- File Size: 2135 KB
- Print Length: 294 pages
- Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (July 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2016
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DTM87XC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was such a fun, summery book, filled with history and romance, I quickly fell in love with it! This is one book you should definitely add to your tbr pile!
This novel is a classic example of the old saying that ‘when it rains it pours’. When Natalie visits her Gran (without a set date to leave) she’s desperate to find a job that will utilize her special skill set and Ph.D. In Medieval Studies. After frantically searching, she suddenly finds herself with multiple prospects all at once, and a difficult decision in which to choose.
This novel was well-written in the author’s classic writing style and was thoroughly enjoyable. I believe it’s intended to be enjoyed over a period of time, rather than sitting down and gobbling it all up in one go. I enjoyed the characters and the overall premise of the novel and particularly enjoyed watching Natalie grow as an individual and watching her new relationships blossom, especially with Barney! There were no large surprises, but isn’t it nice to get exactly what you want out of a story? I’d love to go get myself a friendly lab too!
This is a slow burn type of relationship development, sometimes maddeningly so, that also has a lot of local history thrown in so the reader can get an education while reading a romance. I have found the slow pace of the relationship development to be more common in the British style romances than American. The author is male which is a bit unusual for romance books. I am always interested to see women protagonist written from the male perspective. T.A. Williams does a good job of writing a romance and presenting relationship dynamics.
Only, there is one man she can’t seem to shake. Mark is someone she is instantly drawn to, and when he hires her to help him with a novel he’s writing, using her expertise in Medieval History, she’s near him as much as he’ll allow. For some reason, he’s standoffish with her, making it seem as though there is no interest there, whatsoever. A wall is built up between them, no matter how hard Natalie tries to penetrate it.
Natalie is trying desperately to stick with the plan, the goal for her life. To find a long-term career. The job Mark has offered her will only last so long, and afterwards, there’s no guarantee that she’ll remain in his life, especially if she’s offered jobs outside of France. And, if he’s involved with someone else, a real possibility, where would that leave Natalie?
One of the main characters is Natalie’s ninety year-old grandmother, someone who Natalie feels very close to, like a surrogate mother. I could really identify and relate with that relationship, considering my own experiences with my grandmother. She tries hard to steer Natalie in the right direction, at times the voice of reason. It’s like a touch of nostalgia and familiarity, making What Happens at the Beach a very sweet read, indeed.
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