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Modern Mrs. Darcy's Summer Reading Guide

Summer is made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than picking up the latest (and much-hyped) new release to find that even though it’s a bestseller, it’s not the right book for you. How do you enjoy the hits without wasting time on the misses? Enter the summer reading guide. Anne Bogel read hundreds (literally, hundreds!) of new releases to prepare this year’s guide, thinking of you all the while. She's compiled her favorite summer titles and whittled the overwhelming array of readerly options down to these 30 titles, with the tastes of Modern Mrs. Darcy readers in mind. Get the full guide including her reasons for each choice here.

Field Notes on Love

By Jennifer E. Smith
Narrated by Anthony Mark Barrow & Karissa Vacker /  8 hours 22 minutes

"Utterly romantic." --Jenny Han, NYT bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and...
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Waiting for Tom Hanks

By Kerry Winfrey
Narrated by Rachel L. Jacobs /  8 hours 32 minutes

A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she... Read More »

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Evvie Drake Starts Over

A Novel
By Linda Holmes
Narrated by Julia Whelan & Linda Holmes /  9 hours 6 minutes

Evvie Drake Starts Over

“I enjoyed following Evvie's journey as she navigated her life and figured out how to handle loss, love, friendships, family and happiness. This book was a great escape with a sweet romance woven throughout. I enjoyed the nods to NPR and, since I'm from Minnesota, enjoyed the mentions of my home state as well. A perfect beach listen!”

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Time After Time

A Novel
By Lisa Grunwald
Narrated by Erin Bennett /  12 hours 20 minutes

A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond. “Readers who enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife will be enchanted.”—Publishers Weekly

“I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all odds.”—Ariel Lawhon, New York...
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The Last Romantics

A Novel
By Tara Conklin
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  12 hours 14 minutes

The Last Romantics

“The Last Romantics is the story of four siblings, three girls and one boy. Their father dies unexpectedly when they are young and their mother retreats to her bedroom for months. This period, the "pause" in their lives, sets the tone for their strong, bonded relationship as well as the trajectory of their lives. The boy, Joe, is the central force within this story. He is adored by his sisters even though he fights many demons during his life. His sisters act as his life preservers through the endless twists and turns of his life. The reader follows each of the girls through their lifetimes which all have one common thread—love. The narration is 5-star on this one.”

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The Mother-in-Law

A Novel
By Sally Hepworth
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik /  9 hours 11 minutes

The Mother-in-Law

“Family relationships are often complicated and misunderstood especially between mother and daughter in laws, but do they usually end in murder? This is the question to be answered in Hepworth’s masterfully plotted novel of families and expectations each has of the other. Lucy is yearning for a mother figure since her mother died when she was young. Diana seems to be the total opposite of what Lucy was hoping for in a MIL. Lucy begins to believe that Diana doesn’t even like her at all. When Diana, a prominent and very wealthy member of the community is found dead of an apparent suicide and the police begin to believe foul play we finally see the characters as they really are. Did Diana finally push Lucy too far? Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.”

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To Night Owl From Dogfish

By Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
Narrated by Imani Parks, Cassandra Morris & Full Cast /  6 hours 13 minutes

From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives... Read More »

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Searching for Sylvie Lee

A Novel
By Jean Kwok
Narrated by Angela Lin, Samantha Quan & Caroline McLaughlin /  11 hours 41 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A READ WITH JENNA • TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK 

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY New York Times • Time • Marie Claire • Elle • Buzzfeed • Huffington Post • Good Housekeeping • The Week • Goodreads • New York Post • Publishers Weekly and many more

“Powerful  . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family... Read More »

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Ask Again, Yes

A Novel
By Mary Beth Keane
Narrated by Molly Pope /  12 hours 42 minutes

Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes is a compelling, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel. Mary Beth Keane is incredibly talented; she does not sugar coat, instead giving readers a compulsively readable family drama. I did not expect to become so completely engrossed in these characters’ stories — two families whose lives become inextricably linked by young love and personal tragedy. Their myriad mistakes and attempts to atone beautifully demonstrate the power and grace found in forgiveness.”

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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

A Novel
By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by Soneela Nankani & Deepti Gupta /  13 hours 10 minutes

The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.

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Hope and Other Punch Lines

By Julie Buxbaum
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond & Julie Buxbaum /  8 hours 17 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

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Gravity Is the Thing

A Novel
By Jaclyn Moriarty
Narrated by Aimee Horne /  12 hours 20 minutes

The adult debut from bestselling, award-winning young adult author Jaclyn Moriarty—a frequently hilarious, brilliantly observed novel in the spirit of Maria Semple, Rainbow Rowell, and Gail Honeyman—that follows a single mother’s heartfelt search for greater truths about the universe, her family and herself.

Twenty years ago, Abigail Sorenson’s... Read More »

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The Accidental Beauty Queen

By Teri Wilson
Narrated by Joy Osmanski /  7 hours 30 minutes

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize.

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her... Read More »

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Unmarriageable

A Novel
By Soniah Kamal
Narrated by Soniah Kamal /  10 hours 51 minutes

“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
 
“A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR

Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have... Read More »

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Ayesha At Last

By Uzma Jalaluddin
Narrated by Roshni Shukla /  11 hours 10 minutes

As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.


Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being... Read More »

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Resistance Women

A Novel
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld /  19 hours 47 minutes

Resistance Women

“Mildred Harnack, an American woman, moves with her husband to Germany, but while they’re building their life together, the Nazi party is rising to power. Mildred and her friends can’t stand by and watch their communities be torn apart, so they conspire to resist. The women work together to provide information about the Germans to the American forces, but when their resistance cell is exposed, everyone is at risk. Beautifully written and heavily researched, Chiaverini brings Mildred and her compatriots to life on the page with a vividness that kept me up all night reading.”

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The Island of Sea Women

A Novel
By Lisa See
Narrated by Jennifer Lim /  13 hours 22 minutes

The Island of Sea Women

“Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is home to generations of haenyo—women who take their living from both land and sea and call the shots in their matriarchal society. Young-sook and Mi-ja are best friends in the 1930s, learning to dive with their all-female collective while their island suffers under Japanese colonialism. Lisa See follows them as they grow up under Japanese rule, into WWII, to the Korean War and its devastating aftermath, and into the 21st century. The Island of Sea Women is not only a story of friendship found, lost, and found again, but also a richly detailed picture of a unique culture of women in a world spinning out of control. Amazing detail and presence.”

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The Huntress

A Novel
By Kate Quinn
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld /  18 hours 38 minutes

The Huntress

“A Russian night witch and a British war correspondent turned Nazi hunter join forces to track a ruthless assassin in The Huntress, the latest book by Kate Quinn. From the pre-war wilds of the Soviet Union to the streets of a war-torn Germany to the bustle of Boston, Quinn masterfully mixes the past with a post-war present, and it’s phenomenal. Fans of The Alice Network and The Nightingale will love this fantastically fast-paced and utterly exhilarating historical fiction.”

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Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer & Pablo Schreiber /  9 hours 3 minutes

Daisy Jones & The Six

“Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. If you were a concert goer in the 70's or listen to the classic rock station you will love this. It reads or listens like a tell-all documentary. I loved the non-traditional narration, the raw intensity and the imperfect characters. The audio is outstanding and addictive!”

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The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding
By Jennifer Robson
Narrated by Marisa Calin /  11 hours 37 minutes

The Gown

““Ann and Miriam are working for Norman Hartwell as embroiderers in 1947 when his firm receives a commission to create the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth. As the two become best friends, we learn about their lives before the war and follow them as the gown is created. A fascinating look at life in post-WWII England, a time of both deprivation and joy as the country celebrates the wedding of their princess.”

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