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Books with water on the cover promise stories set near water which are enjoyable in summer as we might be reading near an ocean, lake, river, or pool.

Books with water on the cover promise 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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Top Ten Tuesday today is focused on book covers that feature water. What book have you enjoyed set near water?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Covers Featuring Water on the Cover. Perfect for an end-of-summer read around the pool or on the beach, right?

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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 feature water and scream summer to me. (can be stand alone but best read in order)

Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge

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

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover)

Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

This is historical women’s fiction featuring the 1938 hurricane that hit Florida.

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (cover)

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Water is a significant aspect of this work of literary fiction.

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese (cover) Image: a girl sits by the bank of a river surrounded by tropical trees

Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke

A group of four friends at Lakeside Boarding School call themselves “ladies of the lake.”

Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: 4 women walk toward the camera arm in arm across a grassy field with a lake visible in the background

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis

This story features Lake Tahoe in California.

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis (cover) Image: a woman and her dog sit on a grassy bluff with a picnic basket and blanket overlooking a lake

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 Survivors by Jane Harper (blue and white text over a foreboding picture of a coastline)

A Little Ray of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins

This is a complicated family drama set on Cape Cod.

A Little Ray of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins (cover) Image: a woman and her dog lie in a pink hammock next to the ocean

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?
Do you have a favorite read that features water on the cover?

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  1. Love your list! I’ve read several books about hurricanes. That’s a fascinating subject. One book set near water that I enjoyed (but that I didn’t think to put on my list, alas!) is Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger.

    • You just reminded me that I forgot to put Last Train to Key West (featuring the 1938 hurricane in Florida) on my list. It has water on the cover so I may need to add it! We both have an edit to do today! 😂 And thanks for the rec!

  2. Such pretty covers! I’ve been wanting to read The Survivors for a long time now, ought to move it up the list!

    As for your question, I love Andrew Mayne’s Underwater Investigation Unit series. It’s set in Florida and involves a team of divers working for the Fort Lauderdale police department and the FDLE.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  3. So many great books here, Carol. I loved the Moonlight Harbor series, and have read three others. I need to read The Island of Sea Women, it has been on my TBR far too long.

  4. What about Lucy By the Sea, and it’s water cover? I liked that book the best of the Lucy Barton series.

  5. Hi, Carol – Water on the cover of a book always appeals to me as well. I haven’t read any of the books that you have listed above, but some books that I have read that have featured water on their covers are: Endurance (Lansing), Boys in the Boat, Where the Crawdads Sing, English Passengers, Plunge, Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Alan Doyle Where I Belong, Sea Trial, Flashes of Life, Taking the Leap, Peace by Chocolate, Remarkably Bright Creatures, Killer in King’s Cove, The Shipping News, River Mumma and Asking for a Friend. The list is truly endless! 😀

  6. Gorgeous covers, Carol. The only one of these I have read is Survivors. I have read some Sheila Roberts, but none of the ones you have featured. But I’m adding these as I enjoy her books. 💕📚

    • The Moonlight Harbor series is enjoyable! I hope you like them! Light women’s fiction without open door romance or profanity.

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