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The Last Beach Bungalow Paperback – February 5, 2008
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What will YOU, the reader, find to love about this one? Several things. For one, think of the way the word "home" is used in our language. We don't just use it alone but as part and parcel of so many evocative phrases and terms such as "being at home"...."make yourself at home"...."heart and home" ...."feeling at home"...."homey" ...and so forth.
Whether you've ever lived in a home you loved or are searching for your dream home, you'll relate to this book. Add a woman, April Newton, who is a cancer survivor and you have extra appeal, one that strikes hard for this reviewer who can't help feeling for a woman who is shaken to the core after a struggle with breast cancer.
Even though April has passed the 5 year watershed moment that ups her chances of beating cancer, she isn't feeling joyous. Call it post-traumatic disorder or just plain fear and grief but her life no longer resembles the one she once had. She misses her old life.
Instead of the intimate marriage she once had, she has a marriage full of tension and strain. April has been scared for so long that she has forgotten how to celebrate life, even in the wake of good new news. Meanwhile, her husband is trying to build their dream home.
That is when April sees an amazing ad for a beach bungalow in Redondo Beach, one which will be sold at a bargain price to the right person or family.Read more ›
April Newton has reason to celebrate. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor. But for April, the cloud that is called "cancer" won't allow her to fully surrender to living as a survivor. Trapped by the fears, doubts, and "unknowingness" that come with a cancer diagnosis, April finds herself confused and frightened about her own future as well as that of her marriage and her family.
With the cancer survivorship as the backstory, readers are introduced to April, her husband, Rick, and daughter Jackie as they are in the midst of building a new home that Rick designed for April at the time of her diagnosis. In an unexpected turn of events, as the Newtons' move-in-date approaches, April happens upon a beach house that is for sale far below market value "to the right buyer," as defined by its owner, Peg Torrey. Believing that she is meant to live in this house, April sets out to be the winner of the right to buy the property. But in the process, she is confronted with the real meaning of home and what it would take to make her feel the happiness she longs to feel as a survivor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book should be re-titled: "The incredulous plights of the over-privileged aka The self-serving Episcopalian with too much time on her hands"
I borrowed this... Read more
This story is so human, so believable, so emotional evoking that I could not put it down; the ending is surprising, too; if you like stories with a surprising ending, you'll like... Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Ellie
A great read. I was in the mood for a great beach book and this was certainly it. Set in Redondo Beach where I used to live, it came alive easily for me.Published on August 17, 2013 by Sandra
Full disclosure: I grew up in the South Bay area where this novel takes place. I also happened to have the great fortune of babysitting the author's lovely daughters for many... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Heather Haley
There is so much "off the story line" detail you tend to forget what the story is about. Maybe put together another way would be ok, but still was wanting more for the money.Published on August 29, 2011 by Kathie Woodruff
A somewhat autobiographical novel, Nash has created a novel and developed her characters from her life. Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Michelle A
This book was OK. That's just it. With so many wonderful stories out there with great writing and characterization why waste your time on something mediocre. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Zann
I felt this book had a lot of promise, but got lost along the way. The main character did not appreicate all she had, and the story was her quest to find God. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by L. Phipps
For a relatively new author, this was an incredible book, very well written with well-developed, entirely believable characters. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by Mama Bear