I truly enjoyed this book. Tbe author introduced each of the friends so clearly that I thought I knew each one of them personally. It was a delightful story of how the past affects the present and how God is working behind the scenes in each one of our lives. It was truly a delightful book.
Sally John's intriguing story of four childhood friends who get together to celebrate their 40th birthdays at a San Diego beach house absolutely pulls at the heartstrings. I was completely swept away from word one, and was finished before I realized. Sorry to be finished, too. Both characterization and plot engages the reader so completely, you'll feel as though you are one of those women staying at the beach house. If you are already a follower of Sally John's work, you won't want to miss this one. If you aren't, this book is a good place to start. You won't want to stop until you've read every one.
Talented author Sally John weaves a web around her readers, drawing them into her characters' world. I read this book in two sittings, unable to put it down. These ladies came alive, each with a crossroads-crisis in her life. John offers wonderful insight into each woman's make up, and how she handles her problems. I loved how she portrays Molly's faith: strong for others, but her own in peril. Andie struggles with debilitating fear; Char, temptation from a marriage that's stagnant, and Jo is caught in a tidal wave of emotions, carried on the crest by guilt. Sally John seamlessly ties the sub-plots together through masterful writing. Her secondary characters are just as delightful as the main ones and tote a tad of mystery around them. When I turned the last page of The Beach House, I sighed. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to know more about these ladies. But, oh, what a satisfying readone of the best of the year. This was the first novel I'd read by Sally John, but you can bet I'll seek out other novels by her. She's hooked another fan!