Labor Day is around the corner, and it’s time to put your reading muscles to the test with these seven must-read hits. Be sure to pack these into your bag for a long weekend of perfect last-minute summer reading.

1. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor ($17): Two girls convince the world that fairies exist — but will their legacy continue when an old manuscript detailing their story surfaces 100 years later? A dazzling historical tale that combines the power of human belief and one woman’s journey to find herself, The Cottingley Secret is a spectacular finish to any summer.

2. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta ($26): Bestselling author Tom Perrotta delivers another unputdownable plot that you’ll be swooning over long into fall — and it involves a text message to a 40-something empty-nested mother and the acronym MILF. We won’t give anything else away, but this provocative and witty examination of parenthood will leave every reader charmed.

3. Parent Deleted by Michelle Darne ($17): All parents have rights… that is, except for the subset that has their children taken away from them by the other parent and the law. This daring exposé explores the author’s relentless fight for her children and daringly dives into a chapter of social justice rarely explored.

4. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang ($26): A debut story collection that will inspire every heart to embrace diversity and what it truly means to belong, Sour Heart delivers the literary world with a Chinese-American perspective not yet explored. A deep examination of what it means to belong (and the pain of not) in New York City and beyond, you need this on your Labor Day bookshelf.

5. Love Reconsidered by Phyllis Piano ($17): Aleen Riddick’s marriage falls apart at the same time her 18-year-old daughter loses her boyfriend in a tragic accident, and it’s his father that miraculously patches them back together. A touching and emotionally fueled story on family, compassion, love, and beyond, Love Reconsidered is one of 2017’s most emotional reading experiences.

6. Worth the Wait by Lori Foster ($16): Labor Day also needs its fair share of steam, romance, and relationships you can live vicariously through. What do the hearts of a former SWAT team member, a single dad, a restaurant owner, and a beautiful woman next door have in common? Dive into this unforgettable romance for a last-minute summer adventure you’ll never forget.

7. The Address by Fiona Davis ($26): Fiona Davis delivers her fans a richly layered historical plot that explores the stories and rumors of one of Manhattan’s most prestigious residences: The Dakota. From socialites to failed careers to amazing characters never to be forgotten, this is one of 2017’s most glorious NY-based tales and needs to be enjoyed before summer ends.

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