Beach Side Bliss


With Florida’s warm sunshine and salt air breezes, there’s no better place to get lost in a good read than on the beach. Try one of these books or blogs for a relaxing day at the beach.

Florida Authors 

Ship of Dreams

by Rebecca Heflin 

“Ship of Dreams” is the latest novel written by Gainesville resident and author, Rebecca Heflin. It is about an advertising diva named Laura Armstrong who is after the biggest account of her career, Imperial Cruise Lines, which will lead her to becoming one of the most powerful women in advertising. However, sexy southern gentleman Nathan Maxwell is after the same account. Since it means a sizable bonus just in time to save his family’s farm, and the only stable home his sister’s ever known from foreclosure, he won’t back down. The two of them end up on the same ship in the middle of the Mediterranean for a mission, and we find out whether Nathan will sink her ship of dreams or if the way to love will be smooth sailing.

Cuba Straits

by Randy Wayne White 

Sanibel Island resident Randy Wayne White’s Cuba Straits is about General Juan Garcia who was in the business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. He also made profits by buying historical treasures that he called HPC items, high-profile collectibles. He manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro to a secret girlfriend and the collectibles are not a matter of money anymore.


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

by Rebecca Wells 

This classic novel written by Louisiana native Rebecca Wells, tells the story of an unforgettable mother-daughter team, Vivi and Siddalee Walker and their downward spiraling relationship. With passion and a rare gift for language, Wells moves from the resent to past, unraveling Vivi’s life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the continuing attacks on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, with each of them being totally individual and authentic, represents the story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women who are impossible to tame.

Shanghai Girls

by Lisa See

Based on a true story, Shanghai Girls is about a twenty-one-year-old girl named Pearl Chin and her younger sister May who are beautiful, modern and carefree in 1937. However, their father gambles away their wealth and to repay his debts, he sells the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices and confront a devastating, life-changing secret. Through it all, they stay true to who they are — Shanghai girls.


Same Kind of Different As Me 

by Ron Hall and Denver Moore 

This novel is a true story about an international art dealer and modern-day slave from Louisiana who became friends after the art dealer is roped into volunteering at a homeless shelter by his saintly wife. It is a story bound by love and faith that consists of betrayal and pain followed by an unexpected life-changing love.


Where’d You Go Bernadette

by Maria Semple 

This comedic novel is one about a woman named Bernadette Fox who is a fearlessly opinionated partner to her husband, a disgrace to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, a revolutionary architect to design mavens, a best friend and Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began with her daughter Bee acing her report card and claiming her promised award, a family trip to Antarctica. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence, creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.


Things You Won’t Say

by Sarah Pekkanen

This timely and provocative novel tells the story of a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. Jamie Anderson’s husband, Mike, is a police officer who experiences a shooting at the police headquarters. After weeks pass and her husband’s insomnia and disconnectedness mount, another shooting happens, this time Mike being the one to pull the trigger. As Mike’s ex sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with him and Jamie’s younger sister faces her own losses to help her big sister, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.



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