by Emily Henry Published by Berkley Books
on May 19, 2020 Genres: Contemporary Romance Pages:
384 Format: eARC ISBN:
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They're polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
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Beach Read by Emily Henry is a delightful book that is going to appeal to every reader who not only enjoys the results of an author’s work but who also loves the idea of being that author whose words have the power to entertain, to influence, to inspire. So what happens when an author loses that spark that makes the difference between words on paper and a book that captures a reader’s imagination? Meet not one, but two such authors who just happen to be living next door to each through no fault of their own as they challenge each other to step outside their comfort zones, he to pen a romance novel AKA beach read and she to pen a work of serious fiction.
Don’t let this book’s title mislead you. Even though it would be a great beach read, there is more to this story than just a bit of sand on your lounge chair. The lengths to which Augustus Everett and January Andrews go in their efforts to provide each other with inspiration are sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and sometimes graphically sexual. In addition to their research, which is at times hilarious and at other times a little scary, there are lessons to be learned by both writers about love, acceptance, and never giving up on those who are important to you.
Author Emily Henry makes her characters so likable, I think you will want to meet and get to know Gus and January along with their quirky supporting cast. 5 stars aren’t nearly enough for Beach Read. It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time that I really didn’t want to end. I highly recommend it.
Many Thanks to Berkley Books and Netgalley for the Opportunity to Read and Review!