Here are some great beach novels set in three exotic islands to read when you can’t take your beach read to the beach this year.

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If your beach vacation can’t come quickly enough or not at all, here are some novels set in three of the most amazing islands on the planet that will bring the sun, sand, and surf to your dream reading list to transport you to magical places

 Which islands are on this journey?

These three islands are some of the world’s best exotic islands to offer an opportunity to get away from it while immersing yourself in a rich, heady mixture of nature, wildlife, history, and culture.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an island paradise where you can enjoy soft white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and sapphire blue skies. Find out more in the 10 Interesting Facts about Bora Bora. To add to your island dreams, Bora Bora here is Bora Bora’s 10 most beautiful beaches.

Bora Bora Islands

For your dream list, take your pick from these ten beautiful beaches.


Fiji’s culture is known for its warm friendliness is one of the ten interesting facts about Fiji.

Fiji beaches

Discover which of Fiji’s best beaches would be the one for you.


Discover 16 Facts about  Maldives of why these islands one of the most popular tropical vacation locations.

The Maldives has 24 sparkling beaches for you to add to your dream list and imaginary.

Beach Read Bookshelf

Here are islands/beach novels if you’re getting ready for your beach vacation and want to start reading books to inspire your dreams or you may be homebound this summer and need some exhilarating flights of fantasy on your sofa or lawn chair.

Bora Bora

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

If you could make a straightforward choice that would change your life forever, would you?

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water.


Shades of Gray (KGI #6) by Maya Banks

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.


Maya by Jostein Gaarder, James Anderson (Translator)


A chance meeting on the Fijian island of Taveuni is the trigger for a fascinating and mysterious novel that intertwines the stories of John Spooke, an English author who is grieving for his dead wife; Frank Andersen, a Norwegian evolutionary biologist estranged from his wife Vera; and an enigmatic Spanish couple, Ana and Jose, who are absorbed in their love for each other. Why does Ana bear such a close resemblance to the model for Goya’s famous Maja paintings? What is the significance of the Joker as he steps out of his pack of cards? As the action moves from Fiji to Spain, from the present to the past, unfolding further stories within the stories, the novel reveals an astonishing richness and complexity. As bold and imaginative in its sweep as Sophie’s World, it shows again that Jostein Gaarder’s unique and special gift is to make us wonder at the awe-inspiring mystery of the universe

The Island by Lisa Henry

Shaw is in Fiji to sell a stolen painting to the crime boss, Vornis. It will be the deal of a lifetime, if Shaw can pull it off. But then Vornis parades his latest toy around in front of him—a captured DEA agent whose time is running out. It’s none of Shaw’s business, and it doesn’t matter that under any other circumstances Lee would be exactly Shaw’s type: he’s young, he’s hot, and he might even have a personality if they hadn’t beaten it out of him. Too bad there’s no way Lee is getting off the island. Too bad there’s nothing Shaw can do for him. And too bad there are some lines that even Shaw won’t cross.

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim. In this sequel collection, Michener once again evokes the magic of the extraordinary isles in the Pacific—from Fiji and Guadalcanal to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea—through stories that burst with adventure, charm, and local color. For Michener’s many fans around the globe, Return to Paradise is a precious second look at a land of enchantment by one of the most gifted storytellers of the twentieth century.


The Strode Venturer by Hammond Innes


Geoffrey Bailey is a man in search of a new job — and a new life. Then Strode & Company, City shipowners, make him a curious offer: Find Peter Strode, the family black sheep, and make sure he returns to the fold. Bailey’s acceptance of this assignment plunges him into a world where the smiling face of the Maldive Islands masks unseen terrors. But the lethal dangers of the coral reefs and the remote islands pale in comparison with the civilized jungle of high financial warfare.

On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family—and a stack of overdue assignments—instead of his friends.

Under Vanishing Skies by G.S. Fields

Hell is Different for Everyone For Aron Atherton, hell is a small tropical island with white sand beaches surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Trapped in the Maldives after a massive solar event kills his family and nearly wipes out the human race, Aron plans to fish and drink until the apocalypse finally catches up with him. But when his best friend is murdered and he becomes the guardian of a ten-year-old boy, Aron’s plans fizzle away like the vanishing skies above him.


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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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