Filled with memorable characters and set in gorgeous locales, bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s novels about family, friendships, and love, will help even a staycation feel like an escape. And while her stories are perfect for reading any time of the year (her Angel series and Christmas novels are delightful to cozy up with during the holidays), summer is the perfect time to lose yourself one of her lush, heartwarming stories. In her newest novel, Cottage by the Sea, a woman who has experienced great trauma travels to the Pacific Northwest, a place where she has happy memories from childhood, to recover. There she begins building a new life for herself, despite her grief, discovering her own community and even finding romance—until she finds herself at the crossroads of an important and life-defining decision. Ms. Macomber was kind enough to share her own summer reading list with B&N Reads—and it is filled with fascinating stories, from nonfiction to historicals, that are sure to find their way onto your own summer to-be-read pile! Enjoy her ten picks below (and don’t miss her interview with the B&N Podcast here!).
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan
I’m actually half way through this book about an Italian youth working for the resistance in World War II, which I’m finding to be fascinating. It’s based on a true story and compelling reading.
Through My Father’s Eyes, by Franklin Graham
With the death of Billy Graham earlier this year I have this book on my bookshelf and am eager to read about the man himself. I personally attended two of his crusades and am a great admirer of this godly man.
The Gift, by Cecilia Ahern
This is actually a Christmas book that I’ve been wanting to read since the holidays. If I wait much longer it will be the season so I’ve moved it to my “to-be-read” pile.
The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
There’s been quite a bit of industry buzz about this book. I found the premise intriguing, an autistic woman who is eager to understand what it is to fall in love.
The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews
Her beach reads are something I look forward to each summer season. This story is full of romance, and even has a surprising twist that I did not expect!
All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
It’s a thought provoking and relatable novel that involves complex social issues we face in today’s society. This is definitely one of her best, and who doesn’t love the cobalt blue cover!
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
Many people know Kristin from her book The Nightingale, but this stand alone is just as amazing! The Great Alone is set in Alaska which is wild in nature. This setting mixed with the dysfunction of the family creates a downfall of events. Each dark moment seems to get darker and darker. This story digs deep, and the character development is incredible. Your heart will be intertwined and invested not only with Leni and her parents, but the community who embraces this family.
Bear Town, by Fredrik Backman
The tragedies that befall this community and the families there are much like you’d experience in any small town. When you finish this book, you know there is more to this story. I was thrilled to see the follow up Us Against You was just released.
Educated, by Tara Westover
This is a truly gripping story about a girl struggling for an education. It pulled at my heart strings as I read through each page. This book is moving and demonstrates the power in someone’s life that an education holds.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Ann Fowler
With her highly anticipated new book coming out this October, A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts, I decided to reread this one. It was just as good if not better the second time. It takes you back in time to the roaring twenties and the Jazz era. Re-reading this book made me anxious for her next debut.
Cottage by the Sea is on B&N bookshelves July 17.