Title: The Beach House
Author: Jane Green
Genre: Domestic Fiction
Book Length: 432
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: June 11, 2009
I would like to initiate by the fact that the review is going to be utterly informal as I am so lovingly overwhelmed and enchanted and thrilled by the book I can’t help being straight.
Okay, the book revolves around a beach house as stated by the title. Ain’t it so interesting as the book cover seems viewing seashells and fish with an aqua blue background? The flavor and gamut of the book is not just limited to the luscious beach or beauty of an island. It is more of narrating stories of three different parallel worlds of sense of belongings, loss of love, hardships of single parent life and much more.
Nan is a 65 year old lady who is eccentric, if not, people perceive her so, due to her way of living life in weird yet self loving ways and being a free spirit. She is a wonderwall character in the book you can’t help yourself adore her to the extent. The background of the book is set in Nan’s house Windermere having a beautiful oceanic view in Nantucket Island.
In another world, there dwells Daniel who out of a sudden has realised a big shocking truth of his life, being a gay. He has lived his whole life being in a marriage with Bee, his wife holding on this secret. He feels discombobulated and hence tired of his lonesomeness pervading in lie since long.
There is Daff, who has recently discovered his husband’s illicit affair due to which she gets divorced and finds single parenting a high task and with her daughter, Jeff who shows her rudeness all the time despite her immense love for her. She is heart broken to lose the loving mother-daughter relationship and is working hard to get things fine between them.
On the other hand, Michael, Nan’s son, who is all set in New York City, gets into an ill-advised fling with his boss.
What’s so special about the book? The book will keep you hooked till the last. It will make you fall in love with each and every character, how do they, despite all the suffering and working hard, keep hopes and faith in themselves and from the universe to settle things down. During the journey, they learn to feel the real worth of life by living life in own ways and eventually loving it.
The book is so endearing and the plots are so apt, except at the times, you may feel an itch initially while reading the book regarding the abrupt change in narration of modes. But I’m sure you’ll get along with it as you move on with the story. The story progresses with the Nantucket when all of them, from their distinct worlds, happen to step out of their busy lives to find peace in their lives and meet at a rented Beach house, Windermere.
It’s a beautiful and lovely story of people struggling with truths of lives, yet how they get to know each other so well and understand each other and eventually finding peace on island. Not so simply, in fact in different ways, which I wouldn’t reveal here. That’s to be found out by the readers.
It’s a light read, simple story with elegant writing style but above that, the book is magnetic, the characters are lovable, the background is worth living. And At last, I crave to visit Nantucket. And absolutely reading more from Jane Green. ❤️
My ratings: 4.5/5