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review 2019-01-27 16:41
Enjoyable Contemporary Romance
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. At first I hard cringed when I started reading and the premise was that one woman (Clem) had a meet-cute with a man who has now come back to her life in a surprising way. This leads Clem to faking a relationship with her best friend Ronan who has his own reasons for agreeing to go along with things. Clem's stepsister, Belle, doesn't know what is going on with Clem, but the two of them seem to be constantly battling each other with Belle refusing to let Clem get the upper hand. Since this is a Mansell book there are some other characters we follow too, Ronan's mother Josephine, a woman named Kate, and another woman named Marina. 


I honestly loved Belle's story-line the most. It was beautifully done and I loved the ending that happened there. And I have to say, that I was glad that Belle confronted Clem about her behavior and things she said. I was hard cringing anytime these two characters had scenes together. Clem believed the worst in Belle and was nasty IMHO to Belle as much as Belle was rude and nasty to her. I do wonder how these two parents were not in this book and thought that was a bit odd that Clem's mother and Belle's stepfather were just absent through the majority of the book. 


Ronan's story-line was my second favorite part of this book. I don't know how realistic it would really be in the end. But I smiled throughout it and loved it. Ronan was also very well developed which was a nice touch. I often find sometimes the men in contemporary romance novel's are not developed as much as the women. 


Marina's story-line was really good and it gets slowly revealed. I am a bit sad though that she doesn't appear to get a HEA like the other characters.

Clem I kind of ho-hummed about. Besides her meet-cute I didn't find myself that engaged with the character. I also thought it was stupid she faked a relationship. I didn't get any sense of chemistry between her and the love interest at all. And I don't want to spoil it, but the love interest's story-line turned me off a bit. It didn't help that besides that he wasn't really in the story properly. We just hear about his past in a info dump, he appears a few times to make Clem uncomfortable and then love. 


I loved the writing and did laugh a few times. When Clem and Ronan go off to show listings it seems as if every odd person in the world is trying to sell their places. The flow was really good between shifting narratives too. You know if you read a Mansell book there's going to be at least 6 people you are tracking, and Mansell does that very well.

The setting of St. Cary's sounds wonderful. The beach, the water, and the people sounded delightful. A good book to read during the winter months in Virginia.

The ending was a surprise (for one side character I had not thought that much of honestly) but we get to catch up with Belle, Clem, Ronan, and others. I was really happy seeing everyone's HEA. 

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text 2019-01-27 16:15
Reading progress update: I've read 416 out of 416 pages.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell

Really enjoyed this one though I liked certain story-lines the best like Belle's and Ronan. I do have to say that the epilogue was long and really set up things for the characters in the next stage after their HEA. I do have to say that some of Mansell's book are a bit too much with people just all linking up together in the end and everyone is okay with things. 

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text 2019-01-26 17:50
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 416 pages.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell

Trying not to laugh at Clemency being shocked that the guy sitting next to her on a plane is not here to talk.

I hate plane talkers!

I put in my earphones, bring out my Kindle or book and don't engage.


One of my worst flights was when I was flying into Atlanta and a woman starts telling me about how her daughter is about to graduate, the issues they had getting her a dress, and being worried about throwing a party, etc. This all started because I said excuse me and smiled to get into my window seat. 

I feel like I am being rude thought and feel obligated to respond. Good on the seat companion for refusing to give in.

Is it rude to not want to talk on planes? Thoughts? 


Image result for why are you talking gif

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review 2017-04-14 05:20
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell

Clemency meets a man, Sam, on an airplane has a connection, wow, it's been a long time. They chat the whole time during the flight. Could it be? They land, meet again in baggage claim and she finds . . . he's married.

No, it can't be. Clemency moves on. She's a real estate broker and together with her boss, Ronan, they are one of the biggest agencies in St. Cary's. Another key character in the book is Clemency's stepsister, Belle. She is quite the charmer. If you recall the story Cinderella, think wicked stepsister, she is both of them, including their ego.

Three years after that fateful plane trip, Clemency gets a call from Belle. Her and her new boyfriend are moving to St. Cary's. Can Clemency show them some properties to possibly purchase? Guess who the new boyfriend is?

Oh yes, there is a huge plot twist, of course, after Ronan and Clemency (friends forever) become a couple.

Thanks Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this very entertaining book.

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review 2017-03-31 14:37
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell

A light and very summery read. Set in a small Cornish seaside town which is idyllic. Two step sisters, Belle and Clemency who make a vow never to encroach on eithers boyfriends, a vow which is hard to keep. It's a funny, crossed wires and misunderstandings kind of book, with no villains, or at least no proper ones. A happy, feel good story with nice, colourful characters - the sort of people you'd like to know yourself, the ones you could have fun with, rely on and fall in love with. Very entertaining, enjoyable, comical and romantic, not to mention a happy sigh at the end - perfect!

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