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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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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!
(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.
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.Read more ›
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I began the book with expectations of having an enjoyable read. Prior to beginning the novel I read the description on the back of the book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elizabeth Louise Anderson
I've read all the books Anita Hughes has written. I enjoy her style. I especially loved Lake Como and would love to visit after reading her novel.Published 20 months ago by Sherie
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a terrific book! I’m a big fan of Anita Hughes, and this book had me hooked from the beginning. Read more
I loved this book because it's written very well and a great escape to another lifestyle that I will never know and lots of fabulous scenery too. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by MissKiki
Same theme throughout A. Hughes books: man cheats on wife, wife gets into a job and another man Immediately and divorces cheating husband. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by love to read
I read it a short time ago and since I can't quite remember what it was about, I guess it didn't have an impact on me. I would rate it just OK b/c of that fact.Published on October 15, 2013 by Sheryl feldman
I came across this book while looking for something else. It looked interesting, so I downloaded this book to my Kindle to take on vacation. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Pancho36