Saturday, December 3, 2016

What Happens at the Beach by T.A.Williams

5 Star

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancĂ©, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.

Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

Kathryn - 5 Star

I’ve got a definite affinity for the works of T.A. Williams.  There is something about his writing that draws me in and keeps me captivated and it doesn’t seem to matter what type of story it is.  I first read What Happens in Tuscany which was more of a mystery novel.  What Happens at the Beach is more romantic.  In both novels though I felt entirely at home in the setting of the plot- I could feel the warmth of the sun, I could see the sparkle of the ocean and I could smell the scents of the countryside.

All very poetic- but actually the novels aren’t filled with endless description at all.  They are fast paced with good supporting voices and very likeable main characters.  In this novel we meet Natalie who has just left her fiancĂ© and escaped to her grandmother’s home in France where she intends on getting her career on track and mending her heart.  Natalie’s grandmother is full of life, a delightful companion and someone I wish I could meet. She actually reminded me a bit of my own grandmother- perhaps this is why I was so comfortable with her.

With financial constraints she determines she’d best find a job (or two) while she sorts herself out. With her degrees having centred round a very specific moment of history she’s hard pressed to find a job that will suit so it seems wonderfully coincidental that someone writing a novel on her exact thesis subject should be living a few moments away from her grandmother’s home.

Romantic liaisons (with mixed results) end just the way it should so it’s bound to make every romantic happy.  Another delightful read, can’t wait to pick up the next one!

Thank you to Carina Press for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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