Friday, June 25, 2021

My Favorite Historical Beach Reads

There's something about historical beach reads that I love. Maybe it's how they immerse me into another time period during a beautiful summer or maybe it's that gorgeous house on the coast that always seems to be present in these novels, but either way, "historical" beach reads are my absolute favorite.   So, grab a cold beverage and crack open one of these tales; these books will definitely please historical fiction fans. 

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff - Who doesn't love a romantic historical read? This one is epic and I love that part of it takes place at the Jersey Shore.  Local friends will love this one!

Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye is set in the Florida Keys during the 1930s. The novel highlights the social history of the Keys, there's also romance, and the monster of a hurricane that hits the Keys in 1935. 

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is not only a well written novel, it's also an amazing beach read because of the gorgeous setting of coastal Italy.

The Summer I Met Jack by Michele Gable is an engaging historical beach read that is all about Jack Kennedy and his relationship with Alicia Corning Clark.

Summer of '69 by Elin HIlderbrand is historical beach read perfection set during the summer of 1969 and it is filled to the brim with family drama.

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton is an edge of your seat historical tale about the hurricane of 1935. Cleeton brings to life the Keys very well and makes you care about her characters.

Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster takes place on Martha's Vineyard in the 1960s. This one had a Mad Men vibe, which I loved.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid is brilliant. It involves surf culture, various time periods, major beach vibes, and family drama amongst the Riva siblings. 

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman (Not pictured) - This novel depicts Hawaii during WWII.  Ackerman brings to life Hawaii so very well; I felt like I was there! 

Of course you can't go wrong with any of Beatriz Williams's novels! These are my favorite of her historical beach reads:

The Golden Hour which takes place on the beautiful island of Nassau during WWII makes for a tropical setting along with the spies, traitors, and did I mention the Duke and Duchess of Windsor?

A Hundred Summers is my favorite of her novels, which takes place at the oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island. It's a complicated summer filled with family drama, secrets, and a hurricane.

Cocoa Beach is a suspenseful thriller that takes place during the Prohibition Era in Florida.

The Summer Wives is set on Winthrop Island and focuses on a high society during the summer of 1951. It's very atmospheric and a mystery and some plot twists.

Along the Infinite Sea is the third in the Schuyler Sisters series and I loved the various amazing settings of this novel including the Breakers at Palm Beach.

There's a few historical beach reads that I haven't read yet and I hope to soon. Let me know your thoughts if you read one of these books!

The House on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman

A Summer to Remember by Erika Montogmery 

Haven Point by Virginia Hume

 Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman


So, are you a fan of historical beach reads? Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


  1. I love historical beach reads, and I love that Beatriz Williams basically gets her own category! She is a master at creating the perfect setting.

    1. Right? I completely agree! Thanks for visiting, Angela!

  2. Beautiful Ruins will be forever in my list, I think. That's the only book I've read from your list. :) I love Emily Henry's Beach Read and might pick up her People You Meet on Vacations sometime this Summer.

    Thanks for the recc, Christina!

    1. I love Beautiful Ruins--so good! Glad you agree! I hope you enjoy People We Meet on Vacation. It was the perfect summertime read. Thanks for visiting, Joy!


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