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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. READ IT IN ONE DAY.

    It did drag at times but a really good read.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    Great easy chick lit read!

    Really enjoyed this novel. The past was very well interwoven with the presnt. Their "secrets" weren't secret from the reader, and I had figured out the ending pretty early in the book, but I still loved it.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

    Substance Outshines Frothy Title

    The strength in this novel was the characters' ability to stretch and rearrange the truth. Meet Mel, Sara, Annie and Lola, women in their 40's who plan a reunion at Lola's luxurious North Carolina beach house. They are graduates of a prominent liberal arts college in the 1980's which sets the tone that readers will be privy to the lives of educated, complex women.

    Holton moves us back and forth from the 1980's to the present 2005. These are southern women with diverse backgrounds: Mel is wealthy, beautiful and can commit to friendship, not marriage. She is a succesful mystery writer who comes off as a harsh critic of her friends and their life decisions. Sara is beautiful, an attorney with solid parents, but appears to be consumed by guilt. Annie, the weakest character, had a discretion during their "carefree" college days which she cannot seem to absolve herself. And Lola, beautiful Lola, with the traditional southern mother who only cared about tradition who foists her daugther into a troubled adulthood.

    In an attempt to reconcile their lives, they spend days together unraveling their past and connecting it to the present. Holton's flashback to the womens' southern upbringing gave me the strongest insight to interpret the present. Holton showed off her solid southern writing when she wrote of the past. I believe the plot was weaker during the day to day activities of the reunion. There is a great, satisfying twist at the end, and I was assured that Holton's theme of strong women was justified. The title, "Beach Trip" suggest a chick lit superficial story. It is not. The title should have been more representative of the comedic and literary talents of this writer.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

    Holton's Best book by Far!

    Cathy Holton fans who are expecting yet another romp with kudzu debutantes are in for a surprise. While the four women who reunite after 23 years are bright and witty, they replace their kudzu predecessors' Machiavellian scheming with true heart and reflection. Holton offers more to fans of classics as she writes of college days studying literature and offers more to other writers as she recounts book tours and meeting with editors. Her women offer depth and honesty. They think, they examine their marriages, their parents and their empty nests. This novel is not one to get lost amongst the sand filled towels and beach buckets. It is a keeper.

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