Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Best Southern Beach Reads


For me, some of the best beach reads are those that take place down South, where it's always warm, there's palm trees, crystal blue waters, and a cold iced tea. I'm sharing my updated list of Southern beach reads; there's something here for everyone!


Adult Fiction: 

Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck  (Key West, Florida)
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Georgia)
The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White (Georgia)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews - (North Carolina)
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank (Charleston, South Carolina)
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank (Charleston, South Carolina)
Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa LaFaye (Key West, Florida)

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (Cocoa Beach, Florida)
On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe (Charleston, South Carolina) 
Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara Davis (Florida) 
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Georgia)
Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Georgia)
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey (North Carolina)
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews (Florida)
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (Florida)
Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews (Florida)
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey (North Carolina)
The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis (South Carolina)
Dreams of Falling by Karen White  (South Carolina) 
The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews (Outside Savannah, Georgia) 
The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe (Charleston, South Carolina)
The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews (Florida)
Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (Key West, Florida)
Flight Patterns by Karen White (Coastal Florida) 
A Lakeside Reunion by C.Chilove (Florida)
Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe (Isle of Palms, South Carolina)
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey (North Carolina) 
The Beautiful People by Michelle Gable (Palm Beach, Florida)
A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Beaufort, South Carolina)
Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews (Georgia)

YA Fiction:

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Colby, North Carolina)
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Colby, North Carolina)
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (Key West, Florida)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Southern beach town)
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (Alabama)
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Georgia)




  1. Other than Florida, I haven't spent a lot of time in the south, but it's a place I want to go. There's just seems to be a different way of life down there!

    1. For sure! I like the slow pace. My favorite southern town is Savannah. But relaxing at the OBX is also nice. Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  2. What an incredible selection of “southern” beach reads! Thank you!

  3. As a NC girl, I can personally confirm that Southern summer beach reads have a special something, haha ... LOVE Sarah Dessen and Dottie Frank, like whoa, and Mary Kay Andrews is usually good reading too (although a few have been misses for me).


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