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 different you, one floating outside time.
When people talk about beach reads, that’s what I think of. A story so immersive, so transporting that, for a while, you forget your cares.
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
A sleepy seaside town, top-notch banter, and a realistic love story that will have you smiling—what more can you ask for?
One Day In December by Josie Silver
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.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This is the sweet and steamy tale of a man who’s unsure he’s capable of love and the woman who proves otherwise.
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
Sometimes you want a slightly more… extreme escape from reality. This historical romance following an estranged couple is absolutely delicious.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
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.
Why not try Emily’s latest release?
Beach Read by Emily Henry, published by Viking, is out in paperback 20th August