What Happens at the Beach… – Book Review

What Happens at the Beach


Release date: 11th July 2016
Publisher: Carina
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!
…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?


The Review

Meet Natalie, she has completed her Ph.D. and made the big decision dump her fiancé. Now she is off to France to spend time with her only living relative as she takes the much needed time to assess where she wants her career to go.

Even though she swears she is not looking for a man or romance she meets the hunky Remy and the suave Phillippe which makes it hard to not let the mind wander.

Then on one her regular swims she bumps into Mark, the brooding multimillionaire next door and how beautiful labrador.

A job brings them both together in the short term but soon Natalie has to make some definite decisions about her career for the future which could mean that love is definitely off the cards.

What did I think? I have read a previous book by this author and I quite enjoyed it, but for me, this one was just a bit dry.

Maybe the book is not aimed at me as I don’t find history or medieval research particularly fun. A lot of it was exploring the island and the artefacts and building history which was a complete snooze fest for me. But if you like that sort of thing then you will love it.

I found the story really slow and had to skim read a bit because I was getting a bit bored. The characters were lacking something, well mostly Mark.

I liked Natalie, she was my kinda lady who knew what she wanted and then decided to put it all in priority order. I loved her gran, and I sort of knew what was coming in the story so I wasn’t surprised.
Mark or Evelyn was a bit annoying. I mean just spit it out and say how you feel….. but the revelations later in the story said a lot about why he was acting the way he was.

The only fun parts were when Hortense (what the hell kind of name is that) turned up. I do like a bit of drama and this made it really fun. A lot of the other characters were fun but most of them seemed just like noise in the background.
I didn’t know which opportunity Natalie would take up in the end but was happy either way.

Overall it was a really great summer read.

You can find What Happens at the Beach… here.




Guest review contributed by The Angel’s Pearl. Her passion is coffee, photography, reading, and book reviews.

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