Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books You Must Read Before the End of Summer

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Summer is almost over–can you face it? Before it slips away, we have five hot new books about facing it — feelings, family secrets, the one who got away. Before you head off to fall’s state fairs, you’ll want to indulge in this lingering taste of summer.

Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs (Mira Books, August 25)

51oAeKsZOyL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Thermometers“Wiggs’ carefully detailed plotlines, one contemporary and one historical, with their candid look at relationships and their long-term effects, are sure to captivate readers.” —Booklist, starred review

Heat Index: After a horrible accident, Alice Bellamy must hire a caretaker to help her get around. When Faith McCallum, Alice’s new live-in nurse, stumbles across some damning evidence about the accident, it’s up to her and Alice’s insanely charming son, Mason, to find out what really happened. Romance and intrigue balance out this new Susan Wiggs novel and will leave you wanting to visit Willow Lake.

Temperature: 87°

Becoming Ellen, Shari Shattuck (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, August 11)

51enD+Tu+WL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Thermometers“Endearing…the character interaction, funny situations and heartfelt drama elevate this tale above many others in this genre.” —RT Book Reviews

Heat Index: In her follow-up novel to Invisible Ellen, Shattuck pushes her main character, Ellen, even farther by forcing her to step outside of herself more than she ever has before and to face her past head-on, even if that means facing pain she never thought she’d have to endure. Becoming Ellen teaches us that our biggest fears sometimes push us to discover the best part of ourselves.  

Temperature: 89°

Before We Were Strangers, Renée Carlino (Atria Books, August 18)

51g7aL3Dj6L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Thermometers” It will heal your book-broken heart (but first, it will break it!). Exquisitely written, the reader is allowed that amazing ‘slow burn’ as the main characters grow closer and closer while trying to keep it platonic.” —Maryse’s Book Blog

Heat Index: Grace and Matt met at NYU when they moved next door to each other. Matt fell for Grace immediately. But life quickly got in the way and the two grew apart. Now 15 years later, Matt saw Grace on a subway platform, but before he could say anything the doors closed and she was gone. Old feelings come alive again in this beautifully written novel about love and second chances. You won’t be able to put it down.

Temperature: 93°

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes, Jules Moulin (Dutton, August 25)

51uAnaPJE1L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Thermometers“”A fun, lighthearted, and sexy romp guaranteed to please…Moulin’s fast-paced, feel-good read is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly

Heat Index: Ally Hughes is a single mom and college professor who’s way too busy to date, never mind search for someone to settle down with. When the adorable Jake walks into her class he sets his sights on her, but the more he pushes, the more she backs away. Ten years pass and when Jake walks in Ally’s door arm-in-arm with her daughter, she must finally face her feelings. Hilarious. Sweet. Cheer-worthy. You’ll want to read this over and over and over again! 

Temperature: 94°

The Book of Lost and Found, Lucy Foley (Little, Brown & Co., August 25)

23731883Thermometers“Lush descriptions of time and place enhance a compelling love story.” —Kirkus Reviews

Heat Index: Two time periods collide in Foley’s novel when Kate Darling’s grandmother leaves her a portrait of a woman who looks very much like Kate’s deceased mother. She embarks on  a journey that takes her into the 1920s and quickly learns that secrets are buried deep in her family’s history. But she also realizes that lost love is never actually gone and just maybe what was once lost, can now be found. An absolutely beautiful debut from Foley that has left us clamoring for more.

Temperature: 98°




Beth Wasko is a lover of all things books, TV, movies and music. She’s obsessed with traveling, photography and scrapbooking. When she’s not at her day job, she’s catching up on the latest “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” news (read: drama!). Known as “The Real G.G. [Gossip Girl]” by her nearest and dearest, this former New York City gal is always looking for the next new adventure, even if it means it’s within the pages of a novel.

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