Eat, Read, Love: 9 Honeymoon Books by Location
You can't spend your entire honeymoon staring into each other's eyes. Not when there are flights to board, hammocks to sway in, and beach umbrellas to sit under. At moments like those you need a good book—one that won't take you away from your carefully-planned post-wedding vacay, but that will draw you deeper into your postnuptial paradise. Lucky for you, this year's crop of summer reading—both brand-new entries and just-released paperbacks of hardback favorites—is full of books whose locations play a vital role in the story. Here, nine can't-miss novels that might just take place where you chose to set your honeymoon. And if you're too busy to travel right after your big day, any one of these could inspire a future getaway. After all, you've got a lifetime in which to write your own story.
The Destination: Italy
The House at the Edge of the Night by Catherine Banner
What better book to read on your honeymoon than one that centers on a long, happy marriage which withstands world wars, local gossip, and rowdy children? This novel follows several generations on Castellamare, a fictional island off the coast of Sicily, telling the story of Italy's last century through the lives of the Esposito family. It's best read with a snack of arancini and a glass of limoncello.
Hardcover: July 12, 2016
The Destination: Nicaragua
The Ladies of Managua by Eleni N. Gage
"Revolutionaries make bad husbands," Isabela warns her granddaughter, Maria, in the first line of The Ladies of Managua. Assuming you haven't married one, you'll love finding out the reasoning behind her warning as the family's stories unfold. Set in Nicaragua and New Orleans and told in the memorable voices of three generations of Nicaraguan women whose relationships to their husbands, lovers, and to each other are shaped by the volatile history of the country all three love, this book will make you wonder what scandalous secrets your own mom and grandma are hiding.
Paperback: July 5, 2016
The Destination: Nantucket
Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has three ex-wives and one true love: the island of Nantucket. When all three inherit his tumbledown summer house on the beach (which happens to be mortgaged to the hilt) the three nemeses converge on Nantucket, along with their various offspring, to figure out what happens next.
Hardcover: June 14, 2016
The Destination: East Asia
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Although it's mainly set in Shanghai and Singapore, this hilarious send-up of Asia's super rich also party-hops to Paris and San Francisco. The sequel to the wildly popular Crazy Rich Asians, it includes a mother-in-law who simultaneously tears apart the wedding rehearsal and gives new meaning to the phrase "helicopter parent." You'll love your own in-laws even more with every page you turn.
Paperback: May 31, 2016
The Destination: Paris
Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
We wouldn't blame you if after your heart-tugging proposal and fairy-tale wedding you found yourself just a tiny bit bored of the lovey-dovey stuff … even as you embark on your honeymoon in the world's most romantic city. That's when you turn to tried and true vacation reading: a mystery! This one casts the City of Lights in a film noir role, as the location for gamine detective Aimee Leduc's very first case. A prequel to the bestselling series, all set in Paris, this refreshing change of pace might also be the beginning of (another) long-term relationship.
Hardcover: June 14, 2016
The Destination: Greece
Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes
If you're looking for a novel that will give you a crash course in Greek history, pick up Louis de Bernieres's Corelli's Mandolin. But if you want to read a frothy little paperback about an island wedding that may be going horribly wrong (to unwind from all the effort of making sure your own nuptials went magically right), look no further than this love triangle about a Manhattan socialite torn between her writer ex-husband and her actor about-to-be-husband in the days leading up to her destination wedding. The drama unfolds against the whitewashed villas and cobalt seas of Greece's honeymoon mecca.
Paperback: August 2, 2016
The Destination: The Caribbean
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
It's a good thing you never got around to reading this New York Times bestseller when it came out in hardcover—because the just-released paperback version is so much easier to throw into your beach bag for that sunset cruise. A fictionalized version of the dramatic life of Rachel Pomie, the mother of the founding Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, this historical novel also reveals a great deal about the lush landscape and fascinating history of St. Thomas, particularly the tightly-knit community of Jews who settled there after fleeing the Inquisition. Rest assured that it's as romantic and atmospheric as it is informative.
Paperback: June 7, 2016
The Destination: New York City
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
One of the best things about getting married: You no longer have to deal with break-ups, hook-ups, and related dating drama. But while the thought of living through all that again may make you want to cringe, reading about it is wickedly fun—especially if you're following Jenna Jones, a magazine-editor-turned-has-been working on her comeback and falling desperately for a younger man (who just happens to be her boss's son). The novel takes you from the office buildings and penthouses of Manhattan to the parks and underground bars of Brooklyn, and deep into Jenna's surprising new future.
Paperback: April 12, 2016
The Destination(s): India, London, Paris
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Maybe you couldn't settle on one spot for your honeymoon. Or, you picked the sultry beaches of Goa, India, but could have gone for a posh hotel in London or the romance of Paris. This book gives a taste of all three, while celebrating a long, happy marriage—and reminding us that every marriage is a mystery. On the one-year anniversary of his wife's death, Arthur Pepper finds a charm bracelet he's never seen her wear. Tracing the meaning of its charms, he journeys through his wife's life, starting in India, and trying to figure out how this young globetrotter might have been happy with him and their quiet life in York, England all those years. It's a sweet quest and a thoughtful reminder that sometimes the person who loves us most knows us better than we know ourselves.
Hardcover: May 3, 2016