NEW BEACH BOOKS: A Chick’s Choice for Summer Reads by Sheri Warren Sankner

A Chick’s Choice for Summer Reads

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without that perfect summer page-turner. Break out the sunscreen. Sip a cool drink. Bury your toes in the sand and read away. Here are several hot choices for suspense, romance, and inspiration.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins 
From the author of the best-seller, “The Girl on the Train,” this psychological thriller is #1 on the New York Times best-seller list and USA Today calls it “a noir-ish beach read that might make you think twice about dipping a toe in those dark, chilly waters.”

A single mom is found dead at the bottom of the river running through an English town where a teenage girl drowned earlier. A fifteen-year-old must now rely on her estranged aunt. Her mother’s sister reluctantly comes back to the home she left behind, despite a vow she’d never return. The dark river waters and the drowning of women churn up long-held secrets for all.

The 16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
If you’re a fan of this James Patterson series, you’re going to enjoy the latest installment, “The 16th Seduction.” Based in San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club face their toughest case yet.

Detective Boxer’s home life with her baby and husband Joe had once seemed idyllic. But Joe betrayed her with a double life and she is left uncertain and wavering as a rash of mysterious heart attacks strike seemingly unconnected victims across the city. Lindsay and Joe face a common threat, working against a terrorist’s deadly conspiracy on their hardest, most personal case.  

Against All Odds By Danielle Steele 
With over 650 million copies of her novels sold, best-selling author Danielle Steele demonstrates why she is one of the world’s greatest storytellers in her latest book about a family at odds. Steele is the fourth best-selling novelist of all time and it’s easy to see why.

In “Against All Odds,” you meet Kate Madison and her four very different children. Her second-hand clothing shop in NYC has supported her family after her husband’s untimely death. Now, much to her disappointment, Kate’s adult children are playing against the odds in forging lives of their own. Isabelle, a dedicated attorney on the partner track in a Wall St. firm, falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. Julie, a designer, meets a man too good to be true, marries him quickly, leaves her job and moves to LA to be with him, ignoring all danger signs. Justin, a struggling writer, pushes his partner to have children before they’re financially or emotionally prepared. The youngest sibling, Willie, a techie, makes a choice that shocks the entire family, with a woman 15 years older. Despite her nurturing and supportive nature, Kate must realize that risks are theirs to take and she can’t protect them from the life choices they make.

White Sand, Blue Sea By Anita Hughes
Set on St. Bart’s, a jewel of the Caribbean, Anita Hughes brings us a heartwarming story of romance and adventure, and most importantly, knowing yourself and what makes you happy.

Olivia Miller is visiting her mother and stepfather’s villa in St. Barts, a place they’ve been coming to for years. This trip, she is celebrating her 25th birthday and hoping that Finn, her boyfriend of four years, will propose. Only her father, Sebastian, whom she hasn’t seen in 20 years, will be absent. He’s a well-known artist who crisscrosses the globe, painting and living in exotic places. When he unexpectedly walks through the door and back into her life, Olivia questions the life, the dreams, and the relationship she always thought she wanted.   

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
“Option B” is a book about facing challenges and rediscovering joy after life-changing loss. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and the University of Pennsylvania’s top Wharton School of Business professor Adam Grant combine stories, research, and practical advice to help you and your family gain strength for life’s greatest trials. This powerfully inspiring book helps you build resilience and move forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

Following the sudden death of her husband, Sandberg felt that she and her children would never feel joy again, only grief and isolation. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend, psychologist Adam Grant, explained concrete steps to help recover and rebound from this life-shattering experience.

“Option B” combines Sandberg’s personal insights with Grant’s research on finding strength in adversity. It also explores how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the human spirit’s capacity to persevere and rediscover joy. Offering help for others in crisis, it explains how to develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many lessons also relate to everyday struggles, allowing you to brave whatever lies ahead.

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