You don’t need to book a flight to Cabo to celebrate springtime. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and most importantly, we’re one step closer to summer! Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of taking a vacation, which is why I’m sharing a list of reads that will help satisfy your craving for escape this season. You just need to find the nearest hammock when you have a few free moments to yourself, grab a floppy hat, and sink into a tantalizing book to embrace the arrival of spring.
The One & Only – Emily Giffin
The One & Only is the latest book by Emily Giffin, this time with a tinge of Friday Night Lights. Shea Rigsby never wanted to leave her beloved home of Walker, Texas, a small college town with a larger-than-life passion for its local football team. But when unexpected tragedy hits Walker, Shea is thrust out of her comfortable life and placed on a surprising path. This powerful page-turner is all about adjusting to life’s obstacles, forbidden love, and finding your passion.
The Status of All Things – Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
For those of us who spend time on social media, we know that real life doesn’t always mirror what’s on the screen…but what if it could? When Kate’s fiancé, Max, breaks up with her at their rehearsal dinner, she channels her grief through Facebook for the world to see. Soon, Kate realizes that her real life is starting to reflect what she writes in her status updates. Kate goes from the girl who has just been brutally dumped to having immense power in her fingertips. While staying true to the present, this novel explores the timeless question: if you could go back and rewrite your fate, would you do it?
The One That Got Away – Bethany Chase
Much like Liz and Lisa, Bethany Chase’s stories draw you in with a perfect blend of humor and heartbreak. Sarina Mahler thinks she has it all figured out. She’s about to marry her loving partner, Noah, has a growing architecture business in Austin, Texas, and is on track towards the family she’s always dreamed of. That is until a former fling calls her for help with a remodel, and Sarina must decide what she truly wants in life and in love.
The Rumor – Elin Hilderbrand
Imagine yourself in a beautiful seaside cottage with a delectable beach read by Elin Hilderbrand. In her latest novel, The Rumor, Eddie and Grace Pancik live a picturesque life in their beautiful Nantucket home—financed by Eddie’s thriving real estate company. However, Grace has her eye on their rugged landscape architect, Benton Coe, who she hired to work on their yard. Eventually she gives in and a passionate love affair ensues, but secrets are hard to keep in small towns—let alone a 48 square mile island. Rumors swarm throughout the community, but could the truth be even worse?
Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Twenty-nine year old Hannah Martin has found herself at a road block. Since graduating college she’s lived in six different cities, held countless jobs that meant nothing to her, and still doesn’t know what she wants to do in life. After yet another ill-advised romantic relationship crumble, Hannah decides to move back to her hometown of Los Angeles. On a night out with her best friend Gabby, Hannah happens to bump into her ex-boyfriend Ethan – and what she does next could change everything. Maybe in Another Life is a compelling story about love, destiny, and the essential question: what could have been?