Summer, Summer, Summer Time! Let’s just sit back and unwind! Okay, I love that song! There are so many ways to unwind during this season but one of my most favorite ways to chill is by reading fun books.  

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From Rom-Com to Historical Fiction, you are sure to find a book that will take you to places of tranquility and give you the relaxing, fun vibes you desire this summer! 

Let’s get ready to travel the world using our imagination through books. Make your best drink, put on your comfiest lounge-wear, and dive into one of this summer’s juiciest books! 

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
If you are a fan of lost princesses like Princess Mia in The Princess Diaries, then Tokyo Ever After is the book for you. As a Japanese-American, Izumi “Izzy” Tanaka, never truly felt as though she belonged. The feeling of wanting to belong led to Izzy on a search for answers about her life. Follow along as she researches her family history and discovers a hidden secret that her mother has kept from her. Secrets that will change her life forever. 

Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst

Take a trip to Italy with Francesca, Allegra, and Sophia. You’ll find yourself immersed in the relationship of a mom that is a workaholic, a daughter who’s entering adulthood, and a grandmother who just wants her girl’s relationship to flourish. Come along and find out if healing is possible for this little family through this book.

The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell
Francophiles and fans of dual historical fiction novels will enjoy The Vineyards of Champagne. After the death of Rosalyn’s husband, she is presented with a work opportunity to travel to France. While traveling she discovers World War One letters. Curiosity gets the best of her and she begins to unravel mysteries and secrets that have been hidden for years. 

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories wrapped into a book. While Paris for One seems to fit the category of a novella, you’ll enjoy reading along as Mia sets out on a mission to prove she is strong enough to take on this city all on her own! For a quick summer read that you will breeze through, you’ll want to scoop up this book! 

Checking In by Michelle Williams
Check-in with Michelle as she gets real about her battle with depression and anxiety. If you follow her social media platforms you know that she is not one to hold back about what she has experienced in her personal life. Checking In reminds us that we are all human and no one person-no matter how famous- is above checking in. Travel through the stages of mental health with Michelle and see just why she believes forgiveness is imperative.  

Honorable Mention-Family Read:

Noah’s Superpower by Tammi Croteau
Learn about a special young boy named Noah. His dreams of becoming a SuperHero come true in this family read. Noah’s journey was a short-lived one but he made an impact on his family. This book covers adoption, compassion, and life in a sensitive way. Moms, if you are looking for a way to share this type of information with your kiddos, please read this short story with them.  


Patrice was born and raised a Georgia Peach, and thanks to her military service in the U.S. Air Force, she has lived in several states. Patrice is a Grantham University graduate student, holding her Bachelor’s in Business and her M.B.A. She is the wife of Daniel and mom to Dana and Alana. Passionate about her family and running the family business with Daniel, she is always looking to learn something new. Writing, traveling, and dancing is just a shortlist of her hobbies. You'll often catch her with her head in a book, enjoying all of the local Tex-Mex restaurants and exploring Austin’s most beautiful hiking spots.


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