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7 Books To Jumpstart Your Summer Vacation

May is here, which means summer is right around the corner! Here are some stellar reads to jumpstart your summer vacay plans.

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1. Vote For Remi by Leanna Lehman

Passionate U.S. Government teacher, Remi Covington is in for a treat when she notices her face all over the news labeled as the latest candidate in the running for 2016 Presidential election. The hoax was part of a social media prank put on by her students and in an effort to mess with them back, Remi decides to play along by entering the Presidential race and soon becomes the darling of the American public. As the campaign takes off, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural clichés, and realizes she isn’t quite the woman she thought she was.

2. Last One Home by Debbie Macomber

Cassie seems to have made all the wrong decisions. After high school graduation, she ran away from home, threw away her college scholarship, and broke her parents’ hearts all to marry the wrong man. Over a decade later, Cassie ends her difficult marriage and is back in Washington living with her daughter, hoping to leave the past behind. She struggles to make amends with her sisters Karen and Nichole and as they begin to come around, Cassie realizes the power of compassion and the promise of a fresh start.

3. A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson

When Gillian Flynn calls it, “one of the best novels I’ve read this century,” you know it’s good! A God In Ruins is the stunning companion to Kate Atkinson’s #1 bestseller Life After Life and it tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula’s younger brother Teddy. As a would-be poet and heroic pilot Teddy must learn how to adjust to an ordinary life after the war, and accept living as an ordinary man.

5. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

The town of Grimbaud is known for happily-ever-after’s thanks to local fortuneteller Zita and her famous Love Charms Shop. Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years in order to gather the fortune to marry her high school sweetheart. But in an interesting twist, Fallon learns her fortune states she will never find love. In an effort to gain control of her own fate, Fallon teams up with a notorious heartbreaker and they lead the rebellion to find love all on their own.

6. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison releases her first novel set in present day and tells a beautiful, heartbreaking and provocative story of a young woman who calls herself Bride. Toni weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.

7. Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane

At forty, Daphne White is distraught as her ex-husband is getting remarried, she’s losing connection with her daughter, and the career she used to dream about has somehow slipped from her grasp. Daphne White has lost who she used to be. So she heads to the Caribbean with her friends and that’s when she meets a much younger man named Clay Hanson. She ignores the inner voice telling her a fling is unnecessary, and finds herself rediscovering her enthusiasm for life and reclaiming the love for herself.

8. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

This book has a sinister undercurrent from the start, which makes it impossible to put down. Lillian Linden is a media darling. After a plane crash that leaves her and fellow survivor Dave Hall stranded on an island, they are rescued two years since the crash and brought back home to tell their story. But the thing is, they can’t tell their story…the real one that is. Linda and Dave are lying to everyone: friends, family and the world because they can’t know what really happened on that island and how they stayed alive for the past two years.

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