I was combing the bookshelves in our office a couple weeks ago looking for something special to read. The shelves are used to display review copies of upcoming titles. And I needed something new. Something fresh. Just look how colorful this cover is. And the photo on the front definitely got my attention. I was actually hoping for a beach read. And that is what I got.
BEACH READ by Emily Henry is a novel about two blocked novelists who can’t get out of their own tracks. January Andrews has sequestered herself in her recently deceased dad’s beach house in Michigan. She’s listening as the clock tick-ticks against her deadline for the next great romance novel. And she’s blocked. She’s broke, and she’s feeling pretty beat up. Who’s her neighbor? Augustus Everett writes literary fiction. They say opposites attract. Really?
Henry managed to grab my reading attention right away with her sense of place and sense of humor. January has issues and she’s trying to deal with the newness of discovering her father had another life, one she has only found out about since his death. So there is that. And it’s getting in the way of her writing. She’s also lost the ability to feel love and that’s devastating for someone who makes her living writing about it. I love the beach cottage. And the small town the story is set in. Not to mention the little book store and the cast of unique characters.
Augustus has his own demons. His world is filled with secrets that do not come to the surface right away. They ooze into the story like cold honey from the jar.
When push comes to shove, the two decide to swap genres for the summer. January will take a stab at writing a literary novel. Augustus will write a rom-com. Where on earth is this going? January gets to take Augustus into her romance world one day a week; show him the way around. One day she takes him to the carnival, a great place for lovers. Augustus takes January on several interviews with survivors of a death cult he’s been following. Now you get the ghist.
You have to know they are going to hook up. After all, this is a romance novel. And when they do ooh-la-la. Hot and heavy. Scenes are pretty steamy. Beware. This is just what you need to take you away from this virus and get you out of your house and into another world. The writing is very good. Being at the beach or the lake is always a good thing. And this delightful story is being published in trade paper form and will be on sale tomorrow. You can purchase your copy at Copperfish Books. Our Lucy will be hosting a virtual book club featuring BEACH READ in July. Purchase the book at 10% off. We will have copies in store as of tomorrow, May 19.
I have to thank Berkley Jove publishing company, a division of penguinrandomhouse for providing a review copy of this book. I loved it.