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6 summer holiday reads for literary escapism

6 summer holiday reads for literary escapism

I am in full holiday mode here on the beautiful greek island of Lefkada and that means plenty of relaxing, adventures and time to catch up on my “to be read” list! If thrillers or historical fiction with strong women protagonists are your type of read then dive into just a few of my favourite reads of the year so far.


One Of The Girls - Lucy Clarke

if you enjoy a good psychological thriller that also manages to celebrate the joys of female friendship then One Of The Girls is a must-read! A bachelorette weekend turned dangerous and deadly, based on a stunning Greek island might be a little close to my home while on holiday but the plot twists, clever writing and an unexpected conclusion, make this book truly a joy to read. Definitely one that can easily be devoured while lounging by the pool or beach.

Recipe For A Perfect Wife - Karma Brown

Follow Alice and Nellie in this dual narrative novel which travels between the modern day and the 1950s. Alice finds inspiration in the secret notes mixed among recipes left by her home’s previous owner, Nellie, a 1950s housewife. As she discovers parallels in their lives, Alice begins to question the foundation of her own relationship and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.

A chance to compare the world for women in the 1950s with the modern day, paired with a captivating storyline, Recipe For A Perfect Wife is a real gem and unique book to pick up this summer.

How to Kill Your Family - Bella Mackie

Wickedly dark, witty and entertaining, How To Kill Your Family is a tale of class, family, love and murder. The protagonist Grace Bernard discovers her absent millionaire father rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help and so she vows deadly revenge. An immersive read, you follow Grace as she picks off the family one by one before she’s ironically jailed for a murder she didn’t commit.

With a slightly snarky, witty main character telling you her story, Grace is a great anti-hero to accompany your holiday world of imagination!

(Our Turkish Hammam Towel is a summer holiday staple, perfect for setting up your sun lounger for a spot of reading!)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

A popular read that has gripped the literary world, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a must-have novel if you’re looking for that one special book on your summer holiday!

Follow the tell-all account of Evelyn Hugo’s glamorous and scandalous life in Hollywood as she recounts her stories to unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant. As we move through Evelyn’s past from her making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s and of course recounting her seven husbands along the way, Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the star.

The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is renowned for telling heroic stories from strong women and her latest novel The Four Winds is no exception. A rich and beautifully written novel, it’s set in the dustbowl era of Texas and brings to life the Great Depression and the real trials of a life lived in this period through the eyes of Elsa Wolcott.

An epic tale of love and hope, Elsa carves out a dream life for herself including a loving family and a land to farm and be proud of. That is, before the land turns on them and she must decide whether to hold tight and hope for an end to this hell, or leave on the perilous journey to California.

I Have Something To Tell You - Susan Lewis

Another thriller to add to the list but this time told from the point of view of high-flying lawyer, Jessica Wells. I Have Something To Tell You is a page-turning thriller that weaves between a tangled case Jessica must unravel and an unravelling family she’s trying to save.

On the surface, this may seem like a crime thriller but it explores far beyond the initial ‘whodunnit’ murder case and delves into themes of love, loyalty and betrayal. 

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