Friday, February 26, 2021

Spring Break Reads With Phoebe of Read & Wright

 We have an overcast and rainy weekend ahead of us in Birmingham this weekend, so this post from Phoebe couldn’t come at a better time. For being a short month, February always feels long, especially since I start to get over the winter weather and long for springtime. Even though we won’t have that for a little while, Phoebe is recommending some great spring break-worthy reads with us today! 

Who else is dreaming of a vacation? I know it won’t be safe to travel any time soon, so I’m leaning on stories that will sweep me away to a warm beach and plop a cocktail in my hand. I’m more of a pool gal than a beach gal, but after these snow-filled months, I am ready to dig my toes in the sand and enjoy some sunshine! 

Until that can happen safely, here are some books that can transport you to the warmth of spring and summer. I’m going to pretend I’m on spring break! How about you? 

Shipped by Angie Hockman

This is a sweet romance between competing coworkers who are looking to increase their company’s social media presence to sell more cruises. Henley and Graehm are competing for a new digital marketing position while on a mission to collect customer data on a cruise through the Galapagos. Miscommunication, adventure, and sparks fly! 

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This book is one of my top recommendations any time of year. It’s probably been on a list here before! When an entire wedding falls victim to food poisoning except for the Maid of Honor and Best Man, they’re tasked with taking the Bride and Groom’s honeymoon, so the trip doesn’t go to waste. Only problem? They can’t stand each other. Olive and Ethan find themselves in Hawaii, with one bed, and a tension that can’t be eased...unless they’re falling for each other? This one is funny, sexy, and just the right amount of spicy. 

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

I recently read this book set in Los Angeles and really enjoyed it! When a social media influencer and famous soap actor are caught canoodling, their families insist on meeting the new partner. But they’re not actually dating! When it becomes clear it will be a positive for both their careers, they begin spending more time together, allowing real feelings to grow.  

The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han

If you love To All the Boys I Loved Before, look no further than this other Jenny Han series. It spans multiple years and summers at a family beach home. It’s filled with nostalgia, first loves, those teen butterflies, and found family. Content Warning: cancer, loss of a parent to cancer 

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mylanowski

I read this book in a day a couple of years ago and still think about how fun it is. Two friends take a graduation trip through Europe and end up running into an ex. Their plans change, taking them from London and France to Amsterdam and the beaches of Monaco. It’s a great summery coming of age story that will have you laughing and swooning! 

The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

For all my thriller lovers! This is a thriller set on a secluded beach honeymoon. After a whirlwind romance, Chloe and Dan find themselves enjoying their beach getaway so much, Dan begins suggesting they stay forever. Chloe laughs it off, but when he becomes more and more adamant, she suddenly realizes he may never let her leave...

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

If you love to spend your vacations in Disney and are missing the magic of the parks, look no further than this new adult romance set in a fictional version of Disney! Alyssa is ready for a perfect summer with a boyfriend who will no longer be long-distance working at her favorite theme park. She’s literally a princess, but even that can’t save her reality. When things begin to fall apart, an unlikely friend helps Alyssa realize she’s a lot more than just a pretty princess, and reality is better than a fairy tale. 

Stranger on the Beach by Michelle Campbell

thriller for all of you who love to be spooked! I am not one of them, but I know Dorothy is! Michelle Campbell’s A Stranger on the Beach follows Caroline, who has the crown jewel of beach houses. However, after a very public fight with her husband is witnessed by some neighbors, she realizes things aren’t as perfect as she led herself to believe. She turns to a stranger for comfort in a brief fling, but it may not have been a fling for this stranger she found on the beach. 

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

I can’t do this synopsis justice, so here it is straight from the publisher! 

“Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night, she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again.” 

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

This cover screams spring break to me! Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. However, her unreliable boyfriend disappoints her again, so she recruits Luis to join her on a family vacation and pretend to be her fiance.  

Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips, sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. This fake relationship starts to feel a lot more real, just as it’s time for Sara to return home.  

I hope these bring some sunshine to your life and transport you to the spring break of your dreams until we can all travel safely again! If you do enjoy them, be sure to let me know! I love hearing from you. 

Happy Reading! 

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