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Monarch Beach Paperback – June 19, 2012

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“A novel that cries out to be read by the surf with a cocktail and a cabana boy… Anita Hughes is an author of women's literary fiction who delivers sex on the beach without insulting the reader's intelligence.” ―Thelma Adams, author of Playdate

“With honesty and heart, glamour and grit, Anita Hughes tells the inspiring story of an unusual woman discovering life on her own terms and finally spreading her wings. Loved it.” ―Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School

“Absolutely riveting and brimming with emotion. Monarch Beach charmed me from the very first page.” ―Jane Porter, author of She's Gone Country

About the Author

ANITA HUGHES attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes has lived at The St. Regis Monarch Beach for six years, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312643047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312643041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a mom, Amanda Blick sees her sexy French chef husband, Andre, wrapped around his sous-chef, she's heartbroken. When her mother urges Amanda and her son, Max, to get a change of scenery with her at St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach, she agrees to go to Laguna Beach. She needed to get away from him for the summer and think about her future. Instead of simply relaxing, doing her best to keep her mind off of Andre, Amanda meets a handsome older man who sweeps her away. Also divorced, Edward teaches Amanda that there can be a life after Andre...until his loyalties are to be questioned.

There had been a lot of talk about "Monarch Beach," so I put it on my to-read list. When I was asked to review it I jumped at the chance. From the first sentence to the last, "Monarch Beach" drew me into Amanda's world. Through her ups and downs with Andre and Edward, the book was very enjoyable. With all the twists and turns -- especially at the end, I literally couldn't put this book down. If I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about planning my own getaway to the St. Regis Resort, hoping to create my own journey. The characters were very likable, even Andre tried to fool me, but I loved Amanda. She was a devoted mom who just wanted to do the best for her son after her marriage failed. I liked Amanda's mom and thought that she played a very enjoyable and loving role. Like Amanda's character, I loved how she evolved, too. The ending will leave you aching for more, (I'm really hoping for a continuation with these characters)!

Anita Hughes is a brilliant author who has written a book I loved! "Monarch Beach" is a funny, heartwarming and sexy read, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a delightful, addicting and fast-paced summer read.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
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More like a litany of designer labels and expensive locations. The characters - or rather character, since no one except the "heroine" is adequately developed - is boring and shallow. If living in the penthouse of a five star hotel is something you can relate to, you may enjoy this book.....other wise stay well away. One of the most inadequate (cardboard characters and no story/plot) boring books I've ever read.
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Terrible! Cliched, contrived, badly written and self-absorbed from beginning to end. Repetitive, overindulgent descriptions of designer clothes, even the most basic food, exercise regimens and everything "St. Regis" (like a novel-length advertisement for the resort). Not to mention (but it must be mentioned) the "bad romance novel" sex descriptions - truly cringe-worthy. The main character is helpless, hapless and unable to make any decisions on her own (otherwise they are invariably bad), Hard to believe she is supposed to be in her 30s. She acts like a very immature 20-something. I read this for a book club and it was a waste of my time. Could have been an interesting concept. How to deal with infidelity, children and "getting back out there". Instead, it was an endless and tedious description of a very spoiled, clueless and very narcissistic mind.
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I really wanted to like this book and it started out very promising. But somehow, as the story progressed I couldn't wait to be finished. Why? Well here goes:

(WARNING: SPOILERS TO FOLLOW)

1. Amanda Blick - the main character - flat out annoyed the living daylights out of me. Naive, spoiled, confused, lazy...she highlights everything that I am and don't want to be (Joke. Kind of). She isn't the first person to be cheated on and won't be the last. She isn't the first person who has to pull it together to take care of a her child either - which she doesn't. In any case, Amanda's mother picked up the pieces for her and still Amanda complained and wallowed. I'm not sure who Amanda's character appeals to but she didn't appeal to me in the least.

2. The plot was too predictable. Shady rebound fling? Check. Rich mom whisking her away to a beautiful place where she doesn't have to worry about anything? Check. Neat, happy little ending? Check. I'm all for a tidy beach read but this one just didn't work.

3. The writing quality was not good. As the story progressed the author seemed hell bent on name dropping instead of actually making sure the story had structure and the characters had personality. I think I learned more about fashion in this book then I did in the last issue of InStyle!

Sorry to be so harsh with this review. As I said I really wanted to like this book, especially since I love the Monarch Beach resort and think living there would be heavenly. But this just didn't work for me.
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Monarch Beach, the tale of a wealthy San Francisco heiress embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the face of her deteriorating marriage, contains enough glamor and smouldering romance in its fast-paced plot to titillate a casual reader, but also offers lush concrete detail, rich characterization and deeper questions about marriage and female empowerment.

The book opens with Amanda Blick taking advantage of a rare respite from her duties as housewife and mother, only to encounter Andre, her sexy French chef of a husband, straddling his sous chef. What saves this set-up from cliche and Amanda from stereotype is the rich back story Hughes deftly weaves in. Amanda's shock and grief upon witnessing her husband's infidelity catapults her back to the pivotal day her dreams for a career in fashion design were dashed as her loving parents made a devastating announcement that forever changed the trajectory of her life. We then learn of her fateful meeting with Andre in his crepe restaurant in San Francisco, which heralds in an unlikely whirl-wind romance between shy and naive Amanda and morally questionable but irresistibly romantic Andre. Amanda returns to present day reality to consult Stephanie, a former bombshell whose sensuality and flirtatiousness once struck Amanda as a threat, but whose secure position of motherhood and marriage to a bland "numbers man" employed at Lehman Brothers now offers a comforting source of wizened counsel.

But it's Amanda's mother Grace who she goes to for legal and practical help. This grieved and widowed debutante looking for a new adventure whisks Amanda and her son away to temporarily escape their problems at the St Regis Resort in Monarch Beach. From the insulated world of Ross' housewives and dog parks to the pristine luxury of the St.
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