Beach Reads 2021 Titles
Anna K Away by Jenny Lee
When Anna, once New York City’s golden girl, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the death of her lover, her father sends her to South Korea for the summer to hide her away. Meanwhile in the U.S., Lolly is moving on with her cheating boyfriend, while falling in love with a boy at theater camp. In Manhattan, Kimmie and Dustin struggle to consummate their relationship. And Bea has escaped from grief to LA, and has her heart stolen by a handsome stranger. Set over the course of a summer, Anna K Away is a story of heartbreak, love, loss, and adventure.
Attachments by Jeff Arch
The award-winning screenwriter of Sleepless in Seattle, Jeff Arch is at it again with Attachments, which brings three former best friends back to campus 20 years later after the death of their boarding school dean. Stewart and Sandy both fell in love with Laura when they met at their coal-country Pennsylvania boarding school in 1972. The three form a fast bond with dean Henry Griffin, who’s dying words of the two male students. When they’re brought back, secrets and betrayals from the past are revealed, and the only one who can solve the puzzle is in a coma. To top it all off, the dean’s son Chip is about to figure things out that he can’t fathom and can barely handle.
The Bookstore on the Beach: A Novel by Brenda Novak
How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one? Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try. Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised.
The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax
Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have little in common beyond their love of reading and wine, and the shared realization that none of their lives are where they want to be. Jazmine is a former tennis star turned sports agent who’s managing work and being a single mom. Judith is questioning her role in her marriage and missing her kids who have flown the coop. Erin’s dealing with her fiancé’s cold feet, and Sara is stuck living with her crazy mother-in-law. However, in their historic carriage house turned bookstore, the four women can laugh and fantasize their own versions of happily ever after.
Fearless: The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success, by Rebecca Minkoff
You might know her as a famous designer, and Rebecca Minkoff has a lot to say about what it takes to be successful. Packed with personal anecdotes, inspirational musings, and a lot of tips, Minkoff’s story will make you want to re-evaluate how you measure creativity and happiness. And that’s never a bad thing.
The Guncle Steven Rowley
Patrick is the beloved Gay uncle of his niece Maisie and nephew Grant. He loves them too, but he’s very overwhelmed. When tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother, Patrick finds himself in the position of being their primary guardian. Patrick has no idea what to expect but soon opens his eyes to the sense of responsibility and mistakes that come with responsibility larger than life.
Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin
A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of over-privileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets….
The Husbands by Chandler Baker
Nora Spangler is a successful attorney by day, and super mom by night. When her family searches for houses in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, she meets a group of equally high-powered women. The difference is that these women actually have supportive husbands. Nora agrees to help with a resident’s wrongful death case and finds the secret to having it all. A secret that’s worth killing for.
It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian
After a decade-long relationship ends, thirty-something Noni Blake realizes she’s put herself last and wants to focus more on putting herself first — her desires, needs and what feels good to do in the moment for her life (a life that has been rather predictable and bland). Inspired by her new mantra, she sets off on a pleasure seeking quest that takes her halfway around the world. Lots of mishaps, exploration of sexuality, friendships and self discovery along the way.
The Last Train to Key West, by Chanel Cleeton
Cleeton’s latest novel features Mirta Perez, a young woman from the 1930s, new to living in the Florida Keys after she finds herself in an arranged marriage in Cuba. While there, she meets Elizabeth Preston, a NYC woman trying to save her family fortune in the Keys. Over a holiday weekend, the women cross paths and ultimately try to save themselves and those around them from imminent danger.
Mona At Sea by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
Perfectionist millennial Mona is failing upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. She’s without a job, living with her parents, and living the world through a cynic’s eyes. She’s basically walking a knife’s edge as she navigates her own troubles as well as her parents’ shattering marriage. The more she searches for perfection, the more she sees how unattainable that is. Mona’s journey forces readers to confront the meaning of life, and how to be ready for those revelations.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Poppy and Alex have nothing in common besides their decade long tradition of joint summer beach vacations. However, two years ago they ruined everything and haven’t spoken since. Poppy knows that the last time she was truly happy was the last beach vacation and she decides to take Alex with her on vacation once more. With only a week to fix everything, Poppy doesn’t know if she can face the one big truth that stood quietly in the middle of their relationship.
The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter
Delta Dawn observes the elite and perfect lives of New York City residents through photographing birthday parties, family portraits and creating moments parents long for. When Delta is hired for the Natalie Straub’s 11th birthday, she wishes she were part of the scene. So, Delta begins a plan to babysit Natalie, befriend her mom, and listen to her father. Soon, Delta no longer experiences richness through the camera but by bathing in their master bathtub and drinking expensive wine. Still, Delta feels like she’s far away, until she realizes that she can manipulate more than just photos.
Sex and Vanity, by Kevin Kwan
The man behind Crazy Rich Asians brings readers an all-new family dynamic, this time off the coast of Capri, Italy. As the daughter of a white man and a Chinese-American woman, she finds herself trying to figure out which of two suitors is best for her: The man who will fit in with her American family, or the man she’s infatuated with. It’s a story about making your own decisions and following your heart…. with family hijinks thrown in.
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent
Somehow Birdy has run away from her life and into her best friend Heather’s, but she hasn’t told Heather. Birdy is spending the summer in the world-class wine expert job that Heather ditched and it’s a lot more than she bargained for. Amidst these struggles, Birdy also falls in love. The only catch is that this man doesn’t know her true identity.
The Therapist by B.A. Paris
Alice and Leo have moved into their dream house in an elite community. But all that glitters is not gold. As Alice meets her new neighbors, she discovers a secret about her house, and feels a strong connection to Nina, the therapist who lived there before. Alice is obsessed with solving the mystery, but none of her neighbors are willing to help.
This Close to Okay, by Leesa Cross-Smith
Telling the story of a divorced therapist as she helps stop a man from jumping off a bridge, the two people’s lives are irrevocably tied together forever. Make sure you have a pack of tissues at the ready.
To Sir, with Love, by Lauren Layne
Remember the movie You’ve Got Mail? Think of this novel as an updated version, Tinder and all. Going through personal trauma, taking over the family business, and featuring an annoyingly handsome guy trying to buy said business, Gracie is just about over it. Not willing to tell her loved ones about what’s going on, she turns to the one person she knows will always listen to her: sir, a man she connected with on a blind dating app, where you must talk to each other before seeing photos. It’s the perfect read while sipping a Mai Tai on the sand.
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
After separating from her husband, dedicated journalist Amelia Buxton finds the biggest story of her career is deeply personal. Amelia discovered that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned” and must tell Parker. However, Parker has been unable to move on since Greer’s death and after Amelia reveals the embryos, Parker realizes his only way to get Greer back in his life is to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate. Parker and Amelia begin to find solace with each other in their childhood Beach house as they navigate their uncertain futures. In the process they learn about family, choice, and moving on.
Unfinished, by Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Yes, she’s a big-time actress and married to a Jonas brother. But in her debut memoir, the star gives fans an inside look into her life in India, moving to the United States as a teenager, becoming a pageant queen at a young age, and eventually becoming the woman she is today. With personal stories and heartbreaking moments, readers will get a true look at Chopra Jonas on her own terms.
You Had Me at Hola, by Alexis Daria
A telenovela star is trying to get over a breakup when she suddenly becomes the face of the tabloids. She finds herself cast in the quintessential NYC rom-com with a hot romantic interest…. I think you can figure out where this is going.