It's never too late for those summer reads especially since we have almost a month left of official summer and then you can look forward to the beautiful Indian summer days.
Here a few suggestions:
Fellowship Point by Alice Elliot Dark
This is a book about a lifelong friendship between Agnes, a beloved children's author, and Polly, a wife and mother. They spent their childhood summers in Fellowship Point and as they are nearing the end of their lives Agnes is especially concerned what might happen to the property since developers are always circling around. This was a slow paced story but never boring. I think in this day of shorter attention spans (mine included) it was a pleasure to slow down and enjoy the ride.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garbus
Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the 1960’s where women are certainly not considered equal. While dealing with so much misogyny and outright cruelty a bright light appears when Elizabeth falls in love with Calvin. Calvin is a genius and quite lonely but is brought to life by Elizabeth’s quick mind and her devotion to him. Quirky and lovable characters and one of the best dogs ever written.
The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Be honest, pay attention, and seek joy - words of wisdom from Aunt Gert to her great niece Lolly. What if you got a second chance at life? At 33 Lolly looks back to her childhood diary and realizes she didn't achieve any of her goals that she set as a young girl. Enter some magic lemon drop candies and Lolly gets to explore the "what if's". Heartfelt, uplifting and a little magical.
The Boys by Katie Hafner
Introverted Ethan Fawcett meets outgoing Barb in a seemingly common theme of opposites attract. But this book is anything but ordinary. After getting married and flirting with the idea of children Barb brings home two Russian orphans. When the pandemic hits Ethan’s anxiety and protective nature are positively debilitating and the marriage starts to crumble. To soothe his pain and change scenery he bring the boys to Italy where life finally catches up to him. Ethan is a character that absolutely breaks your heart and then fills it with hope. This book packs a punch in the best way and draws you in from the first page.
Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim
Sophie Go is a newly minted matchmaker in Toronto who hasn't exactly gotten her certification yet.
She must first demonstrate that she can successfully match couples before she can receive her credentials. Her first clients are a club of senior bachelors called the Old Ducks that live in her apartment complex, if she can manage to find true love for these men she has hopes of succeeding.
Mix in a bunch of loveable characters, a cruel and demanding mother and Mr. Particular who Sophie might be falling in love with and you have the ingredients of a good rom com.