After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid – July 1, 2014. Lauren and Ryan are a couple who’ve been together for over a decade, but sadly, the magic is gone. Despite their shared history, they don’t feel the love for each other that they once did. To save their marriage, they decide to break-up for a year and see if they can find their way back together. There’s a lot of prepublication buzz surrounding this book. Post Script: I’ve read it, and the buzz is warranted. Fantastic read!
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – July 1,2014. Moyes’ latest novel sounds like a new twist on the Jennifer Lopez movie, Maid In Manhattan. Jess works as a housekeeper for Ed, an obnoxious millionaire technology executive. Jess is a struggling single mother who, of course, is barely scrapping by. When her math whiz daughter gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the Math Olympiad, it’s Ed who comes to the rescue by offering to take Jess and her family. On their adventure, Jess and Ed get to see the world through each other’s eyes – those who have money and those who don’t. It turns out to be quite a journey!
The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax – July 1, 2014. Wendy Wax is back with her third installment of the 10 Beach Road series. The ladies, Maddie, Avery and Nicki, are back for another remodeling project – this time in the Florida Keys. Their reality show has assigned them the project of converting an old Florida house into a bed-and-breakfast. The house belongs to a notorious past-his-prime rock star who isn’t thrilled with the camera being on him once again. But he is intrigued by the newly divorced Maddie. I loved the first two books in this series, so I’m eager to read this one!
Landline by Rainbow Rowell – July 8, 2014. After two very successful young adult novels, Rowell once again delves into adult women’s fiction with a tale of a marriage falling apart. Georgie is a successful TV writer who has been so focused on work that her personal life suffers. When Georgie tells her husband that she has to cancel their Christmas trip to see his parents in Omaha, he husband decides to go anyway – and takes the kids with him. Talk about a wakeup call! Left alone, Georgie tries to figure out a way to save her marriage. The novel takes a paranormal twist when Georgie discovers a landline that can connect her to the past. Will this portal enable her to change the state of her marriage?
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – July 29, 2014. A Moriarty novel always promises love, humor and intrigue. Her latest story won’t disappointment. After a parent ends up dead at an annual school event, life in the suburbs will never be the same. The story focuses on three women and their complicated families, including spouses, children, ex-spouses and second wives. I loved last summer’s popular Moriarty chick lit mystery novel, The Husband’s Secret, and I’m certain this one will be page-turner.