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The Beach House (The Beach House #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,408 ratings  ·  175 reviews
The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer.

When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 4th 1997)
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Eh. For some reason, I could not put this book down-- BUT, it definitely wasn't a favourite by any means. I was intrigued by each story, but felt as though each was pretty long-winded and then bam! Either the story just ended, without much to it, or the ending was so super cheesy I couldn't help but cringe. It's as though the author got tired of writing. Sweet stories in many ways, and I definitely got all choked up at times, and it was nice to get back into this kind of relaxed/romantic read fo ...more
I needed a lighter read to offset the heaviness of a book I just finished and this book was just right. It's set at a beach house in the Santa Cruz, CA area and each chapter is a month and focuses on the owner or the person renting the house that month. I liked all of the different stories and the way the story of the owner of the house was weaved throughout the book. It's a light, fast read that is perfect for summer. I'm reviewing the author's sequel to this book so am looking forward to seein ...more
I blew threw the first three-quarters of this book loving it. I had such high praise that a friend wanted to borrow it when I was done. Then, I finished it. It almost as if the author ran out of steam and just cobbled things together at the end. That's why I can only give this book three starts because it fell apart for me at the end. I'm almost embarrassed to give it to my friend, now, after all my gushing. Still, I'm not sorry I read it, and I would love to read a follow up novel on the charac ...more
This is a series of inter-related stories surrounding the tenants and neighbors of a beach house in Santa Cruz, CA. After the death of her husband, Julia decides to have one more visit to the beach house before putting it up for sale. She is surprised to find that she has some feelings for a man renting one of the nearby cottages from a friend, a former doctor making an attempt to become a writer. The following tenants are a mom and teenager son, along with a family friend who brings teenager da ...more
Meredith Schorr
I really enjoyed this novel with several sub-stories all connected to a single beach house. I cared about all of the characters and wanted to see them happy. The stories were romantic without being overly sappy or angsty. I was especially touched by Maggie and Joe's story, especially, the interaction between the two elderly folks and young Jason and Sarah. I absolutely adored young Chris and wish there were more grown men like him! I appreciated the addition of a few antagonists like Tracy and B ...more
The beach house was a pleasant light read about many types of love all found at a beach house that the different families rent (or in one case own). The characters were well developed with the different stories blending into one another as some characters left their summer rentals and others arrived.

The main background story involves the owner of the beach house, Julia who recently lost her husband Ken, who has loved and admired by all. She meets a recently divorced doctor and summer visitor who
I read all three books and found them all to be individual in their own right, each charming, romantic, challenging, filled with the sort of people
I like and would welcome as friends. Each family has issues to be dealt with, all differently yet similar. The paths of the familiars intertwine, long friendships grow and become almost family...all together making a village in themselves, caring and helping each other, year after year. Beach life is inviting and enjoyed by all. Old buddies meet to fi
I almost lean to 3.5 stars for this book, due to the fact that I liked how Bockoven structured it, using the beach house as the central connective fiber of the story, and telling the story of each month's renters. There was just enough detail provided on their back stories to have a clear understanding of how each family arrived at their current situation. Bockoven also touched on a couple of hot button issues (end of life/right to die and religion - fundamentalist hypocrite variety), but she wa ...more
This is one of the best books I've read. I am so glad I picked it out of my stash to take to the beach. I read it in half a day! The basic format does not usually appeal to me; it's basically 4 intertwining stories that really captivated me. It was so fun, and sometimes sad to watch each story unfold. It was just a wonderful book - don't miss it!
I love nonlinear movies and non-linear books as well. It's more mentally stimulating to follow a creative road that seems to choose it's direction at random.

This books is actually three vignettes of the goings on at a beach house. Yet, all the characters are somehow related to one another in one or more of the other vignettes. Bockhoven does a nice job keeping the story line in order and there is little difficulty making sense of the story. The books touches on many themes particularly the them
Loved this book; different stories going on between several different sets of characters, but not so much that it was confusing to keep up with everyone. The story of the elderly couple left me literally in tears ........ very few books have made me actually cry, but this one did.

Will definitely read more from this author.
Merrill Medansky
The Beach House is the first book, and "Another Summer" and "Return to the Beach House" follow, so read the first one first if you want to understand the characters and setting.
This writer reminds me a lot of Debbie Macomber, and the books remind me of Macomber's Rose Harbor books.
The protagonist, a widow, has a house that she rents out over the summer, and the renters' stories form the core of the books. As in the Inn at Rose Harbor, the characters come with an issue or challenge, and it gets r
Maybe the book lost out on the reading sequence- coming after an autobiography (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) and a historical biography (Imperial Woman)- both well written and true life stories of strong wonderful women, this book seemed to trivialize fiction and the power of imagination. one would think real life could be limiting whereas you can run away in your mind to the most delightful corners and daring adventures- yet here I was reading a book of fiction which paled in comparison to ...more
The Beach House was either an Amazon freebie or a 99 cent buy for me. It looked cute for the summer so I decided to get it. It was a quick read - nothing overly complicated. Four stories are intertwined in one beach house / beach area.

Again, like the last book I just finished, Julia is a recent, young widow. Another story that hits a little close to home (the worst thing that could happen to someone I think, at that young age) and is full of grief. She is ready to sell her and her husband's bea
Anish Antony
Sep 18, 2013 Anish Antony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who loves to read life
The Beach house is not an intellectual novel, its not even a thriller or a mystery. You couldn't find suspense or cliffhangers. This is a lucid and facile novel. The plot is simple that you can easily interweave into the storyline.
Georgia Bockoven provided an effortless reading experience.
The story coalesce in and around the Beach House. For some people it is a place to get transformed, for some others its just an apartment away from their home to spend their vacation. The novel encloses the s
Newly widowed Julia returns to her beach house for one last summer, with plans to sell. The memories she shared with her husband Ken are too painful.
The book is broken into months, with different unrelated stories about the renters who have occupied the house for years during the particular months in which they stay.
In June, a teenage boy comes into his own.
In July, a couple married for sixty-five years faces the impending cancer death of the wife.
In August, Ken's best friend secretly has secre
I love any kind of book about the beach...and this one was good, but not one i would rush out to recommend to people.....her character development was choppy....i had to do alot of surmising myself with the cast.....and yes like other reviewers, felt the end just came too fast.....and kind of left the reader with a "wait, what ???? that's it? THAT is the ending?" was anti-climatic.....i am hoping the sequel to this is better....
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A beach house where the owner rents out the home to the same families for the months of June, July and August and since this has been going on for years, the renters and the owners know each other and are all connected. This summer is different as the owner - Julia has decided that she wants to sell at the end and this may be the last summer for all of the renters.

Each renter has a month to tell their story, their past, present and potential future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Basically it showed how one beach house was the life changing spot for several different people; the owner, who just lost her husband, the 17 year old boy who goes every summer with his mom and her college roommate and her daughter, the elderly couple who have been married 65 years, the woman who has recently separated from her husband. This house is the center of all that happens one summer. Quick read, not a lot of humor but I did like this book.
Perfect vacation reading. Julia decides to sell the beach house she shared with her newly deceased husband. She sets in motion a final summer that changes the lives of all the renters who vacation in it summer after summer.

Three families - three stories. First Julia, then Chris and his mother, and his first love, and lastly Maggie and Joe - seniors who only ever loved each other.

I had mixed feeling about this book, but overall, I enjoyed reading it. This book has parts divided between the summer months and chapters are within those summer months. There are characters of all ages, and they are portrayed realistically in the book. There are a lot of characters in this book, and I got a little confused while reading at times. I loved the story of Julia, Maggie, Joe and Eric. But towards the end of the month with Maggie and Joe, I believe it was June, I felt that the ending ...more
I have no idea why I picked up this book or even when I did. Normally I read a book because I saw a good review, or it was recommended by a friend, or, even better, written by a friend. Sometimes I am browsing and something with an intruiging/unique plot catches my eye. None of these apply. While there is certainly nothing wrong with the plot, the story of various people going to their respective beach houses in a "summer that will change there lives forever" is not something I would normally pi ...more

this was a wonderful summer read. it is 3 stories in one, all involving a stay at the same beach house. each family or person has their own set of troubles but they are worked out nicely.
I will look for more books from this author when I'm ready for another light comforting read.
Maryann Fox
Wonderful book comprised of 3 stories that take place at a summer house in Santa Cruz,CA-3 families/couples come to rent the house at different periods during a summer. This is the first book I read by this author and I want to read Another Summer and Return to Beach House as they are companion books.
Fun book - actually 3.5 stars. Interesting concept - one CA beach house with different characters renting each of the summer months. I actually read it on the beach too!! There are two more books about the same beach house - different characters - I will read #2 next.
The book intertwines multiple stories of various characters who stay at the beach house. I loved all of the different stories and appreciated that each character was in a different stage in life and going through various and somewhat common situations.
CMac G
yuk. romance novel with ridiculous plots.

synopsis: young widow left with a beach house and stories of the various renters and neighbors. I've flagged some of the more awful analogies. I think the editor missed a typo / non-sequitir too.
First 2/3 of the book was great but then it went downhill VERY fast once the "August" chapter rolled around. The ending felt forced. Also, I was left wondering what happened to characters from the first months of summer. Pieces were left hanging that needed to be tied up, and other parts were drawn out unnecessarily.
Jennifer Shellabarger
Great beach read

Great beach read

This novel does a wonderful job capturing emotions over several love stories. I will look forward to reading more novels from Georgia Bockoven.
Debbie W
I actually gave this book 4.5 stars but rounded to 4. This is the first book that I have read by by Georgia Bockoven definitely plan on reading more. If you are looking for a romance book riddled with sex, you won’t find it here. What you will find are several characters that come alive and all have current day issues of loss.

This book reads more like a novella with separate storylines but come together by association of the beach house in California that they rent every year. The writer defini
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Georgia was a Army child, who after a successful career as a freelance photo journalist before she turned to fiction writing. Published since 1983, she is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her romance novel, A Marriage of Convenience, became a CBS movie in October of 1998 starring Jane Seymour and James Brolin.

Married wich John Bockoven, she is
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