The setting for The Beach House is a small seaside town (the kind most of us have visited) in Queensland. There are five different stories, which are told separately, but they are weaved together towards the end. Each character has their own reasons for holidaying at The Beach House and you learn of that as the story unfolds. The writing style is quite simple but engaging and you definitely get a real sense of the house. There is drama and some sadness within the stories, but also humour and fun and the overall feel of the book is an uplifting one. Once you get involved in each story, it's hard to put down. It's not really chick lit, but I think those who like chick lit would enjoy it.