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The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven

The Beach House

by Georgia Bockoven

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It definitely had its moments - a good enough beach read. ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
This seemed an appropriate book for a beach read.

This is the story of a house, a beach cottage nestled on the coast of California, battered by sea and wind and lovingly cared for. A house that welcomes families to the freedom of summer each year. But this summer is a year of lasts for the house and the people who love it.

This house has a variety of caretakers - there is Julia, it's owner, a woman drowning in the sorrow of her husband's unexpected death. Julia has come to the house as she did every summer - but this year will be her last. Owning the house that was filled with such love is just too difficult for her. - so she has come to get it ready to sell.

The house used to be owned by Maggie and Joe. And part of the agreement when they sold it to Julia's husband was that they would still spend a month there each summer. As they arrive this year - they know it will be their last, Maggie is dying of cancer. So they have decided to fill their last summer with all their favorite things. But, neighbor children make them reconsider a summer filled with doing. Instead, they become surrogate grandparents and spend their summer just being. But, as their month comes to a close, Maggie and Joe make a decision that changes everything.

August brings a new family to the house. But, this year it isn't a family. Instead it is only Katherine, the wife of a preacher and mom to two growing boys who is hiding a secret.

I liked the easy read with hints of depth. The story about Maggie and Joe was hard to read - but gave me lots to think about. I cared about the summer visitors and wanted to see joy in their lives - they each seemed so full of pain.

This was another great beach read - and vacation book #4. ( )
  kebets | Nov 1, 2014 |
Just couldn't finish this book, doesn't happen often so I moved on... ( )
  mchwest | Jan 14, 2013 |
I liked how the author wrote this book. The book is divided into parts; each part represents a summer month. During the month, different renters reside in the beach house and the reader is allowed a glimpse into their lives. Near month’s end, the current renters prepare the house for the new renters, as everyone knows one another.

It was though I was reading three short stories in one book, however the author did a fantastic job of tying the renters’ stories together. The Beach House is about picking up the pieces after a loss and beginning again. ( )
  scoutlee | Jul 18, 2009 |
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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. --Maudeen Wachsmith

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"The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer. When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, married sixty-five years, courageously face a separation that even their devotion cannot prevent. The married woman Peter yearns for suddenly comes within his reach. And Julia ultimately finds the strength to rebuild her life -- something she once thought impossible. With equal measures of heartbreak and happiness, bestselling author Georgia Bockoven's unforgettable novel tells of the beauty of life and the power of love, and speaks to every woman who has ever clung to a child or loved a man"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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