The Living Book Club takes on its 2015 summer reading list. Next up: Peter Nichols's "The Rocks."
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Can't make it to the beach? Or just wishing you were on a slightly better one? Transport yourself to sandy shores halfway around the world with Peter Nichols's "The Rocks" -- it's the next pick on our summer reading list, and it has us thisclose to booking a one-way flight to the Mediterranean Sea.

"The Rocks" is a love story set on the Spanish island of Mallorca, and it uniquely unravels the story of two families by unfolding the plot in reverse. What is the big secret that has kept these two families interwoven for 60 years? We bet you'll be anxiously flipping the pages to find out like we were.


Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, "The Rocks" opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for 60 more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet–like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, "The Rocks" is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.

Let us know what you think (without sharing any spoilers!), and keep checking back for other picks from our summer reading list.


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