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Summer Reading 2018: July Prize Books

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Summer Reading 2018: July Prize Books

Summer will be here before you know it! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through August 24th, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also will be sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

See the prize books being awarded in MayJune and August.

The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom by A. E. Hotchner - Fiction


Street-savvy, almost-thirteen-year-old Aaron Broom is guarding his father's car when he witnesses a robbery gone wrong in a jewlery store across the street. To Aaron's shock, his father, a travelling watch salesman in the wrong place at the wrong time, is fingered as the prime suspect in the murder. Undaunted, Aaron enlists an unlikely band of friends and helpful adults to clear his father's name. His unusual mission is complicated by the painful realities of the Depression. In his search for justice, Aaron draws upon the resources of a world-weary paperboy, an aspiring teen journalist, a kindly lawyer, and a neighborhood friend with a penchant for baking.

Believe Me by JP Delaney - Psychological Thriller


A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide. Then the game changes. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman - Fiction


Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom --- or mom in general. She has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max --- this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber - Fiction


Annie Marlow has been through the worst so she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of her past. She begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks to one person in particular: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart --- and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea. The two grow closer, but when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven and the man she’s come to call home.

Death on Windmill Way: A Hamptons Murder Mystery by Carrie Doyle - Mystery


Antonia Bingham, a renowned chef and the new owner of East Hampton's Windmill Inn, escaped to the Hamptons to get away from a harrowing past. Yet now she finds herself in more danger than ever when she discovers the inn's previous owners may have been victims of murder. Will her overly inquisitive personality be her downfall as she digs up secrets in her attempt to solve the crime?

Death on Lily Pond Lane: A Hamptons Murder Mystery by Carrie Doyle - Mystery


Springtime in the Hamptons comes late, but it’s worth it! Brisk walks on the bright chilly beach, cinnamon buns at tea time, blooming forsythia and...murder? East Hampton innkeeper and chef Antonia Bingham has settled in to town and taken on extra work as an estate manager, giving her entree her into some of the area’s most glamorous homes. Once inside, Antonia checks the heat, looks for leaks or damage, and finds the occasional dead body. Since the police can’t be trusted, it’s up to Antonia --- a modern-day Miss Marple, with an overly enthusiastic adoration of carbs and a kamikaze love-life --- to put her skills of deduction to use.

Death on West End Road: A Hamptons Murder Mystery by Carrie Doyle - Mystery


An unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family.

Death on Bull Path: A Hamptons Murder Mystery by Carrie Doyle - Fiction


After the craziness of August, the end of summer is supposed to bring peace and tranquility to the posh seaside enclave of East Hampton, New York. Antonia Bingham, chef and proprietor of the town’s prestigious Windmill Inn, looks forward to putting murder and mayhem behind her so she can focus on herself and her business. But when a Labor Day visit by two slick Wall Streeters ends with their gruesome deaths in a summer rental house, Antonia is pulled back to the dark side. With mysterious guests (and possible suspects) popping in and out of the inn, Antonia has no choice but to put back on her sleuthing cap and try to decipher who butchered these men. Wading through social media, the local nightclub scene, share houses, and other unfamiliar haunts of the young and glamorous is an eye-opener for Antonia.

The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas - Fiction


Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived, a perfect life. His wife, his daughters, his son and more family come together in Palm Springs for a weekend of celebration. But almost immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth façade. His son Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, his daughter Camille can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, his other daughter Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend, his wife Roma knows her children are hiding things from her. And Harry is haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family from Connecticut to the California desert. As the ceremony nears and the family splinters, the Tabors must each face up to the imperfections they’ve suppressed for so long. 

The Lido by Libby Page - Fiction


Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library has closed and the family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she's swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death. Kate Matthews, a once promising writer, now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary.

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C.W. Gortner - Fiction


Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams - Historical Fiction


In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister, is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, she finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, who has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel. As the summer winds to its end, Miranda is caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish her from the island for nearly two decades.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella - Fiction


After 10 years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another 68 years…and panic sets in. They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

Tailspin by Sandra Brown - Fiction


Rye Mallett, a fearless pilot with a rock-solid reputation, is asked to fly into a completely fogbound Northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert. Following protocol, he doesn’t ask why. But as he nears the landing strip, he is greeted first by a sabotage attempt that causes him to crash land, and then by the mysterious and attractive Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert’s stead. Soon they're in a 48-hour race to deliver the box before time runs out and protect their valuable cargo from those who would kill for it.

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery - Fiction


Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister --- Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping this will be a new start. Callie and Keira get along, but not with Malcolm. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love.