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For your summer holidays all you need is sunscreen, a hat and a great read – we’re here to help you with the latter with our pick of some excellent summer beach reads worth bringing with you.

Whether it’s a light-hearted love story or a thrilling whodunit, we’ve got the titles that will help you relax and unwind on holiday.

Counting Chimneys by Sandy Taylor

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The second book in a trilogy, a beautiful, touching and heartbreaking story of love, loss and friendship, set in Brighton in 1969: Dottie Perks steps off the train and breathes in the sea air, the smell of fish and chips, and the precious childhood memories of a friend and place she’ll never forget. Dottie Perks has forged a new life for herself in London, a new job and sweet boyfriend Joe to keep her warm at night. She’s safe, happy and loved. What more could she ask for? But when Dottie returns home to Brighton for a family celebration, the last person she expects to see is her first love; the boy who stole her heart… and broke it. As old familiar feelings come rushing to the surface, Dottie struggles to deny the strong chemistry that still exists between them. She can’t throw away everything to be with Ralph…can she? And if she does, how can they ever overcome the pain and tragedy of their shared past?

Find it online on Amazon

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 

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If you’re looking for a charming, uplifting and feel good read you can get through within the week look no further than the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Set in post-war Britain in 1946, the book tells the story of writer Juliet Ashton, who while searching for the subject of her next book starts receiving correspondence by Dawsey Adams, a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As letters begin flying back and forth between Juliet and the members of the society, she comes to learn more about life in Guernsey under the German Occupation and discovers the members of the society are just as extraordinary as its name.

Find it online at Waterstones

 The Lake House by Kate Morton

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This gripping and mysterious novel centers around a country house in Cornwall abandoned by its owners, the Edevane family, after tragedy strikes in the summer of 1933. Seventy years later, a woman stumbles across the overgrown gardens and learns the unsolved mystery of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. As the truth slowly begins to unravel, Alice Edevane, just 16 when it happened and now an old woman, is forced to face secrets she has spent her life trying to escape. 

Find it online on Amazon

 

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

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Set in 1883, The Essex Serpent tells the story of Cora Seaborne, who is freed from an unhappy marriage after the death of her husband. When she arrives in the countryside with her son, she hears the rumours about the so-called ‘Essex Serpent’, a creature being blamed for a number of disturbances in the local community. Her investigations bring her into the path of local clergyman William Ransome, and the two find themselves bound to each other in ways neither could anticipate as they each seek to explain the hysteria that has gripped their town.

Find it online at Waterstones

According to Yes by Dawn French 

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According to Yes tells the story Rosie Kitto, an eccentric 38-year-old primary school teacher who winds up in Manhattan caring for the children of the Wilder-Bingham family after running away from her previous life. As the family’s lives begin to unravel, Rosie finds herself intertwined with various members of the family to hilarious – and disastrous – consequences.

Find it online at Waterstones

 

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elen
20th Aug 2016
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I've got plenty of books on my book shelves and Kindle. Just finished what I considered a heavy going one 'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell - a sort of time travel through the spirts, very much on the lines of his 'Cloud Atlas' . You have to really get yourself absorbed into his books to feel them. They are in many ways futuristic aswell, in fact 'Bone Clocks' mentions an 'Hinkley Point E' !!!! I'm now onto a lighter read 'The man who disappeared' by Clare Morrall (paperback) and another on the Kindle 'The Butterflies Garden'.
Pam1960
2nd Aug 2016
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Just finished Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan. Another book that I have enjoyed and would definitely read again. I like plots with a twist I'm off on holiday in three weeks, if anyone can recommend anything I am open to suggestions. I like most things apart from horror, Sci fi and westerns
Pam1960
27th Jul 2016
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Thanks for the recommendation Kes. I read Oh Dear Sylvia whilst on holiday. What a joy to read, so sad and funny at the same time. I also read Counting Chimneys. Loved this, hoping there will be another in the series as I got really involved in Dotties's life, very enjoyable book. Currently reading Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
Pam1960
6th Jul 2016
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I have read According to Yes by Dawn French, enjoyed it do I'm going to get het other books. I have also read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society which was a great read. I must get Counting Chimneys to take on holiday as I read the first book and got really involved with the characters. Can't wait to read it.
Kes
6th Jul 2016
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Pam, Do get Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French. She is a real wit.
Pam1960
7th Jul 2016
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I will download it onto my iPad today ready to start reading when I'm on holiday. I'll let you know what I think
Kes
7th Jul 2016
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Great. I look forward to hearing from you about it.
Kes
5th Jul 2016
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Already got three books on the go at the moment, Snap Crackle and Pop by Carol Kearney, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and Moving by Jenny Eclair. One to read when I'm upstairs, one on the go when I'm downstairs, and one on my iPad when out and about. Friends think I'm nuts having 3 on the go. However, I have just aquired According to Yes by Dawn French, which will be my holiday read. Such fun.
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What a multi-tasker you are Karen 🙂
Kes
6th Jul 2016
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Just lazy Sally, as I don't want to be up and down the stairs fetching my book. Have you read Carol Kearney's book?
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Carol sent me a copy of her book which I now cherish - did you know she sadly passed away in May? I am planning to read it this summer (when I get a minute!) I know she had a wonderful sense of humour and a great style of writing 😉
Kes
7th Jul 2016
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Yes, I read your announcement about Carol and was really saddened by it. How lovely that she sent you a copy of her book. I won't spoil it for you. It was wonderful that she managed to get it published. I loved her sense of humour too.

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