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Posted April 26, 2010
A Review of "The Last Beach Bungalow"
April Newton's fifth anniversary of being cancer free should have been cause for celebration. However, her life held a void, a great emptiness without a name. Through the radiation treatments, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction, April had lost something along the way. Her husband, Rick, had grown distant. Their daughter was a 15 year-old with things other than family life on her mind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
April struggles with the missing joys of friendship, a rift with her family, and a house to call a home. The excitement that should be felt of moving into a newly reconstructed and remodeled home, designed by her husband, is non-existent. She does not feel the excitement of life in general, until she stumbles upon a bungalow being offered in a contest by the owner, an eccentric widow. The bungalow is surrounded by newer homes and is the "last" beach bungalow, which is being threatened of being demolished instead of saved.
April musters up enough courage to attend the open house for the 1928 Beach Bungalow in Rodando Beach, California. Upon entering, she is immediately drawn to the atmosphere of the house. The collection of game pieces on the walls and the feeling of home overwhelm April. She finds herself contemplating making a life in the bungalow, independent from her husband and daughter.
My thoughts on this story:
This is an intriguing story of a woman's defeat over not only cancer, but the demons that haunt her soul. She struggles with those demons and eventually learns the art of forgiveness and how to live again...instead of merely existing. The story made me laugh and cry. It is a story of courage, hope, faith, and dreams. This book held me captive. I was enthralled in the story and unable to put this book down. I highly recommend it.
Posted October 9, 2009
Posted March 2, 2008
Thoughtful Page Turner - a rare find
I loved this book! I have passed it to friends and family too and they are all raving about the story. It is a thoughtful story about survival and what it means after the battle is over. It is also about defining 'home' and what it means to different people and at different times in life. A beautifully written story with something for everyone to relate to. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
A strong family drama
The fifth anniversary of her being cancer free has arrived for April Newton but she does not feel like celebrating the milestone. Physically she may be doing well, but mentally she is depressed. She believes her once close relationship with her husband is slowly eroding even as he constructs their ¿dream home¿.--------- Instead she finds contentment with a nearby Redondo Beach bungalow, whose owner Peg has put up for sale. Instead of the dream house she prefers THE LAST BEACH BUNGALOW. However, she wonders how much she will hurt her husband if she tells him how she feels.-------------- This is a fascinating character study of a woman who has physically defeated cancer, but mentally is still fighting windmills. April is a wonderful person struggling with the dilemma of whether to tell or not to tell her spouse as that is the question she must face. If she tells him how she feels, she will hurt him as he is building their new dream house out of love for her if she does not, she will go deeper into depression and he will know something is wrong. THE LAST BEACH BUNGALOW is a strong family drama that realistically looks deep at after the cancer is gone.----------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2010
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Posted December 10, 2010
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