Anita Hughes' Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman's journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again.
When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life—and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention… and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.
A divorc e discovers a new life and possibly new love in Hughes s overwrought debut. Raised amid San Francisco s rich old families and living with her eight-year-old son and handsome husband in picturesque Marin County, Amanda Blick has what appears to be the perfect life. But when she catches her husband, a French chef, with his sous chef, Amanda jumps at her widowed mother s invitation to the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. In between obsessing about her ex, deliberating about her wardrobe, exercising, and sunbathing, Amanda meets Edward another chef. Can she allow herself to trust again and fall in love? Amanda s immaturity about relationships is compounded by Hughes s flat prose and painfully awkward descriptions of sex. Combined with her monied entitlement and deferential, almost childlike attitudes, the result is a protagonist who lacks agency or any real sense of responsibility. Escapism is one thing, but Amanda s incessant brand name-dropping grows tiresome, as do the marketing brochure worthy descriptions of the resort.
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Fun, enjoyable read
I really enjoyed reading this book! The characters were complex and interesting & the story was fast paced and entertaining. I recommend this book to all my friends! :)
Quite good, well written and interesting. A great beach book (especially if you are staying at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, as I was when I read it).
I admit as a guy that I never read so called "chick flicks" but on a hot summer day while hanging out with my gf she suggested I read this book that she had around to quell my boredom. The book is a very fast read. The author has a great pace and way of describing details and events that keep you turning the pages. Even though the book is not something I would ever think to pick up in a bookstore I finished it within the day. Quite enjoyable and a great read for someone more into this genre.