Perfect Summer Reads.

I've decided to put together a post all about summer reading essentials. Whether you will be reading on a hot beach abroad this year, or if you'll be sunning it up in your back garden with your cat; I know I'm not the only person who finds it so relaxing to get stuck into a good book and forget all your own troubles. Of course, this is Britain after all and I can't help but feel we may have had our summer for this year already, but at least we can pretend by getting ourselves lost at an exotic location in a chick lit novel! I have always loved reading but sometimes it is hard to find the time and when you are on holiday, or just enjoying a day off work, it is the perfect excuse to delve into somebody else's world. I have been reading a lot of books lately as I have recently joined #thehandbagbookclub (feel free to search it for more information). It has meant I have also been reading books that I wouldn't usually choose, which has been interesting. I've put together some perfect summer reads for 2013; some that I have read and enjoyed and some I am waiting impatiently to read! I have managed to whittle it down to the top six summer reads I think you may enjoy! It was hard and I could literally sit here and talk all day about reading - don't worry I won't bore you!

Beautysets - Perfect Summer Reads
Wicked Ambition - Victoria Fox.
I absolutely love Victoria Fox's novels and I have Wicked Ambition waiting patiently for me to take on holiday in a few weeks time. Three superstars. Three sensational secrets. Three deadly games. For Robin, Kristin and Turquoise, the spotlight burns brightly. But ambition always comes at a price...and the devil is waiting to claim his dues. It sounds like perfect escapism and I'm looking forward to finding out how the girls lives will entwine together and I'm sure the path of fame is not going to run smoothly.
Guilty Wives - James Patterson.
I have recently finished reading this book. This is the first book I have read by James Patterson and I wasn't disappointed. The novel follows Abbie Elliot, who goes on a well deserved girls holiday to Monte Carlo. Little do the wives know, their every move is being watched and they soon find themselves descending from heaven to hell in a Paris prison cell. The story is full of twists and I felt encouragement towards Abbie and her journey to freedom.
Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop - Abby Clements.
The book is based on two sisters who lead completely different lives, Anna works in an office job whilst her photographer sister Imogen travels the world and is currently living her dream in Thailand. A family tragedy ends in Imogen rushing home to the UK. Both Anna and Imogen's lives are turned upside down when they inherit their beloved grandmother's Ice cream shop. Inheriting a business was not on their list of things to do, but in the name of family the girls give it their all. I love that the moral of the story is how important all the family are to each other. Together, the sisters face plenty of challenges - what with a potential sabotage to their business and failing love lives, the sisters work together to make their grandmother proud. The characters of Anna and Imogen are easy to relate to. The story is such a sweet and light hearted read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was really happy with how the story ended and think the book was written very well. It's definitely one to look out for.
Wicked Wives - Anna Lou Weatherly.
Wicked Wives is based around the lives of Ellie, Victoria and Loretta. Ellie is living a new life with her husband, desperately trying to keep her past a secret from her new world. The story also follows the troubles that Ellie's eighteen year old daughter Tess manages to get herself into, unknown to Ellie just how out of control Tess is becoming. Ellie's author friend Victoria is desperately trying for a baby with her husband after suffering from a tragedy. with nobody realising just how far she will go to get what she wants. Then there is Loretta, the rather unlikeable gold digger, whose husband has just committed a crime, leaving her to deal with the consequences. If you find yourself in love with this book (which I wont blame you!) Anna-Lou has also written a previous novel, Chelsea Wives.
Close My Eyes - Sophie McKenzie.
This book is one for my wish list. I love books that are unpredictable and make you wonder what is going to happen next. The book is a psychological thriller and I'd love it get into it. "A tragic event eight years ago. A stranger on the doorstep. Your life turned upside down."
Killer Queens - Rebecca Chance.
Rebecca Chance is one of my favourite authors. Each of her books are so well-written and keep you in suspense. "Every little girl grows up dreaming of marrying a prince - but what if the fairy tale turns into a right royal nightmare? Scheming kings, killer queens, evil princes, far-from innocent princesses, secret weddings, runaway brides, illicit affairs, death plots and lashings of steamy sex - it's just another day in the lives of the world's most powerful families. Find out what REALLY goes on behind closed palace doors…" This sounds like my perfect read and it already has brilliant reviews after being released just a few days ago!
What's on your summer reading list? x
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  1. I've never read any of those :( I feel so out of the loop! LOL.

    I love your blog, I can't believe I've never found you before! Following on bloglovin :)

    regarding the meet-up, we can DM each other ideas on twitter if you like, or we could email? My address is If you know anyone else who'd be interested, please let them know! <3 FUN FUN FUN

    my blog, by the way, haha!

    Love Holly xoxo

  2. I've read Close my Eyes by Sophie McKenzie and loved it xx


  3. I have never read these authors, but your descriptions make them sound fab! I might have to check these out once I get through my own summer reading list. I posted it on my blog: Ring-a-Round a Rosey

    Thanks for the tweet; I love your blog and am now following!

  4. I'm going on holiday in a couple of weeks and am needing a few books to take with me, going to check some of these out. Thanks!