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Beach House Beginnings (Beach House No. 9) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B009QX0NV8
- Publisher : HQN (January 1, 2013)
- Publication date : January 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 66 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,086 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meg touched my heart. Is there anything so intense as your first love? Couple first love with two months spent in a magical place, kind of time out of time. Then that love is lost, leaving Meg devastated and grieving. For 10 years, Meg copes with her loss as best she can, surviving, but not really living.
Enter Caleb, who was a peripheral part of Meg's past. Caleb, who remembers Meg as she used to be. He has had a wake up moment of his own, and has been trying to live life to the fullest ever since.
So how do these two people, one completely disillusioned and one newly hopeful, find their way to each other?
I loved the way this short story was laid out. The reader follows Meg down memory lane, as she battles to replace heartbreaking loss with recollections of the joy she experienced prior to that event. It speaks of fantastical stories and simple pleasures Meg had forgotten, or not allowed herself to remember. Caleb makes Meg want to remember that there was good before things went bad, and that life can be wonderful. And that, sometimes, pain is a part of life, but holding onto that pain is not healthy.
Ms. Ridgway packs a lot into this novella. By its nature, there isn't a lot of room for character development, but I thought she showed growth in both Meg and Caleb.
Bottom line - Time well spent. Very well done.
A sweet story of letting go of the past and embracing new beginnings.
The novella Beach House Beginnings sets the tone for the Beach House No 9 series. In this short story we get to meet Meg a 29-year old woman who was raised in Crescent Cove and hasn't return to her home since she left following the end of her first love. She stopped believing in love and ever afters, living her life as a single woman and securing her heart from more disappointment.
Caleb just went through a major awakening. A workaholic who owns his own company, he is determined to slow down and live his life to the fullest. He's had a revelation of sorts which requires him to go to Crescent Cove to find his future. Handsome, funny and totally charming Meg gives in to him for a little fun during his stay only to be confronted by her past.
This novella is a great start to the series. The setting Christie Ridgway is using for the series is captivating and beautiful and her descriptions of the surroundings gives us great picture into what the characters are seeing everyday without it being overwhelming. I enjoyed the writing, especially the humorous banter between the characters and the emotions displayed between them. Their romance, even though a bit too immediate for my taste, felt real enough for me to overlook it because their connection was palpable from the start. I loved Caleb. He was funny and honest from the moment they met and their easy manner with each other made me want to cheer them to end up together. The hesitation, the doubts and the emotions displayed by both played a major part in my enjoyment of this story.
I will certainly be looking forward to book 1, Beach House No. 9, as well as the other books scheduled to release.