After two months of staying at home, most of us are ready for a reprieve from our own spaces. But while not all beaches may be open yet, our imaginations can still take us some of the loveliest of them.

Take a virtual beach vacation with these six women’s fiction books:

 Drawing Down the Moon by Shawn Keller Cooper (April 2019)

Damaged and devastated by her third miscarriage and deteriorating marriage, Jade Montgomery drives to the strip of sand on James Island, North Carolina, to end her life. But in that nanosecond between life and the ever-after, she hears a whisper of hope begging her to fight. With the help of Agnes, a mysterious older woman, Jade begins to uncover her authentic self, confront her demons and find joy in the journey.

 You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer (April 2020)

Alexis Gold is struggling to find a balance between work and family. Though she’s quick to say they divide and conquer, Alexis knows her partner Tommy does most of the heavy lifting, especially with their teenage daughter. But when Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, Alexis puts work on hold to give him his final wish — one last summer on their beloved beach in Destin, Florida. A heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a mother and daughter struggling to be a family without the one person who holds them together. 

 Carousel Beach by Orly Konig (May 2018)

Artist Maya Brice is restoring a historic carousel in her Delaware beach town when she discovers a mysterious inscription carved in the belly of her favorite carousel horse. A cryptic letter left on her grandmother’s grave leads her to the 90-year-old carver of the beloved carousel and to the intertwined secrets of love, heartbreak and misunderstandings between three generations of strong-willed women.

 Lucky’s Beach by Shelley Noble (June 2020)

Three best friends are on their way for an adults-only beach vacation when their plans are interrupted by a family crisis. Julie Barlow’s quirky Uncle Tony “Lucky” Costa is missing, and Julie’s mom wants them to find out what happened. Lucky’s Beach Bar and Grill and the quaint coastal town hold fun times and secrets, as well as lessons about life, love and sacrifice. 

 When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal (July 2019)  

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet there she is on the TV news during live coverage of a club fire in Auckland. Kit travels to New Zealand to find the sister who’s been living a lie and finally put to the rest the memories and heartbreak of the past. From the beaches of Santa Cruz to the beauty of New Zealand, this book is an emotional story of long-buried secrets, grief, and forgiveness. 

 The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate (September 2015)

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But while searching through years of stored family heirlooms, Whitney discovers secrets and truths about her family and herself, and learns about forgiveness, love and following your dreams.