This is a guest post by Debbie Macomber, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her new novel, Any Dream Will Do, a story of second chances, hits shelves on August 8. Macomber says of the book, “I was inspired when asked to speak at the women’s prison here in Washington State and then later when I became involved with Hope Center, which helps women in exactly these circumstances. Redemption, second chances, and a love story all rolled into one.”
Summer time living is relaxed around my home, and having a book nearby always makes it better. I’ve got a queue of novels ready and waiting for me to tackle over the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer ahead. Some I’ve already read and can’t wait to revisit, like old friends, and the others, I’m frothing at the mouth, eager to devour! Here’s a few new favorites and anticipated reads of mine that you might want to add to your pile.
Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
I can still remember my mother reminding me to make my bed every morning, which I do to this day. McRaven is a Navy SEAL; this book was inspired by a graduation address he made. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every word.
My Adventures with God by Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen is a character actor, and while you might not recognize his name, you certainly will recognize his face. Despite the title, this book isn’t of a religious nature. Fair warning: Be prepared to laugh yourself silly.
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
One of my biggest regrets I have as an author was that I never had the opportunity to meet Pat Conroy. I am a huge fan and consider him to be one of the finest writers of my generation. Reading about the books that influenced him and his own writing career inspired me. In fact, since reading the book, I’ve ordered several of the ones he mentioned to reread, including my favorite of Pat’s, The Prince of Tides.
No Place I’d Rather Be by Cathy Lamb
I was recently introduced to Cathy Lamb’s books and I am in awe: Cathy is one fine writer. This title won’t be released until late summer but the online description has me intrigued. You might want to be like me and preorder it!
The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick
Marie shines in this wonderful book about three sisters. If you’re looking for a read to escape into this summer, then this is it. Think love, memories, and family secrets all rolled into an engrossing tale.
The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
Rachel is the author of the runaway bestseller, The Wedding Dress, from last summer. I can’t wait to dig into her latest book about an author with a huge bestseller, who, when it comes to writing the next book, is overwhelmed with writer’s block. This certainly hasn’t been the case with Rachel!
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Mary Alice is the quintessential Southern writer. Her books are filled with all the charm and grace of life in the South. Reading her books is akin to sitting in an Adirondack chair with a glass of iced tea and seagulls flying overhead. This is the first book in her Beach House series. I’ve got the newest hardcover in my summer reading pile, but I recommend starting here at the beginning if you are new to the series.
Law Man by Kristen Ashley
Kristen is a recent find. I was surprised to discover how many books she’s written. I find her style engaging and so very readable. Her characters are flawed, and sometimes the pages get a bit steamy, but she doesn’t use the sex scenes as fillers. The stories are great. I can’t wait to dig into Law Man.
Chance at Love series by Ruth Ann Nordin
Reading ebooks has allowed me to discover several authors I might never have found otherwise. One of these authors is Ruth Ann Nordin. This is a four-book series, and I’ve downloaded each one of the titles. They set exactly the right tone for an easy summer read.
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne
I’ve been following RaeAnne Thayne for some time now, and have watched her readership grow with each title. She’s a rising star in the romance world. Her books are wonderfully romantic, feel-good reads that end with me sighing over the last pages.
Which of Debbie Macomber’s recommendations have you read? Tell us in the comments!