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Beach Girls [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Luanne Rice
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3. August 2004
Luanne Rice is a rarity among novelists today; she's a true storyteller. Her unique ability to weave together the bonds of love and family with the challenges and rewards of everyday life has garnered her eight consecutive top-ten New York Times bestselling paperbacks. With Beach Girls, Luanne Rice returns to the place that she was born to write about—the Connecticut shore—to tell a story about a family of women whose lives encompass three generations, their histories intertwined with that of the mystic coastal town that has forever bound them to one another.

Beach Girls explores the complex and contradictory territories of love, family and friendship. Luanne Rice's sensuous prose and unforgettably rich and textured characters guide us toward a truth that lies within and sometimes beyond our dreams—an enduring strength that we all must embrace to find our way home and into the hearts of those we cherish most. Beach Girls is an enthralling novel of haunting beauty that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam (3. August 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553587242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587241
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 10,7 x 17,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 119.531 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Few writers evoke summer’s translucent days so effortlessly, or better capture the bittersweet ties of family love."—Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Jack Kilvert returns to Hubbard's Point with his daughter, Nell, in the hopes of recapturing old friendships, and is reunited with reclusive artist Stevie Moore, the one-time best friend of his estranged sister, Madeleine.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein überaus liebens- und lesenswertes Buch 25. Mai 2007
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Als Kinder verbrachten die Freundinnen Stevie, Emma und Madeleine ihre Sommerferien gemeinsam an der amerikanischen Ostküste. Als Emma bei einem Unfall ums Leben kommt, fährt Jack mit der gemeinsamen Tochter zurück nach Hubbards Point. Nell möchte die Freundin ihrer Mutter kennen lernen und macht sich auf die Suche nach Stevie. Diese lebt und arbeitet als Malerin und Kinderbuchautorin vor Ort. Vom Leben gebeutelt, führt sie ein sehr zurückgezogenes Leben mit ihrer Katze. Zwischen Stevie und Nell entwickelt sich in kurzer Zeit ein inniges Band, das bald auch Jack einschließt. Stevie ist durch ihre gescheiterten Beziehungen in der Vergangenheit zunächst eher zurückhaltend gegenüber Jack, lässt ihn jedoch bald die Tiefe ihrer Gefühle spüren. Und dann ist da noch Jacks Schwester Madeleine, die den tödlichen Unfall verursacht hat und nun nach einem Weg sucht, sich ihrem Bruder und ihrer Nichte wieder zu nähern.

"Beach Girls" ist eine emotionsgeladene und stimmungsvolle Erzählung, deren Handlung sich in einer wunderbaren maritimen Landschaft entfaltet. Sehr einfühlsam wird die Situation von Nell, auch aus ihrer Sicht, nach dem Tod der Mutter geschildert. Ihr zur Seite steht ein ungemein fürsorglicher Vater. Jack ist ein durchweg sympathischer Held, der es schafft, eine schwere Lebenskrise zu bewältigen, ohne dabei sein Kind zu vernachlässigen. Die innere Verbundenheit zwischen Nell und Stevie erlaubt es der Leserin, die ganze Bandbreite der Emotionen mitzuerleben. Luanne Rices rundum gelungener Roman ist ein überaus liebens- und lesenswertes Buch, das das Herz erfreut. (SaS)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My Very First Encounter With Luanne Rice - I am NOW a Fan! 29. September 2004
Von Julie Jordan Scott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
My first experience of Luanne Rice nets a treasure on so many different levels.

I picked this volume up at a second hand store - the cover attracted me and I was looking for an "entertainment only" read.

What I wasn't expecting and was thrilled to find was a discussion of the arts, what is sacred, what is failure and what is success, and how important it is to keep human - actually all being - connections alive.

Yes, it is classified as a "Romance" but the "Romance" is as much about Romancing Life - Romancing a child's heart - as it is a romance between a man or woman.

Perhaps its Romance among Men, Women, and the breath of Life itself.

This is an excellent example of a "simple, entertaining read" being so much more for the willing, open reader.

Thank you, Ms. Rice - for bringing me such a delightful gift - exactly the words I needed wrapped up in a lush package of fiction.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Horribly Overrated. 12. Juli 2005
Von Forever21 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Beach Girls felt like too much and not enough all at once. This was a most disappointing read. It's fluff but even with romantic fluff there needs to be some interesting characters to sustain me throughout a 300 page read. And there simply was way too much of one character and not nearly enough of everyone else and their motivations. Hence, I cared nothing about what happened to Stevie and her sudden, instantaneous lurve for Jack, her dead best friend's husband. I found Jack suddenly finding everything he's ever wanted in Stevie a bit to easy and tidy, especially since it came on the heels of the author destroying his wife and their relationship.

While Beach Girls is supposed to be a story about a trio of young women who make a pact, each with distinct personalities and dreams in life, and then drift apart as life takes them in certain directions, in reality there's actually very little actual Beach Girl interaction. And it's actually Stevie's story. All Stevie all the time. Maddie and Emma's stories don't really exist. In fact, they don't really exist as full characters. It's clear, after the Prologue, that Emma and Maddie exist merely to serve Stevie and make her look more appealing and wise in comparison to the mess they become over the course of the book.

For a character to play such a central role in the whole story the author never really dives into Emma, her motivations, her relationships, what led her to be willing to do what she was about to do--especially given what was said throughout the story about her steadfast devotion and love for Nell. There's so many missing gaps in Emma as a character, Jack/Emma and in their lives it's hard to buy what the author expects us to buy as her explanation for who Emma becomes.

What Ms. Rice ultimately explains as Emma's secret felt cheap and incongruous with what had been written about Emma's love for Nell throughout the course of the book. Emma's actions drive this entire story into being, yet Ms. Rice goes out of her way to actually avoid giving Emma plausible motivation and evidence for what she is about to do at the time of her death.

Another bothersome detail is that Ms. Rice gives no glimpse into those missing years in the narration either for supposed main characters like Maddie, Jack, and Emma. The reader knows almost to the minute exactly what Stevie was doing in those missing 27 years. Given that the characters are now in their mid to late 40's and Nell is only nine, what exactly was Emma doing with her time until she had Nell in her mid-thirties, given that she and Jack got married in their early to mid 20's? Was she merely a bored housewife? Was she working? There is no explanation, it's like since they don't matter as characters to the author, those details that give a glimpse of the larger picture don't matter.I was most curious about Emma, Nell, Jack and their relationships with one another and Ms. Rice never really explains any of it, and what little she does explain she goes out of her way to take a hatchet to throughout the course of the narration.

I was left with way more questions than answers about these characters and their relationships at the end of the book and didn't really care about Jack/Stevie/Nell's perfect family when there was much that the author failed to explain and characterize.

The premise is interesting and heartwarming and tragic all at the same time, the descriptions of Hubbard's Point are striking but I felt like the author fell so in love with one particular character that she neglected everyone and everything else in the book, to the point where everything and everyone merely exist to serve the character of Stevie (who IMO was so perfect, so wise, so beautiful, so wonderfully "creative" she became annoying).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This summer's PB is Hardcover material! 28. September 2004
Von JJ Stark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Every summer, Luanne Rice releases a PB book which usually has some connection to the previous summer's release. BEACH GIRLS is no exception, with references to Bay & Tara who first appeared in last year's PERFECT SUMMER (2003), and even a small reference to Mrs. Renwick, who first appeared in FIREFLY BEACH, then later in PERFECT SUMMER. The PB novels, which are released every summer, don't usually excite me as much or grab my attention the way that Luanne Rice's HC releases do each Jan/Feb. (I have to admit - I never even finished reading FIREFLY BEACH because I just couldn't get into it!). BEACH GIRLS was another story, however. This story seemed to follow the same pattern that Luanne Rice's HC books seem to go, with a heavier, emotionally charged story with several characters intertwined and connected by the heart. I was pleasantly surprised.

I have been reading Luanne Rice since a friend loaned me their copy of CLOUD NINE shortly after its original release. I have been hooked ever since, and have become quite the fan. The PB books which she releases in the summer always seem to be a fast paced, light-hearted read, meant to be read quickly, and then seem to be soon-forgotten. They aren't as emotionally charged as her HC books are, but BEACH GIRLS was different.

I don't think I would compare this book to the Ya-Ya books (as some have done here), although it does refer to the bonds between Best Friends. I do find similarities to Judy Blume's SUMMER SISTERS, Debbie Macomber's SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET and BETWEEN FRIENDS, and Kristin Hannah's THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE. These are some of my favorite authors/books, and now BEACH GIRLS is right up there, earning a high rating and recommendation from me.

Anyone who enjoys a story about true friendship, and the love and bonds between family & friends, will thoroughly enjoy this book. It's all there - the three best friends who grew up spending summers together on the beach; a close brother/sister relationship which is put to the test when one of the siblings feels betrayed by the other; the tender and innocent child who brings them all together. It's all there for readers to enjoy, without being overly melodramatic.

Of course it's predictable. Luanne Rice has been writing women's fiction for more than 10 years now, and all of her stories carry the same themes and are meant to pull at the reader's heartstrings. With all the connections to previous novels, what does one expect? I don't think that Luanne Rice's summer PBs are the best novels to draw in new fans and attract readers - I think the HC books are much better at grabbing readers' attention and stopping their hearts. But BEACH GIRLS was different, and I think that someone who has never read a Luanne Rice novel before, would be easily enticed into picking up another one of her previous books - perhaps even reading PERFECT SUMMER, in order to get the background on Bay & Tara!! But if a new reader isn't interested in going backwards to the novels of the past, I think anyone who read BEACH GIRLS and Luanne Rice for the first time would make sure they pick up a copy of her next HC novel, which should be on bookstore shelves shortly after the New Year!! I know I'm looking forward to it, and can't wait to see what's in store! I'm also hoping that maybe next summer's PB novel will pick up where this one left off, because once you finish this book, you'll definitely be wanting to know what happened next!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beach Girls: I Wanted More! 29. August 2004
Von Vicki C. Kuchno - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I bought this book while at a gift shop in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I started reading it before I bought it and I was determined not to get hooked. But the first two pages reeled me in and after that, I could not put it down. The writing was brilliant and I truly cared about the characters. It reminded me of friendships I forged while at the beach...only to let the relationships die and the memories with them.

That being said, I felt a bit cheated by the contrived plot lines. I hungered to know more about Emma...the beach girl whose life affected everyone's at the end. I just didn't buy the turn of events that occurred with her..especially the assumptions about her daughter's future. There is NO WAY that Emma would change her relationship with Nell...I don't care how the plot had to be written! And how did it all go wrong with Jack? Again, not well explained and NOT believable.

Also..the character of Maddie was not fleshed out well at all. I never got to know her. It also seemed implausible that Jack would make such a play for Stevie. She really didn't seem his type after the beauteous Emma.

All those points aside, I was gripped by the beautiful renderings of a summer at the beach and the magical spell it cast on all the characters. Especially the grieving young girl, Nell, who had the guts to make a connection with the "beach girls" when others found the past too painful.

This book made my vacation even better. I look forward to other Luanne Rice novels.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The beach is for bonding and for healing (3.5 *s) 24. Januar 2005
Von J. Grattan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The starting point of Beach Girls is the joyous summers that three teen-age girls spent on the beaches of Hubbard Point, Conn sharing their lives and dreams, cemented by a solemn oath (a circle drawn in the sand) to always be together. The story resumes twenty-seven years later with the girls having inevitably lost contact many years before.

Now the focus is on trying to recapture some part of those idyllic days as the author reunites most of those characters, but only after life's realities have taken their toll. Conveniently, an inter-family marriage, not at first revealed, provides the basis for the return to the same beaches. But the real driving force in overcoming the gulf of many years of separation is the rather worldly nine-year-old daughter, Nell, of one of the beach girls. Time and again the young girl provides the push to get the old friends to take the next step in renewal and even growth.

The story is a bit sugary with a good bit of tugging-at-the heart scenes. There really are no villains - just people hesitant and unsure about relationships. The tale is not without some questions. For one, one of the beach girls takes a tangential turn in her life that is not well understood. The author's desire to have matters turn out well seems to drive a somewhat improbable connecting of a technocrat (sorry, no more details) to one of the beach girls, turned earth mother. But on the beach, all is possible. The characters are the focus of the book, but one could have hoped for slightly more in-depth portrayals.
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