Title: Beach Girls
Author: Luanne Rice
Release Date: August 3, 2004
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Beach Read
Rating: **** (out of 5)
Emma, Maddie and Stevie were the best of friends growing up. Calling themselves “beach girls,” they spent their summers together at Hubbard’s Point in Connecticut every year until they were grown and went their separate ways. Now, Stevie is the only one left at Hubbard’s Point. A reclusive author, she has lost touch with her other two dear friends and thinks the relationships are lost forever until, one day, she meets Nell.
Nell is a nine-year-old girl whose father has brought her to Hubbard’s Point to help heal from the death of her mother, Emma, who died in a car crash. Even worse, Nell’s father blames her aunt Maddie for the accident, since Maddie was in the car with Emma.
In classic Luanne Rice fashion, Nell befriends Stevie and helps bring all the characters together. Truths come to light and old wounds heal in this romantic novel.
I did enjoy this novel, though I only read it because I knew that Last Kiss was being released this summer, and it involved characters from Beach Girls. Honestly, there isn’t much else to say about it – if you enjoy Luanne Rice, you will enjoy this book. If you don’t, then you won’t – can’t get much more simple than that!