The Beach House: A totally gripping, utterly romantic and emotional page-turner

· Bookouture
10 reviews

About this ebook

An absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming read about finding love where you least expect it, new beginnings, and how family is always with you, no matter where you are. Fans of Susan Mallery, Pamela Kelley, and Mary Alice Monroe will adore this romantic page-turner.


When her gram passes away, Melanie Simpson feels utterly lost. But her grandmother’s will gives her a purpose: an inheritance to buy a crumbling house in Rosemary Bay. They used to visit the village every summer, sit by the sparkling water on a beach the color of pearl, and daydream about turning the place on the corner into a bed and breakfast.


On her first night in her new hometown, Melanie meets local contractor and landowner Josh Claiborne, whose eyes match the dazzling sea. Melanie plans to restore the beach house to its original glory, and Josh is the perfect person to help renovate the wrap-around porch weathered by the coastal breeze and the peeling white paint faded by the sun.


But hiding in a closet is a yellowing stack of letters that could change everything. The looping handwriting reveals the mystery of the rickety house––a buried history that touches everyone in Rosemary Bay. Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart?


Readers love The Beach House:


WOW, I couldn’t love this book any more than I already do! So beautifully written… Amazing!” Goodreads reviewer

“I absolutely loved this book!The cutest read of the summer!” The Miron Monologues

WOW what a brilliant book, it had me totally gripped from the beginning and I couldn’t put in down. I devoured this in a couple of sessions and I am now gutted it has finished.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved this book!Spectacular! Can't wait to read more of her work!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Simply wonderful. Such a fantastic tale of love… Had me turning the pages faster and faster. It was heartbreakingSimply beautifulIt was as if I was sitting with a friend having a cuppa.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely loved reading this story and all the twists and turns throughout… Had me hooked.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A beautiful heartwarming read… The perfect summer holiday beach read and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling inside… Perfect escapismI could almost picture the blue skies sun on my back and sandy beaches.” Fiction Café, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Beach House will be your favourite read this summer! The only downfall to reading this book is that you’ll get nothing else done until you finish it! It’s a small price to pay for a good story!… Difficult to put down! I was sad when it ended!” Goodreads reviewer

Oh my stars this book was just what my little heart needed!I adored it and will recommend it to anyone who will listen :).” @theloopyknot

Sensational! This author never disappoints… So full of emotion and drama you will want to read this book in one sitting. This book is worth more than five stars.’ @romance.movies.and.books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


“This book really touched my heart and I was so engrossed that I couldn’t put it down until I read the last page. And even today, I find myself thinking about this story… Tugged at my soul.” StarAngels Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

10 reviews
Chelsea Taylor
May 19, 2021
"When it feels like everything— literally everything—is going wrong, sometimes, without our knowledge, it’s actually going very, very right .” A love story with a hint of The Notebook, you won't want to miss this beautiful read! Set on the Gulf Coast, this is the perfect beach read for the summer. After taking care of her Gram for the last three years of her life, Melanie isn't sure what to do with her life. What she is sure of is buying the crumbling beach house her Gram loved to visit every time they went to the beach. With just her inheritance and a dream of turning it into a B&B, she quickly realizes she may be in over her head. Local handyman Josh doesn't want to visit the property let alone help with all the work that's needed on the house. While getting ready for the coming storm, Melanie finds a box full of letters that tie Josh's family and her Gram to the house. What happens after is part mystery and full love story of not only Melanie and Josh, but the old owner of the house and Melanie's Gram. Beautifully written with stories tying past and present, you'll be on the edge of your seat until the very end wondering how this will all work out. Hale not only writes about love, she also writes about loss, and how family isn't just the ones were born into. A slow build love story you'll remember long after you've put it down. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, Jenny Hale, and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Sarah Goldthorpe
June 9, 2021
This was a lovely and unusual read about Melanie who is encouraged to buy a crumbling beach house with the inheritance she received from her Gram who she has cared for over the last three years. A bet about a darts match brings reluctant contractor Josh to her assistance however he’s desperate to leave the area and wants nothing to do with Melanie’s beach house. The storyline was unusual and the characters well formed, the character of Cole added a really strong dimension, I was amazed at the speed of transformation of the guest house though, sounds impossible by UK standards!
Penny Leidecker
June 8, 2021
Yes, this book has romance, but I really loved the secrets that are revealed, which had me flipping the pages to see what was going to be revealed next. This book is centered around Melanie Simpson. Melanie put her life on hold to take care of her grandmother. Gram has now passed away and her last wish is for Melanie to purchase the Ellis House in Rosemary Bay, Florida and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The Ellis House needs a lot of work, but the best guy for the job is leaving to move to New York. No spoilers, so grab your copy and see what happens. I do have to say I’m so glad I got to read this beautiful story. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.

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