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5 Summer Reads You Don’t Want To Miss

5 books for summer 2014

5 books to read this summer

William Styron had it right when he said, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.

Right now I’m digging into Little Mercies (available today!) by Heather Gudenkauf – it’s going to be the next title checked off my ‘must read’ list. It will probably be over too soon. You know how it is – you can’t wait to turn the next page, reach the next chapter and gasp at the next plot climax. I’ve shoved one in my purse for work, tucked it in my car for those days I wait for the kids to get out of school and even pulled out my phone to grab a few Kindle chapters while waiting in line at the DMV.

A good book grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Summer time may pull you away from your desk, golden beaches and clear pools calling your name. But, your thirst to turn the pages never stops. You read lake-side, beach-side and sunning in the yard while the children play. No matter if your passion is mystery, thriller, romance or biography – summer is the perfect time to stack up on your reading list. Here are 5 Summer Reads You Don’t Want To Miss.

1. Little Mercies

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

[quote align=’left’]”Compelling… gripping.”
-Publishers Weekly[/quote]In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will [quote align=’right’]”This is a book readers will want to stay with to the very last page.”
– Amazon Reader Review[/quote]have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.  Buy Now on Amazon

Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy + 2 more best selling titles from Heather Gudenkauf!

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2. The Fault in Our Stars

fault in our starsBy John Green – #1 New York Times Bestseller – Now a major motion picture

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Buy Now on Amazon

3. The Matchmaker

the matchmaker novelBy Elin Hilderbrand – 48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man – call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive. Buy Now on Amazon

4. All Fall Down

all fall down novelFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner — Allison Weiss got her happy ending—a handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all? Buy Now on Amazon

5. And the Mountains Echoed

and the mountains echoed novelAn unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. Buy Now on Amazon




The Prize: One (1) Remaking June reader will win a Heather Gudenkauf book bundle with three best selling titles:  Little Mercies, The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden.

Giveaway ends July 31st, 2014 @ 11:59 pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents 18 years of age or older at time of entry. This post and the giveaway is sponsored by Harlequin books. Make sure to read the RJ Giveaway terms here before entering.

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  • Fault in our Stars is on my list, I want to see the movie and I dont do that till I read the book. I wasnt a fan of your last pick- I do love love Kite Runner and A Thousand Splended Suns, but had a problem w/ the last novel. It wasn’t as vibrant on the story for me. I put it down a LOT and picked it up, and put it down and picked it up. I havent actually finished the end yet. Sometimes I find that books dont touch me at every point in my life- so maybe its not time for that book yet.

  • Erin

    The Fault in Our Stars. I really want to see the movie but want to read the book first. That’s how I roll with all movies from books. ;) AND I have no clue what the ending is for either (I think I heard they changed it a bit in the movie?) and I don’t know how much longer I can keep from being spoiled. ;)

  • Holly

    My reading list is sooo long this summer… there have been so many great books coming out recently! I think right now at the top of my list is first time author Mary Kubica’s upcoming book “The Good Girl.” I’ve heard lots of great things about it, and I love discovering authors I’ve never read before :)

  • I have so many books I want to read this summer that it would be hard to specify just one book. The Vacationers, The Secret Keeper, and Little Mercies are on the top of the list though.

  • Angela Saver

    Fault in our Stars is at the top of my list to read, & my favorite read is The Good Girl!

  • Shelby

    I have a ton at the top of the list. I just counted the other day and I have about 220 books on my bookshelf waiting to be read! (I have a problem…) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner…the list goes on and on! I have read 54 books this year…that’s a lot but I need to pick up the pace to get through all of them I have!

  • Melissa Seng

    Little Mercies for sure, The Vacationers, The Hurricane Sisters, and so so many more!

  • Abigail

    I just finished and really enjoyed One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. Next up is The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez