You’d never know it based on recent London weather, but today is officially the first day of summer. Actually, as I write this, it’s sunny outside and we have our hottest temperatures of the year forecasted for next week, so maybe it really is summer. Considering my two favorite places to read are outside in the garden (in warm, sunny weather, preferably) and by a roaring fire, summer is one of the times I most look forward to for book releases. In this post, I’m highlighting the Summer 2019 new releases that I personally can’t wait to read!
The dates below are the UK release dates, but many of these come out earlier in the US. So, if you’re based in the States and love the sound of any of these books, click the ‘Purchase’ link to find out when it comes out for you!
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo [June 27]
There’s nothing I love more than a family saga, especially one about siblings that have all gone in different directions (a la The Nest and The Christmas Sisters). So it’s no surprise that I opted to pre-order The Most Fun We Ever Had – and I can’t wait for it to arrive! From the description, this sounds like the type of novel where there is so much going on, but if done well it can all come together beautifully.
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig [July 2]
Science Fiction is not my go to genre, but I’ve been drawn to many recent releases (Karen Walker’s The Dreamers being one of them). I also tend to avoid 800 page novels; however, I can’t stop thinking about Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers. This sounds like a novel that is going to be absolutely everywhere this next year, and I’m just hoping my reading brain has enough patience to get through 800 pages!
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory [July 16]
After loving both The Wedding Date and The Proposal, I obviously have to include The Wedding Party on this list. Jasmine Guillory’s rom-coms have incredibly diverse and entertaining casts of characters, which make for a unique read even when the plot is somewhat familiar (aren’t all romances these days?). I can’t wait to read the third novel in this series. And I’m even more excited for her next book – Royal Holiday – coming out this fall!
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem [July 23]
I am SO HERE for all of these romances that celebrate different religions and traditions. Although fictionalized and sometimes exaggerated, it’s an entertaining way to learn about other cultures. I’ve had both Unmarriageable and Ayesha At Last on my TBR, but I love the sound of The Marriage Clock even more. Parents planning an arranged marriage, a daughter who wants to do things her own way, and a deadline.
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb [July 23]
‘A Novel of Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding’. Um, yes PLEASE! You all know I love anything royal. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Grace Kelly (her family used to vacation in Ocean City, NJ, where my family also spent their summers, so we’re essentially the same!). This novel has been majorly hyped since it was announced, and I’m totally on the hype train. Oh, and if you love Grace Kelly, too, I recommend High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly for further reading.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane [August 8]
As soon as I see ‘I’m sad that it’s over’ in a review of a family drama, I know that it’ll be for me. I just LOVE getting so wrapped up in a family (or families) that I never want my adventures with them to end. This one is set in the Bronx and follows to NYPD officers and their families; in particular, the book focuses on their two children, born just six months apart. I love the idea of something happening in their childhood and then the kids reevaluating the situation as adults. The child vs. adult perspective is so interesting, especially when it’s the same people viewing their lives in a different light. Can’t wait to read this!
Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby [August 8]
I love discovering a destination through a novel, but I love revisiting my favorite destinations even more (hence why I love Karen Swan’s Christmas in the Snow so much!). We celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Florence and have been in love with the city since. So nothing sounds more wonderful than transporting myself to Florence with Three Days in Florence – I actually have an e-ARC of this one from NetGalley and can’t wait to dive in!
The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel [August 13]
WWII + Wine? This WWII Historical Fiction loving wine-a-holic will be the first in line! I absolutely loved Kristin Harmel’s The Room on Rue Amélie when I read it last year and can’t wait to read Harmel’s latest. The Winemaker’s Wife is set in Champagne, France, during World War II, and modern day New York City. It’s also been compared (loosely, I imagine) to The Nightingale, so, as I said, I’ll be first in line.
American Royals by Katherine McGee [September 5]
I don’t have too much to say here other than that the title is American Royals, so it’s pretty obvious why this is on my ‘most anticipated’ list. There hasn’t been a big royal romance since The Royal We but we’ve been blessed with Red White and Royal Blue this year and now American Royals and Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday are on their way to us. So this might just be the best year ever for royal fiction. I’m gonna go watch The Royals now while I sit around and wait for this to be released!
p.s. Send all your royal fiction recommendations my way!
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern [September 19]
I can’t actually remember if I’ve read P.S. I Love You, but I’m a huge fan of the movie so was delighted to hear about this sequel. I’ll definitely be checking P.S. I Love You out of the library in order to read (or re-read) it prior to this release! If it’s anything like its predecessor, there will likely be many tears while reading Postscript – what better way let out all the emotions associated with the end of summer?
See, summer reading doesn’t have to be boring, school related stuff. It can be fun. And excited. And, often times, super dramatic! What are you looking forward to reading this summer?
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