Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Beach Escape by Rachel Magee: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Beach adventures.
New beginnings.
And turtles.

Molly Lawrence could use an escape. After all, her fiancĂ© dumped her at her rehearsal dinner for her best friend. Fortunately, she has a short-term veterinarian assignment in Emerald Cove, Florida. A friendly workplace, beaches, and summer—what could be better?

Grant Torres shows up with a patient she wasn’t expecting: a giant loggerhead sea turtle. Soon Molly is immersed with helping Grant at the turtle hospital he manages, and work leads to snorkeling, sunset sails, a wedding date—and unexpected feelings. But even as they help injured turtles return to the sea, Molly and Grant both plan to leave soon on new adventures of their own. Can Molly heal her own heart? And could love turn out to be the ultimate destination?

Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren't impressed with her stick figures, so she dropped the dream of becoming a world-famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she's not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets.

The Beach Escape is a fun, lighthearted summer read from Hallmark Publishing. It's absolutely what I have come to expect from Hallmark. Sweet and fun, perhaps a little predictable but in the very best way possible. If Hallmark movies aren't your cup of tea, this likely won't be either... but if you're like me and enjoy those types of sweet romances, you'll absolutely adore it. 

Sometimes, I just need something a little lighthearted fun romance books. I read this one after a few more serious suspense stories that felt a little too true to life.  I just needed an escape. And yes, this one lived up to it's name! I've never had any major interest in sea turtles... nor have I ever found myself wanting to take a trip to Florida, and yet this one sparked an interest in both. The turtles were such a great addition and really helped to make this sweet story all that much better. The chemistry between Molly and Grand was so enjoyable to read, and I so enjoyed their adventures together. I found myself not quite ready to leave Emerald Cove when the story ended, which is always a good sign in a book. It was just the type of beach escape that I needed, and one that truly would be a great Hallmark movie too! If you're looking for a great beach read, this one is certainly one to check out too.


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