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5 Books to Keep You Entertained on a Summer Road Trip

August 16, 2022


While road trips are taken year-round, summer is arguably the best time of year for a road trip. In this post, discover five different novels to keep you company while you’re on the road. Read on to see which one is right for you!

The contemporary romance beach read Beach Haven by bestselling Christian fiction novelist T. I. Lowe, author of the bestselling Southern fiction novel Under the Magnolias

Beach Haven by T. I. Lowe

If you’re road-tripping somewhere near a beach, this could be the read for you . . .

In Beach Haven, a hurricane strikes, damaging Opal Gilbert’s funky ocean-side boutique, Bless This Mess. Lincoln Cole, a new-to-town ex-Marine, decides to help her repair the store. Soon it becomes clear that Opal not only wants to restore her business, but also to help Lincoln find restoration. As much as Lincoln tries to keep her at arm’s length, Opal’s well-meaning meddling begins to heal his wounds . . . and capture his heart almost before he realizes it.

The historical romance novel by New York Times bestselling Christian fiction novelist Francine Rivers, author of the novel Redeeming Love and the bestselling women's fiction novel The Masterpiece

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

If you’re traveling out west, this could be the read for you . . .

In The Lady’s Mine, set in 1875, Kathryn Walsh comes to tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office. Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town and fears her righteousness could also get her killed. When the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

The romantic suspense novel Trace of Doubt by bestselling Christian fiction novelist DiAnn Mills, author of novels Airborne and Concrete Evidence

Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills

If you sit on the edge of your seat in anticipation for the entirety of a road trip, this could be the read for you . . .

In Trace of Doubt, Shelby Pearce is out on parole and looking for a fresh start after confessing to murdering her brother-in-law fifteen years ago. FBI Special Agent Denton McClure has always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account, so he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case. But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs, and it’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

The historical fiction novel Jewel of the Nile by award-winning, bestselling Christian historical romance author Tessa Afshar, author of the biblical fiction novels Daughter of Rome and The Hidden Prince

Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

If you’d be interested in traveling back to the days of the Bible, this could be the read for you . . .

In Jewel of the Nile, Chariline, raised as an orphan by her aunt, has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. When Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, discovering his identity becomes her obsession. When her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends. Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel but feels honor-bound to see Chariline safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

The historical fiction novel Daughter of Rome by award-winning, bestselling Christian historical romance author Tessa Afshar, author of the biblical fiction novels Jewel of the Nile and The Hidden Prince

Count the Nights by Stars by Michelle Shocklee

If you enjoy stopping by historical landmarks while on road trips, this could be the read for you . . .

In Count the Nights by Stars, Audrey Whitfield is cleaning out the room of a longtime resident at Nashville’s historic Maxwell House Hotel when she discovers an elaborate scrapbook filled with memorabilia from the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, including love notes on the backs of unmailed postcards. When these postcards capture Audrey’s imagination with hints of a forbidden romance and troubling revelations about the disappearance of young women at the exposition, she enlists the help of a handsome hotel guest as she tracks down clues and information about the mysterious “Peaches” and her regrets over one fateful day, nearly sixty-five years earlier.

Back in 1897, Priscilla Nichols spends time exploring the wonderous sights of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition with bold Italian immigrant Luca Moretti—until a darkness overshadows the months long event. Haunted by a terrible truth, Priscilla and Luca are sent down separate paths as the night’s stars fade into dawn.

Once you’ve chosen what to read this summer, connect with us on social media and let us know which book you’ve decided to pick up!