That Summer Feeling
A Guest Post by Bestselling Author Sarah Morgan
If there’s one thing I love almost as much as a book it’s a movie, and at this time of year I want to watch something to put me in the summer holiday mood. If I can’t take a vacation myself, then I’m more than happy to lounge on the couch and get that ‘vacation feeling’ from the screen. I love movies that capture those long, lazy summer days and give you that wonderful beach feeling without the inconvenience of dragging sand all over the house.
My upcoming novel, HOLIDAY IN THE HAMPTONS, is also set in a beach location and you should definitely check it out if you’re looking to extend your summer mindset into September.
Here, in no particular order, are my favorite summer movies. Let me know yours in the comments!
If only for the soundtrack, this is the sort of move that makes you want to get up and dance and also maybe imitate the famous ‘lift’ in the water (but make an appointment with the chiropractor before you do it). Set around a lake resort, not a beach, it has that wonderful summer holiday feeling.
Jaws is set on the fictional ‘Amity Island’, although it was in fact filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, where Steven Spielberg is said to have paid locals to run screaming out of the water. Everyone is gearing up for 4th July celebrations so there’s plenty of beach shots, blue skies and sunshine. Of course, there’s also a big hungry shark that made audiences think twice before ever setting foot in the ocean again.
I love Greece (although when I visit, I don’t tend to slide down rooftops and leap about singing, as they do in this movie). There’s something about those whitewashed buildings, tumbling bougainvillea and crystal clear waters that puts me in an instant holiday mood. Whether you like the characters bursting into song or not, this movie is guaranteed to make you want to book a vacation to a Greek Island. My recommendation is to do it. It’s a stunning place.
Something’s Gotta Give
I love Nancy Myers. She is the queen of the ‘feel-good’ movie and also of inducing a serious case of home envy among her audience. In this case it’s a beach house, which has since been reproduced many times by interiors magazines for all those people who salivated over the original. I’m not sure which part of this movie has the biggest appeal—the shots of the Hamptons with its windswept sandy beaches (where my current book is set!), an ocean front house beyond most people’s aspirations, or Keanu Reeves as the hot doctor. It’s not often that I want to go to hospital when I’m on vacation, but for him I’d be happy to break an ankle. This movie makes me want to kick off my shoes and walk along the sand (although not if I’ve just broken my ankle), while collecting seashells.
Sigourney Weaver is one of those talented actresses who can fight aliens or break hearts. In this movie she is hilarious as one half of a mother/daughter con team, her daughter being played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. This is a cute movie with lots of great beach shots, a lovely beach bar and holiday feel. Great fun.
Do you have any holiday favourites? Tell me in the comments.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SARAH’S LATEST TITLES, NEW YORK, ACTUALLY & HOLIDAY IN THE HAMPTONS!
One man. One woman. Two dogs.
Meet Molly—New York’s most famous advice columnist, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. Still bruised from her last breakup, Molly is in no rush to find happily-ever-after—the only love of her life is her dalmatian, Valentine.
Meet Daniel—A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no one can get hurt. Until he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel both think they know everything about relationships. But as they try—and fail—to resist their undeniable chemistry, they’ll soon discover they just might have a lot left to learn…
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The perfect summer escape?
Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him—too gorgeous, and still too good for her—and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.
Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss—if she’s run away to the Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…
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About Sarah Morgan:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 5 times for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors.
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Thank you so much, Sarah, for this fantastic post! Jaws was the very first movie that I saw, so it still holds a special place in my horror loving heart. While I’ve seen every movie on her list, I think Heartbreakers is my favorite! What’s yours?
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Monday, August 7th: Mama Reads – guest post from Cynthia Eden
Wednesday, August 9th: Smexy Books – guest post from Gena Showalter
Friday, August 11th: Books a la Mode – guest post from Maureen Child
Saturday, Aug. 12th:Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: New York, Actually
Monday, August 14th: Reading Reality – review, and guest post from Maisey Yates
Tuesday, August 15th: Reading is My SuperPower – review, Bounty Hunter
Wednesday, August 16th: Just Commonly – guest post from Patricia Davids
Thursday, August 17th: Reviews from the Heart – review, Their Pretend Amish Courtship
Friday, August 18th: From the TBR Pile – guest post from Christine Rimmer
Friday, August 18th: Just Commonly – review, Bounty Hunter
Saturday, Aug. 19th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: Holiday in the Hamptons
Monday, August 21st: Bewitched Bookworms – guest post from Sarah Morgan
Tuesday, August 22nd: Just Commonly – review, Their Pretend Amish Courtship
Tuesday, August 22nd: Reviews from the Heart – review, Bounty Hunter
Wednesday, August 23rd: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – guest post from Lynne Graham
Friday, August 25th: The Sassy Bookster – guest post from Lisa Childs
Friday, August 25th: Just Commonly – review, New York, Actually
Monday, August 28th: Romancing the Readers – guest post from Rhenna Morgan
Monday, August 28th: Books and Bindings -review: New York, Actually
Tuesday, August 29th: Just Commonly – review, Holiday in the Hamptons
Tuesday, August 29th:Books and Bindings – review, Holiday in the Hamptons
Wednesday, August 30th: Reading is My SuperPower – guest post from Lynette Eason
Wednesday, Aug. 12th:Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: Can’t Hardly Breathe
Friday, September 1st: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – guest post from Annabeth Albert