Guest Post – Top Five Books with a Beach Setting By Emery Lord


Today I am super excited to have the lovely Emery Lord on Tales with a fab guest post to celebrate the release of When We Collided.

When We Collided was released on the 7th April 2016 published by Bloomsbury and is set to be a fantastic read and from what I have heard emotional read.  I am lucky enough to have been sent a copy from Bloomsbury and I cannot wait to read it!

You can read an extract from When We Collided here

Today Emery chats about her Top Five Books with a Beach Setting 

*hands over to Emery*

when we collided

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide .

A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun.

You can read an extract from When We Collided here

Top Five Books with a Beach Setting 

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson


I read this novel shortly after I’d finished writing When We Collided, and I’d recently visited Mendocino, CA as research. The vibrant coastal town in I’ll Give You the Sun felt just like that, a place ripe for art and moodiness.

Keeping the Moon- Sarah Dessen


And all of the books set in Colby, her fictional beach town. You can feel the sand stuck to your feet and taste the fried food, truly. My hair feels salt-flecked and my face sun-warmed just thinking about it.

Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller


There is a sexy deep-sea diver; my work here is done. (Okay, okay, also it is so atmospheric and the prose is just gorgeous.)

Nantucket Blue (& Red) – Leila Howland


My aunt has a house on Cape Cod that I love, and these books captured so much of the small town but big tourist East Coast life. Absolutely perfect beach read.

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby


No one writes oceanscape love stories like Jessi Kirby, who is herself a mermaid and resides on the shore of the ocean.


Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson


Okay, this is a lakeside book. But I’m counting as an ocean book because you will weep salty tears. And you will love it.

when we collidedYou can buy a copy of When We Collided here or why not visit your local independent book shop.

About Emery Lord

Emery Lord

Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes fluttery and so painfully awkward you could implode.

She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with a scientist, a one-eyed beagle, and a dog named Winston Churchill.

You can find out more about Emery on her website –

Or why not follow her on twitter using – @emerylord

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A huge thank you to Emery for a fab blog post and to Emma at Bloomsbury for organising and sending me a copy of the book!

Have you read When We Collided or any of Emery’s other books?  Has this post tempted you to go and grab a copy?  What is your favourite book with a beach setting?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading



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