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Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2020 Summer Reading Guide

Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2020 Summer Reading Guide

Anne Bogel compiled her 30 favorite summer titles, with the tastes of Modern Mrs. Darcy readers in mind. Download the entire guide here!

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction influencer-created topic: best of 2020 season: summer

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Code Name Hélène

A Novel

By Ariel Lawhon
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik & Peter Ganim
Length: 17 hours 17 minutes

"This fully animated portrait of Nancy Wake . . . will fascinate readers of World War II history and thrill fans of fierce, brash, independent women, alike."
--LISA WINGATE, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

BASED ON THE THRILLING REAL-LIFE STORY OF SOCIALITE SPY NANCY WAKE, comes the newest feat of historical fiction...
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The Last Train to Key West

By Chanel Cleeton
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Rachel L. Jacobs & Karissa Vacker
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

Instant New York Times bestseller

One of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020
 
“The perfect riveting summer read!”—BookBub
 
In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.

 
For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day... Read more »

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This Tender Land

By William Kent Krueger
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours 19 minutes

This Tender Land

“The work of a master storyteller about the making of a young storyteller, This Tender Land is a coming-of-age novel for the ages. It begins in an isolated Dickensian boarding school in Minnesota during the early years of the Depression, then morphs into the story of four runaways in a canoe à la Huckleberry Finn. On the run from their school headmistress and the law, they encounter other wanderers and escapees from life as they canoe towards St. Louis to find their only known relative and a possible home. Odie, his brother Albert, their schoolmate Mose, and newly orphaned Emmy are unforgettable characters in an unforgiving era. Epic, thrilling, and beautifully written, this is storytelling at its very best.”

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The Jane Austen Society

A Novel

By Natalie Jenner
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

The Jane Austen Society

“I loved this book so much that I bought the hardcover for myself right after I finished listening to the book on Libro.fm - and I bought 3 more copies to give to friends. You don't have to like Jane Austen to love this book. It's so refreshing!”

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Simon the Fiddler

A Novel

By Paulette Jiles
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 11 hours 39 minutes

Simon the Fiddler

“Texas is not a typical setting for a novel staged at the end of the Civil War and the chaotic months immediately after. A skinny fiddle player and an indentured servant are not the typical romantic western protagonists. But the story of these two, along with a host of lovable and despicable support characters, vivid descriptions of the country and culture of Texas in the mid-1860s make Simon the Fiddler a winner. Add in the masterful voice of narrator Grover Gardner and this is an unforgettable audiobook experience.”

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Lovely War

By Julie Berry
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, Dion Graham, Fiona Hardingham, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker & Steve West
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Lovely War

“One of the best, most unique novels I've read recently! The story of four young lovers during WW1, as told by the Greek Gods during a trial for Aphrodite. The audio cast is amazing, bringing to life the delights of first loves, the heartaches of separation, and the brutal truth of war. Simply perfect!”

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Musical Chairs

A Novel

By Amy Poeppel
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Gibson Frazier, Fred Sanders, Jackie Sanders & Carly Robins
Length: 12 hours 39 minutes

Musical Chairs

“I found Musical Chairs to be an utter delight. This is my first Amy Poppel novel and it certainly will not be my last. Bridget and Will have been best friends since they were students Julliard. They also play in a trio together. They are now in the trenches of middle age and have gone through all of life's ups and downs together. Bridget inherited an old broken-down cottage in Connecticut which is filled with memories. She had high hopes for a romantic Summer with the current love of her life, Sterling. Unfortunately, Sterling backs out and Will ends up visiting along with her two adult children. The cottage soon becomes full of activity as well as quirky characters. I found this story to be very entertaining. Poppel has a gift for creating colorful, likable characters. The narration was music to my ears. No pun intended.”

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I Was Told it Would Get Easier

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan & Bailey Carr
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

I Was Told it Would Get Easier

“Mother and daughter pair Jessica and Emily find themselves on a week-long bus trip up the East Coast visiting exclusive colleges. All Jessica wants is for Emily to attend a good school that will secure her future, but Emily's not even sure she wants to go to college. Both mother and daughter have secrets to hide and this pointed novel gets to the bottom of the relationship in a loving and very funny way.”

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I'd Give Anything

A Novel

By Marisa de los Santos
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

I'd Give Anything

“A beautifully written story of identity lost and found, friendship, the love of a mother for her child, and what happens when decades-old secrets are brought to light. Ginny is married with a teenage daughter when her husband’s scandal threatens to bring her world crashing down around her. Strong female relationships take the lead as Ginny strives to protect her daughter and reckons with her past. Highly recommend.”

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The Vanishing Half

A Novel

By Brit Bennett
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 11 hours 33 minutes

The Vanishing Half

“Brit Bennett’s second novel broke my heart. She doesn’t shy away from the sadness inherent in each character’s life, yet she left me feeling better for having met all of them. I read The Vanishing Half with a sense of hope, despite my dread that terrible things might befall the characters. Desiree and Stella’s story unfolds with a deft delicateness in a book that is astonishingly accomplished and sweeping, and yet so very intimate.”

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Sea Wife

A novel

By Amity Gaige
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Will Damron & Emily Eiden
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

Sea Wife

“Wherever you go, your anxieties go with you — even (or especially) if you go live on a boat to sail the world with your spouse and small children. Nothing will ever be the same for Juliet, Michael, and their family after their harrowing year at sea, and no reader will be the same after reading this taut, brilliant novel. I can’t stop thinking about it.”

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The End of October

A novel

By Lawrence Wright
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

“An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” New York Post
 
“Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . .... Read more »

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The City We Became

A Novel
The Great Cities: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes

The City We Became

“What did I just listen to and why did I like it so much? Part of falling in love with this book was the listening experience, to be certain. The narration was stellar. The production was on point. But the story... the story itself is sublime. N.K. Jemisin has written a love letter to New York City - but not the one in bright, bold letters on the silver screen - the real city, and the real people who inhabit it and call it home, even if only temporarily. And it was beyond my wildest dreams (and nightmares). The City We Became is so incredibly layered and nuanced - diving into discussions of racism and sexism and the fallacy of good vs evil. I wanted nothing more than to steep in its long chapters, and get to know its boroughs as intimately as Jemisin would allow - not mere stereotypes but fully fleshed and brilliant, blinding avatars. Witty, subversive, imaginative, unbelievable. Get on this wild ride.”

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Strike Me Down

A Novel

By Mindy Mejia
Narrated by: Samantha Desz, George Newbern & Allyson Ryan
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

In this “whip-smart thriller featuring a brilliant female protagonist, a finely-tuned plot, and some truly spectacular writing” (Cristina Alger, USA TODAY bestselling author) from the author of Leave No Trace, a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth.

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic... Read more »

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Big Summer

A Novel

By Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by: Danielle Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

Big Summer

“I have never read or listened to anything by Jennifer Weiner before, I thought would be a bit too fluffy for me. I was really surprised to find that I really enjoyed this audio. This story about friendship, loyalty, being comfortable with yourself and staying true to yourself, was very well written and I also really enjoyed the narration. I liked it even more once I got to the twist and realized there was a bit of a mystery thrown in! I very much enjoyed listening to this audio. I highly recommend this one to get your summer reading/listening started!!”

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Tweet Cute

A Novel

By Emma Lord
Narrated by: Dan Bittner & Emily Shaffer
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper
, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly...

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Loveboat, Taipei

By Abigail Hing Wen
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

Loveboat, Taipei

“American-Chinese teenager Ever Wong finds herself unexpectedly shipped off to a summer program in Taiwan by her parents against her will to learn Mandarin and more about their culture. Though this originally seems to be the worst way to spend her summer, Ever is surprised to discover that this program is much more entertaining than she could have imagined. Loveboat, Taipei is a charming, romantic, and lovely coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen!”

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Throw Like a Girl

By Sarah Henning
Narrated by: Devon Hales
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Friday Night Lightsmeets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all... Read more »

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

By Melissa Bashardoust
Narrated by: Nikki Massoud
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

“This gorgeous young adult fantasy is based on ancient Persian folkore and history, and this made it especially enjoyable as an audiobook because you do not have to guess at the pronunciation of words. Lush world building with romantic elements and an epic quest makes for an enthralling and hard to stop reading/listening tale. Soraya’s journey and coming of age story is filled with heartbreaking betrayals and twists that will have you rooting for her through the last page. You can’t help but feel her loneliness resulting from the curse that made the slightest contact with her skin deadly. It explores how well-intended decisions often have unintended consequences. Yearning for normalcy, acceptance, and love, Soraya’s decisions and actions result in dire consequences for her kingdom and family. However, as she faces the costs of her actions, you are left wondering if you might have ended up on the same path given the circumstances and knowledge in front of you. The story also weaves in a strong message of acceptance through queer love and showing it is never as simple as just heroes and villains or the absolutes of good and bad or right and wrong.”

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Tell Me Three Things

By Julie Buxbaum
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

A New York Times Bestseller

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

 
Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at... Read more »

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