With summer in full swing, I thought it would be fun to share some themed book recommendations! If you are packing a stack of books with you in your suitcase or just want to escape to an idyllic setting through an armchair adventure before summer is over, I hope you find something on this list to add to your TBR!
at the beach
Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh Goodreads | Review
A coastguard hero, Nantucket Island setting, a real lighthouse, and a second-chance romance make this the perfect beach read.
A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson Goodreads | Review
The nautical history of Savannah, Georgia, a pirate story, and a search for treasure combine in this romance.
in the mountains
Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano Goodreads | Review
This whole “Supper Club” series showcases Denver and its nearby mountainous region, but this second book in the series showcases it from the air, too (pilot hero!). Perfect for lovers of romance with depth and lots of food.
Count Me In by Mikal Dawn Goodreads | Review
Did someone say coffee? Or paragliding in the Cascades? 😉 This romcom is for the adventurous at heart!
in the city
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay Goodreads | Review
This forever-favorite epistolary novel has nods to classic literature aplenty yet explores its own Chicago setting through the life of Samantha, the heroine.
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Goodreads | Review
This loose retelling of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility has sisters moving across the country to experience the culture of Austin, Texas through fresh eyes.
in a small town
Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg Goodreads | Review
Melissa Tagg’s “Walker Family” romcom series is perfect for fans of small town life as most of it is set in the fictional community of Maple Valley, Iowa. This one combines an orchard, baby goats, and a tiny bit of a prodigal’s return with a romance.
The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson Goodreads | Review
Neighborhood life and a rivalry anchor this hilarious rom-com set in Abingdon, Virginia.
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan Goodreads | Review
This favorite novella takes readers to caffeinated corners of Vienna, Austria (with a brief trip to Prague!) on a journey that explores the romance of history and culture — and love, of course.
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac Goodreads | Review
See Sydney, Australia through the eyes of a Paige — an American transplant to the country whom the hero, Josh, never hesitates to initiate into the Aussie culture through pranks and humor. A heart-deep story of healing and romance can be found between these pages, too.
Star Rising by Janet Ferguson Goodreads
This books takes the characters on a tour of Ireland through some hilarious (and relatable) travel mishaps and an unexpected romance.