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Publisher's Summary

When 30-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 who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, married sixty-five years, courageously face a separation that even their devotion cannot prevent. The married woman Peter yearns for suddenly comes within his reach. And Julia ultimately finds the strength to rebuild her life-something she once thought impossible. With equal measures of heartbreak and happiness, best-selling author Georgia Bockoven's unforgettable novel tells of the beauty of life and the power of love, and speaks to every woman who has ever clung to a child or loved a man.
©2009, 1997 Georgia Bockoven (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Georgia Bockoven knows the secret to stirring readers' feelings." (The Sacramento Bee)
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By Deborah on 01-12-15

Really interesting introducing new guests

I really enjoyed this book. I was thrown for a minute when the characters changed but loved it. Who does not want to be loved by Maggie and Joe?

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By Dawn on 12-15-14

Horrible Narrator!

What did you like best about The Beach House? What did you like least?

The characters were interesting but a bit dated and old fashioned.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable. It all ended very neatly, nothing unexpected. A few twists and turns would have added interest.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joell A. Jacob’s performances?

Absolutely not! She over pronounces every syllable and makes the characters dialogue sound stilted and very unbelievable. Nobody talks like that! I would have ordered the sequels if they were performed by someone else.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A better performer reading it.

Any additional comments?

The story was good enough that I would consider reading the sequels but absolutely wouldn't listen to this performer again.

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