K seems to have been written to promote homosexuality as they were mentioned randomly throughout Why mention the sexual orientation of a waiter that did not have anything to do with the story Why mention the sexual orientation of people the characters pass while walking Very strange unless someone has a motive Another issue with this author is her seemingly ow self esteem She continually made reference to books and authors in a pathetic attempt to et readers know she has read a few books in her past What a ridiculous way to promote one s desired intellectual standing Also annoying were the repeated references to what people in Maine think eat and visit As if EVERY person in the state is robotic and incapable of original thought This author is an idiot and must have paid to have this awful book published It was THAT bad Save yourself the agony and do not read Years ago I gave myself permission to not finish a book I had started reading I constantly thought to uit reading this book but since I had read another book by this same author I persevered It plodded along endlessly The author must want people to know that she has no problems with alternate ifestyles as almost every chapter she mentioned various characters who were by the way gay That was a total turn off in my eyes Characters sexualities are moot points as far as I am concerned The story finally picked up around the Rescuing Gus last hundred pages I promise I will never read another book by this author again All this from an extremely positive readerusually Iiked this book My favorite character was Percy the cat This story is about a totally dysfunctional family I stuck with this book until the end waiting for something to happen Nothing did This is the second book by H Chamberlin that I bought for the summer They were both paperbacks from Sams with a beach theme I don t care for her writing It almost seems as if she has some underlying issues that she wants to vent about Both books talk a Class of 92: Out of Our League lot about homosexual couples seemingly in a positiveight However it almost becomes the underlying theme of the book Sh. Lace where Tilda Mcueen O'Connell grew up and now vacations each year and where she and her three siblings Adam Hannah and Craig have gathered to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their mother's passing But instead of the bittersweet but relaxing reunion Tilda expected she finds chaos Her father's plan to marry a younger woman has thrown the fate of the beach house into uncertainty For Tilda.
Well nothing ever happened Ever Thought I would Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story love reading about a house in the town I soove but didn t really enjoy the authors style This book needed How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead lessiterature and emotion and heart the atter two it ackedAs a book centered in a family owned home in Perkins Cove one that had been in the home for generations this novel acked so much of the history of the town and times in which it took place over You can tell the author didn t truly research the area having ived here for only a few short years and simply Moonrise lacked the grit to really get you to embrace this read A fairly interesting story of family dynamics the aging father who has started a new relationship after his wife s death the dead mother apparently uncaring the older pushy greedy brother Adam his ex wife and hisatest girlfriend recent widow sister Tilda who still hasn t processed her husband s death Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi lesbian sister Hannah and her wife Susan who wants to start a family younger brother Craig a footloose wanderer and their sensible aunt Ruth who has been keeping house for their father When they all get together at the family beach house for a memorial for their mother Charlotte they meet their father s newove with varying degrees of friendliness or enmity At stake is the ownership of the oved beach house for which each of them has different plans they are afraid a remarriage will take it out of the family The mystery of who will inherit the house is dragged out through the entire book Most of the enjoyment comes from the interactions of the various characters It was not a riveting book very easy to put down which is why it took me two days to finish it But I did want the answer to the inheritance mystery and I hate to peek at endings I also wanted to find out if or how the family resolved all their various problems We also meet other characters from the nearby village as well as a few tourists I iked it but I won t reread it any time soon This book sucked I could not wait to finish it None of the characters were Alien Alpha likable I bet there is aot of the author in her characters The entire boo. In this poignant evocative novel bestselling author Holly Chamberlin sweeps you into the picturesue town of Ogunuit Maine where a family in flux explores their ties to a beautiful beach house and to each other Some houses have a personality of their own Larchmere is that kind of place a splendid sprawling home with breathtaking views that open to briny Atlantic air and seabirds' calls It's the
E is married to a guy and has children so it is almost as if she is threatened by this component of society Even characters that are mentioned only in passing ike a couple on the beach she seems to feel the need to discuss the issue of their sexuality I need to make a mental note not to be taken in by the BEACH themes the next time I see her work in Sams It eft me almost relieved when the book finally ended but I am usually stubborn and don t give up on a book once I begin I do not recommend her work it eft me tired Wonderful story but I completely understand the complaints from other reviewers about the repetitiveness of certain parts I get that Tilda is sorting through her grief but after the first rant I just started skimming over her deep thoughts Loved the story ine and Craig was my favorite by far but it could have been much smoother without the grief rants The Family Beach House by Holly Chamberlin a compelling novel that skips past warm fuzzy and heads straight for real gritty Ms Chamberlin exposes uncomfortable hidden familial emotions Many uglies arise that no one wants to own or admit to feeling Larchmere surrounded by beauty and the briny sea air of the Atlantic is everyone s dream family egacy Located in an tight knit historic village in Main this splendid sprawling beach house calls everyone home for the 10th year memorial of Charlotte Mcueen s passing The four grown Mcueen children two women and two men are in very different spaces in their ives and each has an opposing opinion of who their mother really was But initially they find themselves united in discomfort insecurity and worry for their inheritance when they discover their beloved father Bill has a serious girlfriend much younger than he is Tilda Mcueen O Connell recently widowed feels she has the most to ose a cherished part of her history and a potential refuge from the world Explore the incredible character development and choose who you will champion Will it be the one who is the hardest to ove Try this interesting summer escape Gwendolyn Broad author Life Came to a Standstil. The stakes seem the highest Alone and vulnerable two years after her husband's death she sees Larchmere as not just a cherished part of her history but her eventual refuge from the world Faced with Beautiful Ghosts losing thategacy Tilda must embrace an unknown future And all the Mcueens must reconcile their shared sometimes painful past and Alexandra, Gone learn how toove one another even when it means forging a ife apart.
Holly Chamberlin is a native New Yorker but she now lives in Portland Maine the aftermath of stumbling across Mr Right at the one moment she wasn't watching the terrain She's been writing and editing poetry children's fantasies a romance novel or two among many other genres and projects her entire life She has two cats Betty and Cyrus and when she's not writing her hobbies include