The one to fall in love with (on the beach): Beach Read by Emily Henry #BeachRead #Romance #BookLovers #Summer

Beach Read by Emily Henry book cover UK edition

GIFTED / I am happy to bring you my review for Beach Read, a book I fell in love with, that took by the storm bookish community, well deserved.

I was lucky enough to be invited to be one of early readers of this novel. Thank you to Penguin Random House for giving me this chance.

Beach Read will be published in UK on July 9th 2020 and it is already published in US. It is 384 pages long.


About the book:

FROM GOODREADS / He doesn’t believe in happy endings.
She’s lost her faith that they exist.
But could they find one together?

January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she’s the heroine in a blockbuster movie.
Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.
January and Augustus are not going to get on.

But they actually have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
They need to write bestsellers before the end of the summer.

The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.
The catch? They have to swap genres.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…



I can not even find the words to tell you how happy, honoured I feel to have received an invitation to read and review Beach Read so early before it’s publication.
I already know that this book will be on my “best of 2020” list.

It is a perfect, relaxing beach read even though it can be devoured in any time, in every possible corner of the world, not only on beach. (😜😎)(I mean, I read it during winter and still enjoyed it the most!)

The story is written in first person, following January (the name of our main character) who after loss of her father and revelation of his secret has hard time believing in happily ever afters, and suffers from the writing block, when she should finish her next romance novel.
Placing herself in the new house in a small town, she comes across her rival from Uni days, who is well respected, published author of literary fiction now.

They start spending more and more time together and January starts to develop feelings for him.

I enjoyed every page of this book.
Do you know that feeling when you read a good story and don’t want it to end, so you start to read it at slower pace only to have more time with it?
That’s what my experience was with Beach Read. I didn’t want it to end.

My favourite part of the story was the chemistry between Gus and January, and her own self aware of her feelings for him, and the complication of their situation.
I loved watching their relationship growth.

Beside that, I loved reading about their writing process and journeys.

Since I read an ARC, I am not sure if my copy was messed up or if it had two different ends to the story, and that is why I can’t give it full 5 stars. I guess I’ll have to wait for the finished copies to see what the case is.
If it is the case of two different endings, then I think the one with only January and Gus is the better one.

Overall, Beach Read was an amazing story and I would recommend it to romance, general fiction and women’s fiction lovers who are looking for a new, light hearted and relaxing read.

rating 4,5 hearts

Something I want to talk about: #BlackLivesMatter #BLM

Stop racism BlackLivesMatter

I am starting this post with an apology.

I am sorry for not speaking sooner.

I could give you list of reasons why I kept quiet and non of them would be good enough, because what I realized is that in times like this, we have to speak up, talk about what we think is right, no matter where we are.

Silent support is not enough.

And still I feel like I don’t know how to be a loud supporter, but I want to change that.

What we all witnessed recently, the murder of Goerge Floyd in the middle of the day, with witnesses begging for his life, changed me (and I believe many of you too) for the rest of my life.

I realized how ignorant I was, thinking something like that was happening only in past, not that is happening still today.

I will never forget the look of pure satisfaction on the murderer’s face while he was taking Floyd’s life. I don’t want to say his name because I don’t want him to be remembered. I only want for George Cloyd to be the one who’s name will one day be learned in school, not the name of the police officer who did this.

And I wish we didn’t know about Floyd at all, that he was still alive and this kind of hatred wouldn’t exist at all.

Since then, we witnessed even more police brutality, and it has to stop.

Unfortunately we don’t have protests here in my country (Croatia) but I support everyone who goes to them.

I feel like from here I can’t do enough, and whatever I want to say, I feel has already been said or that I will mess up.

But what I have been doing since May 25th was talking with people from Croatia about it, and try to make them see how racism is our problem too, and not just something that happened far away.

It hurts me to say it, but I live in a country where racism is very high. So many people are open about it, and many who think they aren’t racist still do some racist things (like talking racist jokes or getting a picture with black people like they are some kind of attraction) without even realizing how bad it is.

I want to change that, and even though I know I can’t do a lot, I will still try to do as much as I can.

I also want to educate myself about black people and their culture, and I want to see where I make mistakes and correct them.

I also will support black creators, read more books written by black authors, show my support to black people in any way I can.

I want my son to grow up in a world where colors will be seen, but no one will be discriminated by it.

I saw there was a hashtag “AllLivesMatter” and even though it is true, let’s not take this importance away from black people.

That is what Black Lives Matter is trying to prove. That black lives matter as much as other lives. There should be no difference.

There are so many organizations where you can donate money to show your support.

But I want to link you to youtube video that you can watch, filled with adds, where all the money that the maker of the video will make, will go to support BLM movement.

Watch video HERE.

I probably made mistakes so feel free to correct me.

I will get back to everyone even though it will probably take some time because these days taking care of my 3 months old baby is taking all of my time (it took me literally days to finally finish this text).

Take care of yourselves and those around you!


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