Seabreeze Inn: Summer Beach, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back.
Ivy Marin’s life implodes after discovering that her late husband had spent their life savings on a beach house. Strapped for cash as an art teacher and with nowhere to go, Ivy and her recently jilted sister head to Summer Beach to recreate their lives. If only renovating a historical home didn’t unveil a host of hidden secrets in the beachside community - and the mayor wasn’t her former high school crush.
Bennett Dylan led a campaign against Ivy’s late husband to block the rezoning of the beach house land for a high-rise resort. Although it’s been 10 years since his wife’s death, Bennett is avoiding the pain of loving - and possibly losing - another woman. And then, the FBI shows up.... Ivy’s demands for a zoning variance for a bed-and-breakfast couldn’t come at a worse time for him.
Despite distractions, Ivy has one summer to sway the town to salvage her livelihood and the new life in Summer Beach she’s come to love.
With spellbinding intrigue and poignant self-discovery, Seabreeze Inn is a sweet summer beach read. If you like sun-soaked beach sagas you can lose yourself in, Seabreeze Inn and Summer Beach’s fascinating characters are for you. Start your vacation in Summer Beach now. (Binge away; the trilogy of Summer Beach is now complete.)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 21, 2020|
|Publisher||Sunny Palms Media|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,502 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#375 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Books)
#430 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#683 in Family Saga Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
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They are older women and it was exciting to see that even older women can recreate their lives. Recreate it they did. When they went there it was to sell the beach house but when they got there Ivy said no I decided to live here. She had no idea where that came from. She didn't have much money so their family got together for a fix it up party. Their parents did this when they were young. I liked this idea. As they were fixing it up, they discovered a secret room and wow the things in the secret room. They notified the Sheriff on their finding and it brought in the FBI. The original owner had hidden journals and she wrote I think I have written before but I can't find them. There is a lot of mystery going on but one thing kept with me was what is the owner had drawn Ivy to this beach house so she would discover the things.
This book has older women, their children, family, neighbors and their parents seemed I don't know why I think this, a throwback to yesterday because they just seemed to bring the past to their future. It was just so unique. This is a book I think each person that reads it is going to take away different things. It is an amazing story and I have bought #2 and preordered #3.
We don't see much of her daughters but from the occasional phone interactions we see her daughters as spoilt, self-absorbed individuals. Although they are adults Ivy doesn't explain her dire circumstances caused by her husband's reckless disregard for her financial security, and the fact that he was having an affair, and had previous affairs through their marriage.
The author introduces a cast of thousands (at least that's how it felt) with five married siblings, and each couple having numerous children. Part way through there is a page of names at a party but most of them don't appear again.
This ended up feeling shallow with some storylines that faded away and were then brought back with a sentence about how Ivy was worried e.g. about her parents, and yet, she was too busy to visit them, and finally turns out to be nothing at all.
This could have been so much more with stronger, well-developed characters; better, realistic dialogue; and less plot points. This felt as though the author threw in as many ideas as possible and then tried to tie it up at the end and deciding she couldn't left many things hanging.
When Bay family "issues", force Ivy Bay Marin and her sister Shelly come back the West Coast after decades away, they are planning on finishing the settlement of Ivy's late husband Jeremy's estate with the sale of an abandoned white elephant of a house. Little does anyone know what Summer Beach will do to keep them there. Las Brisas del Mar soon has them in it's spell, bring the past to the present in resplendent style.
How authors like Jan Moran can keep things interesting amazes me! From historic France to America; to Italy; from the world of perfume and chocolate to the California beauty scene, each of Moran's books is captivating, and reflects her love of the written word as well as her insatiable curiosity. I can hardly wait to dive into a second and then third helping of the adventures that await Ivy and Shelly! Highly Recommended. 5/5