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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  119 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
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
She learned nothing. NOTHING.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Erika Robuck
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Erin 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
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Kay Bolin
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. After reading several deep and thought provoking books, I needed a change of pace. This was a light, quick read and exactly what I needed.
Melanie Coombes
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Catherine Oyster
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Lori Spielman
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ann Boytim
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Amanda Blick has a happy life, married to a French chef husband and they have a young son, Max. Amanda decides to surprise her husband and visit him at his restaurant and finds him in the middle of an intimate position with his sous chef. Amanda finds out that this is not the first time by a long shot and he has had affairs with many women,. Amanda is a San Francisco heiress and goes to her society mother to get some advice. Now Amanda finds herself along with her mother and son in a luxurio ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
No surprises here. I didn't connect, really, with any of the characters. I felt that Amanda was weak and too ignorant of life; and everyone encouraged it. Her husband sucked, and she was too easily fooled by him, especially being college educated. The new guy was no better. He jumped right into bed with someone else, just because she wouldn't listen to his "orders" about not seeing the father of her son.
Just couldn't relate to any of them.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect summer beach read. There’s betrayal, badass females, an adorable family, steamy romance and a picturesque backdrop. Loved reading every page of this, just wished we could follow the main character on her next journey.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy to read chick lit. Not much substance but an enjoyable enough first novel by Anita Hughes.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy read vaacation book. I really enjoyed it.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mindless beach read and perfect for this shelter in place time.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but forgettable. Maybe 3.5. I liked that part of it was set in laguna beach.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 eight
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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, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and CALIFORNIA SUMMER, and CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT published by St. Martin's Press. ROME I ...more

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