Stories Set Near Water #TopTenTuesday #Settings

Stories set near water are especially enjoyable in summer as we might be reading near an ocean, lake, river, or pool. Do you love books set near water?

Stories Set Near Water (Image: a young girl sits on the ground next to a body of water reading a book)

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For Top Ten Tuesday, my list is focused more on settings than covers or titles. What book have you enjoyed set near water? (I have intentionally left out some of my heavier reads set near or on the water….e.g The Last Lifeboat)

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book or Covers That Feel Like Summer. I’ve tweaked the prompt a bit to curate a list of books set near water.

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The Moonlight Harbor Series by Sheila Roberts

This uplit women’s fiction series is set in Moonlight Harbor and all the covers scream summer to me.

Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge

Set entirely on the beach, this is a survival story with a side of romance.

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover)

Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen

This is an uplit historical fiction story of four sisters (the first in a series) with a side of sweet romance.

The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This story is a contemporary women’s fiction/historical fiction mashup. The veil story line is historical and the beach story line is contemporary and features a run-away bride who goes to the Virgin Islands (her honeymoon destination) alone. ***open-door romance***

The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton

This is an uplit and sweet story of new beginnings and starting over and is set in the retirement community of Safe Harbor, a small town on Georgia’s Gulf Coast. The main character is not of retirement age, but after a divorce she finds a job as a hair stylist in the retirement community.

The Summer House (cover) Image: blue wooden porch swing on a wide white porch

The River by Peter Heller

This is a best friends wilderness survival story set on a river.

The River by Peter Heller (cover) Image: white text over a background of red and dark blue swirly lines

Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

This is a story of women supporting women as they work in the water and are the primary providers for their families. ***Content Warning: one violent scene***

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (cover)

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Set in a small town on the Tasmanian Coast, this family drama is a slow-burn mystery.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

This is compelling historical fiction and the story of a strong, independent young woman.

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

This is a slow burn family drama and a year of living off the grid.

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige (cover) Image: a quiet lagoon


What stories have you read set near water?

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  1. I love watery settings! I used the same thing for my list this week. Nothing says summer quite like taking a dip in a cool body of water, whether it’s the ocean, a lake, or a swimming pool. Anything to keep from melting!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  2. I like your take on this prompt, Carol. I have a couple of these on my TBR and had forgotten about them, The Island of the Sea Women and Castle of Water, so thanks for the reminder. I have read most of the others and also enjoyed them. I love books set in seaside communities.

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