Fun Summer Reads

July new releases are on the fun side of fiction. These reads would be great by a pool, at the lake, in a hammock, on a plane or at your favorite air-conditioned coffee shop. Wherever you’re hanging out this summer, take a good book!

1. Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano

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At 38, Paris native Camille feels like happiness has eluded here even though she has a good job, a loving husband and a wonderful son. She searches for the path to joy and finds Claude, a routinologist, who offers unique advice. Camille embarks on a journey full of surprising escapades, creative capers and deep meaning.

A charming, feel-good and universal story of one woman’s journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment–for fans of Hector and The Search for Happiness and Eat, Pray, Love.

“…Funny, sweet, and not without a few important happy-life tips.” —Good Housekeeping

2. When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

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It is difficult to savor life with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Callie Smith is confused when she discovers she has a brother and a sister. Her brother Malcolm grew up with affection, wealth and privilege. Her sister Keira is a streetwise 12-year-old. While Callie doesn’t love being alone, it’s safe. Warily she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping for a whole new life.

Starting over is messy. Callie and Keira bond, but aren’t with their posh new lifestyle. Malcolm feels like the odd man out in his own home. He turned a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, but he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family—blended by surprise, not by choice—and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

3. The Lido by Libby Page

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Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; fell in love with her husband, George; and found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews feels desperately alone as a new Brixton resident. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. When she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on Rosemary. Their friendship blossoms as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate.

“A delicious debut about the endearing friendship between two women who join forces to save the town pool. Refreshing, funny and heartwarming, The Lido is must read.”—Laura Dave, national bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes and Hello, Sunshine

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