'The hottest book of the summer' JOSIE SILVER, author of bestselling One Day in December 'The perfect escapist romp' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS, author of Our Stop Binge-watched Normal People and Love is Blind and now looking to escape into another suitably steamy love story? Look no further... ______________________________ TWO WRITERS, ONE HOLIDAY. A ROMCOM WAITING TO HAPPEN... January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie. Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale. But January and Gus have more in common than you'd think: They're both broke. They've got crippling writer's block. And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends. The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first. The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely... Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You. ______________________________ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING 'Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is a breath of fresh air. My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for - a steamy, smart and perceptive romance. I was engrossed!' Josie Silver, author of bestselling One Day in December 'Full of banter, heat, and sexual tension, I felt the thrill of falling in love right alongside January and Gus. A gorgeous page-turner of a novel that provided the perfect escapist romp' Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop 'I really needed this book. I didn't realize how much I needed it until I was giggling along with all the awkwardness and banter and feeling like I'd been taken away from the dark, dreariness of this lockdown' Emily, Netgalley 'A touching and heartfelt book...I adored going along on Gus and January's journey, and I closed this book with a satisfied sigh' Jasmine Guillory, author of The Proposal 'A clever and witty novel that will make your nerve-endings sigh with happiness' Debbie Viggiano, author of Willow's Wedding Vows 'My first novel by Emily Henry and I loved it, look forward to reading more by this author' Alison, Netgalley 'I would say this book is so much more than "just a beach read" but to do so would completely miss the point!... Romantic comedies take skill, heart and guts - and Emily Henry makes sure this book has it all' Elizabeth Neep, author of The Spare Bedroom 'Original, sparkling bright and layered with feeling...If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you'll adore this book' Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game 'I read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down' Jacqueline, Netgalley 'A great escapist beach read but so much more as well. Emily writes beautifully, almost poetically in places and I will certainly look out for her work in the future. 5 stars!' Julie Houston, author of A Village Affair 'A smart, witty, warm, sexy novel ... Perfect escapism. I loved this book from the first page and can't wait to read more from Emily Henry' Emma Murray, author of Time Out 'This is the perfect beach read as the title suggests. Emily Henry's writing is beautiful and she creates stunning vivid settings that really helped me to escape our current lock down reality and let my mind drift to a sunnier brighter tropics' Fathia, Netgalley 'What a fantastic read! An absolute page turner, full of love, laughter and romance' Katie Ginger, author of Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay
Henry (Hello Girls) hits all the right notes with this clever, compassionate contemporary romance. January Andrews, a 29-year-old romance author, has always believed in happily-ever-after. Then her father dies and she inherits his secret lake house in North Bear Shores, Mich., and discovers his long-standing extramarital affair. Broke and suffering from writer's block, January's moves into the "lakeside cottage brimming with charm and proof your father was an asshole and your life has been a lie." Her new next-door neighbor is Augustus Everett, the tortured darling of the literary fiction world. Their contentious front-porch chats lead them to construct a challenge: they'll each spend the summer writing a novel in the other's genre, giving one another tutorials in their respective approaches and going on research trips together. Whoever finishes and sells their book first, wins. January's struggle to reconcile her inherent optimism with the recent upheaval in her life is thoroughly convincing and handled with empathy. Her and Augustus's path from writing partners to friends to lovers is a constant delight and the inevitable third act communication issues are deeply rooted in the characters' psychology, making them believable and fresh. Readers are sure to fall hard for this meta, heartfelt take on the romance genre.
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Perfect summer escape
This is just the perfect summer read - I loved every moment of it
I LOVE THIS BOOK
This was just the perfect romance - it had laughter, so much steaminess but also real heart. I laughed a lot but there were some moments of real emotion and tenderness too which really got me into the story. I loved both Gus and January and felt like they were fully formed people who i could relate to. Would recommend this book to anyone looking to have a holiday in book form.
The perfect summer escape
If you’re looking for something to whisk you away to a better time and place, look no further. I completely related with January and totally fell in love with Gus. Their chemistry was sizzling and their witty banter made me laugh. I now want to move to Lake Michigan. If lockdown is getting to you, read this book. It will transport you and make you feel like you’ve had a long lie down in the sun. Filled with sunshine.