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  • Excellent women’s fiction

    The Shore House is the story about the Bennett family who have a house at the Jersey shore that hasn’t been used for three years since the father’s heart attack. Matriarch Kaye decides the time to reunite at the shore has come. Each family member brings emotional baggage and expectations. The author has created a well written, complex story about relationships, fears, expectations, and growth that should delight lovers of good women’s fiction. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.

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  • For your beach bag!

    The Shore House, on Dewberry Beach in New Jersey, provides the perfect setting for a Bennett family reunion where troubled relationships can be repaired and family bonds strengthened over the course of one perfect summer. This does not go smoothly. Kate Bennett has not opened the family summer home for the three years following her husband Chase’s near fatal heart attack. Instead, she has devoted herself to monitoring Chase and his recovery. Diets and exercise have been made part of the daily routine although Chase resents her overbearing control. He’s delighted to return to the shore house because his children will be there. His son Brad is coming and his daughter Stacy, husband Ryan and their children Connor and Sophie. Things start to go wrong when Stacy arrives only to discover her mother lied to her about Brad and is not sure if he got her messages or will be there at all. Stacy has an uncomfortable relationship with her mother and needs Brad, the favorite, to run interference with her parents. When Brad does arrive, things become surprisingly more uncomfortable. Meanwhile Ryan is negotiating business deals and has little time to help Stacy, who is exhausted by her third pregnancy and harboring an irrational fear of the water. The Shore House is that juicy kind of family story that you just want to drop in your beach bag. You know that everything will eventually turn out well for the Bennetts but you can’t figure out how. This is the first in a planned Dewberry Beach story and I look forward to the next book. 5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Heidi Hostetter for this ARC.

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  • The perfect summer beach read

    The Shore House will warm your heart while making you want to visit the Jersey shore in this summer tale of truths exposed and forgiveness. The story of the Bennett family tells the many complexities, connections and layers of concerns that many families face, which made this such a good read for me. I was immediately intrigued with Kaye Bennett’s, the matriarch of the family, character. The situation of keeping on top of her husband’s three-year long recovery from a massive heart attack, while also able to manipulate the rest of the family to spend the summer at the family’s shore house, indicated a person of resilience. Kaye’s character was deep, and I appreciated discovering where her different insecurities stemmed from. The author also brings to light how fast time can go by where people go along in life and somehow lose their way. When the Bennett’s daughter, Stacy observes that her husband’s start up is turning out to be more stressful than enjoyable as when it began, while also reflecting on her decision of quitting her beloved editing career to be a stay-at-home mom, she questions her choice. Overall, the entire family was scared to be honest with each other, which is what many families experience. Children are scared to disappoint their parents; parents feel guilty for mistakes they may have made with their children and so on. Hostetter’s smooth writing tackles these family intricacies and wraps it up in this thoroughly unputdownable story. I can’t praise enough about this book. It has love, obstacles and descriptive settings that brought me right into the shore house with the Bennett family, making this is the perfect beach read.

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  • Reconnecting

    I received an ARC for an honest review and I loved this book. It is about family, old friends, summers gone by and living life today. It is about going down memory lane, keeping traditions alive, and seeing how the choices they made have created the life they have today. It wasn't just an easy beach read, it was their journey and parts of this book felt like I was right there in the neighborhood and other parts were the complicated family relationships. I think every family has them and it was interesting to see how they interacted, dealt with an argument or two and what the younger generation learned that summer when they came back as adults. Grab yourself a copy and even if you are still sheltering at home, books transport us to wonderful places and this book did just that. I haven't been able to go to my happy place on the ocean yet this year, but reading this book I relived the memories from going there so many times over the years. It helped tide, yes, I meant to write it this way because the tide coming in and going out is one of my favorite things about going there. I smiled while reading the book and I am still smiling and happy after reading this book because it isn't often a book that will remind me of so many wonderful memories of stepping back in time and thinking about the decisions I made back then created who I am now. This isn't a beach read, this is also a wonderful book to read, while you are in a long, long winter, getting cabin fever and need something to get you through. I will read it again and again, I am so confident that this will get me through the long, long winters we have.

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  • Warm and Tender Family Saga on New Jersey Shore

    Warm and Tender Family Saga on New Jersey Shore This is the first book in a new series. The story is filled with family love. Each segment of the family is struggling with finding balance in their lives. Loving is easy, but fear, hard work, family support, and dedication all affect the balance of life. The story is well-told and subsequent episodes should be just as good as this story. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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