• Natasha Hart

14 New Summer Books for Busy Mums

Everyone loves a new book over summer, so if you’re a busy mum who needs to escape for a quiet half-an-hour, why not try to relax with one of these new releases? They’re sure to brighten-up your summer reading list, and you may find a new favourite author in the process.

Summer is the perfect time to dedicate some of your precious free time to reading, especially this year when we can’t travel very far. Sit-back in the garden, a cup of tea in hand, and delve into that thriller, romance, or new fantasy book that all your friends are talking about. You’ll forget you’re not in Spain or France once you get into the book, and you can truly begin to enjoy your summer once again.

Have a browse of the new summer releases below and let us know what catches your eye. Some of them were released back at the beginning of summer, and some have yet to be released. These are sure to carry you through the whole of your summer-break.

1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Follow the lives of two identical twin sisters through their childhood in a southern black community in the 1950s to adulthood in the 1990s. During this time, the sisters loose touch and become estranged. Whilst apart, they both test the limits of their racial identities, one living as black, the other as white. They live separate lives full of lies, that is, until their stories intertwine again. This book delves deep into the issues of race, but also how the decisions in our past can shape us, and how they can shape our future.

2. Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank-you Edited by Adam Kay

The NHS is our hero, and this book is here to say thank-you. With stories from the likes of Stephen Fry, Emilia Clarke, Graham Norton, Dawn French and so many others, we are in awe of the wonders of our NHS. These are the stories of how the NHS changed, and saved, so many lives. It’s a hilarious, yet also hopeful and deeply moving look into our amazing healthcare system. Also, the publisher will donate £3 to the NHS Charities Together with every purchase, and £0.15 to the Lullaby Charity, for bereaved parents. An excellent read to support those during these trying times.

3. Akin by Emma Donoghue

If you fell in-love with Donoghue’s previous work, Room, then you’re sure to love her new book, Akin. Follow Noah, a retired New York Professor as he plans to take a trip to Nice, where he hasn’t been since he was a small child. He wants to uncover the secrets of his mother’s past, but all of that is put in jeopardy when social workers convince him to take care of his 11-year-old great-nephew, who he’s never met. This story is full of the tenderness and emotional intensity that made Room such a bestseller. Follow Noah and Michael as they try to discover the truth behind their family, and start a new story, together. Definitely the perfect, heart-warming summer read of the year.

4. Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

Jean is 40, living with her mother, and working for the local paper. She’s been unlucky in love, having never found her perfect partner. When a mother writes into the paper saying her daughter is a result of a virgin birth, Jean has to investigate whether this is the truth, or a terrible hoax. The more she investigates, the more her life becomes entwined with the Tilbury family, and the more Jean discovers of their mysterious secrets. Jean gets sucked into the family’s life, with some dark, dark consequences along the way.

5. Here and Now by Santa Montefiore

This book is an emotional rollercoaster for the summer ahead. Marigold is the leader of her community, of her family, and is the life and soul of the lives of the people around her. When she starts to lose her memories, people just put it down to her age. That is, until it worsens. That’s when the community and family must come together to support the woman that has supported them for years.

6. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The most anticipated summer read of the year from young and old alike, Midnight Sun by Stephanie Myer is an alternative look at the epic series that is the Twilight Saga. In Midnight Sun, we recount the events of the previous books, but from Edward’s perspective. We get a more in-depth look into his thoughts, as well as the internal struggles and darkness of his past, things that we didn’t know before. If you’re a Twilight fan, this is the book for you this summer.

7. Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Naoise Dolan announces herself as a new voice of modern writing with her new work Exciting Times. Ava arrives in Hong Kong to teach English to the children of the rich. Here, she meets Julian. Julian is a banker who loves to spend money on Ava, but he can’t say that he loves her. Then, then there’s Edith. Ava very much enjoys spending time with Edith, especially when Julian is away, but can it last when he’s back? This is a raw yet funny look at love in the modern era.

8. Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks

If you work in an office, then you need to read Three Perfect Liars this summer. I know, you probably don’t even want to think about work on your summer break, but this story will grip you from start to finish with its deep, dark look into the office politics you’re probably very familiar with. When an office fire breaks out and ends in murder, three women are to be questioned, each one keeping secrets that’ll keep you turning the pages of this book until the very end.

9. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

This is a book you’re sure to devour in a day. It’s one for those of us who love reality-TV, where romance is for in-front of the camera, and off it. Bea is a plus-size fashion blogger who has thousands of followers on Instagram, but no luck in love. When asked to take-part in a reality dating show where everyone seems to be a size 0, she agrees, but on one condition: that she doesn’t fall in-love.

10. The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg

Now, this is a thriller that’s sure to keep you gripped from start to finish! Faye has the perfect life. She lives in an amazing apartment in Stockholm, she has a doting husband that’ll buy her whatever she wants, and a daughter who she adores. Yet, she finds herself in a police station, where all her past secrets begin to unravel. Her name isn’t even Faye. Let this thriller keep you up at night as it begs the question: who will remain alive at the end?

11. Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

This is the perfect summer read about love and friendship. Emmie has a secret, which she writes on a note and seals inside a red balloon, which floats away on the breeze. When it’s found by a boy on a beach in France, a friendship and later romance, blossoms. On the eve of Emmie’s thirtieth birthday though, all hopes are dashed away, and Emmie thinks that her love-life, her future, is over. But it’s only just the beginning.

12. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

This is an amazingly original story from Frances Cha, that’ll surely capture your imagination and have you thinking about it way after you’ve finished. We follow the lives of 4 women in Seoul, South Korea, where getting plastic surgery is as common as a haircut. It’s a world where women perform in secret ‘room salons’ for wealthy businessmen, where having an unhealthy infatuation with a K-pop stars is normal. Follow 4 young women as they try to navigate this harsh and unrelenting world.

13. Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton

If you couldn’t getaway as planned this summer, then you need to read Daughters of Cornwall. It’s the story of three women, with the chance to change their history. The story spans over three timelines, 1918, 1939 and 2020. It’s a story of the bond between mothers and daughters, and the secrets that come with this bond.

14. The Cat and The City by Nick Bradley

This is a slightly different novel, but one that is still the perfect summer read. It follows the story of a cat through the streets of Tokyo. As she makes her way through the alleyways and roads, she passes an array of city-dwellers, who she connects in unexpected ways. But the city is changing, and with it, she must go further afield, and find new people. It’s a story about loneliness and belonging, about life in one of the busiest cities in the world, and about the different cultures and identities that make-up this amazing city.

There you have it, our 14 new releases that we think busy mums will love this summer. What do you think? Did you like the sound of any of the above? If you want to read any of these soon, you can order your favourites from The Book Nook to arrive within a few days here. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself this summer, so why not pick a few books and get ready for the most relaxing summer you’ve ever had? Happy Reading!

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