For me, one of the best parts of going on summer vacation is making a dent in my reading list. I love to read, and the idea of spending time catching up on books next to a pool or even on an airplane is bliss for me.

If you’re looking for ideas to add to your summer reading list, look no further than these. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

1. "The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain. I had previously read another book, "Necessary Lies," by this author and loved it. So I was eager to try out "The Stolen Marriage." These books are historical fiction and are fascinating. This book centered around the Polio epidemic that hit North Carolina in the mid-1940s. It follows Tess, a woman who became pregnant out of wedlock and fled her hometown and her fiance to marry the baby’s father — a one night stand who she didn’t know. A former nurse, she goes against her new husband’s wishes to help with the epidemic and finds out more than she bargained for along the way about herself and her new family.

2. "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes. If you’re a fan of Moyes' "Me Before You," this is a can’t-miss. Jess is a single mom to her stepson and daughter, and having a rough go at life. She is trying to get her daughter to a math competition, but doesn’t have the means to do so. Ed, a wealthy business owner, is escaping reality and a business mistake he made that he fears will land him in jail. Ed and Jess meet by chance and he offers to drive her family to the competition as he’s heading home to come clean to his parents in the same town. The characters are quirky and the tale is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. A quick read with a lot of substance — you can’t go wrong.

3. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. "The Nightingale" follows two sisters living in German-occupied France during World War II. Their stories are equally heartbreaking and terrifying, and you’ll be holding your breath the entire book to see what happens next. One sister is fighting to contribute to her country and one sister is fighting to save her family, but both are making a world of difference even though they don’t feel like it. This historical fiction novel puts life into perspective and will have you counting your blessings the whole way through.

4. "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn. Imagine having agoraphobia and not being able to leave your house — this is the reality character Anna Fox lives with everyday. After nine months of being cooped up inside, she officially knows everything there is to know about all of her neighbors — that is until the new family moves in. Anna witnesses a horrible crime through her window and no one believes her. Did she imagine it or are things not as they seem? And how can she convince the police she isn’t crazy and to trust her? This thriller has multiple twists throughout the book and keeps you guessing to the end. You won’t be able to put it down.

On my list coming up are new books by Elin Hilderbrand, Emily Giffin and Fredrik Backman. I can already tell this is going to be a summer of good books. Now...if only I could plan a few more vacations to get the time to read them!


Jaime Wyant is a 33-year-old Omaha native, wife to Bret and mother to Marin and Liam. She writes monthly for Read more from Jaime here.

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