Summer Is Coming… Get Ready With These Beach Reads

Summer is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! Get ready for beach vacations and kicking back by the pool with these perfect summer reads from Choc Lit, Allison & Busby, and Mereo Books

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If you like Historical Romance…
Beach Read - Jade Lioness.jpgThe Jade Lioness by Christina Courtenay
Can an impossible love become possible?
Nagasaki, 1648 Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.
On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honor. But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?
Available Now $11.95

If you like Romantic Suspense…
Beach Read - SBTS.jpgSomewhere Beyond the Sea by Amanda James
Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy – so what’s making her so withdrawn? Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now? As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?
Available Now $11.95

If you like Classic Literature…
Beach Reads - Midsummer DreamsMidsummer Dreams by Alison May
Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything…

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect. Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself. Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers. Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.
Available Now $11.95

Beach Reads - Emma.jpgThe Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer
Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family – and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning? Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business. Then Mark gets involved and the sparks begin to fly. It’s just like the old days, except that now he’s seeing her through totally new eyes. While Mark struggles to keep his feelings in check, Emma remains immune to the Knightley charm. She’s never forgotten that embarrassing moment when he discovered her teenage crush on him. He’s still pouring scorn on all her projects, especially her beautifully orchestrated campaign to find Mr Right for her ditzy PA. And finally, when the mysterious Flynn Churchill – the man of her dreams – turns up, how could she have eyes for anyone else? With its clueless heroine and entertaining plot, this modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma stays true to the original, while giving fresh insights into the mind of its thoroughly updated and irresistible hero.
Available Now $11.95

If you like Pirates and Romantic Sea Stories…
Gypsy Hawk Beach ReadThe Legend of the Gypsy Hawk by Sally Malcolm
“Come then, and I’ll tell you the tale of the Gypsy Hawk and her wily captain – the infamous Zachary Hazard…”
To Amelia Dauphin, freedom is her most prized possession and she will stop at nothing to keep it. Daughter of a Pirate King and the youngest captain in her father’s fleet, she lives on the island of Ile Saint Anne, where pirates roam free and liberty reigns.
Zachary Hazard, captain of the Gypsy Hawk, hasn’t been seen on Ile Saint Anne for six years but his reputation precedes him. To Zach, liberty is the open water and he has little time for the land-bound pirate island.
But when he hears that Amelia’s people could be in danger, he has no choice but to return. And what begins then is a desperate fight for freedom and a legend in the making…
Available Now $11.95

If you like Romance Set in the Italian Countryside…
Evie Undercover beach ReadEvie Undercover by Liz Harris
When libel lawyer, Tom Hadleigh acquires a perfect holiday home – a 14th century house that needs restoring, there’s a slight problem. The house is located in the beautiful Umbria countryside and Tom can’t speak a word of Italian.
Enter Evie Shaw, masquerading as an agency temp but in reality the newest reporter for gossip magazine Pure Dirt. Unbeknown to Tom, Italian speaking Evie has been sent by her manipulative editor to write an exposé on him. And the stakes are high – Evie’s job rests on her success.
But the path for the investigative journalist is seldom smooth, and it certainly never is when the subject in hand is drop-dead gorgeous.
Available Now $11.95

If you like Romance with Paranormal Elements…
Beach Read PRM.jpgPlease Release Me by Rhoda Baxter
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.
That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.
In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.
But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after…
Coming Soon $11.95


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If you like Historical Fiction…
Summers End Beach Reads.jpgSummer’s End by Amy Myers
“The end of the old world,” people said about the long hot summer of 1914. It was the last season of optimism, of certainty about the future as the sun set on the Edwardian age. That summer Aunt Tilly comes to stay with her brother the Rector and his four lively daughters in the sleepy Sussex village of Ashden. Aunt Tilly’s visit sparks off a chain of events which threatens to split Ashden apart, in which Agnes Pilbeam, the Rectory palourmaid, and her sweetheart Jamie find themselves bewilderingly caught up. Then in August the lamps go out all over Europe and war bursts open the straitjacket of rural village life. The war will bring tragedy, change and love as private torments and struggles are subjected to the greater need. The challenge will prove too much for some and the making of others.
Available Now $9.95

Beach Read We'll Meet Again.jpgWe’ll Meet Again by Mary Nichols
1940. London is facing the full wrath of the blitz and amid the chaos Sheila Phipps is orphaned after a devastating air raid claims her family and her home. She is evacuated to Bletchley to live with her aunt Constance, where she forms an unlikely friendship with Prudence Le Strange, who is working in the code breaking unit at Bletchley. As their friendship grows stronger, the war subjects Sheila and Prue to fresh tragedies as, one by one, those they love are called away to distant battlefields, only to join the growing ranks of the missing, the captured and the dead. As the war escalates, the two friends find their lives increasingly complicated not only by the secrets of wartime but by those the conflict has dredged up from the past.
Available Now $16.95

If you like Mystery & Suspense with Romantic Elements…
EST Beach Read.jpgEvery Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley
Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had spoken to her – about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder and, most worryingly, her grandmother. His story was old, he had told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother’s mysterious war-time past and across the Atlantic as she tries to retrace the dead man’s footsteps. Finding out the truth is not so simple, however, as only a few people are still alive who know the story…and Kate soon realizes that her questions are putting their lives in danger. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, she must use her tough journalistic instinct to find the answers from the past in order to have a future.
Available Now $16.95

Beach Reads September Garden.jpgThe September Garden by Catherine Law
Set in London during the Blitz, in occupied France, and among the rolling Chiltern hills, this is the story of two cousins thrown together by the outbreak of war. Nell and Sylvie grow up quickly during the early days of rationing, blackouts, and the arrival of RAF planes in the skies. But even as the war rages on around them, the competition and jealousy between the cousins battles on – especially in romance. When the girls fall in love with the same man, he is spared having to choose between them as the war pulls them all apart and changes the course of their lives, with devastating consequences. For Nell, the only place she can ever find solace is inside the September Garden, her father’s walled sanctuary. It is here that she decides to hide her most dreadful secret…
Available Now $16.95

If you like Wartime Romance…
Beach reads Rubys War.jpgRuby’s War by Johanna Winard
In the autumn of 1942, fifteen year old Ruby is collected from her aunt’s guesthouse by her grandfather. She is taken to live with him in a village in industrial Lancashire, where a few days after her arrival, a number of US Quartermaster Truck Companies of black troops take over a nearby camp. Bo, Con, and Wes are ready to help with the war effort, but instead are alienated and mistrusted by their own white sergeants, forcing them to pass the days in the village. Before long tension rises between the newly arrived troops and the locals, many of whom still have embedded racial prejudices. As the town becomes divided, Ruby and her friends must struggle with adolescence, illicit love, dangerous friendships and the difficultly of doing what is right in a chaotic and unfair world. Based on the author’s family history, it is a warmhearted World War Two romance involving American GIs; a beautifully told story that evokes the times.
Available Now $16.95

World Beyond Beach ReadThe World Beyond by Sangeeta Bhargava
1855, Lucknow. As tensions simmer in the heat of repressive colonial India, a prince of Avadh and an English woman defy their societies’ prejudices to fall in love. But in a world where private happiness is at the mercy of wider events, even as Salim and Rachael are drawn closer together, their privileged lives are about to be torn apart. Trouble begins when the British annex Avadh and banish the rightful king. Determined to recover what is rightfully his, Salim seizes the chance to fight back when a small sepoy mutiny flares into bloody rebellion against British rule. As unrest spreads across the subcontinent, the contested ancient city of Lucknow proves one of the most dangerous places to be. Torn between their loyalties to each other, their families and the opposing sides that threaten to raze Lucknow to the ground, can Salim and Rachael’s love prove strong enough to rise above the devastation surrounding them, and survive together to a world beyond?  A love story fraught with the tension of the Indian Mutiny.
Available Now $16.95

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A Flight of Golden Wings by Beryl Matthews

1944. Ruth Aspinall loves flying and soon becomes an accomplished pilot. When war breaks out and the Air Transport Auxiliary is formed she is anxious to join them. Whilst working for the ATA, Ruth meets Jack Nelson, an experienced pilot from America. With danger all around them, Jack won’t commit himself to a serious relationship. By D-Day, Jack has a Spitfire to deliver to France, but his plane never arrives. Ruth is heartbroken, but cannot accept that she will never see Jack again.
Coming Soon $9.95


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If you like Historical Fiction…
FHYW Beach ReadsThe Five Hundred Year War by Edward Tovey
In 1415, two noble Kentish families, the Wallers and the Hollands, were united by the courage of their sons in triumphant battle against the French at Agincourt. Five hundred years later, their descendants found themselves fighting shoulder-to-shoulder in France once again, this time united with the French against a new enemy in the First World War. Edward Tovey has built on centuries of history to weave a romantic and moving story of peace and war, love and courage, set against the backdrop of northern France and the battlefields of the Somme. Carefully researched and imaginatively written, The Five Hundred Year War tells the story of a brave young English officer who is determined to serve his country on the front line, and the conflict of loyalties he faces when he falls for a stunningly beautiful French girl.
Available Now $21.95 $15.36

 

White Queen Beach Reads
The White Queen of Middleham
For Anne Neville, a timid and delicate child ignored by her mother, patronised by her elder sister and bullied by her formidable father Warwick the Kingmaker, her childhood friend Richard Plantagenet becomes a source of strength throughout her life. As she moves abruptly from castle to castle, and from England to France, with Warwick’s changing fortunes in the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Anne is a pawn in the dangerous games of political intrigue that she struggles to understand. The third son of the ambitious Duke of York, later King Richard III, is a hero in the eyes of the shy and bewildered Anne, and the key to her understanding of the great events happening around her. Their love, almost wrecked by the feud of York and Lancaster, culminates in great happiness and the last Plantagenet reign in England. The White Queen of Middleham was originally called The White Queen. Under that title it was runner up for the first Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, and was published by Bodley Head.
Available Now $14.95 $10.46

 

Oracles of Troy Beach Reads

The Oracles of Troy by Glyn Iliffe

Achilles and Ajax are dead and the hope of the Greeks has died with them, leaving the army restless for their homes and threatening rebellion. Then a series of oracles appears, utterances from the gods that must be fulfilled if Troy is to be defeated and the war brought to an end. Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks, knows that only one man has the courage and intelligence to complete the tasks set by the Olympians: Odysseus, king of Ithaca. From an island haunted by a vengeful madman to a forsaken tomb and its deadly guardian, from the palace of a hostile king to the sacred heart of Troy itself, Odysseus and his friend Eperitus must follow the trail toward the greatest deception of all time. The Trojan horse.
Now Available $14.95 $10.46

 

If you like Science Fiction…
Hummer Beach reads.jpgHummer by Terry Parkins
The aging bee Hummer has had to relinquish his post as commander of the Hive Defense Garrison through injury, but his heart and his courage are as strong as ever. Now the peace and security of the bees of Lambas is threatened by the terrifying and ambitious drone Redmore, their tyrannical new Honey Controller, and his impossible demands for ever more food supplies. It will take all Hummer’s courage and wisdom to lead their defense with his brave young allies Brendan, Laser and Casper, as well as an unlikely alliance with an aggressive tribe of giant ants. An enthralling story of conflict and loyalty, war and peace in the world of bees.
Coming Soon $24.50 $17.15

 

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