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I’ve always been an avid reader since the time I was a very young girl. I enjoy keeping a well-stocked book shelf of all my favourite books and ones I’m waiting to tackle. I read books year round, but there’s just something magical about reading a book in the summer months. I love the lazy days of vacation where I can spend a few uninterrupted hours in a gorgeous weather and a beautiful tranquil setting. Some of my very favourite books were read during the summer. My most recent summer reader was Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf which was released on June 24th. I devoured it in a matter of days! I don’t know if it’s the longer days or what, but I tend to read a lot more books in July and August!
I’ve compiled a list of my top books to read this summer. These are all books I’ve read, loved and highly recommend to add to your summer TBR pile!
1. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
Ellen Moore’s life is turned upside down when she makes the worst mistake of her life; 10 year old Jenny Briard finds herself on her own with no one looking out for her. Little Mercies is a powerful and moving story of regret, fear, love and strength. It’s a must-read for all moms!
2. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Meredith Delinn lost everything when her husband was arrested for his Ponzi scheme. She must deal with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal and start over. With a gorgeous Nantucket summer setting, the author shares a beautiful story of the strength of friendship, unconditional love and forgiveness.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Alice Howland was a successful Harvard professor and happily married with three grown children. Her life changed suddenly when she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the young age of 50. Still Alice is a heartbreaking and touching story of her descent into the disease and what it’s like to live every day with Alzheimer’s.
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
A beautiful and complex love story in the midst of war. With a setting of World War II in war torn Russia, Tatiana and Alexander fall deeply in love. The Bronze Horseman is an epic tale of love and passion as well as sacrifice and fear.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The story of Anna who was born for the sole purpose of helping her older sister, Kate, fight leukemia. At age 13, Anna decides she has had enough and wants to reclaim her life. My Sister’s Keeper is the emotional and moving story of a family torn by the conflicting needs of two daughters.
What books are on your list of top summer reads?
More about Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
As I mentioned, I just finished up Little Mercies and recommend it as a book to read this summer. I wanted to share more background info with you so you can get a better feel of what the book is about!
About the Book
In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…
Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.
Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.
A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.
Check out the book trailer.
About the Author
Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.
Photo credit Morgan Hawthorne
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