Mainstream Book Recommendations: June 2013

Everyone has a past. It can be positive or negative, but it makes us who we are. This month there are several mainstream fiction books that take a look at characters reuniting with a piece from their history. When confronted with the past they will find just how much they have been influenced by things that have come before. And maybe their experiences will help them decide what's next.

Every family has stories that are passed down from generation to generation. In The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas, we meet Daniel whose family is obsessed with a rare violin that his family owned before WWII. Will reuniting with his family’s treasure finally help Daniel understand his place in the world?

Over time relationships change and it is easy to lose touch with friends. When they come back into your life are they the same person you remember? Are you the same? In Sweet Salt Air, by Barbara Delinsky, childhood friends reunite after 10 years to find that their lives have taken them in vastly different directions. Charlotte is a world traveler while Nicole chose to settle down and get married. They find that the past pays them a visit when a revelation of a previous betrayal threatens their friendship. Friendships are tested again in Never Keeping Secrets by Niobia Bryant. High school BFFs Monica, Keesha, Danielle and Latoya have drifted apart. Years later, they must reunite to stop a menace from their past who has torturing them with a long lost secret.

Last, but not least, we had to include lost lovers. Coming face to face with the person who broke your heart or reuniting with a first love makes for a compelling read. In Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella, Lottie is disappointed when her boyfriend doesn’t propose. When her old flame, Ben, calls to remind her of the pact they made to marry each other if they are still single at 30, she jumps at the chance to fire up her relationship with Ben. In The Guest House, by Erika Marks, a summer fling leads to a family feud and a broken heart for Edie. Decades later Edie’s 18-year-old daughter, Lexi, is following in her mom’s footsteps. When Lexi is reunited with her ex-fiancé’s brother it stirs up some old feelings and, much to her surprise, some new ones too. In Beyond the Storm, by Joseph Pittman, a funny thing happens on the way to a high school reunion. Vanessa hasn't forgotten Adam, even after 20 years. When a bad storm forces them to take shelter in an abandoned house while traveling to their reunion, Vanessa is eager to find out if the connection they shared so long ago is still there.

You can pick up all of these titles, available in stores and online this month. And if you are looking for more emotional reads, visit RT's Everything Mainstream Page