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The Beachside Guest House

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  613 ratings  ·  96 reviews
When Rosa and Bee get together in the run-up to Bee's wedding, they reminisce about the holiday they took together as teenagers to the beautiful Greek island of Paros. They remember the sandy coves, the guest house in the converted windmill where they stayed with their friend Iona, and the gorgeous local men. As memories of that long-forgotten holiday resurface, they are f ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Sphere (first published 2015)
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Dale Harcombe
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Rosa and Bee get caught up in reminiscing about the holiday they spent on the Greek island of Paros with Iona when they were teenagers. They particularly remember the windmill guest house where they stayed, the guys they met and they wonder what has happened since to Iona who has cut off friendship with them. When Rosa learns the windmill is up for sale, a plan starts to form. I must admit I balk at the idea that anyone would buy a property solely relying on snapshots and
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

I truly adore Vanessa's stories. They are always full of wonderful characters, beautiful settings and this overwhelming feel - good factor, and even though life often put the obstacles in the characters' way, they never loose hope. This time the publisher gives us a notice that "The Beachside Guest House" is going to be a little darker, more serious in tone, and yes, that's true, but the book didn't loose the charm and warmth and in the end it had made a perfect read for the end of the summer.

Hannah Symonds
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I was lucky enough to get a arc of this book, having never read any of Vanessa Greene's books before I was not sure what to expect. I will definitely be reading more of her books. This story was brilliant, It was pretty much a perfect holiday read. I loved reading about all the girls stories and about what made them decide to come back to Paros. Vanessa has a real way with her descriptions of the place that you can almost feel the warm sun on your face and all the delicious food she describes ma
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Beachside Guest House made me think of 'it's the little things'. With a stunning cover that smells of the first cold breeze and the last sunset of summer, I believe that Vanessa Greene's latest novel is a must read this autumn. As Rosa, Bee and Iona come together to bring their memories of warmth back to life, the reader is lulled into the spirit of change that is so characteristic of the season that is now upon some of us.

What Vanessa Greene did with The Beachside Guest House is not easy. S
Sophie Bristow Harris
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to my fellow book friend, Hannah, who very kindly gave me her copy of "The Beachside Guest House" by Vanessa Greene.
I love this author so much! On the whole I read pretty creepy, nutty novels, but when it comes to this author I completely mellow out and relax.
The characters in this book were like my virtual friends - people you can depend on when in need of a chat or just knowing they're there for you. There was one character that I really disliked, in fact if I met this person in real li
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Vanessa Greene. This book is about the relationships between three school friends who reunite on a Greek island while doing up a windmill B&B.

At the end I felt the storyline was left dangling a little. I really hope the author continues with a follow on book using the same characters.

This book gets a big thumbs up from me.
Meital Ben-Daniel
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: between-friends
A beautiful novel of rekindled friendships between three girlfriends, which takes place on the Greek island of Paros. There the three remember their past memories and create new ones as they rebuild the beach side guesthouse.
I loved it !!!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first Vanessa Greene book and I loved it. Such a lovely story. Liked the characters and the way they evolved. Will definitely read more books by this author.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Bee, Rosa and Iona used to be best friends and after finishing high school they spent a magical summer together on the island of Paros in Greece, enjoying the sunshine, food and the scrumptious men that cross their path that holiday. It is one of the best times of their lives and the three friends are inseparable yet after the trip they each go their own way and while Rosa and Bee still see each other, they haven't spoken to Iona in years – and they really
Karen Bartlett
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very quick, light, weekend read. Three British teenage girls take an idyllic holiday to the Greek island of Paros, staying in a converted windmill, and over 10 years later, when their lives have moved on, and friendships changed, the windmill is up for sale. Rosa is ready to take a chance and buy the windmill, and Bee is fleeing from a cancelled wedding, so off they go to Paros. When they arrive they realise that time has taken it's toll on the windmill and they have a huge amount of work ahea ...more
Diane Will
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed all of Vanessa Greene's books and this was another easy enjoyable read. Bee and Rosa reminisce about a holiday they had with another friend Iona when they were teenagers, on the island of Paros. The two drifted apart from Iona, but want to try and rekindle the friendship. The 'windmill' comes up for sale and Rosa throws caution to the wind and decides to buy it...Bee eventually decides to join her when her upcoming wedding plans come to a halt. Iona is in a difficult relationship an ...more
Gemma Best
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a very easy book to read however not a lot really happened. I enjoyed reading about the Greek Island and the windmill but I couldn't warm to the characters. I kept expecting something big to happen especially towards the end of the book but it all seemed to just fizzle out.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Another great read, just makes me wish for summer.
Heather Copping
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, just right for summertime beach reading. It's set on a Greek island and tells the story of three friends who return there to renovate an old lighthouse
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this easy relaxing chick-lit novel. I could picture the beautiful guest house and it's surrounding beaches.
I like how it wasn't just a boring love/romance book it also had it's fair share of complexities; emotional abuse & maintaining friendships...

I did feel that the last couple of chapters were very cliche and had some very over used quotes in there which I found myself rolling my eyes at; they seemed to be rushed. But other than that the ending was OK. However I do not plan on co
Hester M Thomas
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another book I couldn’t put down. But this was more from a personal connection to the where. I love anything that might slightly remind me of home (Greece) and Vanessa Greene captured so much of island life and the experiences that make it so special to most. Loved it.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Rosa, Bee and Iona have been friends since they were children, sharing everything together as they grew up, especially a wonderful holiday they had on the Greek isle of Paros as teenagers before they went into the world as adults. More recently Iona has slipped off into her own world with boyfriend Ben and Rosa and Bee feel her loss as they struggle with issues in their own lives. When they learn that the windmill guesthouse where they stayed on the island is for sale Rosa decides its time for a ...more
Shiva Patel
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
About a decade ago, Rosa, Bee and Iona stayed in a guest room in a windmill in Greece. They were teenagers then and the fond memories have lasted for years. Iona hasn't spoken to Rosa and Bee in two years and none of the three are as happy as they used to be.

Rosa hasn't found a career or a man that she loves.
Bee is about to get married to a good man that she's not sure she loves anymore.
Iona is in a controlling relationship and is living in a bubble, isolated from anyone but her boyfriend.

This b
Jaimi Vance
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was offered this book from another hotel guest while on a beach was a surprisingly good read! The writing is a bit choppy but the characters are fun and the storyline intriguing. I would recommend this for a quick read, I finished it in 3 short sittings. I am interested to try some other titles by this author.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hmmm proper Chick lit this one. Ok for reading either on holiday or tucked up in bed fighting the lurgy. Not my usual style and not a favourite
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-author-to-me
a tale of friendship.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
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Zena Jones
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most perfect holiday read - even if you're not going to Greece! Loved it.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nice easy story where for once someone leaves a man and finds her friends.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read, light and fun. It's nice to imagine owning a guesthouse in Greece with your two best friends. 3.5 stars.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rather predictable story with rather thin characters, but saying that, I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Very average, and it doesn't really end, almost as if being set up for a sequel.
Lesley Murray
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vanessa Greene has the skill of creating lovely characters, her stories remind me of Maeve Binchy's novels. I'm always left with a nice warm feeling after reading these books.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I thought that I wasn't gonna like it but the blurb drew me in and I felt Vanessa Greene's writing opened me up like a key.

Greene has such a way of conjuring up the feelings of hate and love between the characters for the reader.

OMG! I HATE BEN SO MUCH! Ben is so insecure and controlling, he's hateful and spiteful. I couldn't stand Ben, it was always about what he wanted, building Iona up and up and then like a piece of Jenga; he pulled her down piece by piece. He seems to b
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