We asked you: What are your best beach reads?

16 March 2015

By Pan Macmillan

What are your all time favourite beach reads? And which books will you be squeezing in to your suitcase this summer?

These are the questions we put to you last month, and we loved your responses. Here are our favourite suggestions (as well as a few of our own offerings too)! Even if you aren't heading on holiday this year, we have no doubt that these recommendations will keep you entertained all summer long...

The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond
Recommended by @BeckyPlunks, Fiction Communications Executive

A funny, heart-rending story from the Queen of Summer reading. When Evie's beloved aunt dies suddenly leaving her precious Beach Café in Evie's hands, she finds herself heading off to Cornwall to get the café and her life back on track. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, she gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...



The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes 
Recommended by @scrapten
 
One single mum. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger.
JoJo Moyes was a firm favourite, in particular this irresistable love story from the New York Times best selling author of Me Before You
 
 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Recommended by @soapgirluk

This coming of age story is the perfect beach read! We love it and so did you. Cath and Wren are identical twins, who do everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to meet boys and go to parties. It's not so easy for Cath who has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes. She has to learn to exist outside her comfort zone and realises there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.

Six Years by Harlan Coben
Recommended by @Janbagnall

You were hooked by this standalone thriller from the king of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben. A shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.



Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Recommended by @SamEades, Head of Publicity, Crime & Genre

A remote community, touched by evil - would you know who to trust? Crime fans will love Raven Black, the first book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, SHETLAND.


 
The Summer Without You by Karen Swan
Recommended by @jodiemullish, Head of Fiction Marketing

A gorgeously escapist summer read from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Christmas at Tiffany's. Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become engaged. But when a chance encounter at a New York wedding leads to an audition for a coveted houseshare in The Hamptons - Manhattan's elite beach scene - suddenly a new life is exactly what she's got.


Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Recommended by @minijo1 

You told us you loved working through Sophie Kinsella's books in the sun. Her latest title, Wedding Night, is full of her trademark blend of sparkling wit and playful romance, following the story of a wedding to remember—and a honeymoon to forget.




The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley
Recommended by @LaurenJWelch, Communications Assistant

A sweepingly romantic and spell-binding story spanning four generations. The Midnight Rose follows the extraordinary life of Anahita Chavan, from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England.The Midnight Rose really does tick all the boxes. Squeeze this in your suitcase and you won't regret it!



The Island by Victoria Hislop
Recommended by @Beadyjan

Victoria Hislop's beautifully imagined and evocative tale of family sagas, doomed love affairs and devastating secrets proved a popular summer reading choice. Moving and atmospheric!