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Summer Reading Guide

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Whether you're under an umbrella at the beach, or curled up indoors on a hot, humid day, Summer is the season for reading. Every time of year is a good time for cozying up with a good book, but Summer's slower pace and relaxed and lazy days make for perfect reading conditions.

This Summer, get inspired or swept away with outstanding new books that are easy to pick up and hard to put down. Each Summer, we like to come up with five, new books to round out our Summer Reading Guide, and we scour the internet for reviews of both fiction and non-fiction favorites. This year's books include breathtaking biographies and several works of dramatic fiction.

Join us in diving in to any of these 5 highly-acclaimed books thi summer, and enjoy a Summer filled with entertaining, rich stories that will warm your heart, inspire your senses or keep you on the edge of your seat.  

At the Water's Edge
This book begins in high society Philadelphia in 1942, and weaves its way to Scotland and the unfortunate hunt of the Loch Ness monster in the midst of the Nazi takeover of Europe. A heartfelt read that follows the lives of Maddie and Ellis Hyde through social awakening and personal discovery, this book begs to be read this Summer.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick's debut novel tells the story of a charming widower "embarking on a life-changing adventure." Arthur Pepper is a 69 year old widower who discovers his wife's mysterious gold charm bracelet on the one year anniversary of her death. The discovery leads him on an adventure across the world to learn about his wife, and along the way brings him personal healing and hope for the future.

Before the Fall
This mystery novel details the tragic events following a plan crash out of Martha's Vineyard, taking the lives of all of its passengers except for a painter and the 4 year old son of a wealthy, powerful family. The mystery of the plane crash and what caused it unravels alongside the relationship of the painter and the boy, "raising questions of fate...and the inextricable ties that bind us together." 

Reluctant Genius
Charlotte Gray's latest biography details the incredible life of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Gray's account of Bell's genius includes a long list of other surprising innovations developed by the "reluctant genius," including the development of the airplane, genetic engineering and hydrofoil, among others. Her passionate biography is as interesting as it is impassioned and inspiring.

The Rothschilds
Virginia Cowles dynamic biography of the original rags to riches family, the Rothschilds, provides a comprehensive and exciting glimpse into the lives of the members of the famous Rothschilds dynasty. Beginning in the late 18th century with the story of Mayer Rothschild, the biography details the fascinating journey of generations of this enigmatic family for a truly amazing read.

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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