Inspiring Women’s Fiction Beach Reads

Embrace the magic of summer with our collection of inspiring women’s fiction beach reads! From fierce heroines conquering their fears to resilient souls finding their true selves, these novels are a celebration of strength, courage, and the boundless possibilities that lie within sunny shores. So, grab your favorite beach towel, slather sunscreen on yourself, and get ready for these unforgettable stories that will sweep you away, leaving you feeling uplifted, empowered, and inspired.


The Love List by Elana Johnson

Beatrice Callahan loves lists. Sometimes, she even creates a to-do list of tasks she has already completed, just to check them off and experience a sense of accomplishment. So it’s easy to understand why, when her divorce is finally final and her ex is all moved out, Bea takes a cool, close look at her life…and makes a list. It’s not exactly a bucket list. It’s a love list. After all she’s been through and all she’s lost, she needs time to relax, rest, and reset. On the first day she arrives in Hilton Head Island, she meets Grant Turner, the man whose house she’s renting for her fabulous beach vacation. Grant quickly becomes her tour guide and then a friend and then…more than friends.


What People are Saying: “The love list, list is a really fun idea for anyone needing to expand and explore, to add new things to keep life interesting… A breath of fresh air and a rededication to trying new things, like ‘later in life’ romances. I am excited to read who’s story is next!” – Leann, B&N Reviewer

Under the Maui Sky by Kellie Coates Gilbert

On the vibrant Maui Island, love, laughter, and challenges intertwine against the lush tropical backdrop. As Ava Briscoe navigates the complexities of family and business, dark secrets and deep betrayals test her resilience. Meanwhile, Christel rebuilds her life after a painful divorce and Katie yearns for purpose amidst unexpected revelations. Aiden, the island’s rescuer, faces his own family crisis. And Shane learns that growing up means facing the end of carefree fun. In this heartwarming tale of messy wonder, humor, and hope, the Briscoes discover the power of unity as they confront an uncertain future and realize that together they can overcome anything.

What People are Saying: “What a beautiful setting for this new series. Maui is truly a paradise and the author does a beautiful job of painting a picture with her description of the island.” – Farm wife, B&N Reviewer

Beach View Lane by Jan Moran

April Raines is facing the end of her long-term marriage after her husband begins another family. Eager for a fresh start, she returns home with her grown daughters to Crown Island, just off the coast of Southern California. When Ryan Kingston takes ownership of the historical Majestic Hotel, he determines to revive the vintage Victorian beach resort. But it could come at a steep cost to him and his carefully guarded privacy. Especially when April Raines, head of the new Crown Island Historical Society, captures his attention. Will they both get a second chance at life?

What People are Saying: “This book is a great start to a new series. It’s a well written heartwarming story with wonderful characters and full of emotions. Once you start reading you don’t want to put it down. Highly recommend this book.” – Ferri A., B&N Reviewer

Honeymoon for One by Chris Keniston 

To escape local gossip, jilted bride Michelle Bradford embarks on her honeymoon cruise —alone. Coaxed by a thrill seeking hunk she never expects to see again, she slowly sheds her good girl persona to have some well deserved fun. But unlike Vegas, what happens on the high seas doesn’t always stay there. USA TODAY Bestselling author Chris Keniston invites you to sit back on a lazy afternoon. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and join her for a few hours with laughter and love in the world she’s created for Michelle and Kirk. (P.S. The scene in last chapter at the office is her favorite, too.)

What People are Saying: “Couldn’t put it down. All the characters were interesting and believable. This quick read is packed with plenty of emotion and just enough laughs. So glad to have found this author.” – Leah_LP, B&N Reviewer

Old Castle Secrets by Amanda Daire

Khrista struggles to hide the pain caused by her daughter Kaelyn’s departure. Then, a startling revelation forces her to confront her pride and confront the past. Meanwhile, Kaelyn is unexpectedly contacted by her long-lost grandmother. This unearths buried emotions and prompts her to reassess her relationship with her mother. Estranged from her daughter and granddaughter for two decades, Daisy looks for a newfound determination to mend broken ties after her abusive husband’s death. The O’Donnell women will embark on a poignant journey of forgiveness, family, and love, offering readers an emotional and gripping narrative of redemption.
What People are Saying: “Wonderfully written story of 3 generations of mother/daughter strained relationships brought close to the edge and sewn together once again. This is the first book I have read by Amanda Daire and she has made her way up the list of my favorite authors.” – Kkatdog1, B&N Reviewer

The Stationmaster’s Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Christie is happy in her life… or so she tells herself. But deep down she yearns for a simpler life. Family. A garden. And a place to heal her heart. The decision to attend a funeral in a town she’s never heard of throws her safe world into disarray, exposing the cracks in her life. While dealing with the fallout, Christie moves into a rundown cottage she has inherited and makes a discovery there. A damaged painting. Unworn wedding rings. And a shoebox full of unopened love letters: Fifty years ago, a heartbroken young artist waited each dawn on a jetty for his true love to return. And each night, he wrote her a love letter. What Christie uncovers will change her life forever.
What People are Saying: “This is a lovely story of love … lost and found… and deceit and lies … and no one telling the truth. I highly recommend this as a beach read or a snowy afternoon guilty pleasure.” – Orlando_Lady, B&N Reviewer

The Lighthouse by Jessie Newton

Five childhood best friends reunite in the wake of a loved one’s passing. This leads them to rediscover the importance of friendship, family, and faith as they confront the secrets hidden within the town’s lighthouse. While Robin aims to gather everyone for the memorial, Alice seeks solace from her crumbling marriage, Eloise rekindles an old flame, and Kelli and AJ grapple with their reluctance to return. As the women delve into Joel’s office, unearthing long-hidden truths, their perfect facades crumble, and they must confront their own personal struggles and embrace what truly matters. Together, they navigate the labyrinth of secrets, finding strength in their bond and embracing the power of faith, family, and friendship.
What People are Saying: “I started this book from Barnes and Noble free book that give you a chapter a day. I loved the book so much I couldn’t wait anymore for the next chapters. I bought the ebook. It is a great tale of 5 women and their entwined past. Always keeps you wanting to find out more.” – Jarjar, B&N Reviewer

Sunrise at Crystal Bay by Mia Kent

A decade-long secret. A devastating betrayal. And a chance to return to the place—and the boy—she left behind. Leah Turner had it all—a happy marriage of twenty-five years, two grown children, and a flourishing career in her best friend’s business. Until she found out the truth about what happened thirteen years ago. Blindsided, Leah is left to pick up the pieces, and her suitcase, and return to the seaside town she once called home. There, familiar faces and white-sand beaches await, along with a chance to heal… and reconnect with the boy she used to love. Now, Leah is faced with an impossible choice: the life she’s built for herself, or the one she’s left behind?

What People are Saying: Lose yourself in the sun-drenched days and bonfire nights of stunning Crystal Bay, and fall in love with the people who live there as they navigate life’s celebrations and challenges. This clean, romantic women’s fiction series is ideal for readers of all ages.

Better with Friends by Kimberly Diede

After being passed over for a promotion, Jackie Turner embarks on a journey back home for her high school reunion. There, she reunites with her lifelong friends, the Kaleidoscope Girls, a bond forged in childhood, facing the challenges of adolescence. As they navigate the trials of life, the Kaleidoscope Girls promise to stay close, yet the passage of time and life’s obstacles test their friendship. Now, in their midlife, Jackie seeks the support and guidance of her cherished friends as she faces career stagnation, an empty nest, and her father’s illness, prompting a transformative road trip that brings the joy of fun and friendship back into her life.

What People are Saying: “This book is like being with your girlfriends: fun, playful, warm, cozy, with a bit of drama! Kim Diede understands how women, friendships, and families work and interact, and some of the struggles that they face.” – Cindy J, B&N Reviewer

The Island by Lilly Mirren

Beatrice is starting her life over after her husband’s affair. His revelation at their anniversary and vow renewal utterly derails her. Her children have left home and she’d always imagined she and her husband would travel and grow old together. With nowhere left to turn, she goes home to Coral Island to visit her estranged father. She stays in the old beach cottage from her childhood years and uncovers a hidden roll of fifty-year-old undeveloped photos. Who put them there and why? Will she find answers & purpose on the island, rekindling old friendships and rediscovering a long-lost love? Or will she be driven back to the city and her failed marriage?

What People are Saying: This heartwarming women’s divorce fiction novel, filled with endearing characters and scenic coastal vistas, is the perfect beach read. If you love women’s fiction and small-town clean romance, take a trip to Coral Island today.




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