Shark-Safe: 18 Beach Reads for the Landlubber

Shelf RenewalIf your readers prefer their beachside adventure books more domestic than deadly, steer them away from Shark Week—full steam ahead to these relationship-focused reads.

These are “drown your sorrows” stories of love, lost and found, not “drown in the ocean while trying to escape a man-eating shark that has a vendetta against you and your entire coast-dwelling family” tales.

I don’t know about you, but I like my time by the shore with chardonnay—not sharks.

by Elin Hilderbrand

Barefoot Season, by Susan Mallery

Beaches, by Iris Rainer Dart

Folly Beach, by Dorothea Benton Frank

The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons

I Couldn’t Love You More, by Jillian Medoff

Ladies of the Lake, by Haywood Smith

Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan

One Summer, by David Baldacci

The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice

Summer Breeze, by Nancy Thayer

Summer Friends, by Holly Chamberlain

Summer Island, by Kristin Hannah

Summer Rental, by Mary Kay Andrews

Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume

The Summer Wind, by Mary Alice Monroe

Sunset in St. Tropez, by Danielle Steel

Ten Beach Road, by Wendy Wax




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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