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Summer 2022 Book Recommendations

Updated: Jul 20

Having a book with you on an adventure is the best. Recently my husband and I went kayaking; when we reached a point of just enjoying the water, I pulled my book out and realized not most people would think to bring a book kayaking, hiking, or camping. It is honestly the best time! Where else are you going to have no technology distracting?


Another great time to read or listen to a book is when doing ordinary chores around the home. No matter the phase of life, adventures aren’t a mountain or lake but keeping little ones sane and alive. Keep one of these books in mind.


Also, remember you have to get to the adventure wherever it is. If audible is your vibe, sometimes the best time for a book is driving to the trailhead or camping trip. Especially since radio or cell service could cut out, pro tip - download the book before the drive.

The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley


Rating: 🍍🍍🍍


A picture is worth a thousand words, as the expression goes. That is how this beautiful story unfolds. Kate is given a photo by her grandmother that leads her down a rabbit hole about her mother's birth parents.


Kate once asked her mom about her birth parents, which went nowhere. Her mother was a well-known ballerina and died suddenly in a plane crash. All Kate had was her grandmother, whose health was declining. One day her mind is sharp enough to remember a photo and letter she received years ago that kept secret from Kate's mom.


Kate's grandmother passed shortly after and all Kate had left of her family was a photo and a letter from a stranger. Whose is this woman? Could that hold a potential family secret of where her famous mother's birth mom was? At first glance, it looks like it is her mother, so there’s no denying the potential truth.

Kate was lost in her own life. She pushed away any relationship she had. Now with her mother and grandmother gone, she is completely alone. She embarks on an incredible relationship test to find family, friends, and a new life for herself.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Rating: 🍍🍍


This story comes with massive warning labels. The story starts with Nora's life being shambles and her plotting to kill herself. If that is a triggering storyline for you, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!


I read this book for a book club with my local library and almost didn’t finish it. From the context


The premise of this book is Nora is not completely dead, nor is she fully alive. After following through on trying to kill herself, she’s in limbo to find the life she should live. Each life teaches her something new about the regrets she held on to, which were not regrets. It also shows that the decision she chose not to make was the right one.


Each of us have decisions we need to make in our lives. Some are the right ones, and others were a lesson learned. Wherever you fall in that equation, whether it’s right or wrong



The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi


Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

This book, I will say, is a must-read. It’s a beautiful story about sisterly love, forgiving yourself, and forgiving those who have wronged you, but also how it’s not a pretty picture to get there.

The main character is Lakshmi, who left her family and everything she knew to establish a life for herself. While creating this new life for herself and seeking the life she thought she wanted, she’s a step away from fulfilling that dream. Then when she’s able to land her dream life, it’s suddenly all out of her hands.


The money she earned, she'd send to her parents to help them survive but also to come live with her. The family she thought she had invited to live in her dream world with her is not what she expected. Her ex-husband finds her. She saw the exceptional henna skills as the way to her desired elite lifestyle. Read this story and be so moved by forgiving others, yourself, and seeing the world around you in a different light.

Anne of Green Gables by T. M. Montgomery


Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍


If you have a daughter, sister, or a close dear friend, read this! Anne is adopted by a family in a small farming town in Canada. This family is an elderly brother and sister who need help in daily land maintenance. They requested a boy but were given Anne. What they got was a girl who captured their hearts.

Anne softened their hearts and shocked the small-town lifestyle. People began to see her quirky behavior as enduring. Anne of Green Gables is a beautiful coming-of-age story for them to read if you have a daughter or niece. Or if you’re looking for a book for book club. There is love, loss, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Once you read this, you’ll know why it’s a classic. I probably listen to the reading by Rachel McAdams and audible about once a year.


The Guest List by Lucy Foley


Rating: 🍍🍍


This is a dark book. It twists and turns and makes you question why a person would want a destination wedding on an island in Ireland with no escape. There are so many family dynamics and backstories that Lucy Foley does a fantastic job unfolding how the different people are connected.

The bride and groom live a lifestyle at an above and beyond level. Both are focused on being the center of attention, and neither wants to share it. The bride is a perfectionist, and her sister is a bridesmaid and is our narrator for this story. The groom is a known celebrity and has a full of himself attitude. The bride loves being in the spotlight and putting her sister down when she can. Tensions are high between guests, family, and the bride and groom.


Then a dead body is found. That’s when no one has a place to hide, and the dark side of this story is no longer the island but the truth exposed.



The Last Mrs. Parrish by Lynne Constantine


Rating: 🍍🍍🍍


Need a twisted web to read? This book is a good page-turner beach read. A woman who seems to have the dream life befriends a woman seeking a more glamorous life. Daphne has a successful real estate mogul husband who allows her to have a socialite life and into philanthropy, and she mainly cares for two children.

A woman named Amber, who comes from Connecticut, befriends Daphne and seems to want to live the life that she is. Amber seems to want everything Daphne has and slowly puts herself in the position of being her closest friend. As life continues, it becomes hard to see what is and what was Daphne’s life and now Amber’s life.

As the story tale life begins to unfold, it’s hard to differentiate what was real and what was a coverup. As the story continues, it is a dark reality that Daphne lives. Amber wanted her life so badly but didn’t realize it came with a cost.

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