REVIEW: The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven

the beach houseFormat:  Trade Paperback
Genre:  General Fiction / Chick Lit
ISBN:  9780061727641
Published:  1997

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Back of the Book Blurb:

The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer.

When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, married sixty-five years, courageously face a separation that even their devotion cannot prevent. The married woman Peter yearns for suddenly comes within his reach. And Julia ultimately finds the strength to rebuild her life—something she once thought impossible.

With equal measures of heartbreak and happiness, bestselling author Georgia Bockoven’s unforgettable novel tells of the beauty of life and the power of love, and speaks to every woman who has ever clung to a child or loved a man.

My Thoughts:

I almost lean to 3.5 stars for this book, due to the fact that I liked how Bockoven structured it, using the beach house as the central connective fiber of the story, and telling the story of each month’s renters. There was just enough detail provided on their back stories to have a clear understanding of how each family arrived at their current situation. Bockoven also touched on a couple of hot button issues (end of life/right to die and religion – fundamentalist hypocrite variety), but she was not heavy-handed, so the story was enjoyable whether or not you found yourself agreeing with her position.

However, as most light and easy “beach reads” (pun intended) generally are, this book had plenty of predictable outcomes. I’m not usually a fan of predictable formulas, but there was enough originality in how the story was told to make it a solid 3-star read for me. I’m glad I read it.

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