Summer reading means something a bit different to everyone. Some people prefer to completely switch to vacation mode with fun, easy reads, while others like an action-packed page turner.
Personally, I fall into the first camp, and enjoy lighthearted books I can fly through, that I don’t have to work too hard on, but can get easily immersed in.
I’ve recently discovered the “British romantic comedy fiction” genre while reading A Little Vintage Lady blog, and think it is perfect light reading for the summer time. I haven’t read any of these yet, but they were chosen because of the fun, romantic, and nostalgic themes, think Hallmark Movie type books. I am looking forward to escaping to English Countrysides, cozy cottages and quaint village bakeshops!
This list is a mixed bag of books, some are “new realeases”, but some have been around a while. Since I have never heard of these titles and authors here in the States, they are all new to me, and I am thrilled to discover a new genre to read!
I will come back and update this post with my thoughts on each book after I have read them.
Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain
When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend Gwen dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage.
Lottie loves the cottage but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so.
Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a gorgeous tearoom.
But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover who she can trust, and who to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, will she also find love?
Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara
Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…
When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.
My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts
When a seaside escape spells a little romance . . .
A heartwarming tale that will sweep you away for the summer from the bestselling author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.
When Claire arrives for her cosy cottage retreat on the beautiful Northumberland coast, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.
Claire’s a survivor – she’s proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its colour.
Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. The last thing Claire needs is the risk of getting hurt, but she soon discovers that Ed has emotional battle scars of his own.
Will he prove the worst distraction? Or might he be just the perfect remedy?
A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde
In a cosy country village, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are all looking for new beginnings.
A chance meeting one evening results in an instant friendship between the three women. And they decide to pool their talents and set up their dream business together.
Soon they are having the time of their lives organising stylish and affordable vintage weddings. The summer becomes busier than they could ever have imagined as they sew bunting, bake cakes and add extra sparkle to the special days they create.
But what none of them realise is that their own romances lie waiting, just around the corner …
A Vintage Wedding is a gorgeous, uplifting romance novel about the magic of love, friendship and second chances.
SUMMER AT SKYLARK FARM BY HEIDI SWAIN
Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn’t quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it.
Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined – it’s cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.
But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?
A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft
COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…
GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!
Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Also, if there are any books you think I should add to my list please let me know!