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The Girl on the Beach Paperback – April 5, 2018
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Morton S. Gray's debut novel will blow you away! The perfect mix of romance, suspense and drama, I was at the edge of my seat throughout Ellie and Harry's story, desperate to uncover the truths that were hidden, and see my favourite characters safe in their new life.; Sorcha, Waterstones Bookseller & Reviewer.
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Single mother to teenager Tom, Ellie Golden remembers Ben, though, the man who touched her to the core. And Harry Dixon is too much like Ben Rivers for her heart or mind to ignore. After an abusive marriage that left her physically and emotionally scarred, her son traumatised, Ellie doesn’t trust easily. She certainly can’t trust a man, now headmaster at her son’s school, who isn’t who he claims to be. Nor can Harry trust Ellie with his secret even though her suspicions threaten to expose him. They both need to forget their former lives and move on, but the arrival of Ellie’s abusive ex-husband, a stark reminder of their shared past, isn’t going to allow that. There is another superb twist here, but … I think that would be a massive spoiler. I suspect you might have gathered that I was definitely intrigued and enmeshed in Harry and Ellie’s story hook, line and sinker. If you like your romance with a bit of bite, this is a book for you. Highly recommended.
'The Girl on the Beach' tells the story of Ellie, single mum to teenager Tom, who after an abusive marriage has uprooted her life to a new town in the hope to keep her and her son safe when her ex-husband is released from prison. But her newly created life is threatened with the arrival of the new headmaster at her son's school, a man who she knew and loved in another life as Ben, but who doesn't remember her, nor goes by that name.
I loved the will-they/won't-they storyline of Ellie and Harry, especially as we begin to see cracks in the life that Harry has created for himself, and Ellie starts to worry that she is clinging to the past. They were both strong characters who still had their flaws, which made me really connect to them. Ellie's determination to keep her son safe above all else made for some brilliant Mother/Son scenes, which were some of my favourites in the book. As well as seeing both Ellie and Harry grow as characters, it was Tom's development that I adored witnessing the most.
With some fantastic secondary characters, and a thrilling plot which will have you racing to the end, 'The Girl on the Beach' is a great mystery that you will still be thinking of long after you've turned the last page.
Harry Dixon, the new head master at the local school is happy of the new phase in his life. Borteen, a new place, a
new start in his life. Harry has no recognition of Ellie though she acts as if she knows him. This is quite impossible
since Harry has never been to Borteen, has never met Ellie even though her finds her alluring he knows that it is for the better to keep things professional. Though his troubled mind nudges him otherwise, Harry remains to himself
and together with Ellie, they mentor some of the students at the local high school.
Ellie and Harry pull backwards and forwards as she tries to make him confess his real identity, while Harry is determined to remain in character as the headmaster. Things come to a head when the past rears its ugly head and threatens to pull their lives into oblivion.
This book is a delightful contemporary romance set in a seaside town in England. The angst of teenage life shows itself in the past and present allowing the flashbacks to Ellie’s teenage years to come to the fore.
A pleasant book, not too dark, but a little bit of mystery added makes the story more intense, and there is also a touch of danger in the final pages. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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