Beach Rental: A Barefoot Book

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On the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, in the small town of Emerald Isle...

Juli Cooke, hard-working and getting nowhere fast, marries a dying man, Ben Bradshaw, for a financial settlement, not expecting he will set her on a journey of hope and love. The journey brings her to Luke Winters, a local art dealer, but Luke resents the woman who married his sick friend and warns her not to hurt Ben-and he's ...

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Overview

On the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, in the small town of Emerald Isle...

Juli Cooke, hard-working and getting nowhere fast, marries a dying man, Ben Bradshaw, for a financial settlement, not expecting he will set her on a journey of hope and love. The journey brings her to Luke Winters, a local art dealer, but Luke resents the woman who married his sick friend and warns her not to hurt Ben-and he's watching to make sure she doesn't.
Until Ben dies and the stakes change.
Framed by the timelessness of the Atlantic Ocean and the brilliant blue of the beach sky, Juli struggles against her past, the opposition of Ben's and Luke's families, and even the living reminder of her marriage-to build a future with hope and perhaps to find the love of her life-if she can survive the danger from her past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937389178
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 402,891
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration, always with a strong heroine at its heart. Vivid settings and quirky secondary characters round out the stories and there's a happily-ever-after ending-most of the time.

Grace is also an artist and photographer. She is drawn to houses and landscapes that ooze character and is fascinated by history and human nature. When she's writing, all of these interests show up on the page.

BEACH RENTAL is her debut release. Her next novel, KINCAID'S HOPE, is scheduled for release in January 2012. In KINCAID'S HOPE, Beth Kincaid finds that swearing off the Kincaid temper and creating the perfect life free from untidy emotionalism has its own dangers and can even get you killed.

A Virginia native, Grace lives in central Virginia. Stay current with Grace's releases and appearances at www.GraceGreeneAuthor.com

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    A must read

    Highly recommended. I would read during my lunch at work & couldn't wait to get home to continue reading. Great story. Do yourself a favor & read this book. You won't me disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    A Wonderful Beach Story

    Beach Rental took me back to the sands and shops of the Outer Banks, a perfect setting for Grace Greene's story of love, compassion, and hope. Juli's life takes an interesting turn when she agrees to Ben's proposition, but it isn't as easy as either of them anticipated, as the obstacles, in the form of Luke and Ben's family, threaten to trip up Juli's original plan. Thank you for a wonderful story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Engrossing

    To Ben Bradshaw, who is terminally ill, Juli is like a diamond--brilliant, beautiful, and strong. But Juli tells him she is more like a "junkyard dog". She stands against all odds to protect Ben as they share life at Sea Green Glory, their beach home. They strive for the ordinary life, not allowing his illness rule their world.

    Juli, the foster child who felt invisible even in adulthood, finds a gentle happiness with Ben, a caring and giving companionship, but death will not be denied.

    Juli, with her stubborn independence, has always known everything is temporary and plans to move on "alone again" after Ben's death. The surprise in his will leaves her financial secure but entangled with his family and friends. She is no longer the "invisible help".

    Luke, Ben's cousin, saw Juli before she met Ben. It wasn't a positive meeting, as the instant forceful awareness each felt triggered a panic attack in Juli that sent her running into the garden. There she met Ben. He sees and pursues the woman he feels would make his last days meaningful and full of good, ordinary living. His family and friends are already grieving for him and he does not want his last days to be full of sadness.

    Luke disapproves of what he sees as a mercenary arrangement, but he stays in touch, determined to protect Ben. The ensuing conflicts take the reader along on a vicarious experience with a compelling group of characters.

    The antagonists, Frankie, the sleazy, sneaky acquaintance from Juli's past and Adele, Ben's hateful, unreasonable sister cause Juli a heap of grief creating an undercurrent of tension that surfaces periodically throughout the story.

    Maia, who works at the art gallery, and Anna Barbour, the artist, prove to be real friends to Juli through the good and the bad-something Juli never experienced before. Pastor Herrin is a new experience for Juli also. He nurtures her spiritual awakening with a gentle touch.

    Beach Rental is about two very different kinds of love. Yet both are genuine and rewarding. Each of these loves shepherds Juli into a place where she blooms with each of her accomplishments. As the hard, protective shell she'd built around herself to survive in an unconcerned world, melts away, Juli flourishes and gives the reader a lovely surprise.

    Grace Greene, with a captivating style, writes a compelling story about coping with the worst and enjoying the best of life, making it easy for the reader to empathize with the characters. Ms. Greene's descriptions and her ability to create vibrant characters makes Beach Rental a book one wants to read non-stop. The strong heroine and the two very different but truly remarkable heroes lift one's spirit and showcases the depth of caring that reinforces the reality of how valuable faith, hope, and love are in life.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    Magnificent

    Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
    Reviewed by Angie
    Review Copy Provided by the Publisher

    Right from the get go I was intrigued by this book. A marriage based on a business arrangement? Interesting!

    Juli is a great female lead character as she’s very strong and very independent. That may seem weird considering that she married for money, but don’t let that fool you – she knew exactly what she was doing and what she was doing it for; to provide a better life for herself.

    Ben is a sweet male lead, something I very, very much appreciated. He doesn’t try to push himself on Juli, but he very much feels compelled to want to be with her, to provide a better life for her.

    Ben’s family are the quintessential overprotective busybodies who want to chase away the supposed gold digger. But as I said above, Juli doesn’t scare easily.

    You can guess where the story is going, but it takes a few unique turns that I enjoyed. There is some suspense in the form of a former coworker of Juli’s kind of stalking her, but it’s pretty tame.

    I definitely recommend this book if you have an afternoon free with no kids, no husband, nothing to do but read ’til your heart is content curled up on the couch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Know this lady! She's good

    Looks grace may be one of the new writers worth watching, for a debut novel she has done a great job.
    Bud & Armeda

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    My Review of Beach Rental

    Juli Cooke was abandoned by her mother as a young child and grew up in one foster home after another. She learned to become a survivor and lean on her own two feet. Working several jobs at once just to make ends meet, she never expected the sudden turn her life was about to take. One day, while working at her catering job, she meets Ben Bradshaw and she is suddenly swept up in an opportunity that she finds very difficult to refuse. Marrying Ben was just another step in the direction her life kept taking her-doing what it takes to survive another day. The one caveat, Ben is dying and he's willing to make sure Juli is well-provided for if she just marries him and lives out his dying days in platonic companionship with him. When Ben dies, she doesn't expect to be as shaken as she feels and her life moves further down the road in another unexpected turn. She has to deal with a dangerous situation from her past, as well as opposition from Ben's and his cousin, Luke's families. The real question becomes, can Juli learn to accept Ben's faith and find hope that she can have a life with true love. My review: Juli and Ben married for companionship but as I read this story, I kept hoping for a miraculous healing for Ben and that they'd truly fall in love. That was not the case, but they did grow to care about each other very much. I liked Juli's character from the get-go. She was very independent and no-nonsense, but with a real vulnerability. I liked how Ms. Greene wove a tapestry of faith into this story through the character of Ben and I loved her reference to faith as a mustard seed. All of the characters were fun to read about and I didn't feel the need to rush through any sections thinking, I really don't want to read about this character. Credit goes to Ms. Greene for creating a vivid backdrop to this story. I truly felt like I was right there and could hear the ocean waves crashing against the shoreline. Not to spoil the ending for anyone, I won't go into too much detail with this next point. However as I read, I was really wondering if the ending would be predictable and Juli's character would fall head over heels in love again so quickly. I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Greene's unpredictable plot line. I do not have much to complain about here with the exception that I would've liked to see a few more action tags and less dialogue tags-but that is only a minute detail and more likely my personal taste. I have to say that Beach Rental is a very good contemporary drama, with likable characters, awesome scenery descriptions and great tone of voice. Beach Rental is Ms. Greene's debut novel and I am adding her to my list of authors to watch. I look forward to reading more of her work. My Rating (Beach Rental): 4 Stars-Top Notch Fiction 5 Stars-Outstanding Fiction: Rivals my love affair with the classics of Jane Austen 4 Stars-Top Notch Fiction: Highly recommend you read this book and watch this author 3 Stars-Ordinary Fiction: Not earth shattering revelation of greatness, but worth reading 2 Stars-Disappointing Fiction: Hoped for more and you won't find this book fulfilling 1 Star-Not-so-good Fiction: Difficult to keep reading; you won't want to read it either (Disclaimer: I reserve the right not to post reviews with a rating below 3 Stars) A gratis copy of this book was sent to this reviewer by the author / or publisher in exchange for an impartial evaluation.

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    Posted August 9, 2011

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