Karen Schwettman, owner of FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, provides her recommendations for your next summer reads, written by Southern authors. Here are her summer reading picks.
“Hello, Summer” by Mary Kay Andrews
Readers know summer has begun when a MKA book releases. This year, in spite of the pandemic, is no exception. If you need to escape your cares for a while, get lost in MKA’s latest, “Hello Summer.”
“On Ocean Boulevard” by Mary Alice Monroe
Monroe returns to her “Beach House” series for this one, and fans have eagerly been waiting to see what takes place next.
“Sea Wife” by Amity Gaige
Perfect for summer! A couple and their two young children decide to leave everything behind and sail for a year. The Caribbean journey is both beautiful and terrifying. This is a page-turner. Don’t miss it or its lush writing.
“Miracle Creek” by Angie Kim
A staff favorite. Miracle Creek is a place that boasts a hyperbaric oxygen chamber operated by Pak and Young Yoo. It is believed by some medical circles that 100 percent oxygen can cure a myriad of illnesses. A tragic accident, dramatic courtroom scenes and exquisite storytelling make this one superb novel. Kim is an author to watch.
“How to Bury your Brother” by Lindsey Rogers Cook
This is a debut novel for Lindsey Cook and it doesn’t disappoint. Cook is a protégé of adored author Patti Callahan Henry. In her story, Alice and her brother have always been close—until he ran away at 15. She always thought she would see him again. Instead, she goes home to Georgia for a funeral and discovers family secrets in a series of letters.
“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a beach read extraordinaire and Southern favorite. A novel of love, friendship, forgiveness and second chances; Woodson Harvey never disappoints.