Hey there, See You In a Porridge readers. My name is Olya, and I blog over at The Siberian American. When Kristen asked me to guest post for her while she’s in Europe, I knew I wanted to write a post about something we both love—books! This time of year, I love nothing more than to sit by the pool or hang out on the beach with a fun read. Here are some of my favorite summer reads:
I love being swept into Kate Morton’s stories. Written in a past-present format, her historical fictions are centered on a mystery that takes many twists and turns to unravel. My favorite book is The Secret Keeper, followed by The Forgotten Garden, but they have all been good.
Love, secrets, and lots of wine—what else would you want from a summer read? I read this book while on a California Road Trip, which was perfect timing. If you’re looking to read a book with your favorite glass of wine, Eight Hundred Grapes is a great choice.
I love all of Mhairi McFarlane’s books, but You Had Me at Hello is my favorite. I love the story of Ben and Rachel, who were friends in university, but had not spoken in 10 years when they randomly bump into each other. The book was romantic, sweet, and funny. I can’t wait to pick up another Mhairi McFarlane book to read by the pool this summer!
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams:
As you can already tell, I am a sucker for a good historical fiction, especially if it is a past-present format (though in this case, “present” is 1964). Vivian Schuyler receives a suitcase in the mail that once belonged to Violet, a great-aunt she had no idea existed. As she begins to dig into Violet’s past, she discovers family secrets others are desperate to hide. Vivian was one of the best characters I have read in a long time! Her voice was just perfect-I loved how she was a headstrong, no nonsense girl. I also loved the progression of Violet’s story, especially the ending.
Anything by Diane Chamberlain:
Diane Chamberlain’s books are perfect for a day off. I say a day off because once I start reading one of her books I have a hard time stopping. My favorite is The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. It was a beautiful novel full of suspense and an interesting perspective on mother/daughter relationships.
I love book suggestions! What are your top summer reads this summer?