Monday, 28 July 2014

Summer Feature 2014

Welcome to a brand new feature, here at The Book Corner! 

Over the next few weeks many book bloggers have agreed to participate in this Summer feature bringing you inspiration for your summer reads, so I just want to say thanks again so much for participating, it really means a lot! I was overwhelmed by the response I had so thanks once again! 

So I thought I would begin with my own post, to get the ball rolling! I have decided to chat about books that either remind me of certain places or I think are brilliant reads for different destinations! I have tried to make sure the books I have chosen are set in the summer and in a different destination. I just love books that are set abroad, it really gets me in the holiday mood, here are my top 5!

So the first book I have chosen is Too Hot to Handle by Katie Agnew

I first discovered Katie Agnew when I was reading last years Sunlounger book, I read her short story and I lapped her up! I loved the way she wrote and her destination was brilliant.  

I decided that I would love to read more from her and so grabbed a copy of Too Hot to Handle, I haven't actually got round to reading this yet, but I intend to very soon as I know it is going to be such a great summer read! Here is the blurb:

Ever dreamt of escape? That's what Paradise promises: an ultra-exclusive hotel on the Caribbean island of St Barts. There, a retired actor from Hollywood's golden age has brought together a glittering selection of guests. But why are they there...and what are they hiding?

Mal and Lexi, popstar newlyweds, have the world at their feet - if they can stay married for more than 48 hours. Then there's Grace, the glamourpuss cougar who lives at the hotel and has her eye on the male guests. For Lauren and Sebastian, it's a final chance to rekindle their marriage, while for the rumpled-looking novelist at the bar, it's time to face his writer's block.

And while the guests get plenty of sun, sea and scandal, the staff at the hotel see everything. From the cocktail-king with a heartbreaker's smile to the Irish chambermaid far from home, behind the scenes at Paradise life is far from quiet..

To grab your copy of this fab book for your summer please click here 

The second book I  have chosen is About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk 

Well what can i say about this book? I absolutely loved it! This is set in Hawaii, a place now since reading this book I want to visit ASAP! 

This book I finished it in one sitting, I just fell in love with everything about it! The destination for me was  the hook, I could just see myself there in Hawaii along with Tess. I have yet to read What a Girl Wants, however I have just bought it off Amazon and it should turn up very soon!  So here is the blurb: 

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

If you haven't read this book all I can say is where the hell have you been? No worries thought to grab your copy click here

The third book is Save the Date by Allie Spencer

This was one of my favourite summer reads from last year. This book is set in Italy and again the description of the setting is amazing! I wanted to be right there in Italy going to the family wedding! I just loved everything about it and it was written beautifully! Since then I have purchased Summer Nights also by Allie Spencer, but not got round to reading it yet. I am hoping this will be one for my suitcase this year! Here is the blurb: 

Family weddings can be hell.

...and, marooned in Italy for her cousin's nuptials, Ailsa can be forgiven for thinking that this one is worse than most. With the bride and groom at loggerheads and the guests in uproar, it is a million miles away from the rest and relaxation she'd been hoping for.

And then suddenly, in the middle of the mayhem, she comes face-to-face with Nick, the man she walked out on just a few months earlier.

How can Ailsa help get the wedding back on track when she and Nick can't stop arguing? But if they do, she might remember why she fell in love with him in the first place - and then there really would be trouble.

Make sure that this is one firmly packed in your luggage this year! Grab your copy by clicking here

The fourth book I have chosen is Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry 

I was introduced to Tasmina Perry late last year when I read The Proposal this was the first book I had read by her, I must say that this was completely different. I did enjoy The Proposal; however this was more up my street. 

This is a wonderful mystery/thriller type book that also crosses over into the chick lit/women's fiction genre which I really enjoyed. I have yet to find another author who does this. This is set on a Thai Island and is truly exotic, if you have not read this yet, you need to!! 
Here is the blurb: 

Passionate. Explosive. Impossible to put down. Tasmina Perry is back with her most spectacular novel yet.

Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret...

Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet. With a blissful marriage, a darling son and beautiful homes in London and the country, Diana's life, to the outside world, is perfect. But nothing is as it seems...

When Julian dies suddenly and tragically, Diana is convinced there is more to it than meets the eye. She calls on the one person she had never wanted to see again - her sister, Rachel.

A former tabloid reporter, Rachel appears to be living the dream as a diving instructor on a Thai island. The truth is she's in exile, estranged from her family and driven from her career by Fleet Street's phone-hacking scandal.

For Rachel, Diana's request opens old wounds. But she is determined to make amends for the past, and embarks on a treacherous journey to uncover the truth - wherever it may lead...

To grab your copy of this sizzling book click here

My final book I have chosen is The beach hut next door by Veronica Henry

This is a book I have been very excited about. Veronica Henry writes some awesome books, I have The Beach Hut  also written by her and am currently in the middle of. This although has a similar title does not have to be read after The Beach Hut, as it is a stand alone. Saying this I really wanted to read The Beach Hut first before picking this one up. I have this on my TBR pile and I am hoping to get to it soon. This is a new release this summer. 
Here is the blurb: 

Summer appeared from nowhere that year in Everdene . . . and for those lucky enough to own one of the beach huts, this was the summer of their dreams.

For Elodie, returning to Everdene means re-awakening the memories of one summer fifty years ago. A summer when everything changed.

Vince and his brother are struggling to come to terms with the death of their father - but they have very different ways of coping.

And for Jenna, determined to put the past behind her, the opportunity to become 'the ice cream girl' once again might just turn her life around.

But this summer is not all sunshine and surf - as secrets unfold, and some lives are changed for ever . . 

To grab a copy of this fab summer read click here

So there you have it! These are my 5 top summer destination books that I would recommend to everyone!! Over the next few days and weeks you will be able to find other book bloggers talking about their top summer reads, what they are going to be taking on holiday and loads of other great things about reading in the summer. I do hope you will keep checking back to view all these fab guest posts! 

Keep an eye out on twitter for up and coming posts about The Summer Feature 2014 and you never know there maybe a Winter one... Oooh I love a good Christmas book!!! Let me know below if you think you maybe interesting in taking part in that and I will draw up a list and contact you regarding it. 

Thanks again for checking this post out and we love comments here at The Book Corner so please let me know what you are going to be reading over the summer or if you have read any of these and enjoyed them as much as me. 


  1. Such a great post! And I haven't read all of them, so more books for my wish list :). xx

    1. Oooh you need too! They are awesome summer ones especially Deep Blue Sea!!!

  2. Great first post for the Summer Feature. Looking forward to reading lots more over the coming days. Love the idea of a winter feature too :)

    1. Thanks Em, I will put you on a list for the Winter Feature too!

  3. Lovely post Sam - I haven't read any of them either!!! TBR groaning :) xx

    1. Thanks Dawn! Save the Date and Deep Blue Sea are high up on my reads! LOVED them!!! X