Another great summer read, is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This is the journey of young Lily Owens from a world of pain and mystery into one of love and true friendship. Lily is a fourteen year old white girl whose run away from home. She's traveling through the South in the early 1960's looking for a place of refuge. Her father is abusive and an alcoholic who blames her for shooting her own mother as a child. Lily was young enough she remembers only her mother's love, death, and the loneliness that she's dwelt in ever since. Lily ends up in the home of Black Madonna honey which is made by three single black sisters. Their taking Lily in could cost them everything, but true compassion won't let them turn her away. As the sisters seek to find out the secrets behind Lily's presence and the past she hides, an amazing connection that none of them expected comes out. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is deep in characters, description, and heart.
Both of these books will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for more.