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Forge’s Favorite Southern Summer Reads

Carolina Moonset

Matt Goldman’s recent thriller Carolina Moonset takes place in South Carolina and the humid, southern atmosphere is so pervasive throughout the novel that it is almost a character in and of itself. We’ve put together a list of our favorite books featuring those hot, southern vibes so whether you’re in the mood for a cozy, family drama or a gothic true crime read, we’ve got you covered with a book list to last you all summer long!

 


For a cozy read…

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

When Anna Kate returns to her hometown in Alabama to bury her grandmother, she hopes to make it a short trip. However, she soon finds herself drawn to the Blackbird Cafe and the inhabitants of the town and begins wondering if she really wants to leave after all. This charming romance from bestselling author Heather Webber will have you craving a slice of small-town life.

For a scary read…

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

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Michael McDowell is well known for penning the screenplays for cult classic films Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas but many don’t know that he also wrote some truly spine-chilling horror novels. The Elementals is one of his best and tells the story of an Alabama family that gets more than they bargained for on their summer vacation. Featuring a trio of crumbling Victorian houses on a secluded beach, The Elementals serves up its chills in broad daylight.

For a thrilling read…

Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman

Carolina MoonsetJoey Greene moves back to his childhood home in Beaufort, South Carolina to care for his father who suffers from dementia. As his father’s short-term memory fades, memories of his past grow stronger and he soon begins revealing terrible secrets about his life. When a horrible murder shakes the town to its core, Joey fears that his father’s resurfacing memories are somehow connected.

For a historical read…

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half is the poignant story of a pair of identical twin sisters who run away from home in the 1950s. Though similar in looks, they make very different choices. While one eventually moves back to the primarily black community they ran away from, the other builds a new life for herself passing as a white woman. When their daughters connect many years later, it changes all their lives forever.

For a non-fiction read…

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story: Berendt, John: 8601419310258: Amazon.com: Books

This fascinating look at the inhabitants of Savannah, Georgia during a murder trial in the 1980s is one of the most riveting pieces of non-fiction you’ll ever read. With unforgettable characters, a thrilling true crime mystery, and the lush atmosphere of Savannah with its moss-hung trees and haunted mansions, you’re in for a wild ride!

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