Whether you鈥檙e聽reminiscing about your study abroad days in Prague or dreaming of quitting your day job and taking on an international gig, when wanderlust hits, it聽can hit really,really聽hard. Sure, a little bit of bikini shopping can sometimes do the trick, but when flights 鈥 no matter how cheap 鈥 aren鈥檛 in the budget, there鈥檚 no cure like a steamy聽book set in a land far, far away.聽No one knows this better than Andrea Dunlop, the debut author of Losing the Light.


Set in France, Andrea鈥檚 novel聽explores powerful聽friendships, deep聽infatuation and bitter betrayals. Losing the Light聽takes place over the course of one very tumultuous year abroad 鈥 a year that changes everything for Brooke, a bookish girl聽who dreams of breaking free of her small California town and making it as a writer. When she befriends Sophie, the classic girl who has it all, (or聽does she?) and they take on聽Nantes together,聽Brooke聽finds her life taking a turn from the dramatic.


Add some dreamboat French men and lots of聽kissing and you鈥檝e got the makings of your favorite new read. Reading this book is like booking a plane ticket to the fanciest estate in the French countryside, wine glass in hand 鈥 all from the comfort of your couch. Today, Andrea is sharing her favorite books that聽serve up聽vacation without any of the planning. Scroll on to discover 10 novels that will soothe your聽wanderlust.


1.聽Abroad by Katie Crouch ($7):聽Taking place in the fictional Italian city of Grifonia, Katie Crouch鈥檚 enthralling novel draws inspiration from the sensational Amanda Knox coverage to weave a dark, page-turning tale about young girls coming of age in foreign lands. It鈥檚 eerie and addictive; I read it travelling through Italy and occasionally became convinced there were ghosts in my hotel room.


2.聽Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois ($26):聽This novel also riffs off the Knox imbroglio (the title refers to the infamous alleged cartwheel Knox turned when called in for questioning), though this takes us to Buenos Aires rather than Italy. The characters are wicked and dark and the setting is utterly haunting. Do not neglect to read the author鈥檚 note at the end; it contains a stirring surprise.


3.聽Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead ($5):聽I don鈥檛 love watching the ballet, but I do love reading about it (and watching cheeseball movies about it: a little cinematic masterpiece called Center Stage, anyone?). Shipstead depicts her dancers 鈥 both American and Soviet 鈥 and the brutal, glorious world of professional ballet in sparkling detail. Plus there is a love triangle, a complex female friendship and Paris. Yes, please.


4.聽The Vacationers by Emma Straub ($19):聽Though the setting is delicious 鈥 a villa on the Spanish isle of Majorca 鈥 it was the cast of characters, chiefly comprised of the members of the Post family, who really made this novel for me. From bookish recent high school grad Sylvia who is hell-bent on cashing her V-card to her loser brother鈥檚 fitness-crazed girlfriend to Franny, the mother at the heart of the book 鈥 I still find myself thinking about this lovable, dysfunctional clan.


5.聽The Beautiful Americans trilogy by Lucy Silag ($7):聽This trilogy is technically YA, and I found it deeply satisfying in that it connected me with my younger聽self in the way that great YA books do when you read them as an adult. This features a lovable quartet of American teenagers studying abroad in France who get into all manners of trouble. Loved it.


6.聽The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith ($5):聽The anachronisms in this 1955 novel 鈥 Ripley travels to Europe by steamer, they keep food in an icebox in the villa 鈥 make the setting for this dark, twisted tale of Americans-abroad-gone-bad all the more enthralling when read now. Ripley is the ultimate anti-hero, a sociopath you shock yourself by rooting for.


7.聽The Lemon Groveby Helen Walsh ($25):聽This super sexy novel also takes place on Majorca, and could almost serve as the evil twin of The Vacationers. Like Straub鈥檚 novel, it features a family abroad: a couple struggling to maintain their marriage, plus their daughter, and her very out-of-place significant other. Add lots of booze, remove all semblance of healthy boundaries, shake well and serve with a twist.


8.聽Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ($22):聽This decadent masterpiece spans decades and follows an eclectic cast of characters from Hollywood to Italy and beyond. History blurs with fiction in an enticing way, and this complex multi-layered tale comes to a rare, perfectly satisfying ending.


9.聽Trouble by Kate Christensen ($10):聽It鈥檚 one thing to go abroad and get up to shenanigans when you鈥檙e in your twenties, but what about when about you鈥檙e a little older and have far more to lose? The two best friends in this novel 鈥 a rock star in the midst of a scandal and wife whose just left her husband 鈥 escape to Mexico City to let their respective storms blow over. A flurry of art, men, tequila and trouble with a capital T follow.


10.聽Call Me by Your Name by Andr茅 Aciman ($12):聽This is one of the most beautiful, sensual books I鈥檝e ever read about young love and its lasting consequences. When a teenage boy falls for a house guest spending the summer at his parents鈥 villa on the Italian Riviera, they have a brief romance that will continue to affect both men throughout their lives. It is psychologically thrilling, emotionally moving and, it must be said: hot, hot, hot.

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