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All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
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And Then There Were Gnomes by Colleen AF Venable
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A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
Beachcombing by Maggie Dana
The Bora-Bora Dress by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
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The Happy Hippopotami by Bill Martin Jr.
Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon by Suzy Kline
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun
Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems
Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin by Victoria Kann
Railsea by China Miéville
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C Stead
Silent Music by James Rumford
So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? by Karla Kuskin
Steadfast Castle by Michael Swanwick
A Study in Scarlet by Ian Edginton
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Through the Triangle by CP Stewart
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Comments for Beachcombing

Beachcombing: 05/01/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Beachcombing by Maggie Dana is a mature romance that spans both sides of the pond and about forty decades. The main character, Jill, is not the typical twenty or thirty-something woman with everything she could dream for except for a good man. Instead, Jill is in her mid to late fifties and is established in her life and career.

Jill grew up in England but made a life for herself and her two sons on a beach in Connecticut. After years of being disconnected from her childhood friends and her first crush she's given an invitation she can't refuse. That trip reunites her with her first love and her life quickly spins out of control for better or worse.

As with the few romances I read the middle section is cluttered with a lot of sex and very little in the way of plot. That said the first and last thirds of the book more than make up for it with good character development, plot twists and believable but interesting situations.

As it is a romance, it has a happy ending. The ending though, came with an unexpected twist. It could be fun to re-read the book to see the actual romance developing subtly in the background.

Five stars

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