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Modern Mrs. Darcy's Summer Reading Guide

Summer is made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than picking up the latest (and much-hyped) new release to find that even though it’s a bestseller, it’s not the right book for you. How do you enjoy the hits without wasting time on the misses? Enter the summer reading guide. Anne Bogel read hundreds (literally, hundreds!) of new releases to prepare this year’s guide, thinking of you all the while. She's compiled her favorite summer titles and whittled the overwhelming array of readerly options down to these 30 titles, with the tastes of Modern Mrs. Darcy readers in mind. Get the full guide including her reasons for each choice here.

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Field Notes on Love

By Jennifer E. Smith
Narrated by: Anthony Mark Barrow & Karissa Vacker
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

"Utterly romantic." --Jenny Han, NYT bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and...
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Waiting for Tom Hanks

By Kerry Winfrey
Narrated by: Rachel L. Jacobs
Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she... Read more »

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Evvie Drake Starts Over

A Novel

By Linda Holmes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & Linda Holmes
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Evvie Drake Starts Over

“I enjoyed following Evvie's journey as she navigated her life and figured out how to handle loss, love, friendships, family and happiness. This book was a great escape with a sweet romance woven throughout. I enjoyed the nods to NPR and, since I'm from Minnesota, enjoyed the mentions of my home state as well. A perfect beach listen!”

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Time After Time

A Novel

By Lisa Grunwald
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond.
 
“Readers who enjoyed Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife will be enchanted.”—Publishers Weekly

“I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all...
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The Last Romantics

A Novel

By Tara Conklin
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

The Last Romantics

“The Last Romantics is the story of four siblings, three girls and one boy. Their father dies unexpectedly when they are young and their mother retreats to her bedroom for months. This period, the "pause" in their lives, sets the tone for their strong, bonded relationship as well as the trajectory of their lives. The boy, Joe, is the central force within this story. He is adored by his sisters even though he fights many demons during his life. His sisters act as his life preservers through the endless twists and turns of his life. The reader follows each of the girls through their lifetimes which all have one common thread—love. The narration is 5-star on this one.”

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The Mother-in-Law

A Novel

By Sally Hepworth
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

The Mother-in-Law

“I thoroughly enjoyed the audio of Sally Hepworth's The Mother-In-Law. Excellent narration. The story begins with the death of Lucy's mother-in-law, Diane. Diane told her family that she had breast cancer, but she doesn't. More mysterious, drugs are found in her system. What follows is a look back in to the history of a complicated family, made more complex by in-law relationships. For readers who enjoy family drama with a touch of mystery. Will recommend to customers who are looking for a great summer (or any season!) read with depth and intrigue!”

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To Night Owl From Dogfish

By Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
Narrated by: Imani Parks, Cassandra Morris, Michael Crouch, Sullivan Jones, Bahni Turpin, Renata Friedman, Cassandra Campbell, Robbie Daymond, Giordan Diaz, Alexandra Harris, Johnathan McClain, Emily Rankin & Various
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives... Read more »

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Searching for Sylvie Lee

A Novel

By Jean Kwok
Narrated by: Angela Lin, Samantha Quan & Caroline McLaughlin
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Searching for Sylvie Lee

“Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok was a sublime listening experience. The expert narration added to the suspense of the novel and had me listening way past my bedtime! Searching For Sylvie Lee tells the story of a missing sister and the devastating ramifications of secrets kept long ago. How well do we truly know our loved ones? Their weaknesses, insecurities and desires? Jean Kwok expertly weaves this tale of family love, bitterness, regret and longing. Five stars!”

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Ask Again, Yes

A Novel

By Mary Beth Keane
Narrated by: Molly Pope
Length: 12 hours 42 minutes

Ask Again, Yes

“"Love is only part of the story" is a quote taken from one of the last pages of "Yes, Again Yes." Love may be just a fraction of this fabulous novel but it is also the thread that weaves this heartbreaking tale together. The novel centers around two families who are next-door neighbors. The patriarchs are policemen. The families are not friends due to one of the family member's mental illness. However, there is a deep friendship that develops between the teenage daughter and son. An unthinkable tragedy occurs and one of the families moves away. "Yes, Again Yes" explores life, love, family ties, tragedy, heartbreak, mental illness and the strong power fo love. I enjoyed every moment of this moving novel and highly recommend it. The narration is well-done.”

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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

A Novel

By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani & Deepti Gupta
Length: 13 hours 10 minutes

The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.

The British-born Punjabi Shergill... Read more »

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Hope and Other Punch Lines

By Julie Buxbaum
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond & Julie Buxbaum
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

"A luminous, lovely story about a girl who builds a future from the ashes of her... Read more »

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Gravity Is the Thing

A Novel

By Jaclyn Moriarty
Narrated by: Aimee Horne
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

The adult debut from bestselling, award-winning young adult author Jaclyn Moriarty—a frequently hilarious, brilliantly observed novel in the spirit of Maria Semple, Rainbow Rowell, and Gail Honeyman—that follows a single mother’s heartfelt search for greater truths about the universe, her family and herself.

Twenty years ago, Abigail Sorenson’s... Read more »

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The Accidental Beauty Queen

By Teri Wilson
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize.

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her... Read more »

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Unmarriageable

A Novel

By Soniah Kamal
Narrated by: Soniah Kamal
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
 
“A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR

Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have... Read more »

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Ayesha at Last

By Uzma Jalaluddin
Narrated by: Roshni Shukla
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of 2019!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.


Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives... Read more »

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Resistance Women

A Novel

By Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 20 hours 9 minutes

Resistance Women

“Based upon the life of American Mildred Fish Harnack. Mildred, Arvid & Greta meet as graduate students in Wisconsin. Arvid returns to Germany to work. Mildred follows him & they are married. Greta is forced to return to Germany because of the depression. The book follows the rise of Hitler, the increasing persecution of the intelligencia and arts community, especially Communist & Jewish members. Mildred and her friends become involved in the resistance to bring down the regime.”

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The Island of Sea Women

A Novel

By Lisa See
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

The Island of Sea Women

“As with her previous novels, Lisa See manages to transport the reader to another culture. Using the universal themes of friendship and female empowerment See brings a WWII Korean island to life. Mi-ja and Young-sook, sisters of the heart, grow together and then are forced apart by circumstances much larger than themselves. The story shifts between older Young-sook and the younger girls teasing out the conflict and making the reader anxious for resolution! The narrator flows seamlessly from American English into Korean (towns, names and some common terms), a huge help if you are not familiar with Korean words.”

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The Huntress

A Novel

By Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 19 hours 3 minutes

The Huntress

“A Russian night witch and a British war correspondent turned Nazi hunter join forces to track a ruthless assassin in The Huntress, the latest book by Kate Quinn. From the pre-war wilds of the Soviet Union to the streets of a war-torn Germany to the bustle of Boston, Quinn masterfully mixes the past with a post-war present, and it’s phenomenal. Fans of The Alice Network and The Nightingale will love this fantastically fast-paced and utterly exhilarating historical fiction.”

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Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel

By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer & Pablo Schreiber
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

Daisy Jones & The Six

“Highly recommend the audiobook. It’s like being in a room with the characters telling you what it was like being in a 70’s Rock ‘n Roll band. (The books’s format is like reading a documentary script.)”

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The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding

By Jennifer Robson
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

The Gown

““Ann and Miriam are working for Norman Hartwell as embroiderers in 1947 when his firm receives a commission to create the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth. As the two become best friends, we learn about their lives before the war and follow them as the gown is created. A fascinating look at life in post-WWII England, a time of both deprivation and joy as the country celebrates the wedding of their princess.”

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