5 Great End of Summer Reads

There’s no better time than now to pick up a new fluffy book and get reading!

This August, I’ve been trying to get through as many books as I can. I was recently sent 5 new novels from Harper Collins to dig into.

I received Rich and Pretty, The Trouble with Lexie, The Hating Game, The Bridge Ladies and A Certain Age.

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It was so difficult to decide what book to start with. I chose Rich and Pretty and am enjoying this “best friend” story a lot.

Rich and Pretty {Synopsis}

As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.

Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren—beautiful, independent, and unpredictable—is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents’ worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman envies—and is horrified by—particular aspects of the other’s life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.

Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they’ve been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection—or just force of habit—that keeps them together?

To read a free sample of this book and find out more about Rich and Pretty check out the Harper Collins website.

The Trouble with Lexie {Synopsis}

From the beloved author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and The Wonder Bread Summer comes the jaw-dropping story of Lexie James, a counselor at an exclusive New England prep school, whose search for happiness lands her in unexpectedly wild trouble.

Lexie James escaped: after being abandoned by her alcoholic father, and kicked out of the apartment to make room for her mother’s boyfriend, Lexie made it on her own. She earned a Masters degree, conquered terrifying panic attacks, got engaged to the nicest guy she’d ever met, and landed a counseling job at the prestigious Ruxton Academy, a prep school for the moneyed children of the elite.

But as her wedding date nears, Lexie has doubts. Yes, she’s created the stable life she craved as a child, but is stability really what she wants? In her moment of indecision, Lexie strikes up a friendship with a Ruxton alumnus, the father of her favorite student. It’s a relationship that blows open Lexie’s carefully constructed life, and then dunks her into shocking situations with headline-worthy trouble.

To read a free sample of this book and find out more about Rich and Pretty check out the Harper Collins website.

The Hating Game {Synopsis}

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I’ve seen this book in paperback at stores. This would be the perfect book to pick up for your commute to work or your next trip!

To read a free sample of this book and find out more about Rich and Pretty check out the Harper Collins website.

The Bridge Ladies {Synopsis}

After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she saw something her generation lacked. Facebook was great, but it wouldn’t deliver a pot roast.

Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother’s Monday Bridge club. Through her friendships with the ladies, she is finally able to face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy, the Bridge table becoming the common ground she and Roz never had.

To read a free sample of this book and find out more about Rich and Pretty check out the Harper Collins website.

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A Certain Age {Synopsis}

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

To read a free sample of this book and find out more about Rich and Pretty check out the Harper Collins website.

All these books are available in stores now.  I look forward to reading as much as I can during the next few months. I also plan on suggesting some of these titles to my book club. I know the ladies I meet up with would love these books!

Disclosure: I received these book complimentary from HarperCollins Canada  for the purpose of this review. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’d love to know, from the list above which book would you choose to read next?


  1. I am an avid reader and always interested finding new books to read. From your list I think I would try Rich and Pretty first as the idea of the relationships between the sisters sounds interesting and has relevance to me.

  2. I love reading, the only problem is I wont put the book down until its finished, have stayed up all night quite often

  3. Looks like some awesome reads , i love to read in the Fall and winter setting by the fire , warm and cozy thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Sounds like a few good books to read, I just never seem to find the time to do it anymore. I used to read like crazy, really need to get back into it.

  5. I haven`t read in suck a long time,I need to get back into it. Thanks for the great list and suggestions

  6. I love reading but my downfall is romance books. The list you have here I’m sure are great.

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