Do you have a beach where you live? Growing up, I didn’t, but my family would travel to Cape Cod every summer to visit my grandparents, who owned a beachfront inn.
For two or three weeks, we’d go to the beach every day, often with a whole cadre of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We’d swim, we’d collect sea glass, we’d see how many sand crabs we could collect in a bucket.
As I got older, “playing” lost some of its appeal, replaced by long walks and long hours of reading on the beach.
When I sat down to write my first Christian romance, Falling for the Innkeeper, the only thing I knew was that I wanted to set it on Cape Cod so that I could revisit the summers of my youth. It was lots of fun to write about the places I’d loved back then—the inn, the local candy store, the beautiful public beach. I even had my hero and heroine play a game of mini golf because my family used to do that on the dreary, gray days!
My upcoming release, The Baby’s Christmas Blessing, is set at Christmastime, so it’s not really a “beach read” in the same way, although there is a beautiful wintertime beach scene at the end of the book.
Since we do have a beach where we live now (in South Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico!), I thought I’d share a few of the beach reads that are on my TBR with you:
1. Chasing Valentino. Julie Carobini has a whole bunch of beach reads, but I’m dying to start her Hollywood by the Sea series because my family and I used to live in Los Angeles and we’ve been to that beach! (Although we’re not on that specific beach in the featured image above, we ARE on a beautiful Southern CA beach…)
Here’s a short blurb about the book: Truth is, I had given up on love. But when a 100-year-old postcard with a romantic message showed up in my mailbox, I had two choices… Ignore it and go on with my quiet mid-western life. Or… Fly to California to find out who sent it all those years ago—and why.
2. Seaside Proposal. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, and I’m looking forward to visiting in Narelle Atkins’ newly re-released book!
Here’s a short blurb: Billie Radcliffe has a secret. And she isn’t sharing it with anyone, including Zach Montford. Even though she feels an instant connection with the good-looking banker and youth leader, she’s wary of rejection. Besides she’s only in the close-knit beach community until she meets the one man who can fill in the blanks about her history…
3. Mistletoe Make-believe. Since I have a Christmas book coming out soon, I’ve been enjoying lots of Christmas books lately! If you like novellas, Amy Anguish has a cute one in the Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams anthology… and it features a romance novelist as the heroine!!!
Here’s a short blurb: Charlie Hill’s family thinks his daughter Hailey needs a mom. Desperate to be free from their nagging, he asks a stranger to pretend she’s his girlfriend during the holidays. When romance author Samantha Arwine takes a working vacation to St. Simons Island over Christmas, she never dreamed she’d be involved in a real-life romance. Are the sparks between her and Charlie real? Or is her imagination over-acting… again?
Have you read any of the beach books on my TBR? What’s your favorite beach read? And would you ever consider reading a Christmas book while you’re suntanning on the beach???
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