by Georgia Bockoven
Why I chose this book? I’ve enjoyed the author in the past
When I read this book? May 2017
Who should read this book? readers of women’s fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
My Rating: ✰✰✰½ 3½ Stars
Here is a synopsis of The Beach House: Coming Home from TLC Book Tours
About The Beach House: Coming Home
• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 16, 2017)
Bestselling author Georgia Bockoven is at her powerful and emotional peak in this novel perfect for fans of Nancy Thayer and Elin Hilderbrand.
Unlock the door to the beach house…a place where life slows down, people come together, and love is the strongest force of all.
After you’ve given your baby to strangers, what do you say when someone asks if you have children?
Fourteen years ago, Melinda Campbell was fifteen and a half, pregnant and terrified. Desperate to protect her baby from a malicious grandfather and needed at home to take care of her own critically ill father, Melinda makes the most generous, heart-wrenching choice of all: adoption. Now she’s living the successful life her father struggled to give her, but missing her daughter with a longing that shadows every joy.
Jeremy Richmond knows the beach house the way a painter knows his canvas, intimately and focused on detail. His life revolves around his adopted daughter, Shiloh, the girl who’s owned his heart from the moment he first held her as an infant. They were a picture-perfect family until Shiloh was diagnosed with pediatric lupus and Jeremy’s wife walked away.
When Shiloh tells her father she’s tired of fighting her illness and wants to meet her biological mother before it’s too late, Jeremy agrees to find a woman he has no desire to meet.
From the moment Melinda and Jeremy come face-to-face, they realize their worlds will never be the same. Will the beach house that has harbored troubled hearts for decades prove to be the balm they need to heal…?
I picked up this book because I’ve had an excellent experience with Georgia Bockoven in the past. I loved Carly’s Gift! (If you’ve not read that one, you should!) I’m happy to say this book did not disappoint! I particularly enjoyed the descriptive writing in the book. The way the author painted pictures with her words made me feel like I was on the beach watching sunsets alongside Melinda!
While if you read the synopsis, the end of this book was a little predictable, the path to the end was fun and full of twists. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. My favorite character though, was not one of the main characters, but was kind and caring Cheryl, neighbor and advisor to Jeremy and mother of Shiloh’s best friend. At times while reading the story, I wondered why some details were included. While interesting, they didn’t seem relevant to the story, but rather seemed to be minor bits of information with no real reason to be in the story — right until the relevance became apparent! No spoilers here, but let me just say — the cat is important!
The Beach House: Coming Home is a perfect summer read! It was a light, quick read; perfect for a day at the beach! But this will also be an excellent selection for a variety of book clubs, whether your group prefers to keep things light, or whether you like an in-depth discussion of character analysis and motivation, symbolism, or more!
Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.
This book review is included in a tour by TLC Book Tours. I was provided a copy for review purposes.
Georgia Bockoven’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, May 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 16th: The Book Bag
Wednesday, May 17th: Time 2 Read
Thursday, May 18th: Into the Hall of Books
Friday, May 19th: Bibliotica
Monday, May 22nd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, May 23rd: Back Porchervations
Wednesday, May 24th: Jathan & Heather
Thursday, May 25th: Library of Clean Reads
Monday, May 29th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, May 30th: Dreams, Etc.
Wednesday, May 31st: alyssarossblog
Thursday, June 1st: Tina Says…