Friday, May 7, 2021

Book Review: Life's a Beach

By Sara Steven

Peach is excited to hear that her sister, Di, is getting married. Of course, she would have preferred her little sister to be engaged to someone she's known longer than a week - and the fact that his name is Charles doesn't bode well - but who is she to judge?! After all, her own love life is non-existent, and who doesn't love a destination wedding...?

Whisked away to the gorgeous Italian coast, Peach assumes her role as chief bridesmaid and, despite her reservations about the groom, she tries to ensure everything goes to plan.

But weddings are never straightforward affairs... throw in some unexpected guests in the form of ex-boyfriends and one night stands, and soon enough there is more drama than a reality tv show.

Can Peach keep the show on the road, or might she end up in a whirlwind romance of her own...? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

Peach is a glutton for punishment, and not by her own choosing! As much as I felt for her while the awkward situations and the cringe-worthy moments piled one on top of the other, it added to the funny, wild ride she finds herself on, and I could see the point where she lets go of trying to control it all and lets the chips fall where they may. But, what else can anyone do when faced with prior ex-boyfriends and one-time love affairs?

Her biggest motivation is in wanting to be her sister Di’s support system at the destination wedding. Peach can handle whatever she needs to, as long as she’s there for Di, and I really appreciated that sisterhood dynamic within Life’s A Beach. It extended out to their cousin, Van, too; she’s a really bold character who added a lot of levity and excitement during the most chaotic moments within the story. With the three of them in tow, it felt like there was nothing that couldn’t be accomplished, but when it comes to matters of the heart, opinions can become muddled and unclear, and it’s hard to know where the truth lies, and what is really going on. 

Peach isn’t sure where her heart lies, that’s for sure. Her story begins in pretty unconventional ways, yet with the potential for a happily-ever-after romance. Then, it’s gone, and she feels like she’s starting over in the love department. But maybe she isn’t? The back and forth helped to add tension to all of that, and I felt like I was right there with Peach, questioning what the right choices are, and ultimately, who the right person is for Peach.

I don’t know if a destination wedding could ever lead to as much drama as what is conjured up in Life’s A Beach, but the story made me want that! And if it meant a trip out to the Italian coastline, so be it. I had a lot of fun with Peach’s crew, making this a definite five-star experience!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real-life experiences.

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1 comment:

penney said...

Great review sounds good thank you