15 Summer Releases for your TBR List

summer releases
It’s finally summertime!  And even though a lot of us are stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t find some time in our busy schedules to take a break. Let these anticipated summer releases drift you away to a literary vacation full of adventure, heartbreak, and romance.

We Came Here to Shine 

by Susie Orman Schnall (June 16)

Set during the iconic New York World’s Fair in 1939, We Came Here to Shine tells the remarkable story of two young women with the drive to make their wildest dreams come true. Vivi Holden wants to be an actress in Hollywood, and Maxine Roth wants to be a successful journalist. Up against male-dominated industries, the two women team up to form an unbreakable friendship and help each other succeed during the most meaningful summer of their lives.

 The Wife Who Knew Too Much 

by Michele Campbell (July 28)

This gripping novel follows Tabitha Girard, who runs into her summer fling from 13 years earlier, Connor Ford. After she goes through a nasty divorce and Connor’s wife takes her own life, they are finally free to be together. However, when Tabitha finds a diary that belonged to Connor’s late wife, her new life of luxury begins to crumble. She starts to learn that what a wife knows can kill her.

Saving Ruby King 

by Catherine Adel West (June 16)

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their South Side Chicago home, she’s left on her own with her violent father. As her best friend Layla senses the urgent danger Ruby is in, she uncovers secrets about their families’ intertwined pasts, and realizes her bond to Ruby is more complicated than it seems. Will Ruby be able to find the strength to break free?

A Spell For Trouble 

by Esme Addison (July 7)

Aleksandra Daniels hasn’t seen her aunt and cousins in over 20 years. After her mother died, her father forbids her from visiting them. But on a whim, Alex finally decides to accept an invite to help her family with their herbal apothecary business in Bellamy Bay, North Carolina. However, when one of her family members is arrested following a local’s death, gossip and rumors quickly circulate within the small town. Alex sets out on an investigation that uncovers secrets that have been desperately hidden, and she learns these secrets may be worth killing for.

Gravity is Heartless 

by Sarah Lahey (June 2)

This series debut shows readers a not-too-distant future worth exploring. It’s 2050: technology has greatly advanced, two opposing ideologies divide humanity, and climate change is in full swing. When climate scientist Quinn Buyers loses everything because of a freak weather accident on her wedding day, including her famous scientist mother, she must trek across the globe to find answers and prove her innocence.

summer beach reads

The Lost Girls of Devon 

by Barbara O’Neal (July 14)

Zoe Fairchild has intentionally avoided the small Devon village where she grew up. However, when she learns that an old friend has gone missing, she must push past her hurt, pack up her fifteen-year-old daughter, and head home. When Zoe arrives and four generations of Fairchild women unite, they will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine. They are all desperate to solve the town’s mystery, heal themselves, and mend relationships with each other.

 Master Class 

by Christina Dalcher (April 21)

From Christina Dalcher, best-selling author of VOX, comes a novel that examines a disturbing near future. Every child’s future is determined by a quotient. If they score high, they will attend a great school and be set for life, but if they score low, they are shipped away to boarding school with limited options. When elite teacher Elena Fairchild’s daughter bombs her test and is shipped away to a federal institution, Elena will do the unthinkable to get her back.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown 

by Talia Hibbert (June 23)

Danika Brown knows what she wants — and it’s not romance. But when she agrees to fake date the big, brooding man who “rescued” her from a workplace fire drill gone wrong (and viral), her friends-with-benefits plan is derailed. With a relationship more complex than she hoped for, she starts to wonder, is the universe waiting for her to take a hint?

The Safe Place 

by Anna Downes (July 14)

Emily Proudman has just lost her job, her acting agent, and her apartment. But when she runs into a successful and charismatic CEO, Scott Denny, she gets offered a summer job at his remote French estate. Her summer starts out with glamourous sunbathing and wine by the pool, but soon, Emily realizes that Scott and his family are harboring dangerous secrets. If she doesn’t stop snooping, things may turn deadly.

 The Secret Women 

by Sheila Williams (June 9)

Elise Armstrong, Carmen Bradshaw, and DeeDee Davis meet in a yoga class. Once they discover they have all recently lost their mothers, they become fast friends. As the three meet over monthly margaritas and help each other sort through their mothers’ belongings, they share support, advice, and laughter. Each woman works to understand who their mothers were, and they come to realize that they have what their mothers needed most but did not have — other trustworthy women.

spring reads

 Fast Girls 

by Elise Hooper (July 7)

Acclaimed author Elise Hooper explores the untold stories of three women on the first integrated women’s Olympic team. Chicago’s Betty Robinson, Boston’s Louise Stokes, and Missouri’s Helen Stephens set out to defy society’s expectations of what women can do. These three athletes will fight for their chance to compete amidst the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Olympics in Berlin while enduring gender and race discrimination as well as personal battles.

You Had Me at Hola 

by Alexis Daria (August 4)

Jasmine Lin Rodriguez returns home to New York after a messy public breakup when she lands a leading role that could change her life. Jasmine then gets partnered with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez, and they decide to rehearse in private to perfect their roles. But when Jasmin and Ashton start falling for one another, their livelihoods are threatened, and they must question if their relationship is worth it.

If You Must Know 

by Jamie Beck (June 1)

Bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel shows how secrets tie a family together and drive them apart. It follows sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner, who couldn’t be more different. They are happy living completely separate lives in their hometown of Potomac Point, but when lies unearth unsettling truths about everything they know, they must come together to save their family.

Well-Behaved Indian Women 

by Saumya Dave (July 14)

This anticipated debut novel follows three generations of Indian and Indian-American women as they traverse through life. Simran has always felt criticized by her mother, Nandini. Nandini has dedicated herself to making a life for her children in America. Nadini’s mother, Mimi, feels like she failed her daughter. As life begins to pull Nandini and Simran in different directions, Mimi is determined to keep everyone together, even as she fights her own secret.

 The Takeaway Men 

by Meryl Ain (August 4)

Following World War II, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna and their parents arrive in the U.S. from a Displaced Persons Camp. They try to adjust to American life while facing fear of the Cold War and pushing aside the haunting shadow of the Holocaust. Years later, a former Nazi is brought out of hiding in their community and the growing girls begin to demand answers about their parents’ pasts. But they soon learn the pain and horrors of the past will be harder to uncover than they anticipated.

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