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The Beach

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him. But spring has given way to summer, and soon, the annual invasion of vacationers and tourists will subdivide the beach with blankets, umbrellas, and chairs, depriving Alan ...more
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published August 12th 2012 by Redstone Press
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Sherry Fundin
Oct 18, 2013 Sherry Fundin rated it really liked it
Alan loved the beach (his beach), but when summer came, the tourists came with it. He thought the beach belonged to him and hated having to share it.

As he walked, he turned to look back at his bungalow. He had worked hard to be able to buy this slice of Heaven. He preferred his own company and talked to the ocean as if it was a trusted friend.

He had reached the granite rock outcrop, which continually amazed him. He would walk the beach until he reached the rock, then look over his domain. A stor
As Alan strolled down the beach, his thoughts were on the coming weeks – the influx of tourists with the warmer months almost upon them would ruin his beach; the trash, the noise and all that accompanied the invasion of strangers out for a good time. As he sat on his favourite rock and gazed out to sea his frustration was great – he knew he could do nothing to save his beach, his home, his life…

Suddenly washed up beside him was a strange item, maybe an artefact which he could clean up and add to
Oct 02, 2012 Sophia rated it really liked it
This was a small anthology of two short stories with one of them being a contemporary allegory and the other contemporary fiction. They have the common link of two guys being faced with life choices, what they choose and the results of their choices. Both stories in their own ways were challenging to read and stayed with me afterwards giving me reason to pause and reflect on my own life (yeah, they're those kinds of stories).

The Beach
The Beach is the story of a man, Allen, who lives along a str
Rachel at theJeepDiva
Since there are two stories in this one I am going to review them separately. I give The Beach 3 stars and Short Time 4 stars.

The Beach – Alan, the main character, was very well written and you could easily picture him and his beach in your head. This story didn’t grab me in the beginning as much as some of Jaye’s other stories did. I think it was the main character that I disliked. However he was supposed to be a character that you don’t want to be around. Once I got further into the story I wa
Sep 07, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen by: Jaye Frances
Shelves: kindle-own
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This story tells of a man named Alan, that has a home on the beach. Alan is retired and enjoys his time on the beach that he thinks of as his. He is a very grumpy, cynical man who prefers to be alone and becomes very angry with the people who spend time on the beach. He feels they are too loud, and they litter his beloved beach and they just cause too many problems for him. Alan comes across a container one day that he brings h
MT Bostick
Aug 25, 2012 MT Bostick rated it it was amazing
I just loved this story! I saw the capsule, I saw the characters, I saw the beach on and on and on. Jaye Frances is one very talented lady! The story did not turn out quite like I expected, but in no way am I disappointed. I could not have guessed the true nature of this story and I'm glad for that. I so much enjoyed this story. I haven't read her other stories but I most assuredly will. I believe I've become a fan! If you haven't read this story you are missing out. The protagonist is not a ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Adrianne rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Where do i start? Right, it was awesome. This book contains two short stories, one is the beach which is about a man who wanted the beach all to himself so he made a negotiation with Efil, who's more like a professional genie slash salesmen. He thought he was making a good deal, thought about it long and hard so that there will be no consequences but in the end, let's just say that the deal wasn't in his favor. This is similar to t
Sandy Wolters
Feb 14, 2013 Sandy Wolters rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 150, horror
Book: The Beach
Author: Jaye Frances
Genre: Supernatural Suspense Thriller
Length: Approximately 108 Pages
Note: This book contains two short stories

Wow! I'm completely exhausted after reading these two stories in THE BEACH by JAYE FRANCES. These are both stories about someone being enticed by an outside influence with a huge life choice. Is this a gift, or is it a curse? Do the characters make the right decisions? No.

This is the first work that I've read by Jaye Frances and it's not going to be th
Nov 12, 2012 Dani rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
"Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him."

This book was a beautifully blunt descriptor of not only human selfishness but prejudice as well. Two things mankind collides with on a daily basis. Alan's perspective of things would be similar to most people. You put certain individuals into a group based on color, religion, or social standa
Stephanie Greenhalgh
Jan 12, 2013 Stephanie Greenhalgh rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of “The Beach” for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jaye Frances, as well as, the extra novella, “Short Time”, that came with it. Both were poignant, purposeful and full of meaning, which is not my usual genre. Normally, I prefer mindless fun reading versus thought provoking literature, but I honestly couldn’t put either down once I started. Frances lures you in right away with an intriguing plot and great character development. In “The Beach”, you ...more
David Chizum
Sep 30, 2013 David Chizum rated it really liked it
Son of a Beach
Move over, Stephen King, you've got company. Author Jaye Frances weaves a tale which begins with a bright, sandy beach then turns darker as the narrative progresses. In a way, this novella stands as a modern version of an old morality drama. Yes, authors are allowed--in fact, expected--to make a few personal points for the improvement of humankind as well as to provide entertainment. The Beach does just that, while holding a reader's attention as the mystery proceeds to an unpredi
Jan 21, 2013 Bobby rated it really liked it
Well written by someone that obviously has a grasp on wonderful vocabulary. Lines like "a matrix of mirrored squares" and "vacillating between conjecture and assumption" are appreciated. And "purgatorial review"? Perfect. This would have been a great screenplay for a Rod Serling "Twilight Zone" episode. The 4 instead of 5 star is simply because I am much more a novel reader and rarely go for novellas. But if I'm going to read a short story, I would like it to be this clever.
R. James
Aug 25, 2014 R. James rated it liked it
A fair read. Not original by any stretch of the imagination. Sort of a cross between your standard 'genie in a bottle' fantasy and 'be careful what you

wish for' parable. Enjoyable, nonetheless. I actually liked 'Short Time' a little more, but I'm more predisposed to time travel stories anyway.

Well-polished, as any short story should be.
Joella Berkner
Oct 20, 2013 Joella Berkner rated it liked it
A well written pair of short stories. I found the the title story to be by far the better of the two with a fairly unique twist to it. It's about a man who wants his stretch of beach to himself, no matter the cost and in this case the cost was big. The second story was good but not terribly memorable. Overall good writing and well edited, possibly just not my type reading.
Dec 09, 2013 Katya rated it liked it
The main story (The Beach) was short and suspenseful, although it was fairly easy to guess that justice would be served in some way or another. The bonus story (Short Time) was totally a new concept for me and I had no idea how it would end. I actually preferred this story to the first one.

Thanks for another good read, Ms. Frances!
T.L. Zalecki
Oct 27, 2012 T.L. Zalecki rated it really liked it
I really loved these two novella's. The stories were unique, suspenseful and well-paced. The writing is very smart as well as beautifully descriptive. I loved the author's breakdown of all the symbolism in the stories at the end. Very Kafkaesque!
May 06, 2014 Arushi rated it liked it
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Karen Lowe
Jun 08, 2013 Karen Lowe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grossly overpriced for a short story.
A simplistic concept, and a rather self-important heap of info piled on by the author.
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Jaye Frances is the author of "World Without Love," a suspense thriller series with an erotic edge, including “Betrayed,” "Reunion," and "Redemption." Her other books include "The Beach," a sci-fi supernatural tale about the possibilities—and horror—of wishful thinking, "The Kure," a paranormal-occult romance novel, "The Possibilities of Amy," a coming-of-age story of first love, and "Love Travels ...more
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