Beach Read by Emily Henry #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #4*

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Binge-watched Normal People and Love is Blind and now looking to escape into another suitably steamy love story? Look no further…


January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a blockbuster movie.
Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

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A Pleasant Summer Read!      stars 4

This  is a very pleasant summer read, but I can’t help but feel it wasn’t quite what I was expecting; it is a bit over-hyped for my liking.

January and Gus find themselves living next-door to each other. Both writers, both struggling with their next novel, they agree to swap genres and see who get published first. As they are thrown together, we find out all about them, both together and separately; what will the summer bring?

There is no doubt that this is a well-written and entertaining novel – and one I thoroughly enjoyed. However, due to the huge number of quotes attributed to it, I expected something with more of a ‘wow’ factor. I generally get caught up in novels very easily but the laugh-out-loud and tearful moments sort of passed me by with this one. It’s a lovely read – and I wouldn’t like to put anyone off reading – but for me it just lacked that something extra. Having said all that, I’m sure others will love it (I’m often out of step) and I’m very happy to give it four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romance

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Author Bio


Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

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