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2020 Virtual Vacation Reads: Books Set in Getaway Locations

Do the current stay-at-home measures have you craving a summer getaway? Bookreporter has a way for you to virtually travel with our list of books set in vacation locales. Escape to idyllic spots like Cape Cod, Nantucket, Montauk, Charleston and Pasadena --- along with many others --- in our inaugural Virtual Vacation Reads feature. Pick your book(s) to embark on the summer vacation you've been dreaming of. You’ll only have to figure out how to send postcards!

Elin Hilderbrand, author of 28 Summers

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020, and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other? Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere --- until Mallory learns she's dying.

Week of February 8, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of February 8th include 28 SUMMERS, Elin Hilderbrand's novel that explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches her characters' lives, and the lives of the people they love; MASKED PREY, the 30th installment in John Sandford's Prey series, in which Lucas Davenport investigates a vitriolic blog that seems to be targeting the children of U.S. politicians; HIT LIST, which finds Stuart Woods' protagonist, Stone Barrington, facing down a vengeful miscreant who has put a hit out on him --- leading to an international cat-and-mouse hunt that has Stone questioning if he has become the predator or the prey; OONA OUT OF ORDER by Margarita Montimore, a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order; and WASHINGTON'S END, the astonishing true story of George Washington’s forgotten last years, as told by popular historian and former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn.