Very good book. Four stories in to one book all characters interlinked together over a house.
Through the setting of a beach house on the California coast, Georgia Bockoven knits the stories of several unique and interesting characters. Through each of them she offers glimpses of love in its many and various stages -- young, middle age, older; won, lost, recovered; beginning, ending, beginning again. Each character experiences their own love in their own unique way and yet every reader should be able to sympathize, empathize and relate to what each character is going through. Do not expect a tidy "they lived happily ever after" ending, however. With some of the situations, Bockoven leaves the reader to fill in their futures and with others she closes the final chapter. Regardless, th result is a book that opens hearts and minds of all ages and experiences to the power of love and stories of love.
I loved this book! The author makes you fall in love with the characters and it's kind of a teaser that it only delves into their lives for that specific summer.
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A beach house where the owner rents out the home to the same families for the months of June, July and August and since this has been going on for years, the renters and the owners know each other and are all connected. This summer is different as the owner - Julia has decided that she wants to sell at the end and this may be the last summer for all of the renters.
Each renter has a month to tell their story, their past, present and potential future. I saw each renter as a short story within the bigger story. They were fantastically connected by the neighbor and their contact with the author, they felt like pieces to a bigger puzzle. There was not one renter that I didn't love and felt moved the story along. The author didn't lose the owner when she wasn't physically staying at the beach house, her story was still moving and I loved how she worked her throughout the story.
Julia Huntington is still reeling from her husband Ken's death when she makes the decision that she will sell their summer house on the beach in Santa Cruz after one last season. Three different families have rented the house each summer. Their stories--and Julia's--are the tales that author Georgia Bockoven so beautifully relates in The Beach House. In an original concept, the book is separated into sections delineating the summer months, prefaced and followed by Julia's own story. Readers will be thoroughly enchanted by these love stories--from teenager Chris to Maggie and Joe, married 65 years and coping with Maggie's terminal illness. In the tradition of such great storytellers as Barbara Delinsky, Iris Rainer Dart, and Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Bockoven has penned a novel of such power that readers will be moved to tears. Georgia Bockoven is an author definitely on the brink of superstardom and The Beach House showcases her talents superbly.