5 Sizzling Summer Reads

June 13, 2016 Bookish chat, Bookish Fun 19

What screams summer more than lolling about on a sun lounger, basking in the sun, with a great book in one hand and a cool refreshing drink in the other?  It’s one of my very favourite things to do and here are 5 Sizzling Summer Reads that I highly recommend you check out this summer if you haven’t already.

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” ― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
summer reads


Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

5 Sizzling Summer ReadsFirefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1) by Kristin Hannah
Published by Pan Macmillan on 1 March 2013
Pages: 479

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the social food-chain at school. Then, to her amazement, the 'coolest girl in the world' moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all -beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be, but they make a pact to be best friends forever, by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. Tully follows her ambition to find fame and success. Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family but what she doesn't know is that being a wife and mother will change her. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart and puts their courage and lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

This is strange recommendation as I’m still reading this book.  But you know when you open a book meaning to just glance at page 1 to get a feel for the book and an hour later you are still there reading it.  This is that kind of book for me.  It’s one of those special books about friendships and growing up and even though I’m not yet finished, I know it’s one I adore.


The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

5 Sizzling Summer ReadsThe Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Published by MIRA on January 31st 2011
Pages: 522

Would you live a lie to keep your child?
In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child. CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve died because she was there. She also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago CeeCee made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and CeeCee has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die to protect a lifetime of lies.

In some ways this is a very typical Diane Chamberlain book.  It features complex characters, moral dilemmas, social workers and family life.  But even though it has all the typical elements, her books never feel the same.  And that is because her characters are so unique and so lifelike that they draw you and demand all your attention to their story.  I strongly recommend this book to you if you like well-developed characters, books that make you face moral dilemmas and books about being a mother.


The Boy Most Likely to by Huntley Fitzpatrick

5 Sizzling Summer ReadsThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Listening Library (Audio) on August 18th 2015

Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded- need a liver transplant- drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way of making characters spring to life and set you firmly on their side. They aren’t perfect, they mess up and continue to mess up but as well as that they grow in front of your eyes until you are smiling with pride for just how far they’ve come.  I’d highly recommend this book (and My Life Next Door) to you if you like contemporary romantic YA novels with excellent character development and cute romances.


Summer Haikus by S. J. Pajonas

5 Sizzling Summer ReadsSummer Haikus (Happily Ever Asia) by S.J. Pajonas
Published by Onigiri Press on August 6th 2015
Pages: 310

"When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”
Isa planned the perfect summer: Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check. Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check. Forgetting she's in love with Masa — double check.
But when Isa's mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family's Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

This book is mostly set in Japan. Isa who is American Japanese is going to spend the summer with her mother who relocated to Japan a few years previously.  And the setting was fab, I feel like I learned so much about Japanese culture and customs by reading it.  Now it’s firmly on my list of must-visit destinations.  Overall this book is super kawaii cute.  The characters felt very lifelike and I felt that by the end of it that I knew them personally.


Things We Never Say by Sheila O’Flanagan

5 Sizzling Summer ReadsThings We Never Say by Sheila O'Flanagan
Published by Headline Review on April 24th 2014
Pages: 512

Sheila O'Flanagan's unputdownable bestseller THINGS WE NEVER SAY is a must-read for fans of Marian Keyes and Veronica Henry.
The things we never say:
A daughter doesn't say how she feels about the past...
A husband is afraid to say that selling the house his wife loves is the only option...
A woman hasn't said that even though they live thousands of miles apart, this man is always on her mind...
If those things were said, the results could be life-changing. As Abbey - and a whole family she knew nothing of - are about to find out in this warm-hearted, thought-provoking and touching novel.

Things We Never Say reminds me of the saying “where there is a will, there is a relative”. And this insightful look at a family fallout after an unexpected will throws a family into turmoil makes for entertaining reading. It is so easy to believe the scenario presented to us and the characters all seem very realistic. Painfully realistic at times. It is also quite topical and an absorbing read.



Talk to Trish: Are any of these on your summer reading list?  What book would you recommend I read this summer, I know I plan to zip though loads of books so feel free to shoutout your favourites!


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19 Responses to “5 Sizzling Summer Reads”

  1. Brandie

    I love a good summer read! And I love how much you enjoyed Firefly Lane. That book holds a special place in my heart. I’ve also been meaning to read a book by Huntley Fitzpatrick forever. I should make that my goal this summer!
    Brandie recently posted…It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

    • trish

      I’m broken after finishing Firefly Lane last night! I’ve ordered the sequel and can’t wait to read it soon. And yes I highly recommend Huntley Fitzpatrick so that sounds like a great goal to me!

  2. Rita

    I did read and enjoy The Lost Daughter, as I’ve read many Chamberlain books in the past and liked them very much. All of her stories are good for me, and many are very good!

    Ironically I had Firefly Lane as a paperback I hadn’t gotten to reading, but I donated all but a tiny handful of my print books upon moving recently and gave this one up. You know when you are frantically packing up and just want the job done? I didn’t give thought to what titles I was abandoning, just wanted it over. Now I regret it, and will check the library. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it there before. Glad you love it!
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    • trish

      I just love Diane Chamberlain books as I think she really gets into the heart and head of her characters. And what a pity about Firefly Lane, I just loved it. But no worries, I’m sure your library will have a copy and now I’ve reminded you about it, you can make it a mission to finally read it! By the way I’m ruthless when decluttering and often get rid of stuff I later regret.

    • trish

      I’ve only read 2 Kristin Hannah books and both just blew me away. I can’t recommend her highly enough and Summer Haikus is another firm fav of mine too.

    • trish

      I’m a super fan of both authors and funnily enough I’ve only discovered both in the past 12 months (thanks to other bloggers). So I’m delighted that I have huge back catalogues to catch up on!

    • trish

      Firefly Lane broke my heart but I love how emotionally connected I was to the characters. And yes The Boy Most Likely To is a great summer read, hope you get to it and love it!

  3. Shane Morgan

    All four look and sound like interesting stories! I’m particularly curious about Things We Never Say. That one has me seriously intrigued about the characters and how things will work out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • trish

      Things We Never Say is set in Ireland and America with with plenty of twists and family secrets. A lovely warm read.

    • trish

      I’m loving both of these authors at the moment Grace and plan to read lots more from both over the summer.

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Thanks for the suggestions! I haven’t read any of these, but I DO want to make time this summer for some “seasonal appropriate” type of reads if that makes sense. Things that SCREAM summer and sunshine.
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