Beach Reads

Beach read

Henry, Emily, author
2020

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They're polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel.

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The au pair

The au pair

Rous, Emma, author
2019


Blush : a novel

Blush : a novel

Brenner, Jamie, 1971- author
2021

The Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian Hollander prepares for the arrival of her daughter and granddaughter for their annual summer reunion, she fears it might be their last. Worse, selling the family legacy to strangers might expose the dark secret she's harboured for thirty-five years. When Sadie uncovers journals from Vivian's old book club dedicated to scandalous novels of decades past, she realizes that this might be the distraction that they all need.

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Maine : a novel

Maine : a novel

Sullivan, J. Courtney
2011


Malibu rising : a novel

Malibu rising : a novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins, author
2021

Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. Before the Riva mansion will have burned to the ground, in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secret yearnings that shaped this family across generations will all come bubbling to the surface to make for a night no one will ever forget.

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Sag harbor : a novel

Sag harbor : a novel

Whitehead, Colson, 1969-
2008

The time is 1895. Benji, the son of a lawyer and a doctor, is one of the only black kids at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs and trying desperately to find a social group that will accept him. But every summer, Benji and his brother, Reggie, escape to the East End of Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals has build a world of its own. In this deeply affectionate and fiercely funny coming-of-age novel, Colson Whitehead - using the perpetual mortification of teenage existence and the desperate quest for reinvention - beautifully, explores racial and class identity, illustrating the complex rhythms of the adult world.

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Seating arrangements

Seating arrangements

Shipstead, Maggie
2012


Sex and vanity

Sex and vanity

Kwan, Kevin, author
2020

The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds--the WASP establishment of her father's family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can't stand him. She can't stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Curzio Malaparte than she does, and she really can't stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin, Charlotte. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

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Simmer down

Simmer down

Smith, Sarah, 1985- author.
2020

"Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn't be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn't expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten--or the competition to be so smoking hot. But Tiva's Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn't care how delectable the British food truck owner is--he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He's stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks. The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum...a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Summer love : a novel

Summer love : a novel

Thayer, Nancy, 1943- author
2022

Summer is in full swing on sunny Nantucket, and four old friends decide to hold a reunion on the island, where they'd made fond memories nearly three decades earlier. Yet as the crew gathers for one eventful week in July, it becomes clear that old secrets, jealousies, and betrayals will be revealed.

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The vacationers

The vacationers

Straub, Emma, author
2014


A walk along the beach

A walk along the beach

Macomber, Debbie, author
2020

Inseparable since the sudden loss of their mother as teenagers, Willa and Harper Lakey are perfect opposites. Willa enjoys her peaceful routine as a cafeĢ owner in their quaint, coastal hometown of Oceanside, Washington. But when a handsome customer shows interest in Willa, Harper urges her sister to take a chance on love. Just as Willa begins to explore the possibilities, Harper receives crushing news that threatens to bring everything to a screeching halt.

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When we left Cuba

When we left Cuba

Cleeton, Chanel, author
2019

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez. It took her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future, but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything.

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