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  • FAMILY BONDS!

    Debbie Macomber has a reputation for writing novels that touch reader’s souls and A WALK ALONG THE BEACH is another perfect example! She introduces readers to the Lakeys, a family that has had its struggles. In spite of it all the three siblings are close, with sisters Willa and Harper still living as roommates. Willa feels protective after Harper’s near death bought with leukemia. Willa has always been the steady sibling; Harper has always been the thrill-seeker. Willa is always worried about Harper. Until Sean O’Malley gives her something else to think about! He seems perfect until Willa finds out he is a PhotoJournalist and his work often requires that he travel to remote areas for weeks or months at a time with no internet or cell service. Not so great when you think you have met the love of your life! Macomber keeps readers on the edge of their seat with this novel. It is a story of family, pain, loss, angst, forgiveness and love. I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by Random House, LLC and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

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  • Great read

    This is a wonderful emotion charged story of family, love, fear, and acceptance. Grab a tissue or two for this one. The first part of the book is an easy read as we get to know the characters and the town. Then the second half will have your emotions all over the place and take you on one heck of a roller coaster ride. This was one of those books that once I started reading I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Beautiful, emotional

    A beautiful story of family and love! I absolutely loved this emotion filled book. From light humor that made me smile, to heart break regarding what this family has already survived, to destruction at what they currently face, I experienced every emotion as each of these characters struggled along this journey. Willa won my heart almost immediately as she has lived a life that the faint of heart would not be able to endure. As the rock of her family, she doesn’t ask for more, but when the opportunity for more in her life presents itself in the shape of Sean, she takes the chance. Initially, I was rooting for Sean, but this is not your typical sweet and easy romance. He makes decisions that I struggled with along with Willa. And while she definitely made him work to resume his place in her life, I was unsatisfied that nothing had really changed in that department as these are actions he continues to make. I did love the way he “courted” her which is why his decision seemed to be against the very character he was created to be in the beginning. This has multiple layers to the plot that calls into play a variety of choices each of these characters must make and the consequences of those choices. I recommend that you have a box of tissues handy as you’ll definitely need them. This is basically steam free although this couple do have a few moments together that will allow the reader to recognize they have chemistry between them.

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  • Life Is All About Love

    This is a very emotional story about love. All types of love; family, friendship, romance, and even pets. There are tons of ways to express your love, but being there when you are needed is truly a gift. As with all of this author's books, This story just sucks the reader in and you can't put the book down. It is an all-encompassing story that I will be turning over in my mind for quite a while. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • An emotional tale!

    A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber takes readers to Oceanside, Washington. The Lackey family has had its share of tragedies over the years and now they are all on the right track. Willa has the bakery/café she has dreamed of and it is popular with the locals. I liked the strong characters the author created for this story. Willa became the “mother” of the family after their matriarch died when she was thirteen. She was there for her younger sister, Harper when she received her treatment for leukemia. Willa worries that Harper will have a reoccurrence and tends to hover. Harper is full of life and always on the move. She is training with a group to climb Mt. Rainier at the end of the summer. Harper pushes her sister into dating freelance photographer, Sean O’Malley. Loving someone is a risk because you never know how it will turn out. A Walk Along the Beach is an emotional novel. I thought it was well-written with steady pacing. We see a close-knit family and community that rally around each other. I found it to be a realistic novel. Life is never smooth sailing and that is true for our characters in this story. The developed characters had good traits and weaknesses. Alcoholism, illness, long distance relationship, and financial troubles are some of the problems our characters deal handle in the story. I did feel that it was rushed at the end and I would have liked an epilogue that showed how the family was doing in a year or two. A walk Along the Beach is a lovely story, but I do not feel it compares with some of Debbie Macomber’s other novels (especially A Blossom Street Novel series). I did like how Willa enjoyed walking along the beach to clear her head and how it felt soothing to the soul. I know I find looking at the Gulf of Mexico to be soothing. A Walk Along the Beach is a poignant tale with a cute kitten, a clever canine, a preoccupied photographer, a fraught father, and a caring community.

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