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Carousel Beach

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A cryptic letter on her grandmother's grave and a mysterious inscription on a carousel horse leads artist Maya Brice to Hank Hauser, the ninety-year-old carver of the beloved carousel she has been hired to restore in time for its Fourth of July reopening in her Delaware beach town. Hank suffers from Alzheimer's, but on his "better" days, Maya is enthralled by the stories ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Forge
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Theresa Alan
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Art restorer Maya is restoring a carousel that meant a lot to her as a child. She and her grandmother would make up stories about the various animals and pretend they were magical. Unfortunately, Maya lost her grandmother on the same day she had a miscarriage. That was a year ago.

The double whammy of loss has put a strain on her marriage. Maya loses herself into her project and the secrets she finds within.

As Maya tries to piece together the mysteries she finds, one animal at a time, she
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 majestic and magical stars to Carousel Beach!

The magic of the merry-go-round. Each animal has its own beauty, its own secrets. But it’s when they’re all together that the magic happens.

Having read Orly Konig’s debut, The Distance Home, a five-star, deeply emotive book, especially in its connection to animals, I was thrilled to see her second book, Carousel Beach would be released in May!

Maya Brice, a character to love, is an artist restoring a magical carousel, which has enchanted her
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maya Brice, thirty years old, cherished childhood memories with grandma, a weaver of magical stories. They took long walks on "Carousel" Beach, fondly named by locals. The boardwalk housed the historic wooden horse carousel originally installed in summer 1943. Salt air, minimal maintenance and disruption of funding contributed to the carousel's poor condition. Grandma and Maya could always feel the carousel's magic, especially when riding on their favorite horse, a Stander Horse. Grandma ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that I want to say is that I loved this book. Every time Orly comes out with a new book, it becomes my new favorite because she just keeps getting better. Trust me - this is a book that you don't want to miss.

Maya is restoring an old carousel in her small beach side town. For the last year she has been pulling away from everyone around her - her husband, friends and family. She is grappling with the loss of her beloved grandmother and her unborn child. In both deaths, she blames
Ella Olsen
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Secrets surround Maya Brice as she struggles to overcome the loss of her beloved grandmother and her baby, both who passed away a year earlier. To cope, she loses herself in the restoration of an antique beach carousel which was a magical memory from her own childhood. As she works, she finds an inscription on one of the horses. It leads her to a nursing home where she meets Hank Hauser, an Alzheimer's patient who may or may not have all the answers to her many questions.

Her quest is
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Orly Konig is a wonderful storyteller who uses the magic of a carousel to explore family secrets, lost loves, and grief. It says something when I want to jump into the book to give the main character, Maya, a talking-to.

Maya is an art restorationist who is spending her summer fixing up the carousel that she and her grandmother loved during her childhood. When she discovers a message on one of the animals, it sends her on a journey of uncovering the truth about her family.

I loved spending time
Emily Cavanagh
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carousel Beach by Orly Konig is a tender and heartfelt novel that explores loss, the magic of childhood, and the possibility of second chances. Maya Brice is still reeling from a personal tragedy, pulling away from her friends, family, and husband. She’s buried herself in her work restoring an old carousel, spending long days in her studio lovingly bringing the animals back to their former glory. While working on the carousel, Maya makes a discovery that leads her to Hank, an elderly man living ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carousels are magical and beautiful. In this story Konig weaves a sentimental present story with secrets and memories of the past. In refurbishing an old carousel Maya struggles to reconnect with her husband after a devastating loss. She throws her heart and soul into the carousel focusing especially on one particular horse. This horse holds a secret that will lead Maya to a past she was not aware of. Have a tissue ready as you might shed a tear as the story unfolds. The book is beautifully ...more
Hailey Fish
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it! What a gut-wrenching, beautiful, enlightening story. I could feel all the emotions each character was feeling as if I were in the book right alongside them. At first I wanted I yell at Maya Brice (one of the main characters) but then I grew to love her because all she wanted to do was overcome the devastation that had wrecked havoc in her life.
Laura Drake
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will hang with you. The characters are real, in real life situations - it gets messy. But I was so rooting for how it turned out (no spoilers).

And I want to adopt the Grandmother.

A serious look at grief,regrets and learning to go on. Loved it.
A beautiful story about second chances, family secrets, and magic. I loved it!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carousel Beach is a beautifully written story about family, tragedy and love that endures over the years. I loved this one!
Amy Impellizzeri
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book about the delicate, precarious nature of every choice we make and how second chances don't always look the way you think they will.

And magic. It's about magic too <3
Sandra Block
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A touching story about family and tragedy. A women is finding herself again after the loss of her grandmother and a miscarriage around the same time. Restoring an old carousel, she uncovers family secrets along the way. The story is relatable, original and in the end, uplifting.
Martha Graham-Waldon
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first, I misjudged this novel based on the cover-- a carefree photo of a carousel on a beach eliciting images of summer fun and romance. Yet after reading the very first page I was pleasantly surprised to find that my first impression was wrong. I was immediately swept into a much deeper connection with this heart-tugging story that subtly and artfully unfolds itself with each page. The characters were genuine and believable people caught up in a love story fraught with family entanglements ...more
Linda Zagon
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My REVIEW OF “CAROUSEL BEACH’ by Orly Konig A Forge Book 2018

“Carousel Beach” by Orly Konig, is such a captivating, sentimental, magical, emotional and intriguing novel. I love the way Orly discusses in great detail the artistic and natural elements in the environment. The timeline of the story is set within a year, and only goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The setting of the story is by the beach which is known as Carousel Beach, where the wonderful
Leanna Mattea
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved merry go rounds, so how could I not enjoy this book, that is centered around the restoration of an old carousel at the beach. Maya Brice has lived in Kent all of her life, and grew up with her grandmother’s stories about the magic of the carousel’s fading, worn animals.
As Maya takes on the huge task of restoring the carousel, she also is struggling to repair her shattered heart, from the loss of her beloved grandmother and her guilt over the loss of her unborn son. She has a
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tonight i came home from work and just wanted to lose myself in a novel.. Nalana (@bookscents) had sent me CAROUSEL BEACH so i sat down to read. Here, i sit approximately 2 hours later absolutely astounded by what i just read. This novel was one of the best stories ive ever read. A love story bw a Grandmother and her Granddaughter, the truth in family secrets, the strength of first loves and the comfort of forever loves. I loved every page. I miss my Grandparents everyday. The friendship and ...more
Paula Pugh
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my! I loved this book and could not leave it alone. The writing alone is superb and it is combined with the heart touching story of a young woman trying to come to terms with two horrible and utterly sad events. One can just feel the heaviness of heart of Maya as she struggles daily to recapture a lost sense of wholeness and find a way back to the person she was. All along her troubled journey is her devoted husband, Vale, who tries his best to bring her back to the love, closeness and ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maya and her husband Vale live in a small beach town in Delaware. It's a story of love, family and secrets. Maya is restoring an antique carousel horse and helping keep the pier open so the next generation can enjoy the merry-go-round as much as she and her grandmother did. Maya works with Hank, an aging Alzheimer patient who is telling her the wonderful history of the carousel and stories of her grandmother who died a year ago. Maya's grief for her grandmother and unborn son keeps her from ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Orly's Konig's Carousel Beach is a powerful novel that untangles the secrets of love, heartbreak, and misunderstandings between three generations of women, perfect for summer beach reading and book clubs..
This one is very special, in that it hit home to me in several places. Lots of feels in this one and you will need a tissue. I adore carousels and the magic of them. Put this on your to be read list, you will be glad you did. Carousel It is a moving, beautiful book from page 1 to The End.. Very
Toni Laliberte
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book that covered a couple of tough subjects, miscarriage and dementia. The main character restores an old carousel for the town she lives in and she discovers a secret about her family she never knew. She's also dealing with loss and a crumbling marriage.
The author uses a lot of adjectives and descriptive language and sometimes that bugged me, but the storyline was interesting and kept me reading.
Aline Miller
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a nice easy read. Just enough description. Maya has had a miscarriage a year ago and still can’t let it go. Her husband has been most supportive but is skating on thin ice. Maya has been commissioned to restore the towns old carousel which holds many memories for her. She comes across an inscription on the underbelly of the finale piece to be restored. She feels she must get to the bottom of who inscribed it and
why and so this wonderful story continues. There are lots of family secrets
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Leah DeCesare
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, charming, humorous. Carousel Beach is moving and tugs the heartstrings. The characters are relatable and flawed, struggling with real-life challenges. The carousel as focal point is wonderfully artful and nostalgic - I loved it!
Susan Peterson
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this just now...a book I couldn’t put down...filled with grief and loss, family secrets, memories, and the challenge of moving on. One of my favorite lines: “Loss is hard to get past, but it’s impossible to live in.” There is so much to love about this book, and I loved it all.
I don’t think this one was written for me. Not going to rate it because I started to skim at a point because it just wasn’t drawing me in. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some point and it’ll speak to me.
Kim Bruce Daniel
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! You’re thrown right into Maya’s life & felt her emotions while she went through them. Such a lovely story showing the relationships Maya has with everyone. Couldn’t put the book down. Definitely a must read!!
Rachel Carr
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading a novel by Orly Konig, although it is her second novel. I was drawn into the story right away and it didn't let go, even when I turned the last page. I'm still thinking about it. It was very easy to get absorbed in the story and feel sympathy towards Maya. Orly's writing is beautiful and practically dances off the page.

The aspect of the carousel made me think of my kids' enthusiasm for them and about all the interesting ones we've been on. I was reminded of how my
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