Beach Read

Beach Read is a tender and vulnerable journey of two former rivals as they struggle through their personal grief to write their next novel…and maybe find love along the way.
 

Synopsis:

January Andrews has just uncovered her father’s huge secret, days after his sudden death. Now she is struggling to pen her newest romance novel, since her faith in love has been shaken to the core. She discovers her new summer neighbor, Gus, is battling some of his own writer’s block and turmoil as well. Despite driving each other crazy, they make a bet to switch genres and pen the best novel. Things can’t possibly be that easy, though…
 

Review:

Beach Read by Emily Henry is such a surprisingly wonderful combination of elements – nothing I expected! To be clear, this isn’t a light and fluffy romcom – I think the cover and title are a bit deceiving. However, I enjoy the more serious topics of grief, disappointment, family secrets, and forgiveness. The characters are deeply flawed and broken, and struggle to connect with each other while finding their own sense of worth and purpose. They stumble and falter, but just keep holding onto the promise of something better.

It’s a bit of a slow burn for the romance, and for the redemption of both of their beliefs and confidence. There was some great humor to offset the heavy topics, and I found myself alternating between tears and laughs! This is such a moving, delightful and fun read, with equal parts vulnerability and tenderness. I’ll definitely be recommending this!

 
Thank you to Berkley for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
 

Book Details

Beach Read
by Emily Henry
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Berkley

Summary

Beach Read is a tender and vulnerable journey of two former rivals as they struggle through their personal grief to write their next novel...and maybe find love along the way. This is not a fluffy romcom, it's full of all the feels. So read this with a drink and a box of tissues!

— Cassie
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