Beach Reads

By Cindy Bilbao

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Curl up with these books that take you to faraway shores for a few hours.

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Big Summer

By Jennifer Weiner

This is a salty and satisfying novel that’s hard to put down. It takes you to Cape Cod, where one of the most lavish beach weddings of the summer is being planned. The wedding will be very glamorous and beautiful, it will be covered by fashion magazines, it will be very expensive, and it will be…deadly!

Daphne and Drue met at an exclusive private school in New York City, where Daphne was on scholarship and Drue was one of the most wealthy students—one known for tormenting people around her. The difference between the two sets up the love/hate relationship the two girls have until a huge falling out that goes viral on social media leaves them estranged. Now, years later, Drue re-enters Daphne’s life and asks her to be her maid of honor at the society wedding of the summer. Amid all the glitz and partying, something sinister is brewing and Daphne is determined to find out exactly what is going on.

Jennifer Weiner’s mystery novel cleverly portrays complex female relationships in a believable and relatable way, with a deeper message you can take to heart.

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Seal Cove

By B. L. Crumley

In the mood for a good love story? This one has likable characters Elle and Chase and is set in a sleepy coastal town along the Oregon coast. Each one has secrets that they can’t share, so they retreat into themselves and their work, as well as along hidden coves and beaches. Author B. L. Crumley makes you feel right at home in this town as the two characters’ stories intertwine and unfold.

This article appeared in the Beachcombing Magazine January/February 2023 issue.

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