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Monarch Beach

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Anita Hughes' Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman's journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and lifewhat it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again.

When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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May 18, 2012 Janga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written in first person, Monarch Beach is chick-lit rather than romance fiction; thus, no one should be surprised that conventions of the romance genre are ignored here. Readers who consider adultery taboo may be turned off by Amanda’s affair with Edward while she is still legally the wife of Andre Blick. Frankly, I was less bothered by her unfaithfulness than by her shallowness. I quickly grew weary of the endless details of couture and cuisine, and I found nothing to admire or like in Amanda’s ...more
May 31, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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St. Martin’s Press|June 19, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-312-64304-1

Anita Hughes’ Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life – what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again.

When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kind-hearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuilt i
Apr 11, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just odd to me. I get why Amanda left Andre because of the cheating. Then, when she met Edward ......can't put my finger on it, but, he was just weird. Too good to be true and somewhat fake. Then , she finds out he cheated on her too. Amanda confides in her mother and she convinces her to follow her dreams of going to Parsons School of Design in NYC. Now, on the last day, Amanda is having a cocktail at the hotel bar and Edward pops in to join her. He tells her how sorry he is about ...more
Erika Robuck
Jul 21, 2012 Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of you looking for a riveting, sassy, sexy beach read, look no further than MONARCH BEACH. I previewed the book by reading chapter one, and couldn't put it down for three days. Unfaithful husbands, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, friendship, and new love are explored in MONARCH BEACH. It is a delicious debut in women's fiction.
Melissa Jackson
I received a copy of Monarch Beach from a Goodreads giveaway.

I realized while reading this one that unless there is a zany main character, or a unique situation, chick lit isn't really for me. (I really enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries, for example.) If it's mainly just about real-life struggles women go through, I start to get antsy. Maybe because these types of books are too realistic and not enough of an escape for me.

So take this review with a grain of salt.

When Amanda Bli
Monarch Beach is the perfect beach read of the summer. I spent my Saturday laying out in the sun just enjoying this book. Enjoying the story, enjoying the characters and enjoying the writing. It's just one of those books you read, it's a great diversion for an afternoon yet you still think about it when it's over. Amanda is a character I will remember as well as her mother and her son.

Amanda has found her husband cheating on her and has no idea how to proceed. Her life has fallen apart in the s
Dec 07, 2012 Ameena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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:


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 toget
Laura Kay Bolin
Jun 26, 2012 Laura Kay Bolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Monarch Beach is the debut book from author Anita Hughes. Amanda Blick is a middle aged wife and mom who has a great life--until one Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning she finds her gorgeous husband, "enjoying" the restaurants sous chef.

Now, what you need to know about Amanda is she is loaded! So after finding another woman's legs wrapped around her husband, her mother suggests a getaway. A getaway for the super wealthy, complete with pool waiters-a stay in
Melanie Coombes
Jun 16, 2012 Melanie Coombes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is definitely chick lit, but it was good, surprisingly good since I don't read too many romance, beachy novels. But I was hooked within the first few pages. The writer does a great job making her characters likeable and very real.
The book is mainly about Amanda Blick. She is a young, 30 something mother who also happens to be a rich California heiress. One day she walks into her husbands restaurant to find him literally wrapped around his sous chef in the kitchen. He's French and trie
Feb 24, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woman-s-fiction
What a wonderful debut novel by Anita Hughes. I am looking forward to her next book. I thought Anita did a wonderful job of describing everything, I could truly picture it all. I want to go live at the St Regis and do the butterfly releases. The story was wonderfully done showing that everything isn't always black and white or what it seems to be. When Amanda catches her husband cheating on her and the actions she takes to make sure that her son Max is not hurt in the process. Even though Amanda ...more
Amir Yassai
Mar 23, 2014 Amir Yassai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel like she nailed the St. Regis I grew up there just living a mile away from my house spending brunches there and my dad was friends with the prior owners and felt like I was there in the book.

Amanda was such a great and lovably flawed character but strong at the same time. Andre reminds me of Gilles Marini the actor from Sex and the City. The secondary characters like the mom and Stephanie were fun to read. I will definitely recommend the book to my friends. And the discussion questions a
I'm not normally a sucker for chick-lit fiction but I do enjoy a story set on a beach. While this could easily have been a cliche novel -- main character discovers her gorgeous hubby, a French chef, is having an affair and promptly leaves him -- instead, Amanda (main character) shows a lot of grace and strength to the point where you truly feel empathetic. There were a few minor flaws but nothing that distracted from the plot (such as, Amanda's mother vowing to give up chain-smoking but we never ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Amanda finds her chef husband has been having an affair and struggles with what to do with her life. Not knowing what to do next, she decided to take off for the summer to St Regis Resort in Laguna with her mother and her son. She meets Edward, a divorced man who helps her through her tough days. This is one of those must read books. I can't wait to re ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On 2/29/12 Goodreads First Reads notified me that I had won Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes. Six weeks later on 4/11/12, and I just received the book today.
Even though I had to wait six weeks for the book, let me just say it was worth the wait. This book and author are great, be careful starting it you will not want to put it down. When reading this book, I can so imagine myself at the St. Regis, the way this writer just brings everything to life is amazing. I love the characters of Amanda, her m
Catherine Oyster
I learned from Anita Hughes that divorce is easy when you're a multi million dollar heiress. You can stuff your kid with milkshakes and get alone time by leaving him in the care of hotel staff, mope between spa sessions, and be grotesquely indulged by your mom and best friends unquestioning support. Cutting off all and any ties to your spouse is a breeze and avoiding any emotional exploration or analysis of your relationship is the method prescribed too move forward.

I was disappointed at this su
Jun 24, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great job Anita Hughes did on her first novel. I really enjoyed reading a book where the setting was on the west coast. I am from the east coast and have never been to California. While reading this book I felt like I was actually there. Now, I'm going to add visit St. Regis Monarch Beach resort to my bucket list. Thnak you, Anita for creating such a wonderful story with great ambiance, and a surprise ending.
Lori Spielman
Dec 06, 2012 Lori Spielman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful novel that transports the reader into a fantastic world of caviar and Bentleys, the Pacific Coast and The St. Regis Hotel. A perfect book to tuck into your tote when you're headed to the beach.
May 31, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Anita Hughes is a good Chick Lit writer. However, I did not care for this book. It took a nose dive about half way through. I couldn't get into the main character, Amanda. I thought she was very shallow.
Aug 14, 2012 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a wonderful book. I had a hard time putting it down. I read it in my spare time and was done in 2 1/2 days!!! Highly recommended.
Oct 09, 2012 Sheena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit

4.5/5 Loved it! A great debut. My only regret is that I didn't actually get to read this til now it's a perfect beach read. And I can't wait til next year when Anita's new book comes out.
Jun 19, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Blick grew up as an only child in a wealthy San Francisco family. She had dreams of going to the prestigious Parsons School of Technology in New York City to study fashion design, but her dream was placed on hold when her beloved father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Putting her dreams of NY on hold, she attended her father's alma mater, UC Berkeley to be close to her parents. Her father passed away two weeks before her college graduation. Once again Amanda planned to go to NY ...more
Allie Smith
As the beautiful cover suggests, Monarch Beach is about beautiful people who live in beautiful places. The book takes place in San Francisco (my favorite city, so the author won me over right there) and Laguna Beach (a.k.a Monarch Beach). It’s been a while since I’ve read a fiction book about people who live so affluently. It’s was fun escaping into the world of extreme wealth and luxury, even if I was sometimes very envious!

Amanda is an affable heroine, who’s life took a drastic turn at eighte
Jul 01, 2012 Isabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 teac ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Jencey/ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Monarch Beach is Anita Hughes debut. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to share this author with you. Thank you Anita and Saint Martins for sending me this great read!
Amanda has the life of her dreams. Her husband Andre works as the chef; and is part owner of a restaurant in Ross California. Then there is Max their child. One morning Amanda decides to visit the restaurant for breakfast and finds a little more than she bargained for. Will she forgive Andre? Amanda receives an offe
Jul 25, 2012 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes is one of those beach reads that barely scratches the surface about what divorce can do to a family, especially when one spouse cheats on the other and more than once. To Amanda Blick’s credit she doesn’t go postal and take out her husband’s (Andre) French fondue restaurant in Ross, an exclusive, elite neighborhood, and she doesn’t have a nervous breakdown. Rather, Blick takers their son, Max, out of the San Francisco area to St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort with her ...more
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
Why I chose this book: It’s summertime, so what could be better than soaking up the rays on my hot-pink beach towel with a romantic beach read? I really enjoyed living vicariously in the St. Regis presidential suite, drinking the fruity cocktails, digging my toes in the soft sand, and riding along the Pacific Coast Highway in a sweet Bentley!

What I liked most: The ending. I was preparing myself for a predictable conclusion, but the author threw a major curve ball. Amanda’s got another big journe
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
*Author Provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
Honestly... I wanted to whack the main character in the face with a broom. More reviewing to come(: oh but I loved her mom and kid... Just not any of her man choices. I don't believe in second chances when a guy cheats... No no no no no

Okay so she caught her man in the action of cheating on her. And apparently it's been happening for the whole time they were married. And he blames it on his Frenchness??? Uhmm, I don't think so. You do
Jun 30, 2012 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you thought your entire marriage was a sham? What if you found out you've been betrayed by the person you loved the most for years? What would you do to change it? All those questions and more come about in Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes.

Heiress Amanda Blick thought her life was perfect. She's been married for 10 years and has an adorable eight-year-old son. She's made a nice life for herself in the quiet town of Ross, California. But in one moment Amanda will call into question her entir
Jessica Bang
(I would actually give this three and a half stars.)

I received this book as a First Reads book.

The best part about this book was how Amanda didn't quickly forget about Andre. I liked how Amanda kept wishing from time to time that things could go back to the way they were; how she sexually craved her soon-to-be-ex-husband, how she wanted Max to have his father in his life, and how she wondering how she just couldn't see Andre's true colors.

Everything else in the book was a little more predictabl
Jun 05, 2013 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it and I rated it 4 stars based on the fact that this is an easy breezy summer read, great for reading on the beach or by the pool. It's elevated sense of fashion does not make me love the heroine or the fact that she is an heiress and is living in a hotel. The author attempts to make her plain to make her likeable and it works.

Poor Amanda falls in love and marries a sexy French chef when she is only 22 years old. Flash forward 10 years and she has a wonderful son named Max and
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Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS and the forthcoming CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, published by St. Martin's Press.
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