by Luanne Rice

August 2004
ISBN: 0-553-58724-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Nell is heartbroken over the loss of her mother. So when her father returns to the beach he and her mother met on years ago, Nell goes looking for her motherís old friend. Stevie Moore has made a success of her career, but not her heart. She is tired of failing at love, and has decided to shut the world out. Will Nell be able to break through her barriers? To say nothing of Nellís father, Jack Kilvert.

Maddie Kilvert has been hurting ever since the death of her sister-in-law. When her old friend Stevie invites her for a visit, she is delighted to try and recapture some lost youth. It doesnít feel the same without Emma there to enjoy it with them. And then Stevie drops the bomb that Jack and Nell are on the beach. Can Maddie and Jack begin to heal the rift between them?

Beach Girls was a very engrossing read. It details so many different types of relationships and heart breaks. The reader becomes engaged by all of the emotions pouring through the pages. Though the basic premise is sad, the story itself begins to take an uplifting note. Though there are times your heart breaks along with Nell's, Jackís and Maddieís.

Each character really comes to life and jumps off the pages. Each chapter brings another turn of events in their lives. The reader watches Jack's struggle with his sister Maddie and the rivalry that has happened. A definite read for any fan of an engaging, emotional read. Fans of Luanne Riceís will not be disappointed.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Katy.

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