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Beach Trip ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Beach Trip By Cathy Holton ❄ – Mel Sara Annie and Lola have traveled diverse paths since their years together at a small Southern liberal arts college during the early 1980s Mel a mystery writer living in New York is grappling with Mel Sara Annie and Lola have traveled diverse paths since their years together at a small Southern liberal arts college during the early s Mel a mystery writer living in New York is grappling with the aftermath of two failed marriages and a stalled writing career Sara an Atlanta attorney struggles with her own slowly unraveling marriage Annie a successful Nashville businesswoman married to her childhood sweetheart can’t seem to leave behind the regrets of her youth And sweet tempered Lola whiles away her hours—and her husband’s money—on little pills that keep her happyNow the friends all in their forties converge on Lola’s lavish North Carolina beach house in an attempt to relive the carefree days of their college years But as the week wears on and each woman’s hidden story is gradually revealed these four friends learn that they must inevitably confront their shared past and a secret that threatens to change their bond and their lives forever.

10 thoughts on “Beach Trip

  1. Cassi Cassi says:

    I wouldn't recommend this book There are so many things that I found annoyingunrealfrustrating about it Yet it could trigger some good feminist discussion so for that one point I didn't hate itWhat I don't like The author has a few solid discrepancies that are pretty apparent Timelines arent always accurate Before a boat ride one of the characters says shes never been on a boat in deep water but wait thats the only way to get the island Every female character is pathetic in pretty major ways Yes I get the idea that people put on airs and things aren't always as they seem but this took it way too far This was DRAMA for the sake of drama Flat characters exept when they did something crazy unbelievable Explaining would be spoiling the majority of the book The ending was simply stupid Not to mention that the author switches decades from time to time but sometimes notes it in the chapter and sometimes she doesn't She also changes narrators mid page ALL THE TIME As a result I never feel connected to a single characterOverall this book was unbelievable and yet somehow managed to make me feel depressed Ugh

  2. Nancy (Hrdcovers) Nancy (Hrdcovers) says:

    NOT A GOOD TRIPI am always always in search of another great women bonding book similar to Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney or Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik When I came upon Beach Trip I thought it had potential Certainly the cover was beautiful the premise of four college roommates meeting up again some 20 years later was a good one and the author seemed to have a huge fan base I was getting ready to leave for a Las Vegas vacation and decided this would be the book I would take with me Reading on the plane reading at the poolI could picture it all as I was packing my bag So I started it en route to Las Vegas leaving from Philadelphia and probably put it down by the time we reached Ohio and opted instead for a magazine That was not a good sign as Ohio connects to Pennsylvania So I tried again at the pool After about 10 pages I put it down thinking perhaps it was too hot outside to read Each time I picked it up I had a different reason for putting it down The book jumped back and forth between the years the girls were living together in college in 1980 and their week's vacation on Whale Head Island North Carolina twenty three years later As the story was jumping back and forth I was doing the same thing in picking it up and putting it down At this point I'd like to make a statement about women bonding books If you are an author and you want the reader to bond with these women the reader has to like them Why would a reader bond with characters they don't like I didn't like any of these characters And here's another tidbitif you have your characters drinking from the minute they wake up in the morning until they close their eyes at night I like them even less I'm not saying that a reader has to like every character in every book they read But in a bonding book such as this it would help I can't figure out if I liked them less as college students or less as the women they became In college we will meet Lolabeautiful and from a wealthy political family where the world will be her oyster When we meet her again she has married the man her mother has chosen seems very ditsy and definitely is not in love Then there's Melvery outgoing in college and getting every guy she wants We meet her again and she is twice divorced very outspoken and definitely can't commit to one man In college Sara stood in the background and didn't go after what she wanted Later she is a married attorney with an autistic son but definitely able to go after what she wants Annie is the OCD college student spending time cleaning than enjoying her college days or so her friends think Now she is married and experiencing empty nest syndrome while still cleaning her house with every waking hour she has Now I ask you do these sound like women you would want to be friends with During the vacation week when they aren't drinking they are eating and fighting and shopping and lounging and trying to pick up younger men and drinking some It's here that many of the secrets that were supposedly hidden from the reader and each other will be exposed I can't imagine that there are too many readers out there that didn't figure out these secrets long before the author chose to spell them out You're probably wondering how I ended up finishing this book after putting it down so many times It all happened in the Las Vegas airport when my flight home was delayed three separate times because of bad weather in Philadelphia At one point we had already gotten on the plane only to be told to get off again So in a way the book ended up giving me a respite from all the aggravation I was feeling with my situation I just wish the book I had chosen for this trip had been a better one

  3. Kathy Ginocchio Kathy Ginocchio says:

    This book intrigued me because it was set on Whale Head Island why bother with the pseudonym when EVERYTHING else about it is specific to Bald Head Island NC my favorite place in the world Anyway that small detail bothered me the WHOLE time The story of 4 college girlfriends who have grown apart and are taking a week's vacation together 20 years later resonated with me I read this book in two days super easy read As I was reading it on the Kindle I kept thinking ok I am 50% done when is it going to delve a bit deeper I am 60% done 70% done etc About 90% of the way through the book according to the trusty Kindle all of a sudden all the storylines started to wrap up way too neatly Surprising plot twist at the end Not a bad book but certainly not memorable More of a throw away read when you are in the mood for that kind of book

  4. Patty Patty says:

    This book was just a lot longer than it needed to be I was frankly bored at the repetition and lengthy explanations of insignificant plot points I couldn't relate to the idea of keeping all your biggest secrets hidden from the people who are allegedly your dearest friends Meh

  5. Jennifer Reierson Jennifer Reierson says:

    This book was about 150 pages too long

  6. Pauline Pauline says:

    What a great escape book Four old college pals get together 20 some years later for a beach holiday Funny sweet and sad A great ride

  7. Cheri Ruble Cheri Ruble says:

    I loved this book and didn't want it to end even after 406 pages I bought it last year and put it on the shelf thinking I had succumbed to picking up a light chick lit book while on a beach vacation It lingered on the shelf until vacation time this year guilt made me pack it to take to the beach The story of four women meeting 20 years after college graduation for a week long vacationat the beach of course is so much than the usual light fare The dialogue is terrific the humor and heart wrenching story of each of the four women who had gone in very different directions so so good The book was so good that I went to the same bookstore this year to find another Cathy Holton book None to be found I started looking online she had written two books before this one and two after While searching around I was stunned and saddened because I have developed a fondness and respect for this author to find out she passed away after a 15 year battle with cancer at the end of May this year I will get all of her books because I love Southern fiction and I love her style hard copies to share and read again

  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Awful with a plot twist that I saw coming from the opening chapters

  9. Sharon Mackenzie Sharon Mackenzie says:

    Wish I had heeded the reviews I finished it but that was a chore I couldn't care less about the characters they were so one dimensional and predictable Could have been a third shorter with pace Xx

  10. Lynn Raye Harris Lynn Raye Harris says:

    My book club read this or I wouldn't have chosen it to read It contains some good writing some beautiful description but it's not really my kind of book I read the first 140 pages and then I got tired of waiting for the payoff so I read the last 50 or so pages I don't feel like I missed anything I didn't rate it because that's not fair when I didn't read the whole thing Still it didn't compel me to keep reading once I hit 140 pages I didn't much like Mel and I couldn't understand why these women were even talking to each other after the pasts they shared With friends like those who needs enemies

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