Five Books From Local Authors to Take to the Beach This Summer

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1 The Typist by Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor’s newest novel focuses on the story of Judah Lundquist, a Midwest-bred typist working for an insurance agency in Washington, D.C. After a one-night stand with a neighbor, Judah must become a seductress and a thief, betraying a trusted friend with a hidden past of his own, to salvage her own tattered reputation.

2 Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

The writer of “Under the Tuscan Sun” returns with a novel about four American strangers who meet in an Italian village and quickly become dear friends. Protagonist Kit Raine, an author working on a biography about a close but complex friend, is drawn into Tuscan life by the other three women, and the quartet finds adventure that will change their lives forever.

3 Promise by Minrose Gwin

In the aftermath of a devastating tornado in Tupelo, Miss. during the Great Depression, two women – a black great-grandmother and a white teen – fight for survival. The story draws on historical events and examines the damage on the women’s lives caused by 1930s society in addition to the storm.

4 Fallout Girl by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

After the death of her mother, Miranda George wants to disappear and start over. She leaves North Carolina and takes refuge in the home of a college friend in L.A. Soon, she goes on the run again, desperate to keep her family from finding her and hoping to leave her past behind her for good.

5 Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams

The fourth in the Book Retreat series, this mystery finds Jane Steward once again working as an amateur sleuth. During the building of a spa at the resort she manages, a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book are unearthed. Jane relies on the attendees of the Rare Book Conference to help her solve this unexpected mystery.


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Holly West

Holly West is the associate editor at Chapel Hill Magazine. After graduating from UNC in 2015, she worked as a reporter and editor in eastern North Carolina, but was quickly drawn back to the Southern Part of Heaven.
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