Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic location this summer or just relaxing in the back garden, here are ten new summer books just perfect to escape with!
Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley (Canary Islands) Out now!
Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.
Six months after her parents’ shocking death, 34-year-old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life.
Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy (Marbella) Out Now!
SUN, SEA AND SCANDAL
Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach… but rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for?
He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!
Sunlounger by the Belinda Jones Travel Club (Worldwide) released 1st July
A bumper chick lit anthology of short stories from an amazing group of fabulous authors including Belinda Jones, Miranda Dickinson, Alxandra Brown, Julia Williams and Kate Harrison!
Around the World in 40 Stories – accompanied by your favourite women’s fiction authors.
The big dilemma this summer is which adventure to choose first: Boarding a milliionaire’s yacht in St Tropez? Slipping into a Sheikh’s palace in Dubai? Attending a movie premiere in Venice? Or contemplating your life on an idyllic Thai beach?
WIth so many stories to choose from, there is as much range in the writing styles as the destinations – we’ve got ones to make you chuckle, ones to make you swoon, ones to make you well up or perhaps decide to be a little bit bolder with your life…
The beauty of it is that you don’t even have to pass through security to board Sunlounger Airways! No loading your shoes/belt/keys in a plastic tray, no pat-downs, no bleepers, no suitcase-wrangling, no hassle – just RECLINE, RELAX & READ!
Check out the brilliant website to accompany the book with loads of extras at: http://www.va-va-vacation.com/
About A Girl by Lindsey Kelk (Hawaii) released 4th July
Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.
After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?
But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…
In the Summer Time by Judy Astley (Cornwall) released 4th July
It’s twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she’s back again – with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack, whose wish was to be scattered on the sea overlooked by their one-time holiday home.
The picturesque cove seems just the same as ever, but the people are different – more smart incomers,fewer locals, more luxury yachts in the harbour. But Miranda and Clare both find some strangely familiar faces, and revisit the emotions they both thought had disappeared.
A Night on the Orient Express by Veronica Henry (London to Venice) released 4th July
The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance.
For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime.
A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a lifetime…As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.
The French for Love by Fiona Valpy (Bordeaux) released 12th July
Can Happy-Ever-After get lost in translation?
Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriendand her favourite aunt all within the space ofa few months.So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackleFrench house, Gina decides to pack her bagsfor the Bordeaux countryside – swappingthe miserable English weather for blue skies,sunshine, great wine and a fresh start.What she hasn’t factored in is a hole in theroof, the
most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that shewas never supposed to know.Suddenly feeling a long way from home,Gina will have to rely on new found friends,her own hard work – and Cédric – her charming, mysterious and très handsome new stonemason. But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter.
Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?
Swimming Pool Summer by Rebecca Farnworth (Greece) released 18th July
Frankie hasn’t had a proper relationship for years. But though she tells everyone this is how she wants it, but secretly she’s in love with her best friend Patrick.
Tor didn’t think she could have a baby, but now she is pregnant by her younger lover. Could this mean the end of a romance that has started to mean more to her than she expected?
Leila seems to have it all – a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. But Leila is harbouring a secret that could destroy her marriage forever.
On an idyllic Greek island, the three women try to keep their secrets hidden. But emotions are running high, and when an unexpected guest arrives, events start to spin out of control.
Wicked Wives by Anna-Lou Weatherly (Antigua, London, Ibiza, Capri, Las Vegas, Paris and more!) released 18th July
When the ‘Blue Angel’ yacht is found abandoned off the coast of Antigua and Playboy and Casino owner, Tom Black, who was on board is pronounced missing, foul-play is suspected. After all, the serial gambler and womaniser has made plenty of enemies.
As events come to light however, the finger of suspicion points to three women in particular – and the men they’re married to.
Ellie Scott, the beautiful socialite with a dubious past; Loretta Fiorentino, the fame-seeking gold-digger and Victoria Mayfield, the glamorous successful author.
Full of intrigue, revenge and decadence, this is a tale you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky (Maine, USA) released 18th July
Can the bonds of friendship weather a betrayal? Charlotte and Nicole were once best friends, spending long, idyllic summers together in Nicole’s family home on the island of Quinnipeague, but they have since grown apart. After ten years, their writing careers brings them back together – to write a cookbook about island food in their childhood haven. When both women reunite, it becomes clear that they are both guarding secrets of the years spent apart. But when Charlotte learns that her secret is the key to saving Nicole’s husband’s life, she must face her painful past and risk the consequences that honesty might bring …
Where are you looking forward to escaping to this summer?