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Top 5 Last-Minute Summer Must-Reads

Savor the last days of summer with these enchanting reads. From mysteries and murder to romance and love lost, these novels will surely delight you. So grab a book and some lemonade and start reading!

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1. Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City by Christine Evelyn Volker

Anna's life is falling apart. To forget her worries, she travels to Venice to visit an old friend. However, instead of rest and relaxation, she is accused of murdering an old lover and thrown into jail. As Anna fights to clear her name, the sinister shadows of Venice emerge. Read the book Kirkus Reviews calls "a riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting."

2. Love Reconsidered by Phyllis Piano

Aleen Riddick’s marriage is in shambles. Her eighteen-year-old daughter, Sunny, just lost her beloved boyfriend in a tragic accident. Grief-stricken and unsure, they look to the dead boy’s father, Ted Hammand, to help them heal. Together the trio learns what it means to accept the past and move onto the future. “Grief, loss, and second chances are illuminated in Love Reconsidered, and its surprising and heartwarming twists offer insights into the true meaning of love.” - Kris Radish, best-selling author of The Year of Necessary Lies.

3. Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

When Amanda Gallo lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News, she’s finally made it: a six-figure salary, wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse. As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda’s pressure-cooker job gets hotter as her personal life unravels. Amanda must decide what she’s willing to give up to get ahead—and what she needs to hold on to save herself.

4. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. As her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to life after loss.

5. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.

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