Friday, June 11, 2021

Review: The Beach House by Jenny Hale

The Beach House
by Jenny Hale 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Oh, my goodness,” she whispered. At the bottom of the box was a stack of letters. Tied with a ribbon, the pages were faded with age. “These are all addressed from here,” she said, “but they’ve never been sent.”

When her gram passes away, Melanie Simpson feels utterly lost. She has no idea what to do with her life after she has devoted years to looking after her beloved grandmother.

But Gram’s will may hold the answer, instructing Melanie to use her inheritance to buy a crumbling house in Rosemary Bay. They used to visit the village every summer, sit by the sparkling gulf on a beach the color of a fresh pearl, and daydream about turning the place on the corner into a bed and breakfast.

Fulfilling her grandmother’s legacy, Melanie decides to restore the beach house to its original glory. She sets out on renovations of the wrap-around porch weathered by the coastal breeze, and the peeling white paint faded by the sun.

When Melanie runs into local carpenter, Josh Claiborne, whose eyes match the dazzling sea, she jumps at the chance to ask him for help. But that’s the last thing he wants. He’s off to New York soon, leaving his troubled past behind. Over a game of darts Melanie gets her wish, even if Josh isn’t happy about it.

As they work together, Melanie tries to ignore their undeniable chemistry and how Josh’s rare smiles take her breath away––because soon they’ll be thousands of miles apart. But hiding in a closet is a yellowing stack of letters that could change everything. The looping handwriting reveals the mystery of the rickety house––a buried history that touches everyone in Rosemary Bay. Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart?

Kritters Thoughts:  Melanie returns to Florida to the dream home that her gram always adored when they visited and she has decided to repair the house and open it as a bed and breakfast.  When she heads to Florida she doesn't realize the state the home is in until she arrives and it will be quite an undertaking, but of course in walks Josh, a local who is a carpenter and after losing a bet ends up helping her get the house back up to a living standard.  

This is one of those romance books that just makes you happy while reading.  Of course from the beginning, Josh and Melanie aren't bitter enemies but it isn't love at first sight, so it is a slow roll for this romance and I enjoyed the journey.  I loved the ups and downs that they had.  They didn't feel forced but like they could have happened in real life.  

A book that would be perfect for a week at the beach this summer or some days by the pool.  These characters were fun and charming and who doesn't love a good home project!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 69 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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