Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Blurb:

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…

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review:

Oh my goodness how I loved it!!

Beach Read exceeded all of my expectations to become my favourite ‘romance’ read of the year so far.

What could easily have been a cliché romance turned out to have a great deal of emotion. The characters were more authentic than I expected; both dealing with difficult emotional circumstances – betrayal, divorce, the death of a family member; struggling to manage their own grief.

January and Augustus two authors on a deadline – one a hearts and flowers romance style writer; the other a darker literary fiction style writer – are both suffering from writer’s block.

Having taken a writer’s course at college together but not seen each other in the 10 years since, they come back into each other’s lives when January moves into the beach house next door to Augustus. What ensues is serious chemistry, EPIC banter and real tenderness.

I loved the character development in this novel and the slow burn romance – both characters learning to love again, healing after loss; and challenging each other to take stock of who they are and what they want out of life.

Perfectly paced and engaging, Beach Read is a perfect way to spend a cosy afternoon. Highly recommend!

P.S. I love the character’s names…half wishing I could have another little girl just so I could name her January.

With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

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