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“Juli Cooke was abandoned by her mother as a young child and grew up in one foster home after another. She learned to become a survivor and lean on her own two feet. Working several jobs at once just to make ends meet, she never expected the sudden turn her life was about to take. One day, while...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“It was an okay summer read, but I thought they plot was a little unrealistic.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It was an okay summer read, but I thought they plot was a little unrealistic.”Valerie Weadock wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book until the end. Good grief. ”Deborah A wrote this review Tuesday, November 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looks good”Ann W wrote this review Monday, August 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Reviewed by Angie
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Right from the get go I was intrigued by this book. A marriage based on a business arrangement? Interesting!
Juli is a great female lead character as she’s very strong and very independent. That may seem weird considering that she married for money, but don’t let that fool you – she knew exactly what she was doing and what she was doing it for; to provide a better life for herself.
Ben is a sweet male lead, something I very, very much appreciated. He doesn’t try to push himself on Juli, but he very much feels compelled to want to be with her, to provide a better life for her.
Ben’s family are the quintessential overprotective busybodies who want to chase away the supposed gold digger. But as I said above, Juli doesn’t scare easily.
You can guess where the story is going, but it takes a few unique turns that I enjoyed. There is some suspense in the form of a former coworker of Juli’s kind of stalking her, but it’s pretty tame.
I definitely recommend this book if you have an afternoon free with no kids, no husband, nothing to do but read ’til your heart is content curled up on the couch.
“I'm not a big fan of romance novels but this was a fun, light read with an interesting premise. The main character marries a man she just met and everyone including her knows he will die in a few months. Makes you think - what would you do? Greene also developed some great tension with shady characters and intense relatives. The second love interest and the religious suggestions didn't work for me, but they didn't ruin the story. The first half of the novel was riveting. At the end, I wish I knew more about the main character's mother. Would she ever look for her? I'm definitely interested in reading more from Grace Greene! ”Sandy B Groovy wrote this review Monday, November 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My debut release. Yes, I love it!”Grace Greene wrote this review Wednesday, August 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Juli Cooke was abandoned by her mother as a young child and grew up in one foster home after another. She learned to become a survivor and lean on her own two feet. Working several jobs at once just to make ends meet, she never expected the sudden turn her life was about to take. One day, while working at her catering job, she meets Ben Bradshaw and she is suddenly swept up in an opportunity that she finds very difficult to refuse. Marrying Ben was just another step in the direction her life kept taking her—doing what it takes to survive another day. The one caveat, Ben is dying and he’s willing to make sure Juli is well-provided for if she just marries him and lives out his dying days in platonic companionship with him.
When Ben dies, she doesn’t expect to be as shaken as she feels and her life moves further down the road in another unexpected turn. She has to deal with a dangerous situation from her past, as well as opposition from Ben’s and his cousin, Luke’s families. The real question becomes, can Juli learn to accept Ben’s faith and find hope that she can have a life with true love.
Juli and Ben married for companionship but as I read this story, I kept hoping for a miraculous healing for Ben and that they’d truly fall in love. That was not the case, but they did grow to care about each other very much. I liked Juli’s character from the get-go. She was very independent and no-nonsense, but with a real vulnerability. I liked how Ms. Greene wove a tapestry of faith into this story through the character of Ben and I loved her reference to faith as a mustard seed.
All of the characters were fun to read about and I didn’t feel the need to rush through any sections thinking, I really don’t want to read about this character. Credit goes to Ms. Greene for creating a vivid backdrop to this story. I truly felt like I was right there and could hear the ocean waves crashing against the shoreline. Not to spoil the ending for anyone, I won’t go into too much detail with this next point. However as I read, I was really wondering if the ending would be predictable and Juli’s character would fall head over heels in love again so quickly. I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Greene’s unpredictable plot line.
I do not have much to complain about here with the exception that I would’ve liked to see a few more action tags and less dialogue tags—but that is only a minute detail and more likely my personal taste. I have to say that Beach Rental is a very good contemporary drama, with likable characters, awesome scenery descriptions and great tone of voice. Beach Rental is Ms. Greene’s debut novel and I am adding her to my list of authors to watch. I look forward to reading more of her work.
My Rating (Beach Rental): 4 Stars—Top Notch Fiction
5 Stars—Outstanding Fiction: Rivals my love affair with the classics of Jane Austen
4 Stars—Top Notch Fiction: Highly recommend you read this book and watch this author
3 Stars—Ordinary Fiction: Not earth shattering revelation of greatness, but worth reading
2 Stars—Disappointing Fiction: Hoped for more and you won’t find this book fulfilling
1 Star—Not-so-good Fiction: Difficult to keep reading; you won’t want to read it either
(Disclaimer: I reserve the right not to post reviews with a rating below 3 Stars)
A gratis copy of this book was sent to this reviewer by the author / or publisher in exchange for an impartial evaluation.