5 Hot Summer Book Suggestions #LittleMercies

What books are you diving into this summer?

I’m an obsessive reader and always looking for new page turners – especially in the summer when ideally I’m able to relax and read by the pool or at the beach. I love a wide variety of books from all kinds of genres – historical fiction, supernatural romance, spy thrillers and the latest bestsellers, like Little Mercies, the latest book from bestselling author, Heather Gudenkauf. Little Mercies, a hot new summer read ripped straight from the headlines, released on June 24th and is on my list of 5 Hot Summer Reads.

5 Hot New Summer Books

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Think of this book like last years Gone Girl. It’s riveting and a non stop page turner about a Mother trying to vindicate her daughter’s shocking death.  When Amelia supposedly commits suicide and dives to her death, her mother tries to solve the mystery surrounding her daughter’s untimely end as she uncovers Amelia’s cell phone text messages, Facebook status posts, and more to solve her unanswered questions.

reconstructing amelia

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences….. I loved this moving book – emotional, heartbreaking, and terrifying how one small mistake with our children can have a tragic impact on our lives. You can read an excerpt from Little Mercies here.  

Little Mercies Book Club Kit

Given the emotionally charged content and hot topics in this book, it’s perfect for book club. Here’s a Little Mercies Book club kit.

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Little Mercies

In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

I grew up with Emily so always love to read her latests books.  Perfect summer beach reads! Myself, and millions of her fans, are always entertained by her quick, easy, and very emotional reads.

Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon 

The much awaited 8th and final book in the Outlander series. I’ve always been obsessed with this time travel romance series that takes a modern woman back in time to 18th century Scotland and Colonial America. Diving into the romance between Claire and Jamie Fraser is always a fantastic escape full of adventure, hardship, and romance. If you haven’t done the Outlander series, start it now – especially as an Outlander TV series will be released in August on STARZ. And if you are already a fan, diving into the final chapter of the story will be a thrill.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness 

The book of Life book 3 in Discovery of Witches Trilogy

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Bestselling Discovery of Witches Trilogy releases on July 15th. I can not wait to dive into this book. If you love magic, history, time travel, witches and vampires, I promise this series will become a fast favorite. The first 2 books were incredible!

Note: Thanks to Harlequin for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).

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