Summe reading

Young woman on grass reading book. (Tim Robberts / May 27, 2012)

Light entertainment about a successful woman in her 30s who receives an unexpected knock on her door that barrels her back to her past and makes her consider what is missing in her life.

"Spring Fever" by Mary Kay Andrews (June 5)

St. Martin's Press, 416 pages, $25.99

Oh Annajane, it's really never a good idea to attend your ex-husband's wedding. You just might start thinking about second chances.

"Between You and Me" by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (June 12)

Atria Books, 272 pages, $25

The ladies who brought us "The Nanny Diaries" are back with their sixth novel, which follows a woman as she is slowly sucked into her famous cousin's crazy life. Read it for the tabloidesque gossip, not for deep emotional character analysis.

"The Soldier's Wife" by Joanna Trollope (June 5)

Simon & Schuster, $15, 320 pages

A wife and mother on a British army base struggles when her husband returns from tour in Afghanistan.

"Tumbleweeds" by Leila Meacham (June 19)

Grand Central Publishing, $25.99, 480 pages

Texas is the setting for this expansive generational saga that explores the evolving relationship between three friends whose lives take a dramatic and unforeseen turn. Fans of "Friday Night Lights" will enjoy a return to the land where high school football boys are kings.

"Porch Lights" by Dorothea Benton Frank (June 12)

HarperCollins, 336 pages, $25.99

It's really impossible to pass up a summertime book with a string of glowing lanterns, a hammock and a beach on the cover. Fortunately, this Southern island story is a perfect accompaniment to a tall glass of icy sweet tea.

"Seating Arrangements" by Maggie Shipstead (June 12)

Knopf, 320 pages, $25.95

A pregnant bride feels the heat from her WASPy family and friends in this charming satire set in New England.

"The Next Best Thing" by Jennifer Weiner (July 3)

Atria Books, 400 pages, $26.99

Ruth Saunders heads to Los Angeles, moves in with Grandma and writes a sitcom that eventually makes it big. Well, it's not supposed to be Shakespeare, but it certainly is entertaining.

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