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The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer.

When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, ...

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Overview

The beach house is a peaceful haven, a place to escape everyday problems. Here, three families find their feelings intensified and their lives transformed each summer.

When thirty-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, married sixty-five years, courageously face a separation that even their devotion cannot prevent. The married woman Peter yearns for suddenly comes within his reach. And Julia ultimately finds the strength to rebuild her life—something she once thought impossible.

With equal measures of heartbreak and happiness, bestselling author Georgia Bockoven's unforgettable novel tells of the beauty of life and the power of love, and speaks to every woman who has ever clung to a child or loved a man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061084409
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Georgia Bockoven's Beach House Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    A great summer read

    I liked how the author wrote this book. The book is divided into parts; each part represents a summer month. During the month, different renters reside in the beach house and the reader is allowed a glimpse into their lives. Near month's end, the current renters prepare the house for the new renters, as everyone knows one another.

    It was though I was reading three short stories in one book, however the author did a fantastic job of tying the renters' stories together. The Beach House is about picking up the pieces after a loss and beginning again.

    4.5 stars

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Could not put this book down

    This was such a good read. The story takes place in Nantucket, and the way it was described I want to go so bad. I pictured myself in the story- walking the beaches, relaxing on a porch. I could see myself so there. This book is HIGHLY a good read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Amazing Read!!!

    This book is written with such passion! It's the best romance/drama book I've ever read! Definitely worth reading, especially if you're laying on the beach listening to the waves crash!! VERY GREAT BOOK!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Review. Not chat!

    B&N needs to do something about the babies and their games and many times disgusting posts. I have complained to B&N many times as I am sure others have. Enough already! If you want to keep your good customers from switching over to Kindle & Amazon, you need to fix this garbage as well as the 2 page "reviews" . That is what is going to happen if you don't make this end. Better start thinking of your bottom line..you know $$$? These review people dont pay for the books & the kids are here only to play kitty cat games. Better think about that before the good customers jump ship and we WILL!

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    What the heck did I just read?  It switched gears so abruptly at

    What the heck did I just read?  It switched gears so abruptly at te end of each section, it was jarring.  There was absolutely no sense of closure at the end, either.  Just a "thanks for playing, here, read this excerpt...."

    So not worth it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    This was a very good book. Well worth reading...sad in spots. Ve

    This was a very good book. Well worth reading...sad in spots. Very well written.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    wish

    Wish all the kiddies would walk on out with their kiddie chatter and let the adults have some space

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Enjoyed the book

    I enjoyed this book. Each section was narrated by a different family each month that they rented a beach house. I really felt these peoples pain and joy. It's just life and what it can dish out. I could relate.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    I enjoyed this book, I would like to see a sequel, follow up on

    I enjoyed this book, I would like to see a sequel, follow up on what happens next.  I liked the way it was written.  Each month broken up,but would love to know what happens next. I will probably purchase/read more of Georgia Bockoven books, this is my first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Not impressed

    I got so caught up in part one that i became frusterated when the book switched gears.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Highly recommend!!

    If you love the beach and love to read about relationships, strong women and such, then pick up this book! I was sad when it was over, I enjoyed it that much!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Gabriel

    *schlouches in a chair not knowing who to talk to and what to say*

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    Did not like this book

    I'm sorry but I did not like this book at all. I thought the writing was very poor and the characters were not believable. The only thing I did like about it was that the author wrote about the characters in sections. I stuck with it because I paid for it, otherwise I would not have finished it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    You should read it if you like danielle steel

    It's great book because of the wonderful storyline with perfectly sketched characters! It's a book with a simple storyline yet you get drawn into it beacuse of each of the completely personal characters who reach out to you and become real!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Good enough

    Nothing outstanding here. It was a pleasant read. Loved the old folk and the teen boy. The adults were stereotypical romance fare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Daijah

    Smiles and takes off evreything

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Adam

    Stares at your aby. "Da<_>mn ypu make m hard" he ripps off his clothes

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A beach house w

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A beach house where the owner rents out the home to the same families for the months of June, July and August and since this has been going on for years, the renters and the owners know each other and are all connected.  This summer is different as the owner - Julia has decided that she wants to sell at the end and this may be the last summer for all of the renters.

    Each renter has a month to tell their story, their past, present and potential future.  I saw each renter as a short story within the bigger story.  They were fantastically connected by the neighbor and their contact with the author, they felt like pieces to a bigger puzzle.  There was not one renter that I didn't love and felt moved the story along.  The author didn't lose the owner when she wasn't physically staying at the beach house, her story was still moving and I loved how she worked her throughout the story.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    RedFox20

    Haiihaii

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Dan to kendal

    Babe?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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