Beach House Book #3 – Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Have you ever contemplated the two simple words, “what if?”  Have you ever felt grateful or regretful because something so seemingly innocuous changed the course of your life and “if only” or “what if” rang in your conscience because those moments altered everything?   Well unlike my favorite “choose your own adventure” books from childhood, you can’t always see how things turn out if you made a different choice.  Reality is the hand you are dealt…

Fortunately, my reality had my toes in the water basking in the Florida sunshine while I read, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty  on the water, on the beach, on vacation.  This beach house book read was listed as #3 on Southern Living’s list of Best New Summer Books of 2017.    This page turner evolves out of the complexities of a relationship between childhood friends, their spouses and an innocent invitation to a barbecue.   Moriarty contemplates the “what ifs”and “if onlys” in our lives and the emotions that we often endure silently and, perhaps often, incorrectly…our reactions of shame, guilt and misunderstanding as we deal with our own interpretation of reality.

Moriarty keeps you on your toes (even if they are buried in the sand) and your eyes on your children, as the events of the mysterious barbecue only reveal themselves halfway through Truly Madly Guilty.  Only after the introduction of each character and their unique perspectives does she reveal the binds that tie them and you turn the pages even more quickly.

This book was the perfect beach house read.   I loved the suspense, the relationships and the characters, especially Vid, and his Tony Soprano-esque personality and love of food.   I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Add Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty to your own personal beach house library now!

 

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Beach House Book #2 – Perfect Summer by Luanne Rice

For Beach House Book #2, I reached deep into the back of my closet where my book shelf is and pulled out this little forgotten gem…an old, classic, paperback, printed well before they changed what paperbacks looked and felt like.  This paperback, indeed, was reminiscent of one I would find in a beach house.  Albeit, this version was in better shape…not battered by ocean water, wind, salt and sand.   Any Luanne Rice book that is held in my hands comes from my mother, loved by her before it is passed along to me. I’ve known this book has been with me for awhile; however,  I didn’t recall that it has been sitting on my shelf for 14 years…in multiple homes, in multiple states and even different countries.  This book has mileage. It was time I read it.  After I all it did meet my beach house book blog criteria.   I dusted it off and looked at the cover…”Perfect Summer” with its idyllic, peaceful setting of a house sitting on the coast.  Just by looking at the cover, I can feel the breeze that would blow through the windows of this house on a summer evening.  I can hear the laughter of children run outside to play after dinner before bath time as people sip ice tea or lemonade from a porch.  I can feel simple times.

Situations like this prove that I am guilty of judging a book by its cover and being wrong!  Perhaps you can imagine my shock and delight as I curled up on my couch, delved into this book,  expecting to begin a story just about old friends or an old flame and, instead, I became immersed in a mystery…some unexpected suspense, which ensured I did not put this book down.  I devoured the first half of this book one morning over a few cups of coffee.   The title of this book is definitely misleading to one that judges a book by its cover, but I promise that you will enjoy losing yourself in this story.  The Perfect Summer is set on the coast off Connecticut, and it is about what I originally suspected…old friends and an old flame, but it is also about deception, betrayal, lies, forgiveness, hope, and love.  It is a story of a family torn apart by greed, competitiveness and the desire to win at all costs.  It is the story of “what if” and the one that got away.  It is a story of hope, renewal and happy endings.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  You won’t put it down.

And yes, thank you Amazon...it is still available for purchase as a perfect beach house paperback.

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Beach House Book #1 – Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

If you’ve ever sat around on a beach or by a pool or in a restaurant and paid quiet attention to those around you…made assumptions or wondered about the lives of those sharing your space than this book is for you.    After all, everyone has their secrets.

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer was listed by Coastal Living magazine, in its June 2017 issue as one of the “50 Best Books for the Beach This Summer.”  I was immediately intrigued.  Who isn’t intrigued when the title contains the word “Secrets”.  If this book was listed as the #1 book on Coastal Living’s list of recommendations, well then, it must be the first beach house book for me.  I kicked off my beach house book summer, splurging on this hardback, because holding the book and smelling the pages is the only way to begin my escape…in this case, to Nantucket.   This story is perfect and light…just right for a chaise on a beach or by a pool.  The story has enough depth and intrigue that it keeps you interested, but not enough drama that it tears your attention away from everything else or should I say everyone else around you.  If you delve into this gem, you’ll realize that a large part of the story is actually about just that…paying attention to what is going on around you…paying attention to what is going on inside you.

The story revolves around the summertime adventures of the main character, Darcy, and her varying and often complex relationships, including her relationship with her self and her own internal struggle.  The story maintains a modern twist on relationships, both Darcy’s and those of her neighbors and loved-ones, emphasizing wisdom and companionship that spans generations.  Thayer honestly conveys the various challenges within modern relationships, the impact of our past on our present, our feelings of insecurity in our relationships and acknowledging the impact that we have on others and alas, that they have on us.

Just like me, you can purchase this book easily through this link at Amazon!

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I Will Judge a Book by its Cover

This is the post excerpt.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved the beach.  In fact, I crave the beach.  It’s my church.   I must have a mermaid or a pirate soul, despite the fact that I was raised amongst those that seek higher ground.  Yes, I was born from a different mold…my parents were people that enjoyed vacationing in the mountains, sight-seeing, park hopping (not in the Disney sense, but the National Park sense) and staying busy.   People that cannot just relax and be…people that are always on the move.  We were lucky though.  For as many years as I can remember, we always had a family vacation.   Each year we’d hop in the car or travel on an airplane to near or distant places, always in North America and then travel more. There was no one “final” destination…there were many destinations…all on the same trip! We’d fly to Colorado and travel 1,500 miles once we landed and see the entire western half of the United States.  All this time, I told my friends we were going to Colorado…oh no, we were going to Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming…and seeing it all in 14 days!  We traveled so much on “free mileage” from the rental car agencies, you can imagine the shock when my Father would return the car and ask for the reimbursement for an oil change .  My Dad would always rent a Lincoln Towncar (we had a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon at home, so the Towncar was indeed a little bit of luxury).  It felt like traveling all around on your couch in luxurious rental car style. We never worried about the roughness of construction zones or the elusive “falling rock”.  We had shock absorbers and leather seats.  We never would have felt a thing!  On these vacations, the notion of sleeping in, well, it did not exist.    We’d awake at some God forsaken hour, like 6 am,  so we could be the first ones to wait in a line for some attraction or park that wasn’t going to open until 9 am.   I also remember returning home with more money than I had when I left, because my sister and I would get a dollar for every wild animal we saw.  When you are on vacation in Yellowstone and see 100 deer a day, it starts to add up.  As an adult, I realize it was my Dad’s way of shutting us up and keeping us off our Sony Walkmans.   One of my favorite memories from one of these anti-beach vacations was having an extra day before we flew home.  I remember my mother and father discussing, “oh it’s only an 8 hour drive to Salt Lake City, let’s do that.”  Are you kidding me? And while we endure this you are going to fuss that I am reading a book and not paying attention to the scenery (i.e, road construction).  Needless to say, my father would have our vacations all planned out like National Lampoon’s Clark W. Griswold.  But despite my affectionate sarcasm,   I appreciated those vacations.  I really did.  I experienced things and visited places in North America that many of my extended family or friends have not experienced.  But you know what?  All I ever really wanted was the beach…always the beach.  When I was 15, I ordered the catalog of rental properties for the Outer Banks of NC, and said  to my Father, “let’s go to the beach this year, ” he seemed to categorize this desire as ungratefulness.  Why would I want to make the 4 hour drive to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, stay in a stranger’s house, when we could fly to Yellowstone.  Anyone can go to the beach anytime….well, being anyone, anytime, sounded like just what this old mermaid pirate soul needed.   I wanted to drive to a beach house and park myself for a week.   If I could be one of those really lucky people and go all summer, that would have been heaven.  In the meantime, I’d take my week.

Despite growing up and living my entire life somewhere along the East Coast, I’ve probably only experienced a handful of true beach house vacations.  You know the ones…you splurge on the house….and you pretend for those 7 days that this house is really yours.  I love those trips. The nervous anticipation of, “please don’t let this place be a dump” or finding yourself adopting your parents exclamation of “there is nothing wrong with this” when it is a dump and there is, in fact, everything wrong with this!  Or the sigh of relief when your realize the pictures from the rental agency were current and up to date!   Even if the house was something to be desired and not Buckingham Palace, my favorite part of the initial entry to each house was seeking out the library of left behind beach books.  Yes! Those old tattered books that had been read and loved by many or even just a few.  I loved the smell of the water-stained, yellow-paged, broken backed, tattered book that endured salt and sand.  I loved wondering who it belonged to and how it was left behind.  I loved ditching my own books that I lugged in my suitcase, to discover new authors or titles within the beach house.  I loved leaving a book behind…a sign of gratitude..a tribute to my own existence.   This ritual was exciting to me. These books fed my soul.  These books would take my imagination on those additional 1,500 miles while I sat on the sand on my beach.

As a lover of books and beach houses, the thought of beach house reads still excites me, even without the week-long relaxing vacation to the beach.  Perhaps I need an escape, even if it’s in my imagination.  You see, I am still old school.  I love books. The physical book.  I love their smell. I love the cover pictures, I love buying books based on the cover or title alone, just to surprise myself later on what the book is truly about.    I love the feeling of eagerness as I keep the pages turning and the feeling of completeness coupled with a tinge of sadness when I have  closed the book for the last time.  This year, I was especially thrilled to read the beach book lists on various websites and magazines, so I decided to challenge myself and create my own adventure (and yes, I do remember those books too).  My adventure is to read as many beach book summer reads as I possibly can between early June and Labor Day.   The books may not always be recent releases. Oh no! I am going to mix it up. After all who has money for hardback books and time to wait for the local library to have a copy of an unreserved new release?  My beach reads will include any book I can get my hands on either from my existing collection of unread books or those that appear on a current beach book list.   The only criteria that I will give myself is that it has to seemingly be a beach read, either based on the cover, the setting or the storyline.  Yes! There has to be something coastal about it!  And yes…at the end of the each book, I’ll post my thoughts about the book as a resource for those that will want to  indulge their own imaginations and escape inside the beach house with me.   I’d love some suggestions for my journey!

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Beach House Book #1 – Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

Beach House Book #2 – Perfect Summer by Luanne Rice

Beach House Book #3 – Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Beach House Book #4 – All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Beach House Book #5 – In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

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