I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover- but that’s basically how I pick my books. If I didn’t do that, I would probably never read anything new. Who has time to stroll through the library reading the description of books? Not me! I see a cover that draws me in and I reserve it on their website.
On to my review!
Can you see why I picked this one by its cover?? I am a beach girl, for sure!
Same Beach, Next Year is about a couple, Adam and Eliza, who have twin boys, and they live in the country in North Carolina. They vacation on an island off the coast of North Carolina. One year on their vacation, when the boys are small, Adam runs into an old girlfriend, from when he was in high school, and her husband, Carl. Adam still carries a torch for Eve (que the eye roll), but doesn’t mention this to Eliza, as he has no intention of acting on it.
This story is told over the course of the 2 couples lives, as they have become very good friends, keeping in touch over the years, and meeting back at the beach every summer.
Eliza says she knows that Adam fantasizes about Eve, but never seemed concerned about it, until Adam and Eve wind up at the beach together, without their spouses. What happens from there has Eliza questioning her marriage, and has left her feeling like she’s put aside everything she’s ever wanted out of life.
I mean- in the end, I did enjoy this book. But my feelings went back and forth throughout, and especially at the beginning. The author paints these characters in a way that I don’t think many people will relate to. And I’m not crazy about the husband in this story pining away for his high school girlfriend. I will read another book by Dorothea Benton Frank- I have several on my hold list for our library. I am a sucker for a beach read, and it looks like her books all take place in the beach.
Oh. Em. Geeeeeeee. I intended to review this book while I was in the middle of it- but between life and the way the story sucked me in- I’ve already finished it! Oops!
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is an excellent book about Nic (Nicolette) who grew up in a very small town in rural North Carolina. After she graduated high school, one of her close friends went missing and was presumed dead. Nic took off in the middle of the night without. word to anyone. She had to get away from small town life, an unhappy home, her high school sweetheart and all the gossip that goes on in small towns.
Now, Nic’s father is not doing well. Nic goes home to visit and get his house prepared to go to sale. And then another girl comes up missing.
Nic tells us what happens currently and also revealing bits of the past. The story is told backwards over the course of 2 weeks. Which was a little confusing to me at first, but I got used to it.
Seriously an excellent read. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery!
A while back I wrote a post called Book of the Month. I think that was February. But I’ve not been consistently reading books monthly. Some months I didn’t read any books…lately I’ve been shooting through them. In July I think I ready 3 books. So now we’re at Book of the Moment. 🤓
I love reading! I will always choose reading the book over the movie. And sometime I refuse to watch the movie at all. Especially if I’ve read the book or plan on it. I always end up feeling disappointed at the movie.
So what one reading at this moment-
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews. It’s about a family, mother (Riley) and 13 year old daughter (Maggy) who spend the summer on a small island off of North Carolina (I think NC) and the father (Wendell) visits on the weekends. Riley and Maggy are headed to the island on Memorial Day weekend to start their summer. Wendell is supposed to meet them at the ferry to head to the island, but he doesn’t show up. Now there is a body found at the marina, and some other business problems that Wendell was having are coming to light.
I am loving this book! I can’t put it down. I’m so excited to see where this goes.