Item description for The Beach House (The Beach House Series, Book 1) by Sally D. John...
Overview Four women, friends from childhood, reunite at a beach house to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Their quest for understanding, identity, and faith provides a universal thread in this poignant story that will connect with women from all walks of life.
The first release in The Beach House series is the story of four women, friends from childhood, who reunite to celebrate their fortieth birthdays. After the distance of time and geography, they look forward to the camaraderie of old friends and the escape from everyday life as they stay at a San Diego beach house.
When thoughts and discussion turn to the history of their friendship, will problems of the past threaten to overtake the present?
The quest for understanding, identity, faith, and friendship provides a universal thread in this tender and charming story from Sally John that will connect with women from all walks of life.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Beach House
Series Number 1
ISBN 0736913165 ISBN13 9780736913164
Availability 0 units.
More About Sally D. John
Sally John is a former teacher and the author of six books.
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Nurtures friendship, understanding, and faith. Dec 23, 2006
Reviewed by Cherri Vanover and Kim Peterson for Reader Views (12/06)
A beach house in San Diego provides the setting for the reunion of childhood best friends Jo, Andie, Molly and Char. A feeling of homesickness while looking at an old photograph prompts Jo to invite the group to California to rekindle their friendship. The women celebrate their fortieth birthdays together.
The friends have all but drifted apart in the twelve years that have slipped by since they were last together at Molly's wedding. Although they feel delighted to reconnect, getting away doesn't bring the escape from everyday life that they expected. Their past link is influenced by their present situations. The once spunky Andie has faded into a fearful, mousy person under the influence of disparaging husband Paul. Molly and Scott are redefining their marriage now that the former stay-at-home mom and pastor's wife works outside the home as a substitute teacher. A single doctor, Jo struggles to keep from drowning her guilt about past career and relationship choices with alcohol. Neglected dentist's wife and mother Char seems to be overly friendly with her next door neighbor, Todd.
While the beach house setting encourages readers to visit, it is John's characters who invite them to stay. Jo, Andie, Molly and Char seem like real women with real problems readers can relate to and learn from in their own daily lives. Upon finding herself in a predicament that she doesn't like yet believes to be God's will, Molly prays, "Change my heart. Please change my heart." As Andie attempts to check off items on her "Adventure List," she hears in her spirit, "All you have to do is let go." John uses her characters' conflicts to share her faith with her audience in a situational rather than preachy way. What Christian fiction often aims at but struggles to do, John seems to accomplish with ease. This conversational style not only keeps the reader turning pages but also empowers readers to consider and listen for spiritual solutions to their own problems.
John creates a delightfully inviting setting, endearing main characters, intriguing secondary characters and a faith-based story with a message that lingers long after the last page. Fans of women's contemporary Christian fiction will find "The Beach House" a satisfying read.
True Friendship Oct 4, 2006
What an awesome book. It is such a great story of friendship, and what friendship is really about for women. Celebrating all that we are, our differences, our sameness. I laughed, I cried, - A great story. This author does a great job. I'm going to find more of her books. Oh and by the way, a great guideline for turning corners!
The Beach House Aug 14, 2006
I absolutely loved this book! I could relate to each of the four women at different times in their lives. It reminded me to take all things to HIM in prayer at ALL times.
A Satisfying Read Jul 27, 2006
I have been a long time reader of Sally John's books, and never once have I been disappointed. In The Beach House, Sally John weaves a lovely story of four childhood friends who have just turned 40, but have lost contact over the last twelve years. To celebrate their respective birthdays, they agree to share a beach house for one week and re-connect. Each woman is experiencing a time of trial, and Sally's expertise and style of writing sweeps the reader along in a medley of emotion, spiritual encouragement, and laughter. What more could a reader want?
Wonderful! Feb 8, 2006
Four childhood friends reunite in San Diego to celebrate their fortieth birthdays. The women believe they are going to reconnect with childhood friends, but when they collect at the old beach house, their past and present collide and their journey into the future begins.
Dr. Jo Zambruski is the force behind the reunion. She invited her friends to visit California after a trip down memory lane when she found an old photograph of the four friends.
When Jo, Char, Molly, and Andie meet for the first time in twelve years, it is to relive the memories, experience the closeness of friends and escape from everyday life. But each woman is faced with the truth of their lives, and one by one, they face their struggles of adultery, fading love, pregnancy and vocational choices with support from each other and by renewing their faith in God.
I wasn't familiar with Sally John before reading The Beach House. I really didn't expect that I would enjoy the book. Boy was I wrong! She writes an enthralling story with fully developed characters that are experiencing the problems that many women of faith face daily. And she does it with warmth, realism and sensitivity.
The four friends, an intriguing beach house and two men of God are frosting to this delicious novel.
If you want to laugh, are not ashamed to read a novel and shed a tear or two and perhaps even praise the Lord out loud, read The Beach House and you will probably do all three.
Armchair Interviews says: It's a wonderful story that is guaranteed to leave you with the knowledge that God has a plan for all of us.