2 beach reads and a film classic that will help you hang on to summer

“Maggie saw the sunset before she saw the cottage. It stretched across Lake Michigan in a broad sweep of orange and a glowing pink not unlike the colors of her borrowed skirt. Beach clothes, indeed.” Nora Edinger, Dune Girl

Fall is wonderful. Pumpkins. Fuzzy sweaters. Crockpot meals. But, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer.

If you, too, are still thinking waves and fun in the sun, here are a trio of picks to preserve the moment.

  1. The Patmos Deception, by Davis Bunn, is one of my favorite reads, any time of year. If you’ve never read Bunn’s extraordinarily diverse work, you are in for a treat. This book is a thriller set in the Greek Isles. It’s chock full of deeply-drawn characters, blue-sea bliss, romance, archaeology, mysterious religious relics, smuggling and the clever circumvention of political realities. It’s all there and you’ll feel like you are, too.
  2. There is, of course, Dune Girl, by Nora Edinger. (Hey, it’s a poor frog that won’t croak for her own pond.) Set in the Indiana Dunes in high summer, this beach read is a contemporary spin on the Old Testament love story of Ruth and Boaz. There’s sand, high surf, romance and a dog with plans of his own. Check out this guaranteed clean read at  Amazon Kindle.
  3. Movie wise, I discovered Roman Holiday just a few weeks ago. Set in Rome, this 1953 film features Audrey Hepburn as a princess on the lam and Gregory Peck as a journalist on the make. Hepburn won an Oscar for her role. The storyline is far too rich to be described as frothy, but the absolutely beautiful film footage and the pair’s adventures scream pure summer.

15 thoughts on “2 beach reads and a film classic that will help you hang on to summer”

  1. Hi Nora,
    I’m in the process of reading Dune Girl now. I purchased it when it first came out, but ahhh time got away from me. I am enjoying your book so much.

    Girl, I’m so ready for fall. Here in Oklahoma, summer spells H-O-T, yes, in all caps! I’m not used to 90 + weather and I’ll be delighted when the temps come down in the 70’s.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thanks! I know how it goes time wise!! We’re supposed to get into highs of the 70s pretty soon. It will be so nice to have the windows open all day long for a while. Happy reading!


  2. Hi Nora,

    Loved Roman Holiday myself and Gregory Peck’s character was real interesting. The fact that his morals win out in the end really appealed to me. If you like Gregory Peck (and high quality character development) you might enjoy The Big Country (1958). I think it is by far his best movie and my wife and I love it. We learned so much that I used a portion of it for my blog post Patient Endurance. πŸ™‚ Anyways I just thought you may want to hear about it as it is a very well done, but not well known movie.

    Homer Les

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    1. πŸ™‚ I am a Gregory Peck fan. He was certainly an actor of substance. I’ll have to check out “The Big Country.” That’s a new one to me.

      BTW, I love your site. I tried to follow you back, but couldn’t find a button anywhere.


      1. Thank you Nora. You’ll love The Big Country. As far as we are concerned it is his best performance.

        On the follow front I did get a notice that you were following my blog. Thank you for that. I am still tweaking it and hope to resolve that pesky follow button!

        Blessings to you!
        Homer Les


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