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Summer Reads Catherine Coles


ow that the dog days of summer are upon us, why not take up a summer read or two? This can be anything compelling, feel-good, and even a little bit beachy – the kind of light reading you would take on vacation. I recently polled the staff of the County Libraries to find out their all-time favourite summer reads and here’s what they had to say. “The Forever Summer” by Jamie Brenner Selected by Karen Scott, Bath Branch In this engaging, high-drama novel, a

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single careless mistake costs straitlaced Marin her prestigious job. She decides to leave Manhattan and join a stranger claiming to be her half-sister in Cape Cod. There, she meets family members she never knew she had and has a fateful summer of revelations and selfdiscovery. “Summer of ’69” by Elin Hilderbrand Selected by Patricia Richard, Napanee Branch Hilderbrand has long been a beach read favourite, but Summer of ’69 is her first foray into historical fiction. It follows the Levin children, who have always summered at their grandmother’s house on Nantucket. In 1969, however, Tiger has been deployed to Vietnam, pregnant Blair remains in Boston, and 13-year-old Jessie is stuck alone with Grandma, as civil rights-crusading Kirby travels to Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a beach read packed with nostalgia. “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman Selected by Marg Wood, Napanee Branch This warm and moving novel of Southern fiction follows the journey of 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt. After her unstable mother dies, CeeCee’s previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, comes to the rescue. She whirls CeeCee into her world of strong, good old-fashioned women. Booklist has described this novel as “light as air but thoroughly pleasant reading.” “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk

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Kidd Selected by Jennifer Robinson, Amherstview Branch Described as “honey-sweet but never cloying,” this 1960s-set Southern Fiction novel follows fourteen-year-old Lily Owens, who is haunted by the accidental death of her mother. After her motherly servant Rosaleen is involved in a racial brawl, Lily decides to run away with her, finding shelter in a distant town with three charming bee-keeping sisters. “The Perfect Couple” by Elin Hilderbrand Selected by Erin Markuschewsky, Napanee Branch In this intricately-plotted yet beachy drama, the summer wedding of the year on Nantucket Island is shattered when the maid of honour’s body washes up on the beach right before the ceremony. Hilderbrand throws enough curveballs to keep readers guessing whodunit, but still maintains the breezy pace her novels are known for. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Selected by Andree Duval, Amherstview Branch In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during the German occupation. This novel has been described as a “literary soufflé” and has been a book club favourite for over a decade.

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“Letters from Skye” by Jessica Brockmole Selected by Chantell McMahon, Napanee Branch This sweeping love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence

between a water-phobic poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears. It’s perfect for readers looking for a Nicholas Sparks-style novel with a much happier ending. “Wildflower Hill” by Kimberley Freeman Selected by Amy Kay, Amherstview Branch Forced to take her life in a new direction when an injury ends her ballet career, Emma returns to her home in Australia. There she learns that she has inherited an isolated sheep station from a late grandmother, helping her learn key lessons about love and motherhood. This is another charming, sunny read about bouncing back from life’s challenges. All of these titles can be reserved from your branch of the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries or from placing a hold in our online catalogue. For more Staff Picks, visit www.CountyLibrary or follow us on social media @landalibrary.

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...