“He doesn’t believe in happy endings.
She’s lost her faith that they exist.
But could they find one together?
January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she’s the heroine in a blockbuster movie.
Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.
January and Augustus are not going to get on.
But they actually have more in common than you’d think:
They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
They need to write bestsellers before the end of the summer.
The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.
The catch? They have to swap genres.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…“
Beach Read is about a romance writer called January Adams and a more serious literary writer called Augustus Everett (Gus), both of them have been writing rivals since college. Years later they find themselves in neighbouring beach houses for the summer, working on their latest novels. Both are fighting creative demons and decide to change genres to try to switch it up a bit. Whoever writes the better book will help the other to promote it.
This book is a little more than the usual light-hearted romance novel and also deals with some serious aspects of January’s and Gus’s past. The author explores this sensitively and balances it perfectly with some very humorous and heart-warming moments.
The beach town setting in North Bear Shores, Michigan, is perfect and I enjoyed reading about some of its quirky characters. The story is written from January’s point of view, which worked really well.
The romance between January and Gus develops slowly over the course of the research for their books and their surprise ‘dates’ were so lovely to read about. I really looked forward to finding out where they were going to take one another. I loved the humour and clever and witty word-play between them and giggled to myself on more than one occasion. The slow unravelling of the characters and their pasts was brilliantly executed, particularly Gus who was initially a very closed book.
Beach Read is the perfect summer read, I enjoyed it tremendously and I found this author’s writing style, with the snatches of humour, a delight.
Publication date 9 July 2020
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Books (UK) for the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review, happy reading.