Beach Girls by Luanne Rice

It is that time of year isn’t it? I look for reads that are light and summery… with words like beach and summer and garden in them….  Sheila

beach girlsThe Book Says:

Childhood friends Emma, Maddie and Stevie enjoyed their summers together at Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut. Years later, Maddie’s brother Jack married Emma, and they had a daughter, Nell.  After Emma is killed in a car wreck with Maddie driving,  Jack is unable to forgive his sister for what happened that fateful day.  He decides to bring Nell to Hubbard’s Point the next summer, and the lonely little girl insists on finding Stevie, who’s rumored to be living at the beach as a broken-hearted recluse. Nell adores Stevie, while even Jack finds himself attracted to the gentle violet-eyed beauty. Can these broken-hearted people ever become a family, or will Jack, afraid of taking another chance at love, lose everything?

I said:

This was my first read by Luanne Rice and I really enjoyed it.  This book was about one of my favorite topics to read:  friendships.  This book covers friendships from childhood, to growing up, and how our actions change us… even break us.   This book is about mending hearts.

A wonderful read, I had a hard time setting this book down.  I will truly miss the character of Stevie, her strong and independent strength never wavers.  I loved her home on the beach and deep down inside, my spirit longs for the same.  Because of all that I have just mentioned, I have to tell you I am so excited to read Last Kiss… see the following note from Luanne Rice:

Luanne RiceDear Friends,

Last Kiss is full of beach music, written by a singer songwriter who grew up to the sounds of sea breezes, of gulls calling, of leaves rustling. Sheridan Rosslare writes songs that touch all her listeners’ hearts, but she can’t seem to get through to her own. This is Hubbard’s Point, where many of you know the concept of Beach Friend was invented. Stevie, Jack, and Nell from Beach Girls return, as well as other familiar characters. And Sheridan will need them all.

There’s so much to talk about with this novel: the depths of friendship, the ways old love can come back to either save or destroy you, the ways you find your own deepest strength, just when you think you’ve lost it all.

I wish you all a wonderful summer—on the beach, or at the lake, or in your own backyard.last kiss

With love,

10 thoughts on “Beach Girls by Luanne Rice

  1. Hi, Thanks for drawing my name for the Imposters Daughter but I actually just got it in the mail the other day. I won it in a contest a while back and just got it.. Thanks for drawing my name, please choose another lucky winner. 🙂

    Trisha

  2. I am not familiar with this author’s books as well but this sounds like a great read. Thanks so much for the review.

  3. Thanks for the review. I love the kind of books that have characters that feel like they will stay with you long after the book is over.

  4. Vicki

    I haven’t read any of her books but any book with the word beach in the title automatically goes on my wish list!!

    I have an award for you HERE

  5. Oh…Luanne Rice!! I read almost all of her books … not sure about this one though. I might have! (Sounds familiar but also unfamiliar!) I love the Hubbard’s Point setting (she returns to it in quite a few of her books) and always felt like it would be a great place to live. Her books are great summer reads — but still with a bit of depth. She has lots of books for you to enjoy!

  6. Loved reading your thoughts on Beach Girls! Like you, this was my first read by Luanne Rice, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve got some of her other novels on my TBR list…

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