By Daniel Wallace
Wallflower Edsel Bronfman leads an ordinary, orderly life; he goes to his shipping clerk job, lives in a questionable neighborhood, and spends his free time with his mother. His routine is turned upside down when he receives a phone call that he’s won a free weekend stay at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. The catch? The trip is meant for a couple. With only 79 days to find a Destin-worthy companion, Edsel begins opening himself up to life’s possibilities.
THE LION’S DEN
By Katherine St. John
Aspiring Hollywood actress/cocktail waitress Belle is among the gaggle of friends invited on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate their ultraglamorous pal Summer’s birthday—all expenses paid by her new boyfriend, John. But as soon as they start the trip on John’s private jet, the girls learn that his generosity comes with multiple, highly irritating strings attached. As her dream vacation quickly devolves into a nightmare, Belle realizes she’s going to have to keep her wits about her—and her own secret closely hidden—if she wants to make it off the yacht alive.
By Lacie Waldon
Ava Green is hanging up her wings after ten years as a flight attendant. When her final flight encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop at the Belize airport turns into a weekend layover. Now, stranded in a luxury resort in paradise with her nemesis, former pilot Jack Stone, Ava begins to second-guess everything she thought she knew about him and everything she thought she wanted from her life.
THE UNWANTED GUEST
By Shari Lapena
It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in and try to make the best of it. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.
THE FRENCH GIRL
By Lexie Elliott
For six Oxford graduates, a getaway at a French farmhouse is the perfect way to spend their final summer vacation. But, when the tight-knit group meets Severine, the beautiful French woman who lives next door, loyalties are tested and tensions begin to boil. Then, an altercation on the last night of their stay leaves the group forever changed. Ten years later, Severine’s body is discovered in the well behind the farmhouse. One group member, Kate, finds suspicion mounting around her while trying to reconcile her unreliable memories.
By Peter Heller
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since college orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. On a wilderness canoe trip in Northern Canada, they find their survival skills and longtime friendship tested by a wildfire, white-water hazards, and two mysterious strangers. A riveting page-turner about nature’s splendor and brutality and the forces that drive human connection and conflict.
GRAVITY IS THE THING
By Jaclyn Moriarty
On her 16th birthday, Abi’s beloved brother goes missing. On the same day she received the first chapter of a mysterious self-help book titled “The Guidebook” in the mail, and continues to receive chapters intermittently over the years. Now, two decades after receiving those first pages, Abi is invited to an all-expenses-paid weekend retreat to learn “the truth” about the Guidebook. It’s an opportunity too intriguing to refuse. A funny and heartfelt novel about the search for happiness.
By Alex Garland
In this suspenseful social commentary, a young American named Richard is traveling in Southeast Asia when a fellow traveler he’s just met commits suicide, leaving him his map to a legendary, off-the-grid beach. When Richard finds the beach, it’s just as gorgeous and idyllic as it’s rumored to be. At first, the community of select residents living on the beach seems to be a true utopia, but Richard quickly discovers that deadly currents run just beneath the surface.
FODOR’S BEST WEEKEND ROAD TRIPS
A guidebook packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you’ll need to make the most of your time on a quick getaway. Whether you want to explore a national park, visit a major tourist site, or escape to a quiet town, the local Fodor’s travel experts have you covered.
BACKROADS OF FLORIDA: YOUR GUIDE TO GREAT DAY TRIPS & WEEKEND GETAWAYS
By Paul M. Franklin and Nancy Mikula
Travel to every corner of the Sunshine State, from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, with journeys along miles of spectacular coastline and forays into the wonders of lush interior forests, pristine lakes, and otherworldly swamplands. Learn about the background history and culture of Florida’s varied natural and human communities, along with descriptions of the best destinations and sites to visit during your travels.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID:THE GETAWAY
By Jeff Kinney
With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, Greg Heffley’s family decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?
PENGUIN ON VACATION
By Salina Yoon
Penguin hits the beach after tiring of the cold and snow and is challenged to make a new friend and discover different amusements when he realizes he cannot ski or skate on the sand. A sweet story that reminds us that the magic of friendship does not depend on where you are or what you are doing--it is about being together and learning from each other.