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.
It was easy to see why Beach Read was a bestseller everywhere, it was an outstanding book from beginning to end.
This is the story of two writers that by chance change each other lives. The heartache both are going through will resonate with many readers. The struggles, fears, and disappointments in their lives have been many and they are both trying to cope with it the best way they can.
Apart from all the personal problems they have going on both of them need to finish their books. Or in January's case, even start it.
Gus always takes a long time to finish his books and he can't take any more advances. January is soon reaching her deadline and she desperately needs the money.
He writes dark and twisted books that show the worse in humanity. She writes happily ever afters. They can't be more different... until now. After all that has recently happened January is struggling to believe in love, much less happily ever afters. Having to move into the beach house her dad use to live with his 'other' woman, one she didn't know existed until his funeral, is not helping things. But she has a deadline, so what to do?
Gus proposes a trade. He will attempt to write a romantic comedy if she will attempt to write his next fiction book. During the week they write, during the weekend they go researching for their books together. He takes her to interview and see all the dark places and morbid stories he was going to use for his books and she will take him on all the things that used to make her happy and inspired her to write her romance novels.
In spending so much time together they get to know each other better and discover that there was a lot more to life and to the way they see life. From the outside, they are polar opposites, have not a single thing in common besides being a writer. But as weeks come to pass they find that what separates them, is also what makes them so alike.
I expected (probably because of the title) for this to be an easy read. A nice, sweet and light beach/summer novel with some romance. It is not that. Instead it is a story of loss, of learning to cope, of friendships, regrets, dysfunctional families... It is smart, funny and at times heart shattering. And of-course, it is also a romance novel.
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