Light Summer Reads—Perfect for the Beach Bag

Looking for a good book?

Try these picks for summer reading in the sun, available from The Book Bin in Northbrook or click and order online:

The White Queen: A Novel (Cousins’ War)
by Philippa Gregory

Set in pre-Tudor England, this is the story of Elizabeth Woodville and the houses of York and Lancaster in the War of the Roses. It’s one of Gregory’s best and begins a new trilogy.

Try these picks for summer reading in the sun, available from The Book Bin:

The Wives of Henry Oades: A Novel
by Joanna Moran

Inspired by the New York Times story of a lawsuit that occurred in the early 1900s, the author brings in her perspective as an attorney. The characters are three-dimensional and the story of a woman’s kidnapping by the Maori tribe is fascinating.


Savor the Moment (The Bride Quartet, Book 3)
by Nora Roberts

If you are looking for romance, it doesn’t get any better than Nora Roberts. The third book in the Bride Quartet focuses on Laurel, cake baker for the wedding planning company that she owns with friends. It’s sexy and sweet, and a perfect summer escape.


Rumor Has It
by Jill Mansell

Newly single and delightfully impulsive, Tilly Cole accepts a job as a “Girl Friday” in a small English town. The job offers her a fresh start and a chance to really shine. However, things get complicated when the most eligible bachelor enters her life and, well, we wouldn’t want to spread rumors, would we?


The Long Way Home
by Robin Pilcher

If you love Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, then this new book by Rosamund’s son is for you. Taking place in modern Scotland, the plot is woven around family, love and their myriad entanglements.


Heart of the Matter
by Emily Giffin

For those who loved her previous novels, “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue,” Giffin brings us a fresh story about the complexities of parenting, marriage and friendship in extreme circumstances.


My Wife’s Affair
by Nancy Woodruff

A very unique and engaging story by a local author. Told from the husband’s perspective, this book recounts how an actress wife risks all for an affair. The story of a woman who lived a similar story 200 years earlier is woven in.


For getting your art fix:

Sunflowers : A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh
by Sheramy Bundrick

The relationship between Vincent and a young redhead prostitute—who carries a bouquet of sunflowers when they first meet—is brought to life in this haunting and passionate novel.


The Lost Painting
by Jonathan Harr

Jonathan Harr takes us on a nonfiction journey in search of Carravaggio’s long-lost painting, “The Taking of Christ.” The painting’s mysterious disappearance and amazing discovery is told in vivid and enthralling detail—much like that of the painting.


Among Thieves
by David Hosp

This fast-paced and well-written mystery is based on a true crime: the largest art theft in history. The $500 million heist at the Gardner Museum and Boston’s underworld are deftly illustrated with Hosp’s unforgettable characters.

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