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5 Romantic Beach Reads to Swoon for This Summer

April 30, 2022


Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer or are planning to adventure somewhere else, beach reads always make for fun summer reading. If you’re looking for great beach reads to take with you on your summer adventures or a staycation, don’t miss adding these to your TBR list!

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

Driftwood Dreams by T.I. Lowe

In the beach read Driftwood Dreams by T. I. Lowe, bestselling author of Under the Magnolias, sparks fly as August Bradford and Josie Slater meet again six years after August left Sunset Cove to sow some life oats and conquer his ambitious career goals. Now a successful artist, August is finally ready to lay down some roots and is determined to win Josie’s heart. When he enlists Josie’s help in the preparations for a children’s art camp, Josie finds herself unleashing her artistic side in a way she hasn’t since before her mother’s death. August hopes to convince Josie to paint a life with him, but the problem is convincing her to let go of her apprehensions and give him—and her dreams—a fair chance.

The contemporary romance beach read What Matters Most by Courtney Walsh, bestselling, award-winning novelist of Is It Any Wonder and A Cross Country Christmas

What Matters Most by Courtney Walsh

In the sparkling inspirational romance What Matters Most, Jameson Shaw travels to Nantucket with one goal: deliver his letter to widowed Emma Woodson and never return. But when he sees an opportunity to help her, he takes a chance, desperate to atone for his past. He never planned to keep his connection to her husband a secret or to fall in love with her. After all, he knows that their new relationship might not survive the discovery of who he really is.

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

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

In the New York Times bestseller The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love, it’s 1875 and suffragette Kathryn Walsh has just arrived in Calvada, California. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn relaunches her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when Matthias Beck, 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. Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

The contemporary romance novel and award-winning women's fiction novel Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano, contemporary romance author of the Supper Club series and the contemporary romance book Provenance

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

In the award-winning romance novel Five Days in Skye, Andrea Sullivan is so consumed by her hospitality-consultant job that she’s forgotten what brings her joy. She dreads her new assignment—a last chance to snag a high-profile client in Scotland. Yet the lush Isle of Skye transcends her preconceptions. As does the man she must impress, the rugged, blue-eyed Scotsman James MacDonald. James is passionate about cooking, but after six restaurants, four cookbooks, and his own television show, he’s grown weary of the scrutiny that comes with living in the public eye. Soon Andrea and James begin to sense these five days in Skye together may just be God’s wild invitation into deeper life . . . and truer love.

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

Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar

In the historical novel Daughter of Rome, when the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe.

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