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Best Books to Read This Summer

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Best Books to Read This SummerSummer is officially here and whether you are hanging out by the pool, indoors or relaxing outside a good book is nice to read. I’ve compiled a list of the best books to read this summer that I think you will enjoy!

books to read by the pool in the summer

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

Determined to uphold her father’s legacy, newly graduated Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India to prove herself in the field. In this spellbinding new land, Nora is faced with impossible choices—between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love.

My Review: 

This is my first time reading a book by Kimberly Duffy and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like the book. The characters were interesting especially Nora and Owen who seem to go back and forth of a love/hate relationship. And the plot kept it interesting.

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Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff

Former CIA agent turned evangelical pastor John Cross is busy caring for the small community of believers he ministers to in Virginia. Journalist Christine Lewis is busy with the demand for her talents from top news agencies in New York City. Neither has any time left for their relationship, which began eight months before when they paired up to prevent the detonation of a chemical bomb in the nation’s capital.

But when Christine hears that her stepbrother has been arrested for murder in Texas, they team up again to discover the truth about the crime. Untangling a web of conspiracy, the couple finds themselves in the center of another dangerous situation-and in trouble far deeper than they expected.

With an assassin on the loose, a trusted colleague acting as a double agent, and unreliable artificial intelligence connected to mercenaries who have Cross on their hit list, these two may not get out of the Lone Star State alive.

My Review: 

If you like suspense, you’ll love this book. I highly suggest reading the book before this A Cross to Kill so you can follow along with the book more. There is a lot more suspense in this book than the first one and I love the realness of the relationship between John and Christine. The ending will get you making you anxious to read the third book that is hopefully coming out soon.

At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer

Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine’s brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything—even his team—to save her.

My Review: 

This was definitely one exciting read. There was a lot of romance going on and cowboys so what’s there not to like. The story also brought in some history which I loved that about the book. I can’t wait to read the next one.

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez by Buck Storm

When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can’t go on–so he doesn’t. He spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full of Angel’s ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis’s ghost, and a strange kid named Bones.

Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt, loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town–and his good friend Gomez Gomez–and Father Jake can’t just stand by and watch. But what happens when the rescuer is the one in need of saving?

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.

My Review:

This story was so beautiful and touching at the same time. There was some humor in it and relatable stories about life and love that most of us have probably faced. It’s a lot going on in this book but was enjoyable.

I hope you enjoyed this list of books to add to your summer reading list. Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments.


Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy Gray

After hitting rock bottom, January decides she has nothing to lose in working at her aunt’s church—while hiding a lack of faith. A minor deception until she meets the church’s guitarist and sparks fly. Can she avoid disaster—especially when a handsome landscape architect has an annoying ability to push her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried?

My Review:

This is a great story that is so powerful. I loved following along with January’s journey throughout the book with a story that felt so real and a connection to her character as if she were my friend. There is love, trust, strength and forgiveness in the story that will have you not wanting to put the book down. 

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