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As literary sorts, there’s one question we’re always asked between the months of May and August: “What book should I read on my next vacation?” This year, we’re preempting your pleas by partnering with Kensington, publisher of awesome reads for the sandy shores and beyond. From a psychological thriller to a heart-wrenching family drama, here are five novels that are super beach-bag ready. Note to self: Reapply sunscreen every other chapter.

“All In” by Simona Ahrnstedt

Considered Sweden’s first major romance author (who also happens to be a licensed psychologist), Ahrnstedt is finally making the jump to the U.S. with this breakout novel that dives deep into the world of corruption and love. David Hammar, a ruthless corporate raider is out to wiggle his way into Ivestum, a thriving Swedish financial institution. The only thing standing in his way is the owner’s daughter, Natalia De la Grip. This fast-paced story is one you’ll finish in a weekend, but won’t stop thinking about for quiet a while thereafter.

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“Fancy Dancer” by Fern Michaels

A family inheritance, a mysterious half-brother, a car accident that unfolds a miraculous string of events--if family secrets and redemption stories are your jam, this book is right up your alley. New York Times bestseller Fern Michaels’ Jake St. Cloud will pull at your heartstrings and make you reconsider what fate means in your own life. Yeah, we just went deep.

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“Firefly Summer” by Nan Rossiter

This book hits our three main requirements for a summer tearjerker: It’s set in an idyllic beach town on Cape Cod; it involves four close-knit sisters, and most importantly, there’s a tragedy to overcome. You’ll be flying through the pages to see how the families band together to move forward in the wake of overwhelming guilt.

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“Seashell Season” by Holly Chamberlin

Speaking of tearjerkers, we need to talk about Holly Chamberlin’s heart-wrenching tale of a mother and daughter’s attempt to repair their fractured relationship--sixteen years after a horrible separation. You will definitely feel for both characters here, even after it becomes clear that a wild miscommunication has gone into effect. (We’ll just leave it at that.)

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“The Beauty of the End” by Debbie Howells

From the acclaimed author of The Bones of You, this new psychological thriller is full of dark suspense and mesmerizing secrets. It follows April Moon, who may or may not be responsible for her step-father’s murder. Too bad she’s in a coma, and can’t exactly answer to the crime. It’s up to her former fiancé (who she hasn’t spoken to in years) to help uncover what actually happened. Is she guilty or innocent? You’ll have to read to find out.

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