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Summer Reading 2013

Summer is here! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Feature. While our series of 24-hour contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at our 21 featured titles for some sizzling summer reading ideas.

» Click here to see the winners of our Summer Reading contests.

Week of May 26, 2014

Releases for the week of May 26th include DEEPLY ODD, the latest Odd Thomas thriller from the prolific Dean Koontz; WHITE FIRE by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the 13th novel featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast; Luanne Rice's THE LEMON ORCHARD, a heartrending love story of two people from seemingly different worlds; and THE WIDOW WALTZ by Sally Koslow, which explores the bonds between mothers and daughters, belligerent siblings, skittish lovers and bitter rivals as they discover the power of forgiveness and healing.

Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz

Ben Silver had it all --- a successful law practice, a New York apartment overlooking Central Park, a beach house, fine art, club memberships. Yet when a massive coronary fells him while training for the New York City Marathon, it’s revealed that his life was a lie. He’s left his wife, Georgia Waltz, and their two daughters almost penniless. Georgia must now rally to support her family while mourning a husband whose private enigmas keep surfacing.

The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

June 2013

I like smart humor, both in conversation and in writing. Thus, when I heard Sally Koslow reading from THE WIDOW WALTZ this week at a book signing, I was reminded of why I enjoyed the book so much. It’s smart writing with a humorous punch.

Georgia Waltz has little to smile about. When the book opens, Georgia’s husband, Ben Silver (of course, Georgia kept her maiden name), has a heart attack on lap three of a sprint pre-New York marathon. As he lies gasping for air, he thinks about the small cell phone that’s not at his side --- not the iPhone the world knows about, but the one that has skittered away. And he wonders, “Who would call her?” And in one five-page chapter setup, Ben exits, but leaves behind his starring role for us to unravel with Georgia.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 36 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bookreporter.com Bets On picks from 2013, while 36 others won a copy of one of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2013's Bets On selections.