12 Spring Break Books You Don’t Want To Miss

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Whether you’re spending spring break on the beach or at home watching the flowers bloom, this list has all the books you need to make it sizzle.

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Losing The Light by Andrea Dunlop

Young Brooke Thompson comes to the whimsical city of Nantes, France as an escape to forget her troubled past. But her change of scenery has other things in store, such as a complicated friendship with fellow American and a love triangle with the mysterious, sexy Alex.

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

Twenty-five years ago a mysterious, worldwide epidemic reduced the birthrate of female infants from 50 to less than 1 percent. Now, there are less than a thousand women on Earth, and Zoey is one of them, trapped in a scientific facility devoted to finding a cure. She’s determined to escape, but has no idea what is in store for her outside facility walls.

The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton

Sophie Whelan likes to think of herself as the kind of person who can do it all: she can cook a dinner for ten while also finishing her work on time before heading off to a PTA meeting, and so on. But as she approaches her fortieth birthday, Sophie begins to feel like she needs more from her life, and when an opportunity from her past reappears, she is forced to deal with her realities head-on.

North of Here by Laurel Saville

Tragedy has left Miranda lost and in shock among the pieces of her broken family. Her search for new meaning in her life brings her to the family handyman Dix, who seems like the right person to help Miranda heal and move on. But when another man from her past comes along with a unique opportunity, Miranda must decipher who really has her best interests at heart.

Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagan

Libby Miller has always been the ultimate optimist, but this all changes when, in the same day, she gets devastating news from her doctor and her husband tells her a shocking truth that’s set to end their marriage. Lost and distraught, Libby abandons Chicago for sunny Caribbean beaches, hoping for a last hurrah of life-changing proportions.

Crazy Blood by T. Jefferson Parker

The Carson family essentially rules Mammoth Lakes, a small ski-resort town in Northern California, with the Mammoth Cup ski race. A qualifier for the Olympics and the brainchild of patriarch Adam, the race is huge and the Carsons seem unstoppable. That is until Wylie, Adams illegitimate grandson, comes into the picture, reopening family secrets of jealousy and murder.

Whistling Women by Kelly Romo

It’s 1935 and Addie Bates has been running from her dark past in San Diego for fifteen years. So far, she has found refuge with the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony. When the Colony heads out to do an exhibit at the famous World’s Fair in San Diego, Addie is forced to confront the possibility of reuniting with her past and her estranged sister, Wavy.

The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery

Adult life has proven more difficult for the women of Mischief Bay than they anticipated. Gabby’s plans to return to the workplace have been thwarted, Hayley wants a baby more than anything but can’t seem to stay pregnant, and Nicole finds herself at odds with getting back into dating after her recent divorce. Against the backdrop of sun and sand, the best friends do their best to navigate their own challenges with the help of one another.

Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

Natalie Clark and Brooke Walker could not be leading more different lives. Natalie has a loving adoptive mother and a daughter, while Brooke spent her life in and out of foster homes and has just realized that she’s pregnant. When circumstances bring them together to realize that they are sisters who were separated and abandoned by their birth mother, Natalie and Brooke resolve to find their birth mother—and some answers.

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomb

Leanne and her daughter-in-law Nichole have both found themselves in situations that call for action and reinvention. Nichole just discovered her husband is unfaithful, forcing her into a new life and in the arms of another. Leanne, jolted awake by her own son’s actions against Nichole, resolves to take control and finally confront her husband’s chronic cheating. However, these tasks are easier said than done.

The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

On the beaches of Nantucket, Madeline struggles to push through her writer’s block in the wake of piling bills while her best friend Grace works tirelessly on her garden. But when Grace finds herself on the verge of a life-changing decision, rumors fly and the two friends must try to set the record straight as gossip escalates. But will they be too late?

The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Hawthorne family seems to have it all, but as with every picture-perfect family, things are not quite as they seem. Star-student Angela is prepped and ready to go to Harvard, but her valedictorian status is under attack. Her mother Nora struggles to maintain order and balance in her life while husband Gabe remains oblivious due to his own secrets. Throw in two more troubled kids and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, but also a tantalizing read.


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