Special Feature: Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

You all should know by now that I am a sucker for book covers with adorable dogs on them! And this book—-that sweet dog lounging on the beach living his best life just GOT ME! I am definitely taking this one on my trip to Cabo this summer but since today is the release day I just couldn’t resist sharing this book with you guys!

I mean don’t we all need more cute pets in our lives?? I know I do! But beyond the adorable dog on the cover lies a story that promises to satisfy your beach read craving! Author Kristan Higgins has penned over 20 books and many of which have made it to the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling lists! So obviously she is a strong and well loved author.

This book promises something for everyone—romance, family dynamics, second chances, and an ending that will leave you happy and satisfied. I am so excited to check it out this summer! Many of the early reviews are raving about this one, rating it at either 4 or 5 stars so this one moved right on up my TBR list for those reasons. It is out now and you can snag a copy for yourselves now! Be sure to get this one added to your TBR list today!

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Special Feature and Excerpt: Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery

If you haven’t figured out by now, I am a HUGE Susan Mallery fan! She has written so many books though and I haven’t been able to read every single one but man does she write some fun books! Her books are always uplifting but full of heart, drama, and romance which makes for wonderful beach reading. But here’s the thing with Mallery—I never feel like I am reading ‘fluff’.

Her books have well written characters with lots to relate to and enjoy. I always feel a solid connection with her characters and the stories have enough to keep me interested and invested in the plot. She is clearly a successful writer for a reason—she knows how to hook people into a good story! I cannot WAIT for this latest book by Mallery. I have it all ready to go on my iPad when I am in Cabo this summer! Nothing like reading a Mallery beach read ON the beach!

Today I have a special treat for all of you with this lovely excerpt from Boardwalk Bookshop. If you are looking for your next beach read this is one you don’t want to miss. The excerpt sounds like it’s going to be right up my alley and another winner for Mallery! Plus I mean, it’s about a bookshop, how can you go wrong with that?!?!

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Special Feature: The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

I have only read one of Jennifer Weiner’s books but I thought it was absolutely wonderful and such a fun little summer read! Her books are usually about family drama with some humor—I love the balanced blend of humor and seriousness. It really makes for a fun, quick, and refreshing read! When I saw that she had this one coming out, naturally I was interested in it!

What drew my eye is that it gave a nod to the pandemic which I think will make the book relevant and relatable for readers. I know a lot of authors have shied away from writing the pandemic into their stories for a number of reasons, but I like that Weiner decided to include it in some way in this latest book. I am sure the pandemic is not the focus of the book, but I liked that the main character’s step daughter gets engaged to her pandemic boyfriend and that is the catalyst for the story. Personally I think it adds relevance and something for readers to immediately connect with!

Weiner is known for writing wonderful beach reads and she has a large fan following. As a tried and tested author, I know that her books are quality and always a fun read! This book promises family drama, secrets, and a romance the perfect formula for a beach read. If you are looking for something to read on vacation this year, check out this seasoned author for a quick and easy escape!

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Special Feature and Excerpt: Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne has been a long time favorite author of mine. Admittedly I do like her holiday books the best but I have also read and enjoyed her non-Christmas books and found them heartwarming and always what I need to get me through those long rainy April days that we have here in Oregon. Thayne has written a number of books and also has a large fan base, whenever I see one of her books I instantly know I am getting a quality feel good read. I haven’t read a Thayne book I didn’t like so I feel fully confident saying I am sure this one is going to be another solid HEA book for spring!

I am taking this book with me to read on the plane when I leave for Salt Lake City a little later this month so I will have to report back on how I liked it but for now I have an excerpt for all of you guys to check out today! In this latest book, is a story about sisters and tragedy and over coming some of those strained sibling relationship and learning to start new. Plus there might be a little romance in this one as a little bonus—though most of Thayne’s books have a romantic element, this book promises a lot of big drama topics with a splash of romance.

If you are looking for a lovely beach read set in California with some depth to it (grief and loss) that will warm your heart and leave you feeling content and charmed then this might be the book for you. Keep reading to check out this fun excerpt. It’s out now and definitely not to be missed so get your order in and don’t miss another great RaeAnne Thayne book!

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Special Feature/Excerpt: The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery

The second I saw this blue green water, I knew I needed this book in my beach bag! It’s that time of year when it’s cold and rainy still in the Pac NW and I find myself longing for some where warm and sunny with white sandy beaches. My husband and I traveled to Aruba during spring break a few years ago when it was pouring rain here in Oregon and we spent a week in paradise. When we came back I had never been so depressed! After that I decided to stick with reading about warm sunny places during the long cold wet months of February and March in stead of traveling there!

Every spring I start getting excited for all the beach reads. I love to vacation to these places from my armchair and dream about the warm days ahead. Susan Mallery’s books has been a longstanding staple in my beach bag. She has a wronger story telling style and always seems to craft interesting reads with fun main characters and romances. This book takes us to sunny California and we are treated to some romance and a story with heart. I am reading this one now and I cannot wait to share it with you guys soon! It’s a great read so far and if you love contempo romances with realistic characters this is the book for you!

Today though I have an excerpt for you guys and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that it entices you to check the whole book out! If you love Susan Mallery, then not doubt this will be on your radar. If you are new to her books, this is a great place to start. She is one of the big queens of beach reads and such a prolific writer. You will not be disappointed in any choice of books by her! Be watching for my review here soon!

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