In this issue of “BookBites,” continues to showcase four more captivating tales to
fill those long summer days at the beach.

You Cannot Mess This Up by Amy S. Daughters

A funny, wrenching novel about what it’s like to come home. Amy Daughters returns to her hometown over Thanksgiving to discuss her parents’ estate―and finds herself hurled back in time. Suddenly, it’s 1978, and she is forced to spend thirty-six hours in her childhood home with her nuclear family, including her ten-year-old self. Over the next thirty-six hours, she reconsiders every feeling she’s ever had.

She redefines her difficult relationships with her family members and, ultimately, realizes that her life story matters. In the end, she’s convinced she’ll never be the same.

Purchase You Cannot Mess This Up(She Writes Press)

We Never Told by Diana Altman

Set in an era when unwed mothers were shamed and pressured into giving their newborns away, We Never Told is a slice of America when the Hollywood lifestyle was at its height. That era still haunts us today, because those babies did not disappear; they grew up and went searching.

Sonya is determined to unearth her glamorous mother’s secret, but when she finally does, she discovers something much worse than those around her ever could have imagined.

Purchase We Never Told (She Writes Press)

Montauk by Nicola Harrison

Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires. It’s 1938. For three months, this fishing village serves as playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux will be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor while her husband, increasingly remote, pursues other interests.

Bea has never felt comfortable among these privileged women. As she drifts further from them, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Purchase Montauk(St. Martins Press)

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, it offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting.

Johanna and Ben are married but don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly, but what has really torn them apart is too devastating to discuss. When they begin Harmony’s therapy program, it’s clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a tropical storm descends, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person will remain unchanged.

Purchase The Last Resort(Graydon House)

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