Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beach Book Giveaway!

The official first day of summer is almost here and we have some books to get you in the mood!

Without any further ado, we present...

BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT by Mary Alice Monroe
Thanks to Gallery Books, we have one copy to give away!

BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT is the story of two strangers and the power of the places we call home. 

Cara Rutledge, 50, and Heather Wyatt, 26, are at two very different stages of their lives. Cara rents her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather for the summer to paint birds for postage stamps. Yet Heather’s anxiety keeps her indoors with her caged canaries. Once at the beach the shore birds – and a man who rescues them – lure Heather outside. As the summer progresses and Heather’s confidence begins to blossom, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy. Cara wants only to return home to her beach house where she’d felt safe – but Heather refuses to budge from her sanctuary. Can the two women come together to help each other and share the healing power of the beach house?

Like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, two women of different generations rediscover their common bonds, strengths, and how much they truly have to live for – so at summer’s end they, too, can take flight.

Photo by Mic Smith
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 novels, including: A Lowcountry Wedding; A Lowcountry Christmas; The Summer’s End; Summer Wind; The Summer Girls; Last Light Over Carolina; Time is a River; The Beach House; and Beach House Memories. She has received numerous awards, including the Award for Writing from the South Carolina Center for the Book, the RT Lifetime Achievement, and Florida Author of Distinction Award. Monroe is an active conservationist and lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit Mary Alice at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

THE BEACH AT PAINTER'S COVE by Shelley Noble
Thanks to HarperCollins, we have one copy to give away!

THE BEACH AT PAINTER’S COVE tells the story of the Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea. The extravagant home has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers and their artistic pursuits while slowly draining the life from each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses.

Noble’s ability to create vibrant and engaging characters is on full display in this novel. There is Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, living amidst art and junk in the mansion she can’t let go of in her old age; Fae, Leo’s sister-in-law and the town eccentric who has taken great pains to keep a secret buried in her past; Leo’s daughter Jillian, the jet-sitting actress who has run out of money and men to support her; Jillian’s daughter Issy, a successful museum exhibit designer who travels the world but remains loyal to her family; and Issy’s niece, 12-year-old Steph, who desperately needs to come out of her shell and just might after her discoveries at the Muses.

As Issy marshals the family together to restore the mansion and catalogue the massive art collection, a surprising thing happens. Despite storms and moonlight dancing, diva attacks and cat fights, trips to the beach and flights of fancy, these four generations of erratic, dramatic women may just find a way to save the Muses and reunite their family.


Photo by Gary Brown
Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer. She most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. Visit Shelley at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.




SECRETS IN SUMMER by Nancy Thayer
Thanks to Random House, we have one copy to give away!

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Photo by Katie Kaizer
Nancy Thayer is the author of twenty-three novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Heat Wave, Summer Breeze, and Island Girls. Nancy has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year-round for twenty-eight years with her husband Charley Walters. Her daughter is the novelist Samantha Wilde. Visit Nancy at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Giveaway ends June 26th at midnight EST.

42 comments:

TinaB said...

Vacation!!

Janine said...

My favorite thing about summer is sundresses and sandals. And, I can't forget ice cream to cool down on a hot summer day.

Kristie said...

My favorite thing about summer is my nieces & nephew being out of school.

Carla S. said...

Love summer for warm evenings and eating outside!

Margie Shaw said...

My favorite thing about summer is the warm weather and all the sun. I love to lay out and read and soak up all those rays. It makes me feel better and puts me in a better mood. Of course, I have to have a great book to do it with!

Grandma Cootie said...

So many things, cool evenings, sitting by the pond, enjoying beach reads like this.

Cynthia Suders Ulmer said...

I love visiting friends and family, sunny afternoons spent reading, and farmer's markets.

Anonymous said...

Vera Wilson said,

Some nice reads for the summer.

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Anonymous said...

This giveaway is a true beach read giveaway! Heaven!

traveler said...

Summer is my favorite season. I love the bright, sunny days, the balmy evenings, the lengthy days filled with walks, picnics and fun.

Cindy Crawford said...

My favorite part of summer is mountain camping trips!

Melissa said...

The warm sunshine is my favorite thing about summer!

Suburban prep said...

I love the outdoors coming in and I love the relaxed atmosphere.

Becky Richardson said...

My favorite thing about summer is weekends at the lake on the pontoon boat.

anna russell said...

Boating absolutely love the water

Amanda Wilcox said...

I love the reprieve of having a rigid schedule like we do during school. My daughter can sleep in, we have a break from running around town for dance lessons and such. So many fun adventures to be had too! Hiking, going to the beach, maybe a zoo trip, weekend getaways. No drama, just family, love and fun!

Bonnie K. said...

My favorite things about summer is walking barefoot around the house, not having to wear a sweater,seeing beautiful trees and flowers, and going to the coast.

djnbjnon said...

What I love about summer is almost everything-the fresh fruit and vegetables, the weather, the ocean. I am able to work in my numerous flower beds. Being able to sit out on the deck at night and read a book.

susieqlaw said...

Going to the beach!

dstoutholcomb said...

enjoying a more relaxed routine.

denise

Kimberly V said...

My favorite thing about summer is not having to get up quite as early. I also enjoy the longer days.

Anonymous said...

The weather.
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NJ Teacher said...

My favorite thing about summer is no school and as a result, no stress or pressure. I also love going on vacation and traveling to new places. And of course, time to read!

Rita Wray said...

My favorite thing about summer is spending time with my grandkids while they're off school.

Di said...

I love that it stays light out late in the summer!

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Dianna said...

My favorite thing about summer is being able to stay home (I'm a teacher!)

Dianne Casey said...

I enjoy the warmer weather in the summer and spending time outside and being able to BBQ.

Linda Kish said...

I like the fruits that are only available in summer.

Leticia Blanchard said...

Air conditioning!!!!

Mary Preston said...

I do like the beach, but I hate the heat.

Mary Evelyn said...

Because my husband seldom has time off, I hate to be cliche and say that my favorite thing about summer is vacation BUT...I do finally get to enjoy time away with my hubby. It's our time to catch up, renew our bond. Then, of course, I love beach walks and lazy days fishing in the lake. We recently purchased kayaks and I cannot wait to put them in the water. My favorite moment this summer? Moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina in a couple of months! I look forward to this new adventure and I'm counting down the days.

tina fields said...

My favorite thing about Summer is the one week my husband and I get to spend together at the beach! He travels for his job and is gone for 2 weeks and home for 4 days(usually when I am working)year round,so we get that week to re;ax and reconnect <3

Melanie Backus said...

I love that my grandchildren are out of school and all the freedoms they get to enjoy from their hectic schedules.

Britney Adams said...

I love having my kiddos at home during summer vacation!

Jolyn Carroll said...

What a great summer giveaway!

Tatum Rangel said...

My favorite thing about summer is hanging out at the pier, with a good book and a cold drink to match. :)

bn100 said...

beach

Kimberly S said...

Flip flops and beach reads.

Amy Nesbitt said...

relaxing with my boys!

Book Worm said...

My favorite thing about summer is going to the beach with a great book! Nothing like soaking up the sun with a good book!

Carol Doscher said...

My favorite things about summer are the warm weather, the flowers, the BBQ's with family and friends. Lots and Lots of reading.