Book Review: Beach Rental by Grace Greene
by Joanne Troppello
Beach Rental is a sweet contemporary romance by Grace Greene. It is book one of three in An Emerald Isle, NC Novel series.
The main characters, 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 was Ms. Greene’s debut novel and I am adding her to my list of authors and look forward to reading more of her work.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Grace Greene, a USA Today Bestselling Author, writes women's fiction and contemporary romance with suspense. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. She writes books set in both locations.
The Emerald Isle, NC Stories series, starting with the award-winning, bestselling Beach Rental, Beach Winds, and Beach Wedding are set in North Carolina where "It's always a good time for a love story and a trip to the beach."
Or travel down Virginia Country Roads in Kincaid's Hope, A Stranger in Wynnedower, or visit Cub Creek and its sequel Leaving Cub Creek. The Lake Union Publishing novels are also set in the Cub Creek environment and include The Happiness In Between, the bestselling The Memory of Butterflies and her 2019 releases in The Wildflower House series: Wildflower Heart, Wildflower Hope, and the novella, Wildflower Christmas. Wildflower Hope released on September 24, 2019. Wildflower Christmas released on November 12, 2019.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.