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Seabrook Island Books for Summer

Posted 05/12/2020

Whether you’re enjoying a day in the sand or a cozy read from home, Seabrook Island is the perfect retreat for getting lost in a good book. Our island has also been an inspiration for many authors evoking the coastal lifestyle of a private island near Charleston, SC. We’ve also appeared in the pages of books about Charleston and its history.

Seabrook’s list of Recommended Reading Books for Summer has something for every reader! These Seabrook Island books are either inspired by the island or are full of facts to help you better understand our history, wildlife, and culture. Happy reading!

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Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island

Local author, Catherine Goodman Farley, and her family drew inspiration from their own Lowcountry adventures while writing their children’s book series. Our favorite title in the 3 book series is, of course, the book highlighting our beloved island. Mischievous Mimi’s adventures through Seabrook are sure to inspire your own!

The Mischievous Mimi books for summer are sure to keep visiting families and grandchildren engaged. The book’s characters make exciting wildlife discoveries on the island,spotting the same deer and friendly critters your family will be sure to see on Seabrook.


Historic Charleston and the Lowcountry

Seabrook Plantation, the home of William Seabrook, is featured in this book of historic homes, landmarks, and gardens in the Lowcountry. Planter William Seabrook was Seabrook Island’s founder. His beautiful historic home in Edisto is valued in South Carolina for its cultural significance.

This book also features nearby historic homes in Charleston and along the South Carolina coastline. Learn more about the culture and history that makes our area such a special place to live and visit. Historic Charleston and the Lowcountry isn’t just a great book for summer, it makes a great gift for new neighbors or visitors!


American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas

With so much wildlife in Seabrook, many residents become avid birdwatchers. Some of the most beautiful and unique species call our island home every year. The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas will keep you on track while you go bird watching. The field guide is complete with beautiful, crisp photos, plenty of bird facts about our State’s most popular birds, and tips on how to spot each bird type in the wild!

Learn More about the creatures Seabrook Islanders protect each summer with the American Birding Association’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Carolinas.


Beach House

What’s a beach trip without a beach read? Mary Alice Monroe’s best seller is set in nearby Hilton Head, but her heartfelt story is perfect for reading while lounging on a Seabrook Island stretch of private beach. The story follows the bonds of a mother and daughter linked by the history of a beach home they shared. This poignant read is one of our favorite books for summer and a great choice for a day spent with sun and sand in your own beach house near Charleston.


Charleston Come Hell and Highwater

Our neighboring Charleston, South Carolina is known for its beautiful architecture and colonial roots. Historic churches seem to dot every other street corner. Horse-drawn carriages still ride over cobblestone streets. This photographic history is a Lowcountry classic and favorite among Charlestonians.

From Rainbow Row to Charleston’s waterfront park, all of our Holy City is underwritten by its storied past. This page-turner traces Charleston’s history complete with photographs, daguerreotype from the Civil War, and relics of the past. The book is carried by the Preservation Society of Charleston.


The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks’ town of Seabrook is a fictional setting. But the real Seabrook Island is just as romantic. Get lost in Noah and Allie’s classic summer love story while exploring Seabrook Island’s beaches, wildlife, and nearby destinations. After finishing this summer read, spend a night watching the movie version! You’ll spot iconic locations in the historic district of downtown Charleston, where key scenes of the movie were filmed.


Find More Top Beach Reads from Local Booksellers at Freshfields Village

Want a recommendation from a local bookseller? Freshfields Village is just minutes away from Seabrook Island’s center. There, you’ll find Indigo Books among other commercial outlets. Get a recommendation from a local bookseller that’s sure to impress any book club.

The bookstore currently has modified hours policies for safety. At the time of publication, Indigo Books remains open daily from 9AM to 2PM. In-store browsing is limited to 5 customers and face masks are required. Customers can order ahead for curbside picking. For the most updated policies visit the Freshfields website.


Your perfect Seabrook story is waiting at Seabrook Island. Enjoy these books for summer and experience destination living that is worthy of novels, history books, and more with a visit to Seabrook Island!

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