In the mood for a new book this summer? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick list of some of our current favorites, perfect for lazy summer days and nights.
Everybody Always by Bob Goff. I read Goff’s first book, Love Does, a few years ago while spending sun-soaked days at Madeline Island, and it became an instant favorite. His second book, while not a typical beach novel, is an accessible, fun read. (I mean, anyone who has “Creepy People” as a chapter title gets an “A” in my book.) Goff tells stories from his life that illustrate the power of love and the way Jesus demonstrated that love. Although the stories themselves sound amazing, he relates them in such a matter-of-fact way that they seem completely doable. His aphorisms and biblical truths feel hard-hitting at times but are counterbalanced by a self-effacing sense of humor that made me chuckle out loud a few times. Overall, Everybody Always is thought-provoking and just as enjoyable as Goff’s first book.–Kristin Demery
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. A Fall of Marigolds weaves together the stories of two women, one from 1911 and one from 2011. They are connected by their love of the same beautiful scarf. Both experience loss and heartache through tragedy (no spoilers here; you’ll have to read it to find out what kind of tragedy). They find themselves in an in-between place, not really living but not moving on either. Can love help them find a way forward?
Perfect for your hammock this summer, A Fall of Marigolds satisfies every taste. A little bit of history, a little bit of love, a little suspense, and a lot of depth.– Andrea Christenson
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. The Masterpiece is absorbing from the first page. Roman and Grace could not be more different. Roman is a well known artist who seemingly has it all: women, money, and fame. Grace, on the other hand, is struggling to make ends meet. She needs a job, a place to live, and some hope. What they do have in common, however, is a past they’d like to forget. Their lives collide when Grace is called by the employment agency to take a job as a personal assistant for a man whose less than stellar temperament has chased several others away. Can Grace deal with Roman’s moods? Can Roman cope with Grace’s high Christian standards? Can either of them let go of the guilt over their past mistakes? Ms. Rivers weaves together a riveting tale of grace, redemption, and love. Don’t let it’s 500 pages scare you off. You’ll fly through them as this novel truly is a masterpiece.–Nancy Holte