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"With honesty and heart, glamour and grit, Anita Hughes tells the inspiring story of an unusual woman discovering life on her own terms and finally spreading her wings. Loved it." —Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School
"Absolutely riveting and brimming with emotion. Monarch Beach charmed me from the very first page." —Jane Porter, author of She's Gone Country
When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life—and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention… and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.
Posted June 26, 2012
Monarch Beach is the debut book from author Anita Hughes. Amanda Blick is a middle aged wife and mom who has a great life--until one Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning she finds her gorgeous husband, "enjoying" the restaurants sous chef.
Now, what you need to know about Amanda is she is loaded! So after finding another woman's legs wrapped around her husband, her mother suggests a getaway. A getaway for the super wealthy, complete with pool waiters-a stay in the lap of luxury at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. While enjoying their time in the sun she meets a new guy, making her realize she is more than a wife and mother. She soon realizes the world is still full of possibilities.
I really enjoyed, Monarch Beach! it was light reading with touches of seriousness. It was a different from other books I've read in the sense Amanda was so rich she could escape more easily than anyone I know. There is lots of name brands listed, in someways I thought it made Amanda shallow--however I was reminded near the end of the book Amanda was really into fashion.
I would say I never overly liked or disliked Amanda. But that's ok, because I really enjoyed the book. This is a fantastic book to take to the beach! And I'll tell you what if you can't hit the beach this summer just grab yourself a copy of Monarch Beach, a fruity drink and stick your feet in the kiddie pool because Anita is gonna bring the beach to you!
I'm definitely recommending Monarch Beach for your beach bag!
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Posted May 3, 2014
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Posted March 27, 2013
I loved this book. The writing was good and easy to follow. I loved the story of a woman who had been cheated
on by her husband. I felt the feelings she went through were accurate and not too soppy as some books tend
to do. I also liked the fact that she had money and in most cases I would say, well life was easier for her with
all that money, but in this case it didn't make much difference. Yes it made some things easier but she still
had to deal with the break up of her 10 year marriage that she thought was rock solid. I like the way the book
ended. The author let you make up your mind if she would or would not take up with the other man. I personally
wouldn't. A cheater is a cheater, always.
Posted March 16, 2013
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Monarch Beach is Anita Hughes debut. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to share this author with you. Thank you Anita and Saint Martins for sending me this great read!
Amanda has the life of her dreams. Her husband Andre works as the chef; and is part owner of a restaurant in Ross California. Then there is Max their child. One morning Amanda decides to visit the restaurant for breakfast and finds a little more than she bargained for. Will she forgive Andre? Amanda receives an offer she can’t refuse from her mother to spend the summer at Laguna Beach. They would stay at the St. Regis penthouse. Will this be a wonderful vacation? Will Amanda be able to make plans for the future?
I always enjoy trying new authors. So I can tell you that I greatly enjoyed Anita’s novel. The theme is healing and learning how to move forward after a crisis has occurred. The characters are real and draw you in as you read. I thought it was interesting how the author focused on the cultural differences between Andre and Amanda.
I also always love vacation spots that include room service. I enjoyed visiting the setting of Laguna Beach. Who would not love a vacation that included the beach, a penthouse, and all the hotel activities you could ever want. This novel is a great beach read!
Posted February 25, 2013
I loved this book because it's written very well and a great escape to another lifestyle that I will never know and lots of fabulous scenery too. Amanda finds her chef husband has been having an affair and struggles with what to do with her life. Not knowing what to do next, she decided to take off for the summer to St Regis Resort in Laguna with her mother and her son. She meets Edward, a divorced man who helps her through her tough days. This is one of those must read books. I can't wait to read Market Street when it comes out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2013
What a wonderful debut novel by Anita Hughes. I am looking forward to her next book. I thought Anita did a wonderful job of describing everything, I could truly picture it all. I want to go live at the St Regis and do the butterfly releases. The story was wonderfully done showing that everything isn't always black and white or what it seems to be. When Amanda catches her husband cheating on her and the actions she takes to make sure that her son Max is not hurt in the process. Even though Amanda is wealthy and goes to live at the St Regis with her mother and son, you don't feel like she is a snob, and you want to cheer her on to rebuilding her life. The book was unpredictable, which I liked, not everything went the way you thought it would. A great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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