BOOK REVIEW: Beach Read by Emily Henry


Publication Date: 
May 19, 2020
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Format: Kindle
Pages:  380 Pages
Genre:  Womens Fiction, Romance
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes best-selling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. 

They're polar opposites. 

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


January Andrews is a romance writer, but when her dad dies and she finds out that he cheated on her mother her world is blown apart.  How can you write a romance when the romance between you parents is a lie? Out of money and with a book due she retreats to the house her father left her, where he would meet with his mistress in his hometown.  Her neighbor turns out to be her college crush Augustus Everett, also a writer but of a more dark and dangerous world.  He envies her optimism and she thinks of him as a rival who mocks her happily ever after way of writing.  Both with writers block they forge a game where she must write in his genre and he in hers.  With field trips of the research kind into the depths of darkness and romance feelings start to emerge from these two broken souls but can they come together or are they too broken?

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book and it really caught my attention.  The struggles they both face shines through their writing but they have to break through in the hopes that they can find something worth living for in the now.  I really liked the writing style of the book and the characters came to life for me.  It wasn't saccharine sweet and it wasn't a fast paced sexy bodice ripper either, this was more true, a slow unraveling, a coming together of two people who seem to have nothing in common but actually have more in common than they realize.  

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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