As a young woman mourns her grandmother’s passing, she discovers she’s been named the sole heir of a fortune belonging to a legendary star, Jack Montgomery—so she digs into her family’s past to discover a summer of murder and intrigue. The timeless storytelling and alternating chapters with a Hollywood past make June the perfect cross-generational read.
The debut novel from the author of The Things They Carried is a tale of two brothers who must put aside their bitterness toward one another as they fight to survive a Minnesota blizzard. Told with a unique narrative voice, Northern Lights is a compelling read, whether you like complex relationships or stories about the wilderness.
My Life Next Door
When Samantha falls for her next-door neighbor Jase Garrett, she must keep their relationship a secret from her disapproving, senator mother. My Life Next Door looks like a romance on the surface, but its core conflicts stem from the forces that threaten to pull families apart, and bring them back together.
Written in mesmerizing, atmospheric prose, Smoke begins in a boarding school in an alternate historical England, where the wicked are revealed through the smoke that pours from their ears. Adventure, secrets, love, and familial conflict all collide in a story with plenty of appeal for readers of all ages and genres.
Family is the bedrock of most stories, even if we don’t always notice it. Whether a family is tight-knit, strained, or even metaphorical, those relationships make for powerful storytelling. And when you see your own family this summer, it’s not a bad idea to divert dysfunctional festivities with some of these spot-on family stories.
So, while your brother will only read it if it’s literary, and your Aunt Cheryl will only read it if there’s a love interest, we found seven family-centric books you can share with your parents, siblings, teenage nephew, hip grandmother—and pretty much anyone else you might bump into along the way.
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