Hello lovelies! It has been an absolute scorcher here in the UK for the last couple of days, so this feels like the perfect time to start talking about Summer Reads.
For me, Summer Reads are always contemporaries. They are also nice ‘easy’ comfort reads that you can lose yourself in whilst you soak in the sun. They are about life and love and are simply wonderful.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Although I didn’t read this in the summer, I do feel like this is the perfect summer read. I devoured this is a matter of days and the heart wrenching writing style and beautifully crafted characters left me completely hooked. You can read my full thoughts here.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. – Good Reads
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.
This is a book which, again, is so beautiful and it made me feel every emotion under the sun. I instantly feel in love with each of the characters and spent the majority of the book trying to piece everything together.
Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.
Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.
Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.
As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest? – Good Reads
The Summer We Ran Away by Jenny Oliver
I’m yet to read this, having picked it up only recently in my local supermarket for on £2.50 – £2.50!!!- but everything about it screamed summer to me.
Julia’s perfect life is in crisis.
As the founder of the Cedar Terrace Whatsapp group, she’s constantly chivvying the neighbours to action, as well as dealing with a kitchen extension, leaning-in at work, and dealing with Imposter Syndrome and her family…
But when she accidentally Whatsapps her neighbours a secret letter to an agony aunt she inadvertently confesses to a secret crush. While she loves her husband, Adam, she spends most of her time fantasising about the married father-of-two who lives opposite, timing her evening runs to coincide with his dog walks, finding reasons to pop over and chat and sometimes she catches him looking in a way that suggests he might quite like her too.
Julia is horror-struck as the little blue ticks appear on the Whatsapp message. Then left dangling as it’s met with widespread silence and a couple of embarrassed emojis.
When the neighbours know exactly what you’re thinking, there’s only one thing to do. Run away. – Good Reads
Where the light gets in by Lucy Dillon
I will warn you, this read broke me. But there was something so utterly delightful in the way it broke me that it is one of the few books I have reread on multiple occasions. It also features my favourite Dillon feature – dogs! You can read my full thoughts here
‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’
It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.
Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.
But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .
Something to tell you by Lucy Diamond
Along with Dillon, another auto buy author of mine is Lucy Diamond. What I love about these authors is that they perfectly encapsulate life as it truly is. So often contemporaries put in tinted glasses and everything revolves around love, so much that sometimes I find myself sitting there going … really?
What makes this read truly special is that it is about every definition of love – romantic, familial, friendship. I just adored this and absolutely every character Diamond created. You can read my full thoughts here.
When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her . . . until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.
Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more?
As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived in town, but now it seems her past is catching up with her. She can’t help wondering if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he discovers who she really is – and what she did.
As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.
So there you have it! I hope this post has got you ready to enjoy the summer.
As it is the last Sunday stack of the month, I can also introduce the prompts for July, which I am so excited to share. If you weren’t aware, I run this #sundaystack challenge across both my blog and my bookstagram and it is absolutely open to all. If you do take part make sure you tag me in them so I can share them with the world!
I’m so excited for next month’s prompts and I can’t wait to see what recommendations I get from all your posts ☺️