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Sandy’s Selections: Start Your Summer Reading List

The author L.M. Montgomery is credited with asking, “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June”, and that is precisely what you will feel when you make your June reading list. Many of these titles offer tales of summer, provocative mysteries, and lots of adventure, so even if you don’t have a lot of travel to do this month, you’ll visit many new places all the same!

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz, is an American woman’s story who secretly worked for the French Resistance while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Ritz Hotel in Paris. Its famous setting and the famous people from the past, make this a captivating suspense novel and gives a different aspect to surviving WWII.

Readers Recommend:
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar Mazzeo


Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

Park Avenue Summer is a delightful summer cocktail of a read! This fictionalized account of the first issues of Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmopolitan Magazine is meant to entertain and intrigue. Read the Author’s End Notes to see how much of HGB that was portrayed is really true!

Readers Recommend:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
What the Lady Wants by Renee Rosen
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane


The last time I saw youThe Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

The Last Time I Saw You is filled with shocking twists and turns about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder. Everyone is a suspect! Clues are cleverly and carefully planted all along the way but no one will truly understand what is happening until the final reveal.

Readers Recommend:
The Night Before by Wendy Walker
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
I See You by Liv Constantine


Wild Horses of Summer SunWild Horses of Summer Sun: Memoir of Iceland by Tory Bilski

This wonderful memoir is filled with adventures of American women who travel to a farm in northern Iceland every June to ride Icelandic horses. In a beautiful, illustrative writing style stories are told of the friendships with each other and their passion for Icelandic horses.

Readers Recommend:
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss
The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness
Independent People by Halldor Laxness

no visible bruisesNo Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Snyder

No Visible Bruises is an extraordinary book that explores the dark corners of private violence and the far reaching consequences of domestic terrorism for our society. This well written book provides ten years of research showing the critical need to change our attitudes and our laws.

Readers Recommend:
When Dad Hurts Mom by Lundy Bancroft
Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare by Shahida Arabi
Psychopath Free by Jackson MacKenzie


naked truthThe Naked Truth by Leslie Morgan Steiner

Turning fifty, reeling from divorce and determined to reclaim her life, this mom dedicates a year to searching for five new lovers. Seeking the rapture absent from her life of minivans and mom- jeans she finds a profound new sense of self-worth. Rare, unexpected and wildly entertaining!

Readers recommend:
Crazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner
The Mommy Wars by Leslie Morgan Steiner
The Baby Chase by Leslie Morgan Steiner


Such a Pefect WifeSuch a Perfect Wife by Kate White

Such a Perfect Wife is a fast paced murder mystery with a true-crime writer who digs into the story and she discovers the stunning and terrifying truth. This is a truly new spin on the classic woman-gone-missing story that is a refreshing original twist to an unforgettable conclusion.

Readers recommend:
The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

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