Summer Reading: The Girls and The Light Between Oceans

I love summer weather and what I really love is reading a good book on a beach, porch, or boat. Here are two good reads for any of those locations. I’m sure they would also be good in a hammock, on a park bench, or on an airplane ride to somewhere exotic.


The Girls by Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens has done something very different by requiring us to imagine what life would be like as a conjoined twin. The protagonist is a young woman who by most accounts is quite normal. She wants to be a writer, she has crushes on guys, and she has a love-hate relationship with her sister, who also happens to be her conjoined twin. It’s a good read and, like I said, something quite different from anything I have read before.


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The circumstances of this book forces the reader to attempt the impossible task of siding with one of two women, each experiencing a heart-wrenching situation. In a nutshell, and without giving away the story, a boat with a dead man and a living baby inside it washes up on a desolate island where a young man and his wife live a lonely life tending a lighthouse there. The plot is unpredictable and even two months after finishing the book I do not know which of the two protagonists I should support.

Both of these books are available on Amazon in print or for Kindle.

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