I love to read. Back in high school I was the girl who would stay up ALL night to finish a book. Harlequins and Silhouette trashy love stories, Danielle Steele, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, the classics like Little Women, Black Beauty and Treasure Island. I read pretty much anything. Over the years I would go through periods where I would read 10 books a month for 6 months and then nothing for another 6. I got busy with the kids, with work, with Facebook and other time sucking computer games. I admit to getting engrossed in a book or series and have to binge read them all. I read all 4 Twilight books in 3 days. It’s as bad as Netflix! I go all in too. Laughter, crying, anger. Non readers don’t understand it. But a good book can stick with you for a long time. When I read, I am picturing the setting and the characters. They come to life in my mind. I can reread a book 20 years later and in my mind it is exactly the same. It’s like seeing an old friend. I’ve read The Stand probably 15 times. Little Women probably 20.
Part of simplifying my life is taking the time to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the small things. For example, sitting on the beach with a book. I read more books in 2018 than I did it the previous 5 years. I finished 2 books on our family vacation. It’s hard to beat relaxing in a shady lounge chair with a book and listening to nothing but the waves and birds. I finished a couple more when we went to the Bahamas in November. I was the girl sitting by the pool with a book in one hand and a Bahama Mama in the other. My cute hubby dozing in and out next to me. Ahhhh.
But now vacations are over and I needed something to read while laid up from my knee surgery. I had seen a book by a local author mentioned in one of my Facebook groups and thought I would give it a try. This book actually came out last May but I didn’t discover it until last week. I really enjoyed this one. It isn’t a long read, 275 pages. It hooked me from the first page and kept my attention so much that I finished it in one day. If you are looking for a fun, breezy read give this one a try! If you have any recommendations for me please leave a comment!
The Wreck by Landon Beach
The description from Amazon (where you can buy it in paperback or on Kindle)
Nate and Brooke Martin arrive at their summer cottage ready to relax and rekindle their relationship. The beach is warm, the water is cool, and the sea breeze is blissful–just another perfect summer in Hampstead, Michigan filled with wine, bonfires, and beach reading.
Then, on a morning stroll along the beach, Nate finds something half-buried in the sand that turns their quiet vacation into a dangerous unraveling of the past. And the key to solving the mystery may lie within Abner Hutch, a retired Coast Guard Officer and Great Lakes master of the deep–a flawed man with a complicated past and a core wound that will not heal.
As Nate and Hutch search for answers on a remote peninsula, they begin to realize what the mega-rich residents up the coast already know: you can only keep a secret for so long.
And when some secrets get out…there is no turning back.
Put on some sunscreen, unfold a beach chair, and get ready to dive into The Wreck.
About the Author
Landon Beach’s passion in life is to entertain people. He was born and raised in Michigan, and his heart will forever belong to the Great Lake State. Currently, he is an educator and formerly served as a Naval Officer. He has been writing for years but honed his craft when he earned his MA in Creative Writing and English. He travels between Michigan and Florida but is most at home relaxing on any beach with his wife and two young children.