5 summer holiday book recommendations

  • August 8, 2019

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I love to read but seem to go through phases of reading lots or not reading at all.

Since moving to Spain, I’ve managed to read quite a lot. Whereas previously I’d sit in front of the TV blogging or working of an evening, I now get all that done during the day and have found time to sit on the terrace with a book after dinner.

I’ve completed quite a few books in the last 2 months, and the best bit is that most of them have been free thanks to a trial of Kindle Unlimited that I snapped up a few months ago.

If you haven’t heard of it, Kindle Unlimited allows you to read as many books and magazines as you like from a large selection for just £7.99 per month. The selection is updated regularly and you can get a free 3 month trial which you can cancel afterwards if you don’t want to continue – perfect if you’re off on holiday.


Once you’ve started your trial, here are 3 Kindle Unlimited books I’ve read recently that are ideal for reading on a summer holiday…

The Perfect Child – Lucinda Berry

This is the best book I’ve read in a while, even if you don’t get a Kindle Unlimited trial it’s worth the £1.99. I read the book in 2 days (which is pretty quick when you have an 8-year-old who talks constantly!) and it’s perfect for a binge read while you’re laying on your sunlounger.

A married couple who work at the hospital are unable to conceive and are looking into adoption when a little girl turns up at the hospital they work at. She’s been badly neglected and abused, but no one can work out exactly what has happened or where her mother is. The husband, who is the girl’s doctor, forms a bond with her immediately. The couple first foster the girl before adopting her, but her past has damaged her and it’s not quite the perfect family they envisaged.

A very tense read, a bit creepy, and completely gripping. As a parent, you will definitely feel some of the emotions that this couple go through.

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Girl In Trouble – Stacy Claflin

Another thriller and one you won’t want to put down until you find out what is going on!

Alex rarely sees his daughter and when they finally get together for her birthday she goes missing whilst in his care. Apart from the fact that you want to shout at the kid for wandering off with a stranger at her age, this is a good read which will keep you wanting to know more about the kidnapper and his motives.

Not very believable but then not all novels need to be, it’s definitely an easy read for a holiday.

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The thing about Claire – Imogen Clark

Completely different from the other 2 books, not a thriller but a tale of a family with a secret about one of the Bliss siblings.

The secret is pretty obvious from the very start but it’s a nice read about families sticking together, and siblings looking out for each other even if they don’t always get along.

If you’re not into thrillers or crime, this book is worth downloading for a stress-free holiday read that you can pick up when the kids are entertaining themselves.

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And here are 2 books not available on Kindle Unlimited at the moment but I really enjoyed these so thought I’d include them in the list as well…

Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell

I’ve read a few books by Lisa Jewell and they’re always well written with a good twist. Teenager Ellie Mack goes missing and the story moves between what happened from Ellie’s point of view and her mum’s story years later of trying to piece together what happened, as well as the aftermath for the family.

A good twist, a little far-fetched in parts but not totally unbelievable when you read scary stories every day of what goes on in the real world. You’ll want to get to the end to find out exactly what happened so a good read for a holiday.

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The innocent wife – Amy Lloyd

I have mixed feelings about this book – I really enjoyed it but wanted to give the main character a good shake!

An English woman Sam takes an interest in a serial killer case in America and starts writing to the prisoner Dennis. They form a relationship, she visits him, and long story short they end up getting married. When Dennis gets cleared of the crimes and let out of prison they can live together as man and wife, but Dennis isn’t the man Sam thought he was and she isn’t sure if he’s actually innocent after all.

If you’ve watched Making A Murderer this book feels like the idea could have been based on that, and like the documentary, I wasn’t sure if the killer was guilty or not. I read the book quite quickly as I needed to know whether he was innocent or guilty!

Apart from the annoying main character Sam (who should just have known better than to move to America to marry a convicted serial killer!) this is definitely worth a read.

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I hope these books have given you some inspiration for your holiday reads. Have you read any of these books? If so, and you’d also recommend them (or not!) feel free to leave a comment below.Sarah


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