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Summer time is almost upon us and it is time to pick up or download your summer books.

Here are 8 choices that you should consider for your  beach and plane rides.

The Ideal Wife Jacqueline Thomas Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion…it’s a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana, from the moment Lawrence Collins swept her off her feet and into his luxurious world. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don’t come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion — the ideal wife — to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price.

The Blue Print A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms- Kirk Franklin- Kirk has an amazing way of connecting to his readers – no matter what walk of life, where you stand in your faith – whether you have faith – he is able to reach beyond the book to impact your life your heart.

Message from a A Mistress– Niobia Bryant Through good times and bad, longtime friends Jaime, Renee, Aria, and Jessa have shared just about everything. But all hell breaks loose when Jessa texts them a shocking revelation: she’s been sharing her bed–with one of their husbands. To make matters worse, she refuses to name which husband she’s been cheating with. And all three wives believe they have reason to worry. .

Oprah:A Biography – Kitty Kelly  For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influential show in television history, she has gotten her guests—often the biggest celebrities in the world—to bare their love lives, explore their painful pasts, admit their transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story, opening up about the sexual abuse in her past and discussing her romantic relationships, her weight problems, her spiritual beliefs, her charitable donations, and her strongly held views on the state of the world.

Killing Willis From Different Strokes to The Life I always Wanted Todd Bridges For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from painful childhood events that paved the road to his own personal hell. One of the first African-American child actors on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Roots, Bridges burst to the national forefront on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes as the subject of the popular catchphrase, “What’chu Talkin About Willis?” When the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera traumas he had faced. Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon lost control. Todd Bridges has lived a life of remarkable twists and turns—from the greatest heights to the lowest lows imaginable.

U Is for Undertow– Sue Grafton Sue Grafton’s “U is for Undertow” takes place in 1988, with flashbacks to 1967, the “Summer of Love.” Kinsey Millhone, thirty-seven, is the veteran of two failed marriages. Most of her time is devoted to her work as a private investigator, and she occasionally socializes with a small group of friends, including her eighty-eight year old landlord, Henry Pitts. Kinsey’s latest case involves Michael Sutton, who claims that he recently recalled an event that occurred when he was just six years old. It has memorable characters and thought-provoking psychological and historical themes that will resonate with Grafton’s many devoted fans.

The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting RelationshipsHill Harper THE CONVERSATION by Hill Harper is deeply reflective and honest. The author’s ability to discuss his own faults regarding relationships with raw and unflinching candor is impressive. His sincerity should move readers to hold up the mirror, evaluate the health of their own relationships, or assess why they may be unsuccessful in establishing new relationships. Readers seeking inspiration might also enjoy the quotes from other notable celebrities at the beginning of each chapter in this book.

Live Love and Pray- Elizabeth Gilbert- Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice is just one of many that calls for recognition as part of a chorus for something that firstly, many women are hollering about, and secondly, humanity in general–humanity in the first world–are crying for: some kind of guidance, indication, that the collective paths we fought for and chose (the best education, career ambitions realized, a certain amount of money needed to live that certain kind of magazine-lifestyle life–which is what Liz Gilbert’s life is a reflection of, remember–love in the form of marriage and what society dictates) are truly the things that give us peace and happiness in the infinite sense.

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