5 Absolutely Shameful Blue Flower Beach Books… But You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

5 Absolutely Shameful Blue Flower Beach Books… But You Won’t Be Able to Put Down
5 Absolutely Shameful Blue Flower Beach Books… But You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Attention, I’m going straight to my subject without a prologue or introduction: I love reading on the beach. Yes, I know, it’s not a major twist. This is the case for many French people. Some are addicted to detective novels (if that’s the case, here is the best detective novel of the last 20 years). Others prefer literary classics. For my part, I am a big fan of “chick lit” or “chick litterature” : romantic novels or comedies written for women by women. It’s a bit like the literary equivalent of romantic comedies in cinema.

It’s a guilty pleasure that I’m totally addicted to. First, because these romantic stories, even if they’re not revolutionary, know how to keep you on the edge of your seat. And then, these romance novels that are easily devoured are perfect for the beach, where noise and distractions often make reading more difficult. On every vacation in the sun, I slip in one or two books of chick lit in my suitcase. Are you also looking for fun and easy beach books? Here are 5 romantic novels that I loved and that, once opened, you won’t be able to put down, I guarantee it.

People we meet in vacation d’Emily Henry

In just a few books, Emily Henry has established herself as a heavyweight in the chick litUnfortunately, France is having trouble keeping up, since only 2 of the American author’s 5 novels are currently available in French. Book Loversmy favorite so far, has not yet been translated. I read my entire chick lit in English, I prefer, so I was still able to discover it. And it really took me away: it’s funny, moving, full of suspense (yes, even though I knew how it would end, I was totally taken by the story). So, if you also like reading in the language of Shakespeare, go for it. If you’re only comfortable in French, you can also discover Emily Henry’s work via her second novel: People we meet on vacation. Despite this English title, it is available in French.

Photo credit: Dr People we meet on vacation, Emily Henry

Don’t be fooled by the title, which has nothing to do with the story. In some editions, it has even been renamed You and me on vacationa name that fits the plot better. It follows Poppy and Alex, two best friends who for ten years have gone on vacation together every summer. They have nothing in common and yet they get along like thieves in a fair… until a nasty falling out that ended up separating them. At the beginning of the book, we find them angry but ready for a new summer adventure. We are then quickly caught up in the plot, devouring page after page to find out what separated them and if Poppy and Alex will manage to admit that they are in fact in love. It is not Emily Henry’s best novel in our opinion, but it is still very entertaining. It is a very good beach book.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Best-seller international, The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas has also become a phenomenon on TikTok. And I quickly understood the reasons for its success. It is so entertaining that I devoured it in a few days. It follows the adventures of Catalina Martín, Lina for short, a bubbly Spanish girl who fled to New York after a romantic disappointment. So, when she has to return home for her sister’s wedding, where her ex will be present with his new fiancée, Lina invents an American boyfriend. A little lie that will quickly get out of control. Forced to produce this imaginary boyfriend in front of her family, the young woman accepts in desperation the help of her colleague Aaron, whom she nevertheless hates with all her heart.

Photo credit: DR The Spanish love deception, Elena Armas

The Spanish Love Deception follows the “Enemies to lovers” plot, well known to fans of romantic comedies. Even if they exasperate each other, will Lina and Aaron really fall in love by playing the perfect couple? From the beginning of the book, we obviously know the answer. But, apart from a few lengths at the end, the story totally took me in. I turned the pages avidly, I laughed, I was a little moved I admit, I also rolled my eyes sometimes but I still couldn’t help but continue reading because I wanted to know what happened next. So I can’t wait to discover Elena Armas’ second novel, The American Roommate Experiment.

Sophie Kinsella is a bit of a queen of chick lit. Since the English author got me hooked on girlie novels with Confessions of a ShopaholicI have read many of her novels over the years. And she is so prolific that, I admit, some of them are mixed up in my head today. Others, however, have left a bigger impression on me and stand out from the crowd. This is particularly the case with Wedding night in Ikonos (Wedding nightin English). In general, books by chick lit are written from the heroine’s point of view. But here, depending on the chapter, we alternate between the voices of several characters. In particular, we follow Lottie who, after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend because he refuses to marry her, marries on a whim a former holiday fling she met by chance.

Photo credit: DR Wedding Night at Ikonos, Sophie Kinsella

But we can also discover the story through Fliss, Lottie’s sister, who knows that the latter is making a huge mistake. While Lottie has flown off for a honeymoon on a heavenly Greek island, Fliss does everything to ensure that her sister does not consummate her marriage, so that it can be easily annulled when she realizes her mistake. The initial premise is so absurd that it becomes hilarious. And the alternation between the chapters where Lottie despairs of not being able to sleep with her new husband and those where Fliss really does everything to prevent her from doing so makes the novel even funnier. The romantic aspect of this romantic comedy is also there and even has some nice surprises in store for us. We also particularly liked Lexi Smart’s memory is failing et Emma’s Little Secrets.

A season by the water by Jenny Colgan

It’s been a few years since I read A season by the water by British writer Jenny Colgan, but this book left me with a desire to leave the city and move to a remote corner of Scotland. That’s what its heroine does, to her great misfortune. Flora, who works in a law firm in London, is forced for work to return to her small native village on the Scottish island of Mure. It’s a request from her boss Joël, with whom she is secretly in love. Except that she’s not really welcome there.

Photo credit: DR A Season by the Water, Jenny Colgan

A season by the water is not only the story of a romance between the heroine and a dark handsome guy, it is a love story between Flora and the island of Mure. So yes, some will find the story conventional. But like her (and me), others will also quickly fall under the spell of this wild island and its endearing inhabitants. So much so that we almost end up dreaming of being by a Scottish fire, rather than lounging on the beach. The good news is that we don’t have to leave Mure at the end of the novel since Jenny Colgan has made it a saga of several books.

Never Again the Colleen Hoover

It is impossible not to include a book by Colleen Hoover in our selection, as the American has a string of bestsellers. And if we had to read only one, it would obviously be her novel Never againwhose film adaptation with Blake Lively will be released this summer. I started It Ends With Us (its English title) without knowing what to expect (I didn’t know the story at all). The initial premise is that of a romantic comedy: the meeting of a somewhat lost heroine with a handsome guy with whom she quickly falls in love. Here, we follow Lily Bloom, a florist in Boston, who falls under the spell of the irresistible Ryle, a neurosurgeon crazy about her.

Photo credit: DR Never Again, Colleen Hoover

Except Lily’s Prince Charming isn’t so charming. Never again is not a romantic comedy or a classic romance. Possessive, totally obsessed with Lily and jealous of his ex Atlas, who resurfaces, Ryle soon reveals a dark side. Which quickly reminds Lily of her painful past, she who grew up with an abusive father with her mother, who let it happen. Will Lily let the cycle of domestic violence repeat itself? Will she choose Ryle or Atlas? The story alternates between the present and the past, as we follow Lily fight with her demons.



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