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Beach Season

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  497 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Golden sand, pounding surf, a sense of endless possibility--and four unforgettable stories of love, friendship, and second chances. . .
The Brass Ring by Lisa Jackson
It's a beautiful June day, perfect for a wedding--until Shawna learns that her fiance, Parker, has been involved in a car crash. Though his injuries heal, his memories of her are gone. Yet Shawna won't stop r
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 10, 2012 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
If you're looking the THE beach book of the season~~this is it. The front cover of this book says, "Every summer offers a new beginning..." Each story of this wonderful anthology offers just that, a new beginning. Though this theme of new beginnings resonates through each story, each story is different from the others.

JUNE'S LACE by Cathy Lamb introduces us to even more fun and quirky "Cathy Characters". I loved June, a wedding dress making phenom who vows to never wed again, from the first pag
Marya Kowal
Sep 07, 2012 Marya Kowal rated it liked it
The stories mostly center around second chances with a beach background.

Lisa Jackson gets top billing here, but I didn't like her contribution. The heroine is annoying. And why would a physician push her injured/amnesiac fiance to the point of hurting his recovery? The hero is wooden and flat. Cardboard is more exciting. And hearing the inner thoughts of a man complaining about his erections just isn't sexy. Sorry.

Cathy Lamb's story was a hoot. LOVED the heroine, want the hero as my next hubby,
Jul 26, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
So, I just got this book a couple days ago, and am still in the process of reading it. This book is set as a 4-in-1; something that you don't see very often, unlike 2-in-1s, and that often annoys me rather than just doing separate books. Anywho, these books are basically about summer, and how "Every summer offers a new beginning", as the cover says. Each book is about 100 pages long, give or take, so they are very quick to read. I read the first book entitled "June's Lace" yesterday, and I shall ...more
Nancy Narma
Jul 16, 2012 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it
“Sand, Surf But Most Importantly Love”
If you’re planning to relax on the sands of some faraway destination or just enjoying the view from your backyard hammock, be sure to tote this volume with you. You will savor the works of four talented authors. In “June’s Lace”, Cathy Lamb introduces us to former attorney/talented-beyond-belief wedding dress designer; June MacKenzie, who, after continually battling with her slime-ball of a husband; Grayson for a divorce, swears she will never get involved w
Julie Barrett
May 23, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Beach Season by Lisa Jackson and 3 others
June's Lace by Cathy Lamb
June is going through a divorce but he wants half of her new wedding dress business. She is so distraught she heads down to the beach and she turns her back on a wave. It's raining and she falls under and an arm stretches to reach her. Reece is only renting a house for 8 weeks and he sees to it that she goes to get checked out at the hospital.
They have a survivors lunch for a few dates and she finds out he is staying right next do
Feb 09, 2016 BJ rated it it was ok
This was basically a collection of novellas with a common thread of second chances at love and further bound by their setting, different beaches. The first was by Cathy Lamb, it was okay. I loved her book Julia's Chocolates, but this was just a typical Harlequin/Silhouette-type story and I felt the bad guy in the story gave up too soon, taking away the suspense. Same with the second story by Holly Chamberlin, suspense built-up and then sputtered. The best story in this book, I feel is the third ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
This is four books in one, so rating this as a whole is going to be VERY difficult.
June's Lace by Cathy Lamb
This book was a very great read!I really liked how the main character went from the rat race to owning and running her own business and freeing herself from under the Man's thumb in more ways than one.

Second Chance Sweethearts by Holly Chamberlin
This book reminds me of Eddie Money's song, I Want to Go Back. This had a light and fluffy feel to it with a delightful ending.

Carolina Summer by
Jul 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Very Harlequin romance like - lots of romantic fluff, very little beach, and no substance. The third book was my favorite, probably more so because I know the setting, and I like Noonan's books (although definitely NOT up to her standard as she is an incredible writer and this was a water-downed version of her style.) Lisa Jacksons' plot had real potential but it was lost in the angst of the characters.
Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
I got this book over a year ago. It is a collection of short stories. They are cute and sweet and have HEA's but it just didn't 'do' it for me.
Jun 20, 2012 Jules rated it it was ok
4 short stories--too predictable, not written well. Going into the garage sale pile.
Jun 04, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
excellent book and I discovered 3 new authors that were really good.
Jul 12, 2012 Liviania rated it liked it
BEACH SEASON collects four novellas by a variety of popular authors including #1 New York Times Bestseller Lisa Jackson. All four romances are set in beach towns and perfect for a little summer beach reading. (Or perhaps summer-wishing-you-were-at-the-beach-reading.)

June's Lace by Cathy Lamb

The anthology opens with my favorite of the four novellas - "June's Lace" by Cathy Lamb. June MacKenzie is almost at the end of a long, contentious divorce. It's been two years of fighting with her ex and the
Julie C-f
3.5 only because June's Lace made me want to put on a white, lace dress, have a daisy crown, live and travel in a camper and fulfill my dream of visiting the PNW. Lisa Jackson is an author wnise books I read but I didn't really like her share here.

A book about second chances, cutting ties from a past that has shaped how life and love are viewed and lived.
The book had four stories so I have a brief review of each one. They follow the same order as in the book. In addition to the beach and summer theme common to the stories, three of the four also have exes who are stalkers, abusive or both. That is not my idea of a little light summer reading and I had to readjust my expectations while reading.

JUNE'S LACE by Cathy Lamb

A light sweet frothy confection, complete with eccentric family members.The ex in this one is emotionally and verbally abusive. It
Jul 14, 2012 Alexia561 rated it liked it
June's Lace:
Really enjoyed this story of a woman rediscovering her old self. June had an unconventional childhood, raised by hippie parents. Wanting to be "normal" she basically turned her back on the wild, free part of herself, became a lawyer, and married another lawyer. She was miserable.

Trying to recapture the Old June, she starts a business creating unconventional wedding dresses. June is artistic and smart and a free spirit. Why anyone would want to bury that part of themselves is beyond
Janice Liedl
Aug 04, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This set of four shorts was loosely linked by some elements of the beach in each. The first story, "June's Lace" by Cathy Lamb, was my favourite - a five-star outing for those who love romantic comedy. Reese rescues June from a rogue wave on the beach and, despite the initial attraction, June fights the urge to get closer to this interesting visitor because, well, it's complicated. She's still in the process of divorcing a real weasel while getting her one-of-a-kind wedding dress business off ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Star rated it really liked it
“The Brass Ring” by Lisa Jackson: On the night before Shawna McGuire’s marriage to Parker Harrison, they are torn apart by a devastating car accident. Now Parker doesn’t remember Shawna, but Shawna refuses to give up on him and their love. Even though I loved the writing, “The Brass Ring” was not my favorite story in this collection. I thought Shawna was desperately pushy and Parker was a jerk. I liked Shawna’s brother, Jake, as he seemed to be the most stable character in the story. I had ...more
Erin Muses
Jul 08, 2012 Erin Muses rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Oh, this book. It was sooooo disappointing. All of the authors were new to me, and I will likely never buy anything from any of them again.

June's Laces by Cathy Lamb: A little hippie-dippie but cute. Heroine tells us that she fell in lust and then love with him, but we don't really see it (and, yes, it can be done in a novella). Not a big fan of first-person writing in a romance. 3 stars

Second Chance Sweethearts by Holly Chamberlin: I believe I will let my highlights/notes speak for themselves:
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
I am very thankful to have been selected to receive Beach Season from a Goodreads' First Reads Giveaway.

Beach Season is a compilation of stories by Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberin and Rosalind Noonan. Each story shares a tale of love with the beach as the setting.

In June's Lace by Cathy Lamb, June MacKenzie is moving on from her soon-to-be ex-husband by designing wedding gowns in a beach house on the Oregon coast. Too bad he doesn't want to move on from her. When an emergency thrusts
Collections of novellas are great for dipping in and out of between books and this seems like a light, enjoyable collection to read during the last weeks of summer. In general these are stories about summer, love and second chances at happiness.
The first story, June's lace was laugh out loud funny at times, sweet and mushy at others. I loved the quirky characters (June's flower child, Scottish family). Even June's inner voice (annoying in some other books that will remain nameless) was funny ra
Feb 04, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
It's winter time here and I needed a beach book. This was a good choice, it was four individual stories set at the beach. I enjoyed the first three a lot, June's Lace, Second Chance Sweethearts and Carolina Summer. I'm not even sure which one I liked best. But I didn't care for the fourth story Brass Ring.

I'll focus on the ones I liked :)

June's Lace was about a woman named June who is several years deep into divorce proceedings with a man who won't let the marriage go. She's told herself she wil
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I really enjoyed reading the anthology Beach Season. All four stories (June's Lace by Cathy Lamb, Second Chance Sweethearts by Holly Chamberlin, Carolina Summer by Rosalind Noonan and The Brass Ring by Lisa Jackson) were of similar plot lines of dealing with getting over bad relationships and finding the one person that makes everything click. These are wonderfully written second chance books where no matter what the situation is or what the cause was
Mary Stockwell
Sep 10, 2016 Mary Stockwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great bargain

This book is well worth the money. All four stories by four really good authors are really nice intriguing romances.
May 19, 2016 SweetSue rated it it was ok
These stories were all over the map. 2 were good and 2 were awful.
The Brass Ring by Lisa Jackson
1 star - Hero was one-dimensional, heroine was young and stupid for someone who is supposedly a doctor. No resolution to the subplots.
June's Lace by Cathy Lamb
3 stars - Fun, descriptive story. You could really feel their creativity-she's a dress designer, he's a songwriter. Great romance. Loved their 'dates' and his patience.
Second Chance Sweethearts by Holly Chamberlin
DNF - way too boring in ju
Apr 30, 2016 Aleissa marked it as to-read
This is not normally the type of book I choose to read. However, I was the recipient of a Goodreads giveaway and can honestly say that I am delighted to have received this 4-in-1 book. I will no longer shy away from and misjudge "light" reading because there was truly substance to these stories. I particularly enjoyed "June's Lace". The Oregon coast was well described and played an intricate part in the story-line, and every single character helped bring every emotion to the table - humor, a few ...more
Jun 18, 2016 ELIZABETH HARRIS rated it did not like it
This review is only for June's Lace by Cathy Lamb. I couldn't find it listed here separately, and I haven't read the other stories in here yet. I don't know why I keep reading these silly romance stories. The women in them are always idiots. There's always some wonderful man that loves them, but they don't want to be with them for some stupid reason. This one is June's (almost) ex-husband is a complete ass, so she thinks all men are like him. He also won't sign their divorce papers. Everyone is ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it

I picked this book as a bit of fluff to read while on vacation. I was already reading a novel that required a fair amount of thought and concentration. To that end, this collection of romance novellas fit the bill perfectly. And, while I really enjoyed the first three stories in this book, I found the fourth, "The Brass Ring," to be plodding and tedious. I found much of that story to be cliched and predictable, starting with the accident on a rain-slicked roadway that left Shawna's fiancé injur
Aug 04, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
During the summertime, I enjoy relaxing beach reads that while reading I feel transported to the shore. Surprisingly complex storylines are uncovered and they prove to be not as lighthearted or fluffy as I originally intended. Summer Days and Beach Season are collection of stories by famed chick lit/romance authors and offer readers storylines such as mystery, family relations, past loves, second chances and a renewal of spirit.

Summer Days’ stories included: Elizabeth Bass’s You Again, Holly Ch
Cyndee Thomas
Sep 18, 2012 Cyndee Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This is a good book for the Summer. I enjoyed each story. The Characters and their relationships were easy to relate in real life. I read a paperback edition from my local Library system. It carries nicely in a beach bag. I recommend this book for Romance and Chick-Lit Fans. Check this title will make summer last a bit more.

**This is my opinion and mine only!**Beach Season
Patricia Solla
Jul 25, 2012 Patricia Solla rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
This was pretty good beach reading. The first story about a woman moving on in her life - making changes to live and work on her terms. Loved her hippie family descriptions and the the clothing descriptions which she creates. The second story was kind of odd but interesting reading. Carolina Summer was my favorite of the group. There's action, romance and again nice descriptions of the area. The last story was strange but okay.
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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