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Two sisters must learn from each other’s strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love in a touching new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

The Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. After their mother died and their father was lost in grief, Willa had no choice but to raise her sister, Harper, and their brother, Lucas. Then, as an adult, sh
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 6th 2020 by Arrow (first published July 14th 2020)
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Debra
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.25 teary heart swelling stars

After their mother's death and their father deep grief, Willa Lakey was left to raise not only herself but her younger siblings, Harper and Lucas. Then her sister Harper was diagnosed with Cancer and once again, Willa put her life on hold to nurse her sister through it. Now Willa runs a successful bakery/coffee shop and life is beginning to show promise. She has a customer who has turned her eye, and her business is growing strong. The only thing that stresses her
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Tina
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listen to this book on audiobook, and I really love both the narrators (Sandy Rustin and Roger Wayne). Now, On to the story... I really loved the story. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and I buy her books without looking at what the book is about. This book is nothing like her our books, and It was not what I was thinking it would be. I have to say I loved it, and It is now one of my new favorite books. This book is about a family dealing with cancer and grief. Also the main char ...more
Debbie Oliphant
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book!! The development of the characters in the first half along with the pace makes you feel as if there is a nice story to unfold as the characters are so likable. But at the halfway point......POW......the story takes a turn and you are on a roller coaster of emotions.

Willa is the sister to Harper and Sean and she also had the role of parent when her mother died when they were young. Their father is still alive bu
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Gahhhh the ending was too quick. I wanted more of them together finally. 4.5 stars
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The queen of conversation and small-town life has brought together another wonderful story. This one is definitely a story that pulls on your heartstrings and became an emotional read.

With family being the top of the list for most people, reading through this story about illness and loss was sometimes tough. And while the strength of a good strong person next to you can sometimes help, many tim
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Carrie
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Having read several books by Debbie Macomber and really enjoying them I was excited to be able to pick up her latest contemporary romance A Walk Along the Beach. Of course what I expected was some really solid writing and she did not disappoint yet again.

Willa Lakey grew up rather fast when her mother passed away and Willa took over the motherly role to her brother and sister. While Willa kept the family pulled together things were not easy as her younger sister Harper was diagnosed with a serio
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Amanda
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wonder if Debbie Macomber is still writing the books with her name on them. This book did not read like it was written by a seasoned author, but rather someone who was just learning. The text was so simplistic that I skimmed most of the book. I also found the story to be lacking. The relationship between the Willa and Sean was never fully developed.

I haven't really enjoyed a book by Debbie Macomber in awhile, luckily I read her books through the library, but this could be my last one because
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
I was so disappointed with this book. All the gloom and doom and dying it was just to much. I read to escape reality not to be sad and upset.
Just one persons opinion. It was not a good read for me.
Shelleen Toland
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
This book is very emotional and have the kleenex ready.
The Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. After their mother died and their father was lost in grief, Willa had no choice but to raise her sister, Harper, and their brother, Lucas. Then, as an adult, she put her own life on hold to nurse Harper through a terrifying illness.
Now as adults Harper and Willa are roommates. Willa owns a coffee/bakery shop and Harper is a yoga instructor. When Harper announces her plan to summit Mount Rainier, Willa
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Angie
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is set in a small coastal town in Washington, and is about two sisters that share a close bond, as well as being roommates. Willa has taken on the role of Mom in raising her brother and sister, Harper. Now an adult, Harper lives with Willa and helps run her bakery/coffee-shop.
While Willa is falling in love with a cute customer, Sean, Harper learns that her illness is back and she has to fight for her life.
This was a sweet story of sisterhood, love and heartbreak. I laughed, I cried an
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Kay
It's difficult to rate a book like this! It's a romance novel with a wonderful Pacific northwest setting. The catch? Cancer... I hate this C word. So in a way it was depressing. I don't think I was in the mood for that part of the story. Overall I liked it, except the C.

A Walk Along the Beach was written in memory of the author's best friend Christina Skye.
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Gloria
This is a very emotional read that covers what a family goes through when a family member is diagnosed with a serious illness. The Lakey family has been through a lot starting with the loss of their mother years before. Willa became a substitute mom when their father was so depressed that he disappeared in a bottle of alcohol. Willa, brother, Lucas, and youngest sister, Harper are close, brought closer when Harper is diagnosed with Leukemia. She is a spunky extravert, has been free of cancer for ...more
Susan
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep the tissues close by as you are reading A WALK ALONG THE BEACH by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Willa and Sean after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yours ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) CLASSIC Macomber! I've been a DM fan for decades now and can always trust that her books will let me escape my world to a heartfelt, safe fictional world. A Walk Along the Beach did not disappoint, and brought me to tears numerous times. There was one tiny part of one of the characters and that character's actions that bugged me, but overall, this will be a hit for fans of the author's other works. It is in the same world as her title from a few years ago, "A Cottage By the Se ...more
Tina
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a women's fiction. I listen to this book on audiobook, and I really love both the narrators (Sandy Rustin and Roger Wayne). Now, On to the story... I really loved the story. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and I buy her books without looking at what the book is about. This book is nothing like her our books, and It was not what I was thinking it would be. I have to say I loved it, and It is now one of my new favorite books. This book is about a family dealing with cancer an ...more
Donna Hines
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Two sisters and the power of bonding, love, friendships, and relationships!
The Lakey Sisters are about to take the world by storm as they prioritize family relationships and sucess.
Willa is the caretaker while Harper suffers from an illness but neither of which refuses to simply give up and give in.
Independently they are tough ladies yet together they are a force to reckon.
Leukemia is a cancer that's unforgiving yet demands attention and poor Harper is struggling with it all.
While the pain and s
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Debbie
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Macomber-her stories just help me to escape to another place where everything works out all right. I just couldn't warm to the main character in this one-Willa. She's had a lot of tragedy in her life which I sympathized with but the insta-love that hero Sean has for her is never really cemented for me. The central storyline was hard to read but that's okay. I'm just not sure if I could understand either of the reactions to it-the hero's or the heroine's. I don't want to say more f ...more
Linden
Willa runs a small coffee shop on Oceanside, WA, and shares an apartment with her sister Harper, a yoga instructor who is a cancer survivor. Harper encourages Willa to get to know one of her customers, Sean, and they start dating. But then Harper appears to be getting sick again, and Sean is always traveling for his work. Will Sean be there for Willa when she needs him? Can Harper beat cancer for a second time? Debbie writes another novel with well-drawn characters you'll care about. Thanks to N ...more
Jeanne
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't feel for the characters which, for me, is most important in a story like this. The love story didn't move me. The sisters had more of a mother/ daughter relationship which just doesn't work
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc
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Cathy
Not one of my favorite Macomber books. For me, it was kind of schmaltzy and predictable.
Elizabeth
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and I cried! Great book. I consider this is a book that mimics real life. We all have issues at one time or other with family and relationships. While this is not a prescription on how to mend relationships, it is relatable.

Willa and Harper are sisters. Willa is the "stable" one, the big sister who has taken on a lot of responsibility because she loves her family. She raised Harper, the younger sister. Harper is full of life and wants to do it all. But she has had some tough times of
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Celestemcolon
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Let's start by saying two things - I have read all of the Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series and I didn't finish this book. I stopped after 100 pages; I just couldn't read anymore. The relationship in the book starts off strangely and soon they are calling each other babe after one date and taking a day long car trip to missing one another with such longing. If this is taking place over the span of a week, these two adults, after all of their life experiences and focus on their businesses, hav ...more
Sue
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-fiction
Debbie Macomber is one of those authors who writes books that you know you are going to love before you even start reading. She always has wonderful, real characters to connect with and a plot that will keep you reading. Her books have a few laughs and a few tears; a little romance and a lot of positive changes in the characters. A Walk Along the Beach is way more than the simple romances that she used to write - this one definitely fits in the Women's/Family Fiction category.

Willa's mother died
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Kristina
A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber takes readers to Oceanside, Washington. The Lackey family has had its share of tragedies over the years and now they are all on the right track. Willa has the bakery/café she has dreamed of and it is popular with the locals. I liked the strong characters the author created for this story. Willa became the “mother” of the family after their matriarch died when she was thirteen. She was there for her younger sister, Harper when she received her treatment f ...more
Sherri Thacker
Another great book by this author!!! Read it in a day!
Kristy Johnston
This book doesn’t feel like a seasoned writer’s work. Is this really Debbie Macomber? Parts read like a research paper followed by simplistic sentences. The relationship development between the female and male protagonists was lacking. The book is told from first person dual point of view. Expectations were a little high for a new relationship while communication was really low. While some of the communication issues were due to Sean’s job involving working in remote places, some of the main iss ...more
Cecelia
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the strongest, most compelling Debbie Macomber books that I’ve ever read.

Willa happily runs her coffee shop, Bean There, on the beachy shore of Oceanside. Harper, her sister/best friend/roommate, often hangs around the coffee shop, often stepping in to assist Willa when Willa is short-staffed. Harper is happy and she embraces life to the fullest. Harper is also beautiful and has her share of male admirers. Willa is not as pretty as her sister and is often in the background as Har
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Janet
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Elyse
NetGalley ARC.

This was my first Debbie Macomber book. Annnnd well, I wasn't impressed. It was not the best. It was so sickeningly saccharine. Like sappy and cheesy. So it was kind of annoying. I wanted to enjoy it! But I was put off but the overwhelming sweetness. It wasn't awful but it wasn't quite the light, fluffy romance I was looking for. I guess I was looking for more of a rom-com and that this is not. This is like a Christian romance novel. I hope her many other books are better than this
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Kristen
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Typical book by this author, nothing great, but an enjoyable read
Kirsten
Another solid book by Debbie Macomber. A book about family and finding love, I really enjoyed it. It wasn't her best book, but it was certainly moving.

I liked Willa and Sean, and Harper was great, but the characters of the brother and father seemed just tagged on. And even Harper's relationship seemed to happen off stage. I don't know if Ms Macomber meant to do that, but it was strange.
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