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Beach House Summer: A Beach Read Hardcover – 17 May 2022
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with the ultimate beach read, as one woman forges the most unlikely friendship of all, and embarks on a summer of confronting her past in order to build the future she wants...
When Joanna Whitman's famous ex-husband dies in a car accident, she doesn't know what to feel. Their dysfunctional marriage held more painful secrets than she cares to remember. But when she discovers that the young woman with him in the crash is pregnant, Joanna feels compelled to act, knowing exactly how brutal the media spotlight will be on celebrity chef Cliff Whitman's ex-wife and his mysterious female friend.
Ashley Blake can't believe it when Joanna shows up in her hospital room and suggests they hide away at her beach house on a sleepy stretch of California coast. Joanna should be hating her, not helping her. But alone and pregnant, Ashley can't turn down Joanna's offer. Yet she knows that if Joanna ever found out the real reason Ashley was in that car, their tentative bond would shatter instantly.
Joanna's only goal for the summer is privacy, but her return causes major waves in the local community, especially for the man she left behind years ago. All Ashley wants is space to plan for her and her baby's future, and to avoid causing any trouble for Joanna. But as secrets spill out under the hot summer sun, this unlikely friendship is about to be put to the test.
What happens if the only Christmas celebration you want to attend is one you haven't been invited to?Find out in Snowed in for Christmas, a hilarious and heartwarming Christmas romance by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan!
"The perfect blend of drama, friendship and heart-melting romance: sumptuous, escapist fiction at its finest"--Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Staycation on Beach House Summer
"Sarah Morgan has the ultimate golden touch for me - no other author makes me lose myself in a world like she does. Beach House Summer might just be her best summer novel yet: emotional, heart-warming, and deliciously escapist"--Laura Jane Williams, author of The Lucky Escape on Beach House Summer
"Gloriously romantic, the perfect summer escape!"--Cathy Bramley, bestselling author of The Summer That Changed Us on Beach House Summer
"Beach House Summer is a perfect slice of joyful summer escapism from Sarah Morgan, the master of the genre"--Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project on Beach House Summer
"Morgan's brilliant talent never ceases to amaze."--RT Book Reviews
"Morgan is a masterful storyteller....For fans of Jojo Moyes, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Stacey Ballis."--Booklist review
"Morgan's breezy writing style draws readers in immediately."--Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA(R) Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. Find out more at www.sararahmorgan.co
- Publisher : Hqn; Original ed. edition (17 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 133542752X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335427526
- Dimensions : 15.57 x 2.82 x 23.42 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,171,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2022
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From the outset I was asking myself what would I have done in Joanna's shoes and I'd like to think that I'd have been as welcoming, especially once the full details are revealed, but until you are in the same situation I don't think anyone really knows how they'd react. It also took guts for Ashley to take matters into her own hands even if the outcome ended in the most devastating of circumstances and left her feeling even more alone.
I loved the whole concept of escaping from the spotlight to a remote beach side house to come to terms with the way your life has been turned upside down. For Joanna it's a chance to re-evaluate her life after putting up with so much from her philandering ex-husband who she still worked with running the business side of things. What's in store for her now? Whereas for Ashley, it's a chance to come to terms with everything and decide what she wants to do next.
As for the setting, the Californian beach town of Silver Point sounded like the perfect place to run to for them to recuperate although for Joanna she also had some ghosts to lay to rest and friendships to repair having left the town so suddenly 20 years ago. But with the beach on your doorstep, and a vibrant community welcoming you with open arms, how could you not cast your demons and fears aside and make new plans for the future?
Friendships, old and new, are at the heart of this novel and it was great to see both Joanna and Ashley blossom as the story progressed. Both women had suffered greatly in the past and it's only over time that they can heal and move on.
I hope that this not the last that we see of Joanna, Ashley and the rest of the community of Silver Point even if it was just a catch-up novella at some point in the future.
I was actually a little sad that this book ended and this is very rare. It deserves all of its 5 stars and more for being so delightful, heartwarming and sunny. I liked the character development, the strength of the leading lady character and the second chance romance aspect. I definitely recommend this novel as a great holiday read!
Still not entirely sure that I like the style of chapters from a given character's viewpoint but it is a much easier read than when the author hops from head to head, paragraph by paragraph.