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review 2018-06-05 16:52
Beach House Reunion - Mary Alice Monroe

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Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
Beach House Reunion (Beach House #5) 
Mary Alice Monroe (Goodreads Author)
Debbie Krenzer's review 
Jun 05, 2018  ·  edit

really liked it
bookshelves: ebooksnet-galley-books 

First off, I want to say that this book in the series was much better for me than number 4, it was too morbid and sad. It's a beach and holiday book. Let's not get tied down with sad things.

And now my review:

We are back on Isle of Palms and the Rutledge family is in turmoil brought about by previous family influences and a more common destroyer of families.

Cara has big changes in her life and lets Palmer in on a very big secret. One that has plagued him for years.

Hurricane Irma hits the coast.

"Big Girl" revisits the island and causes quite the commotion.

Lovie returns in spirit and I liked it!

A much better read, while still some sad things happen, they are not emphasized over and over and over again. I did enjoy this one and seriously look forward to the next installment.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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review 2018-04-16 02:03
Beach House Reunion
Beach House Reunion - Mary Alice Monroe


Two women coming home for two different reasons to the place they loved and the place with many memories.

Linnea had finished college, and Cara was coming home to be with family.

Linnea came home from college and had no choice but to return, and really didn’t want to be in her childhood home with all the drama and the rules.

Cara came home because her husband had passed away a few years earlier, she adopted a friend’s baby, and she wanted to have her daughter grow up where she grew up with family and summer beach memories.

Both women needed something, and with Linnea being Cara’s niece, the problem was solved because Linnea was going to be Cara’s nanny.  That would save Linnea from staying with her parents all summer and would be a warm remembrance of her childhood times at the beach house, Primrose Cottage.   Cara would get to spend time with her niece to catch up and have someone to finally help her so she wasn’t alone.

BEACH HOUSE REUNION was a very pleasant, heartwarming read that made you want to for the most part be in the Rutledge family and in Primrose Cottage as well as Sullivan's Island.

Everything about the book was comfy and inviting.

The characters and the beachy setting were quite pleasant.

Learning about loggerheads, surfing, seeing the love between family members and others, and joining in the family fun are some of the reasons you will want to read this book.

I actually want to learn more about the sea turtles (loggerheads). It sounded fascinating, and the excitement the characters had about them had me wanting to learn more.

BEACH HOUSE REUNION is an easy, sweet read that will be a perfect addition to your summer reading list. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Source: silversolara.blogspot.com
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review 2018-03-26 13:18
May Go Down as My Worst Read of 2018
The High Tide Club - Mary Kay Andrews

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating.


Warning. This is not a beach read. This is a story of barely developed characters, subtle racism (overt in some cases) a secret child story-line (I hate those) and a plot that zigs-zags from the past to the present repeatedly. I was left 100 percent disappointed with this read and baffled that Andrews wrote this. I have enjoyed her books over the years and this book feels/reads like a rough first draft to me. I think if maybe the amount of characters had been cut out and or just had Josephine and Brooke as the only "voices" maybe the book would have worked out better. Instead we have a plethora of points of view (POV) in this one and random actions by characters that I didn't believe at all. 


"The High Tide Club" deals with almost 100 year old heiress, Josephine Warrick calling up Brooke Trappnell telling her she wants to hire her. Josephine wants to do what she can to leave her estate to friends of her that were part of a so-called "High Tide Club". The state wants to buy all of Josephine's land/home and wants to demo it. Josephine wants Brooke to prevent that by seeking out her friends and wants the opportunity to make amends with them.

Seems simple right? It's not. From the first we have Josephine telling Brooke her story in fits and starts. It doesn't work as a narrative device to have Josephine telling a story and then the book flashing back to the past, and then flashing back to the present, then flashing back to the past again. That happens repeatedly while reading. It took me out of the story every single time. And at one point I started to skim in self defense because I just didn't care anymore and wanted to be finished with this book. 


And I did laugh though when Josephine lets Brooke know that one of the people she wanted to contact was Brooke's now dead grandmother. At this point we find out that two of the women from the club are dead and only one, her name is living, her name is Varina, but they had a fight related to Josephine not selling back land she bought from her and other Geechees living on the island. 


So then the book segues into Brooke contacting the heirs of the dead women and then coming to the island to hear about what they could possibly be inheriting. Instead there is a death, confusion, and just general bedlam of people scrambling around trying to demand land/money from a woman that any barely seemed to care died. And then we have reveal after reveal hitting you over the head with Josephine looking the worst out of all of the characters with some of the others coming in a close second.

Brooke is an idiot and I was so done with her whole so-called plot. I hate secret children in romance novels. It is not believable at all and just once I would love it if the dude in question called the woman out and said no, I don't want to be with someone that would lie and hide the fact that they had my child for so-called BS reasons. 


The other characters were secondary and I didn't care for them much either. Varina's granddaughter or grandniece was shown to be grasping and greedy. Varina herself was portrayed as naive. I hated the fact that the book shows the other so-called members of the club treating her like a doll they could dress up and give expensive things to. But she's African American and could not really be a part of their world at all. In fact most of the African Americans in this book don't look that great at all in the end. 

The writing was rough in a lot of places. As I said above, maybe cutting out all of the extra characters and the jumping back and forth in the story would have helped. It was hard to keep things straight. When Josephine dies (not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis) the story loses it's forward momentum. 


The setting of the island doesn't feel real at all. I think maybe just telling the story from past to present would have helped it to feel more centered in the book. Instead I didn't get why anyone was killing themselves trying to save the place. 


The ending was supposed to be moving and uplifting, I just was glad to be done. 


I also read this for the DWS 52 week challenge: This week was read set in your home country. 


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text 2018-03-26 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The High Tide Club - Mary Kay Andrews

This was not a beach read. A meandering and unrealistic plot line with mostly unlikeable characters. 


An elderly woman (Josephine) contacts a lawyer (Brooke) about protecting her estate from the state of Georgia and find her old friends that were part of something called the High Tide Club. Brooke finds out her deceased grandmother was part of this club, and looks to find the only surviving woman (Varnia) and the heirs of the other women. Cue the setting jumping around from the 1920s through the present and it's a lot of characters and plot lines to keep track of while reading. 


I didn't like any of the characters for a variety of reasons (secret child plot line, greedy heirs, subtle and not so subtle racism) this was a mess. The end for me was when a secret is revealed (a character finds out they are the child of rape) and is only focused on whether they can obtain money from their dead father's estate.


The African American characters are portrayed as childish, naive, or greedy in parts. I was just frustrated. 


There's also murder plots galore happening in this one. I can't with one of the characters being a secret murderer. It came out of nowhere. 


One freaking star.


Full review to follow.

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text 2018-03-24 20:23
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The High Tide Club - Mary Kay Andrews

This book isn't making a lot of sense. A woman hires a lawyer to stop the state from taking her land and tells her to find her three friends who were part of a so called High Tide Club. Then she tells her that one of them still sees her and the other friend is dead. So that's just one friend she needs to find. This is my puzzled face.

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