I am back today with a End of Summer reading list for you all that will carry you through the end of summer and into fall. I loved doing one of these posts last autumn and will make it more or a regular type of post on here. All 4 of these books are what I call "Feel Good or Easy Reads". They aren't thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi etc. I believe I mentioned in that in my last reading post that I don't read those type of books. I almost a 100% of the time read before bed so I don't want anything that is scary or will keep me up at night. If you are like me in this way and love reading but not those type of books then these four are for you! I have read two out of the four of the books and will give my take on the books as well as the authors description!
Book #1 is Love & Luck by Jenna Evans. I haven't actually read this one yet I just bought it a few weeks ago. Here is the authors description in case you are interested
"Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism. And then their travel plans change...
I am excited to read this one. I love any book that is set in England, Ireland, or Scotland you'll see that in 3 of the books. I also love any book where the main character finds something tucked away in a library. It doesn't get much cozier than that!
Book #2 is Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley. I finished this book a little over a month ago and really enjoyed it. It's one of those books that you get really invested in the main characters. I will say this book is a bit slow at first but stick with it because it's worth it! Here's the author's description
"Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her..."
This is one of those books that is one that you can curl up with some coffee and read for hours. I loved doing just that after a long day!
Book #3 The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller . This is my favorite book out of the 4 and that might be a bit biased because I haven't finished the 4th one I am going to share with you. But I can't recommend this book enough. It has all of my personal favorite things. Vermont, baking, a love story, character growth. This book is about as feel good as you can get aka my heaven. I actually picked it because there's a little quote on the front from someone that read it that said it's basically Gilmore Girls and I was SOLD. Gilmore Girls is probably one of my favorite shows of all time. So that sealed the deal. Here's the description:
"When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts.Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired—to help Margaret reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.
With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought."
I don't feel the description does it justice so you need to pick this one up for yourself. I kind of wish I would have found it in the fall because it would have been perfect.
Book #4 is The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan I have currently just started reading this book and already love it. I have read almost every book Jenny has written because she knows has to pull at your heart strings. The lead character is always a women which I love and they have to go through personal struggle and growth to achieve what they really want for their life. They also end up falling in love along the way another thing I love in a book. Can you tell I am a mushy person haha. If you haven't read Bookshop on the Corner by her you absolutely need to.
Here's the description "When Flora MacKenzie traded her glum career in London for the remote Scottish island of Mure, she never dreamed that Joel—her difficult, adorable boss—would follow. Yet now, not only has Flora been reunited with her family and opened a charming café by the sea, but she and Joel are taking their first faltering steps into romance.With Joel away on business in New York, Flora is preparing for the next stage in her life. And that would be…? Love? She’s feeling it. Security? In Joel’s arms, sure. Marriage? Not open to discussion.In the meanwhile, Flora is finding pleasure in a magnificent sight: whales breaking waves off the beaches of Mure. But it also signals something less joyful. According to local superstition, it’s an omen—and a warning that Flora’s future could be as fleeting as the sea-spray…A bracing season on the shore sets the stage for Jenny Colgan’s delightful novel that’s as funny, heartwarming, and unpredictable as love itself."
I highly recommend all her books and even though I just started this one I know I will love this one as well.
I hope you find atleast one book from these 4 that might interest you!