Six perfect beach reads to enjoy this summer

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Lose yourself in a great book by the pool with our good holiday reads...

A really great book has a lot in common with a good holiday. It’s not just that it takes you someplace new, or introduces you to characters you’d otherwise never meet. It’s that, for a while, you leave your cares behind. You forget—at least ideally—about the work piling up at home.

You stop worrying about conversations you’ve been dreading or inconvenient appointments awaiting you. It’s not just that you’re in a different place. You’re a differentyou, one floating outside time.

When people talk aboutbeach reads, that’s what I think of. A story so immersive, so transporting that, for a while, you forget your cares.

Emily Henry, Beach Read

And while the ideal beach reads, of course, vary from person to person, for me, there’s nothing quite so perfectly suited for holiday reading as a great love story.

While romance, as a genre, sometimes gets a bad reputation, I’ve always found the pages of my favourite love stories to contain some of the most hopeful, comforting, and enchanting writing I’ve ever had the good fortune to stumble upon.There is a vulnerability to reading someone else’s love story. It requires you to relinquish your cynicism and your embarrassment. You let go: You become that other you. It’s the experience of a holiday, in book form.

Whether I’m stretched out on a towel beneath the sun or curled up in an anxious ball on the couch, I find myself turning to romance whenever I want an escape.

So if you’re on holiday, or just badly need one, these beach reads will sweep you away…

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Evvie Drake starts over

A sleepy seaside town, top-notch banter, and a realistic love story that will have you smiling—what more can you ask for?

SHOP NOW: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, Amazon, £8.99 (opens in new tab)

One Day In December by Josie Silver

one day in December, beach reads

To escape the heat of summer, try this wintry love story about a girl who falls in love at first sight—with her best friend’s new boyfriend.

SHOP NOW: One Day in December by Josie Silver, Amazon, £7.99 (opens in new tab)

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

the bride test, beach reads

This is the sweet and steamy tale of a man who’s unsure he’s capable of love and the woman who proves otherwise.

SHOP NOW: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, Amazon, £7.99 (opens in new tab)

Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

Private Arrangements, beach reads

Sometimes you want a slightly more…extremeescape from reality. This historical romance following an estranged couple is absolutely delicious.

SHOP NOW: Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, Amazon, £25.98 (opens in new tab)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Dramatic, salacious, and oh-so-romantic, this book follows a 1960s Hollywood starlet through her many love affairs—and to the greatest love of her life.

SHOP NOW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Amazon, £7.99 (opens in new tab)

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a life, chloe brown

Chloe Brown’s fibromyalgia has cost her her social life. Now she’s ready to reclaim it, with the help of her building’s handsome, if irritating, superintendent.

SHOP NOW: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Amazon, £8.99 (opens in new tab)

Why not try Emily's latest release?

Beach Read by Emily Henry, published by Viking, is out in paperback 20thAugust

Beach Read, Emily Henry

PRE-ORDER NOW: Beach Read by Emily Henry, Amazon, £7.99 (opens in new tab)

And if you're looking to enjoy even more outstanding books this summer why not check out our pick of the best thrillers (opens in new tab) around and the best book club books (opens in new tab) to get conversation flowing in 2020?

Happy reading!