Summer Release Books Anticipated 2020

Anticipated Summer Book Releases 2020

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This is my first anticipated book release post on my blog! In February, I made an Anticipated Spring Releases video on my Youtube Channel. If you are curious about those titles, you can watch that video here. But now we are on to Summer Book Releases for 2020.

In an ideal world, I’d have time to read all the books on this list. But even with an overwhelming and long TBR list on Goodreads and shelves at home packed with more unread than read books, I can’t resist getting excited about new releases! These are books that are publishing in June, July, and August 2020 that have caught my attention and that I am most excited to read.

If you love book releases as much as I do, I hope you will enjoy this list.

Have a book that belongs on this list?

If you are an author or publisher with a book you feel belongs on my list, feel free to reach out! I just ask that you read my review policy first.

Are you a reader excited about a book coming out? I’d love to hear from you, too! You can also reach out to suggest any upcoming book releases you think I would love.

Just a note: These publication dates are accurate at the time for publishing this blog post. But dates can change as publishers navigate the ever-changing world we are living in.

If You Must Know by Jamie Beck

Publication Date: June 1
Publisher: Montlake Romance, An Amazon Imprint
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Life turns upside down for sisters Amanda and Erin who couldn’t be any different. Their separate but happy lives in Potomac point are turned upside down by lies, forcing them to build trust to save their family.

This is the start of a new series by Jamie Beck, an author that I have never read before. However, I am dying to find a contemporary series that I can get into and I love books about sisters and family relationships so I’m hoping this one will be as good as it sounds!

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The Second Home by Christina Clancy

Publication Date: June 2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary

Years ago, a disastrous summer spent at their family’s summer home in Cape Cod causes a rift between sisters Ann and Poppy, and their adopted brother Michael. When their parents pass, the siblings are left with a large estate to handle. Reunited after years apart, these siblings are forced to decide if they can continue being a family and resolve their past conflicts. Sounds like a dynamic family saga about an inheritance, which is right up my alley and features two of my favourite tropes!

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Related Post: What are book tropes?

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Publication Date: June 2
Publisher: Riverhead Books, an Imprint of Penguin Books
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction

The story of two identical twin sisters who have grown up to live in two different worlds, one in a black community and one secretly passing as white. But even when they are worlds apart, their lives inevitably intertwine. Spanning over multiple decades and generations from the 1950s to 1990s, this is an emotional family story that explores American history. It claims to be an immersive and engrossing page-turner about family and relationships.

Brit Bennett’s 2016 novel The Mothers also sounds excellent. I have seen the book in passing but it was never on my radar before. I look forward to checking out this new-to-me author.

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The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz

Publication Date: June 9
Publisher: Random House
Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Its 1957, Ohio. Elie is at the top of her class with dreams of a bright future. Her boyfriend Brick is the star of a basketball team and set to be the first person in his family to go to college. Then Elie finds out she is pregnant. This book is a deep portrayal of the inner lives of one family, uncovering all the hopes, desires, and heartaches of a young couple in love.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and this is her first novel. This book sounds like a moving literary dream and the perfect story to dive into this summer.

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The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

Publication Date: June 9
Publisher: Graydon House, an Imprint of Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Hope has never been to the Orchard House before and everything she has ever known about it are stories from her late mother. So when she shows up there with a secret and her ten-year old daughter, she doesn’t know what to expect. Hope’s aunt has lived in the Orchard House all her life. Her aunt agrees to take her in if Hope helps with the cherry harvest. What begins to blossom are new beginnings for Hope. But mistakes from the past are never far behind.

It was the cover that really hooked me into wanting to read this one. I love cherries! It sounds like a lighter contemporary that will make for a great porch read.

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I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

Publication Date: June 16
Publisher: Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

A mother-daughter duo embark on a college tour road trip, on a bus packed full of random strangers. Jessica and Emily both have very different ideas of how the trip should go. As they travel the East Coast, surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and ultimately change it forever.

I love mother-daughter books and this one sounds like a light but impactful read. I haven’t read any of Abbi Waxman’s previous book but I know The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was a very popular title. The other one on my TBR is The Garden of Small Beginnings. We’ll see which one I get to first!

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The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

Publication Date: June 23
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery / Thriller

I don’t even need to know what a Megan Miranda book is about to add it to my TBR list. She is one of my favourite mystery/thriller authors!

The Girl From Widow Hills sounds intriguing and mysterious and I am so excited to dive in! Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Now, she’s a young woman living hundreds of miles away and going by the name Olivia. She has managed to stay out of the spotlight until she once again she becomes the center of attention as a person from her past comes back to haunt her.

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Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan

Publication Date: June 30
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Women’s Fiction

J. Courtney Sullivan has been on my author radar for a while now but I have not yet dived in to one of her books. Friends and Strangers just might be the first to make me take the plunge into her worlds. It explores themes of motherhood, friendship, power dynamics, and privilege. And the premise sounds so intriguing!

This is the story of a complicated friendship between two women who are in very different stages of life. Emily is a new mother and an accomplished journalist who is struggling to adjust to small-town life after spending half her life in New York City. Sam, a senior at a local women’s college is struggling to choose her path in life. Then Emily hires her to babysit and the two women grow close. All is well until Sam develops a bond with Emily’s father-in-law. Perhaps it is true that a single year can truly change the course of one’s life.

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The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal

Publication Date: July 14
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction

A story of four generations of women who are grappling with family betrayals and long-buried secrets. Zoe Fairchild hasn’t been back to Devon in years. But when she learns that an old friend and her grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe heads home with her fifteen-year-old daughter in tow. Zoe is forced to confront her estranged mother and her betraying ex-husband all in the same trip. Then tragedy occurs again to another woman in Devon. Everyone is tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers and recent events, and anxieties continue to run high.

I also love the cover of this one. It just looks like a perfect summer read!

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What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Publication Date: July 14
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Katherine Center is another one of my favourite authors so I knew I’d be adding this to my TBR list as soon as it was announced. I don’t even think I had read the synopsis until I was researching for this blog post. Her writing is wonderful and Things You Save in a Fire was one of my favourite books of 2019.

In What You Wish For, we have Samantha Casey as a main character who is an elementary school librarian (😍). When her school hires a new principal, it turns out to be none other than Duncan Carpenter, a former unrequited love and crush of Sam’s. But he has changed. So now Sam must stand up to him and get to the bottom of his drastic change in personality in order to protect the work family and place that she has grown to love. Before Duncan destroys it entirely.

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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

Publication Date: July 21
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This is a multiple perspective, modern romance, summer love type of novel. Bridget and Will are the best of friends. SO close in fact that many people are surprised they aren’t married! Thirty years ago they created a chamber music group with their friend Gavin. But Gavin moved on to great success, while Bridget and Will settled for small crowds and modest reviews. Uncontrollable events lead Bridget to set a goal of luring Gavin back to the group in order to chase after her dreams of being in the spotlight, and performing at her dad’s wedding.

Musical Chairs claims to be a love letter to modern families with all of their harmony and discord. It sounds like a light and humorous yet drama filled read.

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The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Publication Date: July 28
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married a woman who he never really loved. When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. But then, Tabitha finds a diary that leads her to question whether Connor is truly the man she knows and once loved.

This sounds like an intriguing and binge-worthy domestic thriller that will hopefully make my heart race while I’m reading!

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He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication Date: July 28
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

I love books about road trips and inheritances so this one quickly caught my eye!

Siblings Beth, Portia, and Eddie haven’t been together in years. When their grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic message behind, the siblings and their partners come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill their grandfather’s dying wish and secure their inheritance. Everyone is keeping secrets and trying to forget painful memories. But money and guilt can be two incredible motivators.

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The Comeback by Ella Berman

Publication Date: August 3
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Literary, Women’s Fiction

At the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, teen star Grace Turner disappeared. Now, after a year of self-imposed exile Grace is back in LA and is trying to adjust to a new, more private life spent reconnecting with people in her past that she lost touch with along the way. But then Grace is asked to present an award to Able Yorke, a director who controlled her every move for eight years. Can she continue to run from the secret behind her disappearance?

This synopsis gives me My Dark Vanessa vibes and it seems like Grace has some very troubling secrets from her time as a young Hollywood star.

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With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt

Publication Date: August 4
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Stella and Simon have been together for almost twenty years. But after that long, any couple would start to run into trouble, if they hadn’t already. Simon has been clinging to his rock and roll dreams for years. Now he wants to go on the road to give his band that one final hurrah! But then Stella falls into a coma the night before Simon is supposed to leave on the road. So now Simon has to choose between potential stardom and his wife, who wakes up an entirely different person.

This sounds like a complicated story about what happens in relationships as the people in them change and I am here for it.

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Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty

Publication Date: August 4
Publisher: Park Row Books
Genre: Contemporary

It was the cover that caught my eye of this one because it appears to be another road trip book! Rules of the Road is about friendship. Terry discovers that her best friend Iris has gone missing. Finding her takes Terry, Iris, and Terry’s confused father Eugene on a journey. What could be the worst days of Terry’s life may just turn into the best.

This sounds light and fun, yet thought-provoking and heartfelt. Ciara Geraghty is an Irish author and I can’t wait to check out her writing.

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Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Publication Date: August 4
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

I greatly enjoyed the Twilight Saga series when I read it ten years ago. And I have seen the movies numerous times. So when Midnight Sun was announced, I was ecstatic! This the Twilight Saga told from Edward’s perspective. That’s really all you or I need to know, right?

While I don’t know that I have time to re-read the books before August 4th, I just might have to have a movie re-watch marathon this summer in preparation.

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The Family Clause by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Publication Date: August 25
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Genre: Literary Fiction

The Family Clause is an intense family saga that was first published in Sweden in 2018. A grandfather who lives abroad returns home to visit his adult children and their families. But according to the grandfather, his children are screw-ups and nothing like him. Over the course of the ten days, relationships unravel and memories that are painful resurface for the entire family. Khemiri paints an intimate portrait of a chaotic but deeply wounded family.

I don’t often read translated works so I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone. I have heard that Swedish authors have a certain writing style and I am looking forward to diving into this one!

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There you have it!

My eighteen anticipated summer book releases for 2020. Honestly, I am stoked for so many new and exciting books to be added to my shelves. Whether that’s my invisible TBR shelf or my real bookshelves will depend on my book budget of course!

Are there any summer book releases that you are excited for in 2020? Did you add any of these titles to your own reading lists?You can always pre-order them now to ensure that you have them in your hands on or around their release date. Check out their availability at Indigo, Amazon, or your local bookseller today!

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2 Replies to “Anticipated Summer Book Releases 2020

  1. Love this post! I am really looking forward to The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader. I was also drawn to the cover! And also the Katherine Center one. Some of the others I haven’t heard of, but not sure I need more books on my TBR.

    1. That one does sound like a great summer read! I can’t help but want cherries when I look at the cover. I know what you mean about more books on a TBR. I actually think my TBR list needs a good prune soon! I am also excited for Katherine Center’s new book! I have an ARC copy but I am actually thinking of pre-ordering it.

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