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Shining in the Sun Paperback – March 25, 2017
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o "All in all, Beecroft delivers a romance that is complicated, emotionally satisfying, and thoroughly compelling. I'm fairly certain that Shining in the Sun is her first foray into contemporary romance, but I have to say that I'm very much hoping it's not her last." --All About Romance
o "I hope Ms. Beecroft decides to write another contemporary soon, because Shining in the Sun was excellent!" --Joyfully Reviewed
o "Shining in the Sun is a breath of fresh air and you will love the British and French ambience. Alex Beecroft is a wonderful writer and her prose is some of the best I have read." --Reviews by Jessewave
Once a year, rich boy Alec and poor boy Darren escape from lives which – though very different – are equally unbearable. Pushed around by selfish families, they try to knuckle under, as long as they can have August for themselves. Alone in his yacht, Alec contemplates his future of marriage and lies. Darren finances his surfing by picking up dangerous rich men, and has the scars to prove it. But this year their accidental meeting gives both of them something bigger to fight for, and love helps them become the heroes they never thought they were.
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Now the premise of a rich guy and poor (hustler) guy getting together and pulling it off took some work. Beecroft did a splendid job
of tying it all together. The last half of the book was an exciting read regarding this" on again" and" off again " relationship. Overcoming class, defeating destructive family ties, developing self assertion and willingness to risk were themes throughout this work. Don't get me wrong. This was a fun read but it had interesting social commentary.
What I especially liked about this piece was the main characters commenting on the absurdity of such a relationship. The author
brought out the self doubts of all of this even being real for our two primary fictional leads. I liked
the protagonists thinking out loud what any reasonable person would think how this could really work.
Just get through the first half( it's not that bad) and I think you won't regret the decision to read this one.
Both of our heroes escape to the sea to have one month out of their busy and stressful lives to be themselves. Millionaire Alex escapes from overnearing mother and fiance and stressful work to his yacht and to be free to look at the handsome guys. Alex knows that he would much rather be with a guy you see, but he had not actually been with the guy yet.
And Darren escapes to surfing, he wants to escape from all the things his poverty makes him to do to take care of himself and members of his family and some of those members should we say not the most grateful people in the world. And this year Darren also runs from the very bad ending of his prior relationship.
And they meet near the sea and here it all begins.
I realize more and more that it is so much easier to explain the things that did not work for you in the book than to explain why SO MUCH did work.
Where do I start? Probably with the fact that I more often than not cannot visualise what I am reading about right away, I need to stop and think about it before I get a visual so to speak. And the writer who makes me seeing their story in front of my eyes right away deserves the praize for this fact alone if for nothing else.
When I was reading this book it was as if I was seeing a movie, Alex in the car, their first meeting, sea and surfers, they are on the yacht, everything right in front of me and it was so much fun.
Visuals were amazing and all because this writer is so skillful.
Or should I talk about how much I loved all the characters and how much I loved that while Alex and Darren were flawed people, their flaws were also very real world flaws? I mean I cannot really relate to one of the protagonists being a killer for example (it is a hypothetical example lol), but I certainly can understand trying to get a money by any means possible if you live in the conditions Darren did and I certainly can understand not being brave enough to tell your family or loved one what you really want and why they should move a bit and give you space to breath while you figure out what is it that you really want.
And how much I love how the changes in the characters are shown and how simple it is why they really belong together - they make each other brave and they are "on the same page" as to what each other wants.
Oh I loved this book so so much.
That said, the writer's power of description is quite remarkable, almost intoxicating. The characters are well presented, the dialogue fluid, the plot firm. If you are fond of romance with a fairy tale ending, I would recommend this book without hesitation.
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