(Shore House, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.
Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.
I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.
Life is deep. Dive in.
Panty Scorching – 3.0
Storyline – 5.0
Angst – 3.0
Tissues – 1.0
Value – 5.0
Overall – 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin
Nora has decided to share a beach house for the summer with a ton of recent college grads. Drifting through the past 5 years of her life, she hasn’t really allowed herself to get close to anyone or feel anything. A job she detests…check. A college roommate she tolerates…check. No steady boyfriend…check. A room in a beach house that’s actually a screened in porch…check. But with a weekend house full of twenty-somethings trying to muddle through, Nora might just find something worth living for.
He stopped abruptly.
“You’re okay. You’re like a string of Christmas lights.” I stayed still. “If just one bulb was replaced, you’d shine bright.” I blushed at his words. “We just have to figure out which bulb it is.”
“So I’m salvageable?”
What a great beach read. This story reminded me of those ensemble shows you watch with a bunch of young friends all coming of age and trying to find their way into the world. Nora was lost. I was kind of reminded of some prickly friends I had in college that you can’t quite reach but yet you drag them around everywhere and keep trying. Slowly through her weekends at the beach, you start to see Nora opening up. We see the slow evolution of Nora as an island to maybe allowing a few people on her island. I absolutely adored Tank. He was a deep soul that held them together and saw far more than others.
This was a nice contemporary new adult novel and a change of pace from what I’ve been reading. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone that likes a good coming of age story. I hope we get to read about more of the young adults and where they end up in their lives.
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
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