What are the best novels with beach town setting?

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    #1Summer Sisters

    Summer Sisters

    Summer Sisters, a #1 New York Times Bestselling novel by internationally-acclaimed author Judy Blume, is about the friendship of Victoria Leonard and Caitlin Somers. 


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    Allen Ye
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Continuing on the Judy Blume theme. This is a the first adult novel I’ve read by Blume. It’s longer than her YA fare, but it still shows the same skill at painting fascinating characters. Summer Sisters is the tale of a girl, Vix, who joins her “wild friend,” Caitlen, for a whole summer on Martha’s vineyard (in 1977) and ends up with this surrogate family every year after. It follows them from 12 to about 30. The POV is present tense, but flips around between everyone in the story except for Caitlen (she’d probably be unwritable). About 2/3 the word count is from Vix’s point of view. The first half is frankly awesome. The people are so weird, yet so real. The late 70’s early 80’s Martha’s Vineyard setting is so true to life (been there). The sex is hot, and there’s plenty of it. The pre-sexual experimentation is really well told too. However, in the second half the story picks up the speed at which it moves through time and we blow past the college and post-college years. Caitlen runs off to Europe and essentially disappears from the picture, although not the mind of the protagonist. I’m not sure I loved where it all went and wrapped up. But it doesn’t really matter because the island scenes with the two girls are unforgettable and worth the price of admission. I’m still in envy of Blume’s character and dialog skills. "
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    #2On the Island

    On the Island

    On the Island is written by Tracey Garvis-Graves. It tells the story of Anna Emerson, an English teacher who was sent into the Maldives to tutor T.J. Callahan. An unfortunate event leads both of the characters to get stranded on an island.


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    Wayne Wheeler
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "When I saw On The Island in the bookstore, I immediately thought of Cast Away and Lost, which deal with being stranded on an island. If you like that genre, you'll like this book but it's probably more Robinson Crusoe than Gilligan's Island. It also definitely has a romantic theme for those into love stories. Probably a good read to read this summer on ... the beach!"
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    #3Safe Haven

    Safe Haven
    Safe Haven is another novel-turned-movie masterpiece from #1 New York Times Bestselling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. The suspense-thriller romantic novel was published on September 14th,  2010 by Grand Central Publishing.

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    Christine Carr
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "If you like sappy romance novels with a bit of a suspenseful twist, then this is the book for you. After reading The Notebook, I never thought I'd read another Nicholas Sparks book. While this one was slightly less predictable than the latter book, I don't know that I'd recommend it unless you're a big fan of mushy romance novels."
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    #4Big Little Lies

    Big Little Lies

    Big Little Lies is a contemporary mystery novel written by Liane Moriarty. This chick lit fiction book is first published in 2014 by Berkley and adapted into a television series in 2017. 


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    Daniel Castro
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Big Little Lies is a contemporary mystery novel that takes place in a suburb somewhere in Australia. The book was so well received and so highly rated that they made a TV series out of it. More of a soap opera than anything else, it's still a great read for most people."
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    #5Along for the Ride

    Along for the Ride
    Along for the Ride is one of Sarah Dessen's romance novels, centered on Auden and her fateful meeting with Eli, a fellow insomniac. With the two enjoying most of their time together at night, it's going to be a long ride.

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    Jerry Franklin
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "There are several layers to this story, and I appreciated the depth in Along for the Ride that we don’t get in all of Sarah’s novels. Auden doesn’t sleep – hasn’t since before her parents divorced – and when she decides to spend the summer before college with her dad, his new wife, and their new born daughter, Auden meets fellow insomniac Eli. Along for the Ride has some of my favorite Dessen themes: female friendship, great tension between the MC and love interest, and a realistic protag. I remember relating to Auden when I was younger, because I was an insomniac and did everything I could to avoid sleeping. I loved, and still do, the idea of going on a mini-adventure every night while everyone else is sleeping. Like most of Sarah’s books, the family dynamic is tense in this one, but Auden’s parents felt so…self-absorbed and pretentious, it infuriated me to read. Ultimately this was a middle of the road Dessen novel for me: not the best, not the worst, but overall somewhat forgettable when lumped in with the rest."
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    #6Liquid Comfort

    Liquid Comfort

    Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story by Cheryl Petro is a tale of surf, addiction, determination and unconditional love. It's about Travis Kelly who longs to win the world surfing championship, but a horrible accident leaves him disabled.


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    Gilberto Saucedo
    Written on April 20, 2018
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    #7Someone Like You

    Someone Like You
    Splitted in three parts, this book narrates the stories of two friends, Halley and Scarlett, and all their tragic adventures: unexpected pregnancy, death of boyfriends, traumatic break-ups, complicated upbringings... 

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    Tyler Ross
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Drama, meh... Not for me."
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    #8The Last Anniversary

    The Last Anniversary

    The Last Anniversary is a mystery contemporary fiction novel written by Liane Moriarty. This chick lit book is about Sophie who inherited a mysterious house. It is first published in 2006. 


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    Larry Cox
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I picked this up because of how much Scribbly Gum Island is based on one of our local hidden haunts. I thought it would be an endearing little novel. Instead, it was just a bit of rubbish. If you like writing that describes "beautiful young mothers" who get it on with "dreamy" strangers, maybe you'll enjoy this."
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    Single-Minded is a teen romance story written by Lisa Daily. It is about a woman named Alex, whose husband recently revealed that he is gay. Now, Alex is starting to figure out how to live single-mindedly.


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    Jacob Allen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "not totally my type of reading. the link does seem like a lot of different people would enjoy it though"
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    #10The Summer Deal

    The Summer Deal
    The Summer Deal, the last book in Aleka Nakis' romantic series The Greek, is about Samantha Mallone and her quirky love triangle with her boss, the billionaire Demosthenis Lakis, and her psychotic ex-boyfriend.

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    Doris Alvarado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a great book! The author gives very candid descriptions and paints a vivid picture of the scenery without taking away from the story line. I especially liked the continued usage of key Greek words during the story, which she does provide a dictionary for referral. Samantha Malone is no damsel in distress, but rather a strong woman going through a hard time. Just when she is ready to move on and focus solely on her career, she finds herself falling for her boss, Demosthenis Lakis."
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    #11The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.


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    Ronald Cruz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is by far my favorite book by Conroy. The characters are so well developed and the plot was extremely intriguing! I personally love the beach and this book made me feel like I was sitting in front of the ocean while i read it. The length of the book was a bit long for me, but it was such an easy read that it went quick. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense thrillers!"
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    #12The Beach House

    The Beach House

    The Beach House is a short story book written by Nancy Sakaduski. This short story book was published on October 30, 2013 by Cat & Mouse Press. The Beach House is set in the state of Delaware.


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    Austin Watson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "My dream growing up was to own a house on the beach, sadly things didn't go in that direction. Luckily there are things I can immerse myself in like movies, games and books that have a theme like this. The Beach House carries a very simplistic but accurate name. It's not a long book and it mostly meant for children, but I still enjoy reading it from time to time. Its nice to leave reality from time to time."
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    #13Moonstone Beach (Main Street Merchants)

    Moonstone Beach (Main Street Merchants)
    Moonstone Beach is a contemporary romance fiction and the first book in  Main Street Merchants series written by Linda Seed. This chick lit novel is first published in 2015. 

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    Michael Baker
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I wanted to find the best novel with a beach setting. I found Moonstone Beach (Main Street Merchants). It's a romance fiction novel and the first book in the Main Street Merchants series by Linda Seed. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I love the beach town setting and the characters and their motivations. It's awesome and I highly recommend it."


Best What are the best novels with beach town setting
1Summer SistersBooks 51 Paid
2On the IslandBooks 43 Paid
3Safe HavenBooks 37 Paid
4Big Little LiesBooks 34 Paid
5Along for the RideBooks 31 Paid
6Liquid Comfort Books 30 Paid
7Someone Like YouBooks 28 Paid
8The Last AnniversaryBooks 21 Paid
9Single-MindedBooks 19 Paid
10The Summer DealBooks 13 Paid

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