimsy cover story is worth losing true love that sprouted from a lie.

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The partner plot

The partner plot

Forest, Kristina, author.
2024

To Violet Greene, fashion is everything. After surviving a very public breakup with her ex-fiance six months ago, Violet is now determined to focus on her career. But life hands her something--or rather, someone--that might derail everything. Xavier Wright did not expect to run into his high school girlfriend Violet--the girl he once thought he'd marry--on a birthday trip to Vegas. He rarely leaves his New Jersey hometown, so what were the chances? But when the initial shock wears off, they decide to celebrate together. They feel young and reckless as they party the night away--and reckless they clearly were when the following morning, they wake up beside each other with rings on their fingers.

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The rom-commers : a novel

The rom-commers : a novel

Center, Katherine, author
2024

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She's spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates, it's a break too big to pass up. Charlie Yates doesn't want to write with anyone. Worse, the romantic comedy he's written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. But Emma's not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself.

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Seven summers

Seven summers

Toon, Paige, 1975- author
2024

Liv and Finn meet six summers ago working in a bar on the rugged Cornish coastline. Finn's life is in LA with his band, and Liv's is in Cornwall with her family - so they make a promise. Finn will return every year, and if they are single they will spend the summer together. This summer, Liv crosses paths with Tom - a mysterious new arrival in her hometown. For the first time Liv can imagine a world where her heart isn't broken every autumn. Now Liv must make an impossible choice. And when she discovers the shocking reason that Tom has left home, she'll need to trust her heart even more.

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The summer pact : a novel

The summer pact : a novel

Giffin, Emily, author
2024

Four freshmen arrive at college from completely different worlds. As their college years fly by, their bond intensifies and the four become inseparable. But as graduation nears, their lives are forever changed after a desperate act leads to tragic consequences. Ten years later, it soon becomes clear that they are facing their own crossroads. True to their promise, they agree to take a time out from lives headed in wrong directions and embark on a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and acceptance.

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Summer romance

Summer romance

Monaghan, Annabel, author
2024

Ali Morris is a professional organizer whose own life is a mess. Her husband left and she hasn't worn pants with a zipper in longer than she cares to remember. No one is more surprised than Ali when the first time she takes off her wedding ring and puts on pants she meets someone. Or rather, her dog claims a man for her in the same way he claimed his favourite of her three children: by peeing on him. Ethan looks at her as if she's a version of herself she hasn't been in a long while. The last thing newly single mom Ali needs is to make her life messier, but there's no harm in a little summer romance.

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The summer swap

The summer swap

Morgan, Sarah (Romance fiction writer), author.
2024

Cecilia Lapthorne always vowed she'd never go back to Dune Cottage. So no one is more surprised than Cecilia to find herself escaping her own seventieth birthday party to return to the remote but beautiful cottage on Cape Cod. Unoccupied for years, for aspiring artist Lily, the cottage seemed the perfect place to hide away - until Cecilia unexpectedly arrives. Despite an awkward beginning, Lily accepts Cecilia's invitation to stay on as her guest, and a flicker of kinship ignites. As surely as the tide erases past footprints, this summer is offering both Cecilia and Lily the chance to swap old dreams for new.

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Swan song

Swan song

Hilderbrand, Elin, author
2024

Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is about to retire. Blond Sharon is going through a divorce. But when a 22-million-dollar summer home is purchased by the mysterious Richardsons, Ed, Sharon, and everyone in the community are swept up in high drama. When the Richardsons' house burns to the ground and their most essential employee goes missing, the entire island is up in arms.

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This summer will be different

This summer will be different

Fortune, Carley, author
2024

Lucy is the tourist vacationing at a beach house on Prince Edward Island. Felix is the local who shows her a very good time. The only problem: Lucy doesn't know he's, her best friend, Bridget's younger brother. Lucy and Felix's chemistry is unreal, but the list of reasons why they need to stay away from each other is long, and they vow to never repeat that electric night again. It's easier said than done. When Bridget suddenly flees Toronto a week before her wedding, Lucy drops everything to follow her to the island. Her mission is to help Bridget through her crisis and resist the one man she's never been able to. But Felix's sparkling eyes and flirty quips have been replaced with something new, and Lucy's beginning to wonder just how safe her heart truly is.

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When in Rome

When in Rome

Callanan, Liam
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Wild life

Wild life

Wei, Opal, author
2024

The Plan was simple: find a cure for the cancer that nearly took her sister's life. But for Zoey Fong, something about The Plan isn't working anymore. Maybe it's her unsuccessful research, maybe it's burnout. But when a crucial tissue sample accidentally winds up in the hands of a very distracting--and disarmingly handsome--visitor, Zoey jumps at the chance to follow him home to retrieve it. Davy Hsieh's rugged island estate is no manicured suburban park. His plan is simple: establish a legitimate animal sanctuary and embrace life as a hermit to make up for a sketchy past. Zoey invading his fortress of solitude should not, under any circumstances, be a romantic development. And yet it's the single most invigorating week of their lives...when they're able to set their many differences aside and embrace it. Stranded amid all manner of flora and fauna--including a semidomesticated cougar called Baby--Davy and Zoey first have to survive the island. Then they'll need to take a leap of faith, maybe even trusting in each other, to save it.

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