Book Review: Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens


Barefoot BeachTitle: Barefoot Beach
Author: Toby Devens
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Pages: 400
Publisher: NAL/Berkley
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

         
The beach house carried some kind of spell, concocted of—I don’t know—salt air, sea grass and Old Bay seasoning that over the years had permeated its walls and floorboards. Whatever it was, the place cast fabulous magic.

For Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June….

But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s café, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter.

With their personal dramas reaching a fever pitch, the women will discover that it isn’t only the beach that brightens their lives. Their bond with one another provides the ultimate magic.
There are books that just scream “summer.” And, with Barefoot Beach, you will surely find an escape that will have you craving to have your toes on the sand with a cool cocktail and a side of drama. In the book, according to the synopsis, for Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June, and now the time has come for their reunion.

But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat, according to the book synopsis. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s café, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter. Meaning that the friends have a lot of things happening, making this retreat not the usual laid-back experience that the ladies imagined for their summer.

Without giving any spoilers away, what totally resonated with me about this book was the female friendships and how important they are to each other. While in life things happen and things change, these ladies try their best to connect and reconnect, some to successful results. The book also teaches us that life is unexpected and sometimes the craziest things happen when we less plan for them…and sometimes it’s best not to have a plan at all and just go with the waves of the summer-kissed ocean.

I recommend this book for anyone looking for a solid, beachy, read, that will relax you this July. Remember, life might get stressful, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy a laid-back book…so add this to your TBR as soon as possible!

What do you think? Will you pick up this novel? Let me know at @AuroraMiami and enjoy your summer reading!




1 comments :

  1. Great review! I've been thinking this one would be a great beach read so I'm glad it had that going for it

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