eARC Review – The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

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Title: The Beach Reads Book Club

Author: Kathryn Freeman

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: June 30th, 2021

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

Review

Set in coastal England, The Beach Reads Books Club follows electrician Lottie while she tries to rediscover her passion for reading by starting her own book club. She also holds this book club at the local bookstore with the very attractive yet very buttoned up Matthew. Both are trying to work through serious relationships that had ended, and all the pain that comes with that, but find solace in each other.

I immediately request everything Kathryn Freeman writes because I have enjoyed all of them. Her style of romance hits right home for me. Also, give me all the grumpy/sunshine books – I will read all of them I swear. What I found really intriguing about this book (outside of the tropes, the plot that involves books and reading, and the romance) is that Lottie is a business owner in a trade field, which you just don’t often see with females. That sounds like a stereotype, but I can’t remember reading a book with a woman in a trade field before. I really enjoyed the representation.

My one critique with this book would be a spoiler, but to keep it vague I will say that the plot lost me about 75% through. It went a direction I wasn’t a fan of, though came back around. And, that’s just a me preference – but you’ll have to read it to see what happens!

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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