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Summer reads

Owen County Public Library’s Becky Doolin and Susan Hampton share their top-four books to read this summer. Drop us a line at and let us know your favorite.

1. Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak “A leisurely beachfront summer promises three women the opportunity to take deep healing breaths and explore new paths. But when Marlow Madsen’s father’s will reveals an earth-shattering secret that tarnishes his impeccable reputation and everything she thought she knew about her family, Marlow finds herself questioning everything — including her future.”

2. The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner is a hilarious, delicious, and wickedly observed story about parents and children, husbands and wives, the places we call home, and all the ways that love can surprise us. “If you have time for only one book this summer, pick this one,” says The New York Times.

3. In Ocean Prey by John Sandford, two detectives investigate the murder of three members of the Coast Guard. When the FBI does not make the case a priority, the men go undercover to infiltrate a criminal operation. The book reached No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list May 2, 2021.

4. In The Book Woman’s Daughter, Kim Michele Richardson takes us back to Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, where Honey Lovett, the Book Woman’s Daughter, must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good. She picks up her mother’s old packhorse library route and begins delivering books to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive.


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