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The Beach House (The Beach House #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,011 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer.

When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 4th 1997)
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Eh. For some reason, I could not put this book down-- BUT, it definitely wasn't a favourite by any means. I was intrigued by each story, but felt as though each was pretty long-winded and then bam! Either the story just ended, without much to it, or the ending was so super cheesy I couldn't help but cringe. It's as though the author got tired of writing. Sweet stories in many ways, and I definitely got all choked up at times, and it was nice to get back into this kind of relaxed/romantic read fo ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I blew threw the first three-quarters of this book loving it. I had such high praise that a friend wanted to borrow it when I was done. Then, I finished it. It almost as if the author ran out of steam and just cobbled things together at the end. That's why I can only give this book three starts because it fell apart for me at the end. I'm almost embarrassed to give it to my friend, now, after all my gushing. Still, I'm not sorry I read it, and I would love to read a follow up novel on the charac ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a lighter read to offset the heaviness of a book I just finished and this book was just right. It's set at a beach house in the Santa Cruz, CA area and each chapter is a month and focuses on the owner or the person renting the house that month. I liked all of the different stories and the way the story of the owner of the house was weaved throughout the book. It's a light, fast read that is perfect for summer. I'm reviewing the author's sequel to this book so am looking forward to seein ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, romantic novel to read at the beach.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a series of inter-related stories surrounding the tenants and neighbors of a beach house in Santa Cruz, CA. After the death of her husband, Julia decides to have one more visit to the beach house before putting it up for sale. She is surprised to find that she has some feelings for a man renting one of the nearby cottages from a friend, a former doctor making an attempt to become a writer. The following tenants are a mom and teenager son, along with a family friend who brings teenager da ...more
Meredith Schorr
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel with several sub-stories all connected to a single beach house. I cared about all of the characters and wanted to see them happy. The stories were romantic without being overly sappy or angsty. I was especially touched by Maggie and Joe's story, especially, the interaction between the two elderly folks and young Jason and Sarah. I absolutely adored young Chris and wish there were more grown men like him! I appreciated the addition of a few antagonists like Tracy and B ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
This is one of the best books I've read. I am so glad I picked it out of my stash to take to the beach. I read it in half a day! The basic format does not usually appeal to me; it's basically 4 intertwining stories that really captivated me. It was so fun, and sometimes sad to watch each story unfold. It was just a wonderful book - don't miss it!
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book; different stories going on between several different sets of characters, but not so much that it was confusing to keep up with everyone. The story of the elderly couple left me literally in tears ........ very few books have made me actually cry, but this one did.

Will definitely read more from this author.
Judy Churchill
This is an easy summer read with a bit of substance. I liked the characters and the writing style was simple and readable. There was some wisdom concerning relationships, loss, and new beginnings.
Laura B
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first, and last novel, by GB. I bought this novel as a Kindle deal for $2 and I am glad I spent no more than that. From the blurb I thought I would like it; I like stories set on the beach, but this novel had two sex scenes with body parts detailed (and one without any graphic detail) and I do not care for that in books I read. I know this is a mainstream author, but I have read many books from mainstream genre of Women's Fiction without graphic sex scenes. I wish the blurb stated out ...more
Claire Barfell
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways and I loved it. It is the story of three families who live at the beach house and their friends and families. There is grief over the loss of loved ones, there is romance and love. The characters are so real that I felt that I knew them and all their hopes and fears. The book was so good I did not want it to end. I loved the story about Maggie and Joe and how they loved each other for so many years. I felt sorry for Julia and hoped for a better future for h ...more
This story was a roller coaster of emotions and I loved it. Loss, hope, frustration, love and growth all wrapped up during the summer months in a nice beach house. I found myself close to sobbing with the July story and feeling as though we all deserve to have a lasting love such as Joe and Maggie's.

This was an easy read, just what I needed to refresh my brain from my usual dark reads. I am now looking for the next in the series, as I am hoping to learn more about the paths each of the families
Rita Evans
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-beach-house
I just finished reading "The Beach House" by Georgia Bockoven which was a Goodreads giveaway. This is not the usual sort of book I read but I have to say I enjoyed it. The book was broken down in five stories of different people or couples who occupy a beach house for a month at a time. I found it easy to read one section at a time and come back to pick it up and read the next. I found the people in this book to be well fleshed out and totally believable! I do recommend this book and give it a 4 ...more
Three families, one setting

Not great literature, but a very enjoyable, and not too light read. The story is organized by months, May through September, at a beach house in California. Each month features a different main character or family, each facing some type of life transition, and each having some relationship with the other. Mostly happy endings, though not all, and some predictability, but overall just a nice, enjoyable book.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had the hardest time getting into this book. For me, the writing jumped around way too sporatically with the author taking a long time to explain one aspect of the story and then BAM hitting you right with the conversation/topic that she took three chapters to build up. For me, it just wasn't a great book, and I felt like the stories were very superficial and I didn't really get attached to any of the characters.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now author to me and I just fancied something summery and light to read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the separate family stories in the book, which all blend beautifully together.

Be sure to have a box is tissues ready for the Joe and Maggie section - beautifully, sympathetically written. I couldn't get to sleep last night, I was so bunged up from crying!

Truly the mark of a good book :)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this entire series,hughlky recommended
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book has a lot to offer. It starts with sadness, moves to frustration, back to extreme heartbreak, into predictable, than to happiness. Good summer read.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this fun beach read set in Santa Cruz, Ca. .... the characters stayed with me and now I want to continue on with Another Summer!
Kathleen A
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a beautiful story of a beach house and the people who have rented it through the years! Some of it is not realistic or totally possible! However, it is a good read!
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light vacation read.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I received this book as a First Read. It's a slow read that's overly descriptive. The book has too much empty filler and too little plot.
Meredith Mateer
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy. Asks you to suspend disbelief or even a sense of what would really happen with real people.... But an easy read.
Laurie Campbell
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED the first book in this series. Can't wait to get to #2 :)
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beach House is one of those books that had my hectic schedule allowed I would have devoured in one sitting. In the end, I'm happy it took me two sittings to fully allow myself to get swept away by the characters, & to fully appreciate the story lines. It's been a long time since I legitimately felt as though I was living in the book. There was not one character I didn't feel bonded to. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it.
The beach house was a pleasant light read about many types of love all found at a beach house that the different families rent (or in one case own). The characters were well developed with the different stories blending into one another as some characters left their summer rentals and others arrived.

The main background story involves the owner of the beach house, Julia who recently lost her husband Ken, who has loved and admired by all. She meets a recently divorced doctor and summer visitor who
Georgia Bockhaven is a new author to me. I could not resist sharing a novel that involves the beach. That is what drew me to The Beach House. It is published by William Morrow Books.
Julia is getting the beach house ready for one more season of renters. She hopes it will be her last. Julia is trying to get over grieving her deceased husband Ken. Should she keep the house? As she prepares the house for sale her new neighbor Eric offers assistance. Can he offer more than friendship? The
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read all three books and found them all to be individual in their own right, each charming, romantic, challenging, filled with the sort of people
I like and would welcome as friends. Each family has issues to be dealt with, all differently yet similar. The paths of the familiars intertwine, long friendships grow and become almost family...all together making a village in themselves, caring and helping each other, year after year. Beach life is inviting and enjoyed by all. Old buddies meet to fi
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the book lost out on the reading sequence- coming after an autobiography (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) and a historical biography (Imperial Woman)- both well written and true life stories of strong wonderful women, this book seemed to trivialize fiction and the power of imagination. one would think real life could be limiting whereas you can run away in your mind to the most delightful corners and daring adventures- yet here I was reading a book of fiction which paled in comparison to ...more
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Georgia was a Army child, who after a successful career as a freelance photo journalist before she turned to fiction writing. Published since 1983, she is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her romance novel, A Marriage of Convenience, became a CBS movie in October of 1998 starring Jane Seymour and James Brolin.

Married wich John Bockoven, she is
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