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Beach Rental (Emerald Isle, NC Stories) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 12, 2011
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Romantic Times Book Reviews calls BEACH RENTAL a "TOP PICK" and states "No author can come close to capturing the awe-inspiring essence of the North Carolina coast like Greene. Her debut novel seamlessly combines hope, love and faith, like the female equivalent of Nicholas Sparks. Her writing is meticulous and so finely detailed you'll hear the gulls overhead and the waves crashing onto shore. Grab a hanky, bury your toes in the sand and get ready to be swept away with this unforgettable beach read. - Romantic Times Book Reviews
About the Author
Grace Greene, a USA TodayBestselling Author, writes women's fiction and contemporary romance withsuspense. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. Shewrites books set in both locations. Please visit Grace at gracegreene.com andto contact her and sign up for her newsletter.
The Emerald Isle, NC Stories series, starting with the award-winning,bestselling Beach Rental, Beach Winds, and Beach Weddingare set in North Carolina where "It's always a good time for a love storyand a trip to the beach." Or travel down Virginia Country Roads in Kincaid'sHope, A Stranger in Wynnedower, or visit Cub Creek and itssequel Leaving Cub Creek. The Lake Union Publishing novels are also setin the Cub Creek environment and include The Happiness In Between, thebestselling The Memory of Butterflies and her 2019 releases in TheWildflower House series: Wildflower Heart, Wildflower Hope, and thenovella, Wildflower Christmas. Wildflower Hope will releaseSeptember 24, 2019. Wildflower Christmas will release November 12, 2019.
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- Publisher : Kersey Creek Books; 2nd edition (July 12, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0990774058
- ISBN-13 : 978-0990774051
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #449,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is about a young lady from the lower middle class trying to make it on her own who meets a man at a party where she is working on the catering staff. An innocent exchange; nothing that couldn't happen at any well to do party. Then there comes the hook.
The man she meets seeks her out, presents her with a proposition -- NOT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING -- and it's intriguing. She ends up accepting and puts the book into motion.
What I really liked was the building of the relationship between the characters. The sweetness, the realness, the honesty. There wasn't a sexual aspect to it at all. There was companionship. There was conflict from outside influences that didn't approve and didn't understand the relationship. Again, a lot of times a reality for a lot of us, when our relationships are judged from outsiders looking in.
The male character is very driven by his faith in God. And while this book is not a "christian" book, it has that aspect in it. His faith plays a huge role in the decisions that he makes, in the way he handles himself, and in how the female main character views him. As a Christian woman myself, it was enjoyable to see the effortlessness at which the author made that seem normal.
Now, as I mentioned there are no sex scenes, and I intend for my young, teenager to read this. However, sex does occur between the characters. It is not graphic in anyway and does not sensationalize the need for sex or make it ok for a teenager. There are consequences that occur because of the sex. Again, very appropriate and excellently handled.
When I write a review, I try very hard to convey what I loved about the story without giving away the plot or the storyline too much if at all. I want you to know what I found appealing without you reading the book thinking, "when is (fill in the blank) going to happen?". That's not fair to you as a reader or to the author who spent so much time weaving the story. This is one of those books where I wish I could tell you EVERYTHING because I know that if you knew the twists in the plot, you would be so intrigued, you couldn't help but go out and read it for yourself.
I said earlier, this was the first book of Grace Greene's that I had read. I plan on reading more! Thank you, Mrs. Greene, for giving me a lovely story about life, love, death, faith, and human kindness that is clean enough that I can share with my daughter.
I was surprised at Ben's character. He was such a sweetheart and saw people beyond what their exterior made others believe. He was so kind, caring and sweet.
I was also shocked at Luke's character too. He seemed arrogant and a typical rich guy and seemed to judge Juli like the others at first. I'm sure in talking to Ben helped him see Juli for who she truly was but I found it hard to believe that his best friend had just died and his first thought was wanting Juli for himself. Otherwise, great story!!
This book was very enjoyable on many levels. I appreciate the gift bestowed on me by the author using her creative and complex mind to bless readers with such a thought provoking book. I further appreciate this was all accomplished without bombarding us with hot.. steamy... unnecessary sexual episodes !! Sex was not the primary focus .... what a novel approach
I so look forward to reading the next book by Grace Greene.