15 Most Anticipated Books of Summer by Women

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The 15 Most Highly Anticipated Books of the Summer Are All Written by Women

Female writers came to play this summer with stunning new book releases about love, complicated family relations, thrilling police investigations and much more.

If you’re looking to build your summer reading list, make sure you include these 12 books that span various genres and feature unique new characters, all written by women.

1. We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

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Katie Cleary grew up believing that she would one day be the best skier in the world, devoting her entire life to training for the Olympics. But Katie’s dreams are soon shattered when a shocking family truth comes to light, forcing Katie to uproot her life and create a new identity for herself in Buenos Aires. Now surrounded by new faces and finding a new chance at love, Katie will learn that although her new life seems promising, you can never fully escape the demons from your past. This women’s fiction novel is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

2. The Runaway by Hollie Overton

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If you love police procedurals, you’ll want to get your hands on Hollie Overton’s The Runaway ASAP. When LAPD forensic psychologist Becca Ortiz agreed to foster runaway teen Ash, she didn’t expect that she’d one day have to track her down through the dangerous criminal world of Los Angeles. Becca will do anything to protect the girl she has taken under her wing. While Ash left her dark past behind her, she wasn’t able to fully shake a dangerous figure from her days living on the streets and now Becca will come up against this figure if she wants to get her foster daughter back.

3. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

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It’s the summer of 1987 and aspiring writer Eve Rosen has just received the opportunity to mingle with some of the publishing industry’s most important figures. But working side-by-side with a famous writer from the New Yorker will expose Eve to the difficult truths that exist within the elusive literary world. Along with her own indiscretions in her new job, by the end of summer, Eve will have to decide whether or not the future she’s always dreamed of is right for her. The Last Book Party is perfect for readers who want an inside look at the arts and literary world of the late ‘80s.

4. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

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Romance writer Jasmine Guillory returns this summer with another feel-good romance novel. Maddie and Theo hate each other but have agreed to put their differences aside for their best friend’s wedding. But all the tension between them finally comes to a head when they spend a romantic night together and later find themselves liking each other more than they expected. As their secret affair continues, they will have to consider what a real relationship between them could look like and if they could ever truly be in love.

5. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

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When corporate lawyer Madeline is made aware of the fact that she has just inherited her late aunt’s bookshop, she lets past family drama steer her towards the decision to sell the shop. But before she can sell the shop, she must bring it back to life with the help of its two committed employees who fear the end of the bookstore is near. Through working with the the shop’s loyal employees, Madeline begins to view the place in a positive light once again, resurging hope for the future of her aunt’s legacy—the perfect summer read for anyone who loves spending their days surrounded by books.

6. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

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Amy always admired her strong and confident older sister Sylvie. But then Sylvie goes missing while visiting their dying grandmother in the Netherlands and it’s up to Amy to track her down and bring her family together once again. Retracing her sister’s footsteps to a new country, she stumbles upon family secrets that will impact her and the rest of the Lee family. A literary fiction novel filled with dark secrets and family drama, this powerful novel is a must-read from New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok.

7. You, Me, and the Sea by Meg Donohue

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Growing up in a small town on the coast of Northern California, Merrow Shaw always loved her home, despite the tragic disappearance of her mother and her sometimes-cruel brother. But everything changes for the better when her family takes in orphan Amir and they find themselves falling in love with one another. Just as Merrow finds true happiness again, she gets caught up in a situation that will upset her life and lead her to question the place she’s always called home and the reality of first love. If you’re a fan of Wuthering Heights, this book will be right up your alley.

8. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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From the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a new women’s fiction novel about growing up and the mistakes you make along the way. After getting kicked out of college, Vivian Morris goes to live with her aunt to help her revive her failing playhouse. But just as Vivian starts to make a new life for herself, she makes one mistake that results in her world falling to pieces once again, teaching her some of life’s most important lessons along the way.

9. A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

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Caroline Stark believes she has the perfect life until it becomes known that her husband is possibly cheating on her. Heartbroken she has a one-night stand with a local bartender who has always admired Caroline from a distance. But then he begins to stalk her and before she knows it, she’s caught in the middle of a murder investigation in which her husband has gone missing. Michele Campbell’s latest thriller is full of unexpected moments you won’t see coming.

10. Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

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Despite their successful lives, Alice and Daphne are hung up on one thing: their weight. Knowing how it negatively affects their lives, they quickly hop on the opportunity to be apart of a program that will make them lose a dramatic amount of weight, fast. The only catch? They’re being filmed 24/7 throughout the program. Soon the women will feel like they’re trapped in an experiment, vowing to take matters into their own hands and change the game. This women’s fiction read is timely and relatable to any woman who has struggled with their own body images.

11. The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden

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At only 26, Mia West believes she has her whole life figured out until personal heartbreak makes her re-evaluate her future entirely. Leaving the comfort of her home in Seattle behind, she embarks on a trip that will take her around the world and introduce her to a host of impactful and unique people. By the time she returns to the Pacific Northwest, she must make a big decision: go back to the life she has always known or start a brand new chapter in her life. The Enlightenment of Bees is all about finding your path in life and doing good for the world around you.

12. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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The highly-acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient returns this summer with another steamy romance novel. Khai Diep doesn’t process emotions the way others do on account of his autism diagnosis. With this in mind, his mother is afraid he won’t ever get to experience love, leading her to travel to Vietnam to find him a potential bride. Meeting Esme Tran, a single mother trying to support her young daughter, Khai’s mother believes she’ll be a perfect fit. Bringing Esme back to the United States, it’ll be up to her to teach Khai what it’s like to feel and give love.

13. The Escape Room by Meg Goldin

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Escape rooms take on a whole new definition in this summer release from Meg Goldin. Four competitive Wall Street finance professionals don’t know when they sign up for a team building exercise that it will have devastating consequences. Trapped in a small elevator together, the four will be presented with challenges that will bring out their deepest secrets and reveal who amongst the group is willing to kill to get ahead.

14. A Better Next by Maren Cooper

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At 45, Jess Lawson is struggling to accept the fact she’ll soon be an empty nester and to make matters worse, her husband has just told her he’s moving across the country for a new job without her. Hoping to throw herself into her work amidst their divorce, she’s shocked to find that the company she works for is dealing with financial corruption that could impact everyone at the company and their clients. Unwilling to wallow in her hardship, she takes back control of her life no matter how much it may terrify her in A Better Next.

15. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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Kristen Peterson is hopeful that she’ll find her true love someday but for now, she has to face the fact that her future doesn’t include having children of her own. Now planning her best friend’s wedding, she is taken aback when she meets the best man Josh Copeland. He seems to truly understand Kristen and although she can see a future with him, she knows she could never give him the large family she wants. This new romance novel will have you both laughing and crying throughout its entirety.

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