Holly Wilson has landed a dream job but there is one proviso… she must keep it secret, and that means telling lies. Holly hates telling lies.
Her latest assignment has brought her to the paradise island of Mauritius where she meets a British couple, Robert and Rosemary, who share a tragic secret of their own.
The moment they introduce Holly to handsome writer, Philippe, she begins to fall in love, something she hasn’t allowed herself to do for twenty years.
But Philippe has not been completely honest either and when Holly stumbles across the truth, she feels totally betrayed.
I really enjoyed this book. Although a little slow to begin with, it soon picks up pace and you’re immersed in the story of Holly, Philippe, Robert and Rosemary. It’s warm, funny and full of heart. If you like Lucy Dillon, you’ll love Julia Roberts!
The story begins with Holly arriving on the beautiful island of Mauritius. As I mentioned, I found this part of the story a bit slow and although there is lots of rich description, I felt this kind of slowed down the pace. I like the beginning of a story to take me right to the heart of the action, introduce me to all the key players and throw me right in at the deep end. That being said, I loved the descriptions of the luxurious hotel she was staying in and of her surroundings. It made me really want to visit Mauritius.
Robert and Rosemary are two of the other main characters in the story. They are Holly’s employers and, for reasons that become clear later in the story, she has to keep her job a secret. This initially doesn’t sit well with Holly- if it’s one thing she hates, it’s secrets- but what she doesn’t know is, Robert and Rosemary are burdened with a tragic secret. I won’t spoil what it is for you, but I was pretty shocked when I read what it was. I had some ideas of what it might be, but Julia made my jaw drop! It added a nice dimension to the story and provided a good contrast to the love story between Holly and Philippe.
Ah, Philippe… Where do I start? A hunky writer with a shady past and a soft side? YES PLEASE. He was by far my favourite character. I liked him instantly and although he isn’t a saint throughout the book (that’s putting it mildly!), he is endearing and lovely to read about. I’m maybe a wee bit in love with him too… He provides the perfect antidote for Holly and challenges her views on love. It was nice to see her open her heart to him throughout the story.
Overall, Life’s A Beach and Then… was enjoyable, with light-hearted moments balanced with some darker elements. The characters were intriguing and invited me in to read on. I really enjoyed the plot; it was interesting, thought-provoking and full of emotion. This book would make a great poolside read!
Following the launch of her first book, Julia needed a well-deserved break and booked a holiday to Mauritius. Her children, now adults, had bought her a notebook with words on the cover that read Hold on people… I’m having an Idea. On the first morning of her holiday, Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.
Over the course of the ten days she was in Mauritius, she scribbled copious notes, thoughts and ideas. When she arrived home, she started writing.
Life’s a Beach is part one of the Liberty Sands trilogy. Julia has already started writing book two, If He Really Loved Me… , which she hopes to finish in the Autumn.
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