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  • The best "beach read" you can read.

    The thing I loved the most about this book is that although it is romance novel it doesn't just deal with romance. It is way deeper that that without losing its witty touch.

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  • Wonderful grown-up opposites-attract romance

    What happens when a romance writer challenges a 'serious' writer to swap genres? January Andrews is a fairly successful writer of women's fiction, but ever since the death of her father she has been lost in a sea of grief and anger, especially when she discovers he had a secret life. A year ago she had a perfect life: sexy boyfriend; happily married parents; and a successful career. Now none of those exist except in her memories and she has come to her father's secret beach house love nest to write her overdue fifth novel. Unbeknownst to her, January's beach house is next door to Augustus (Gus) Everett, a writer of dark highbrow novels and also her college rival, formerly known as Sexy, Evil Gus or SEG for short. Thrown together in a small town January and Gus snipe at each other, he thinks she's all rainbows, unicorns and happy endings whereas she thinks he churns our dark and dreary worthy novels. Both of them are suffering writer's block so January challenges Gus to a bet, who can write the more successful novel in the other's genre? I've read this plot device before, or seen it as a Hallmark movie, but this is nothing like those stories. January is struggling to come to terms with her father's secret life, Gus has his own demons. Gus is researching for a book about a cult which involves interviewing relatives of people in suicide cults and survivors of a fire which destroyed another cult. It's deep, and grown-up, and funny, and sad, and sweet, and small-town, and a wonderful opposites attract romance. I loved every second of this rollercoaster novel and January and Gus were such vivid, rounded characters it was a pleasure to see them reframe their teen years and events closer to home over the course of the novel. My first novel by Emily Henry and I loved it, look forward to reading more by this author. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • A funny, emotional book with great characters

    I wasn't too sure about this book when I first started it, but it didn't take me long to get into it and I ended up really enjoying it. I loved the banter between the two main characters, January especially was very amusing. January is a romance writer and is back in her recently deceased Dad's hometown, clearing out his house which has been left to her, before selling it. Of course nothing it quite as it seems as she never even knew he owned a house there and there was another woman involved in her Dad's life that she didn't know about - although her Mother did (but won't talk about it). So her parents life as she knew it isn't quite as January had thought. Gus is also a writer, but much darker books, and lives next door. January and Gus went to college together and were slight rivals, also skirting around a slight attraction, but nothing much happened at that time. So eventually, both struggling with writers block, they help each other, whilst navigating their new relationship and getting closer, along with sorting out personal issues with family, all in a small town setting. Very emotional at times, but also very funny in parts. I especially loved January's character, she was very funny, not afraid to say what she thought most of the time. I must admit I'm really not sure why it's called 'Beach Read' though, they are on the edge of a beach and do visit it once or twice, but it's really nothing to do with a beach, the cover is quite misleading. But that aside it was a very enjoyable, funny, emotional book with some great characters and dialogue.

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  • A Pleasant Summer Read!

    This  is a very pleasant summer read, but I can't help but feel it wasn't quite what I was expecting; it is a bit over-hyped for my liking. January and Gus find themselves living next-door to each other. Both writers, both struggling with their next novel, they agree to swap genres and see who get published first. As they are thrown together, we find out all about them, both together and separately; what will the summer bring? There is no doubt that this is a well-written and entertaining novel - and one I thoroughly enjoyed. However, due to the huge number of quotes attributed to it, I expected something with more of a 'wow' factor. I generally get caught up in novels very easily but the laugh-out-loud and tearful moments sort of passed me by with this one. It's a lovely read - and I wouldn't like to put anyone off reading - but for me it just lacked that something extra. Having said all that, I'm sure others will love it (I'm often out of step) and I'm very happy to give it four stars.

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  • Wonderfully Fresh

    January Andrews is a successful author who writes romance novels. She lived in blissful happiness with her boyfriend in New York until the unexpected death of her beloved father, when her relationship with Jacques falls apart. Her father was involved with another woman, meeting at his lakeside beach house, and this gross betrayal of her mother sees her challenging everything she thought she knew about her family. This eventually leads to depression, with her partner unable to deal with these changes. January has inherited the beach house and goes to prepare for its sale whilst trying to write her next book. There, she meets next door neighbour, Augustus (Gus) Everett, an acclaimed author of literary fiction... Emily Henry's novel is set in North Bear Shores, a small town located on Lake Michigan. The unusual tale has two wonderful protagonists in January and Gus and their developing friendship and rivalry were wonderful to read about. Beach Read is so well written, and I was overcome with a wide range of emotions, from pleasure to sadness - it made me cry, it made me smile and it made me impatient. There is plenty of substance to the characters and the plot toys with some heavy themes, though it is still a lighter read. There is something tantalisingly indefinable between them and along with the smart dialogue, I really did not want to put Beach Read down. A superb and thoroughly enjoyable novel. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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