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When I was younger and still in school, my summer reading list meant something much different from what it does now. Back in the day, I was given a list of books I needed to read throughout the months I was off from school and then once I’d read them all, I had to choose 3-4 to write a book report about. The lists were often comprised of lengthy tomes one couldn’t necessarily read over a weekend at the beach, like War and Peace, and A Tale of Two Cities.
Compulsory reads for a literature-filled education, but not necessarily what I wanted to spend my limited and free reading time on.
These days, with my education gone the way of the dinosaurs (read: extinct!), I get to choose what I want to read. I still compile a reading list for the summer, though, but now I fill it with books and genres I am excited to read and not those that are simply required.
Beach reads are my favorite type of summer book. And I’m not talking about books that have the beach as their setting! I mean books that you can read, whiling away the hours sitting in the sand, soaking up the sun’s rays and enjoying the rhythmic background noise of the surf as it pummels the shoreline. Beach reads are oftentimes quick and enjoyable ones. Books you can devote whole afternoons to, consuming page after page, making you regret even having to put them down for a moment. They are books you can spend a warm, rainy afternoon with, when the weather doesn’t comply or you’ve had enough of the sun. They’re novels you can read lazing by the pool when you’re on vacation, or paging through at an airport as you wait for your flight to paradise.
Beach reads run the gamut of genres. From Romance to Suspense, mystery to women’s fiction, biographies to true crime. Any book can be a beach read.
This year I’ve got a list of 23 titles I will read during July and August. A daunting amount, you might say, since those months only comprise nine weeks. But not for me. Summer vacation for me is the time I get to do nothing but read. No work deadlines; no babysitting duties; no cooking. Just lounging and disappearing into the worlds and lives of the characters I’ve chosen to spend my summer with.
So, what will you be reading this summer?
Love is the last thing Carly Lennox is looking for when she sets out on her new book tour. The independent, widowed author is content with a life spent writing and in raising her daughter. When newscaster Mike Woodard suggests they work on a television magazine profile based on her book, Carly’s thrilled, but guarded. His obvious desire to turn their relationship into something other than just a working one is more than she bargained for.
Mike Woodard is ambitious, and not only in his chosen profession. He wants Carly, maybe more than he’s ever wanted anything or anyone else. As he tells her, he’s a patient man. But the more they’re together, Mike realizes it isn’t simply desire beating within him. Carly Lennox is the missing piece in his life. Getting her to accept it-and him-may just be the toughest assignment he’s ever taken on.
About the Author:Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Her current titles, available now, include SKATER’S WALTZ and THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, and THE VOICES OF ANGELS, books 1,through 4 in her 5-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press. Also from the Wild Rose Press is a Candy Hearts Romance titled 3 WISHES.
Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.
Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
Buy the book at Amazon.