Summer is officially here and you know what that means. It's time to head for the beach. In addition to the sunscreen, beach towel, lounge chair, and cooler, make sure you have a good book to read while you relax in the sun. Here are a few new titles to consider taking on the trip. Book descriptions are from the publisher.
Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman
Samuel Cooke knows most women wouldn't give him a second glance even if he were the last man on earth. So when he leaves his lucrative career to teach programming to high schoolers, romance definitely isn't on his radar. Perhaps that's why Greta Cassamajor catches him off guard. The sarcastic gym coach with zero sense of humor is no beauty not even on the inside. But an inexplicably kind act toward Samuel makes him realize she is interesting. Samuel is certain she won't accept his invitation to dinner so when she does, he's out of his depth. All he knows is that he'll do whatever it takes to keep her as long as he can.
Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
Charming ladies' man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages--that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives.
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish--'til death did them part--for tanned and toned young Barbie brides. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor by keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time for herself--in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she's always dreamed.
Time Flies by Claire Cook
Melanie followed her husband, Kurt, from the New England beach town where their two young sons were thriving to the suburbs of Atlanta. She's carved out a life as a successful metal sculptor, but when Kurt leaves her for another woman, having the tools to cut up their marriage bed is small consolation. She's old enough to know that high school reunions are often a big disappointment, but when her best friend makes her buy a ticket and an old flame gets in touch to see if she'll be going, she fantasizes that returning to her past might help her find her future . . . until her highway driving phobia resurfaces and threatens to hold her back from the adventure of a lifetime.