Reading Roundup: “A Walk Along The Beach” by Debbie Macomber

Debbie  Macomber has been one of my go-to authors for years.  Her Cedar Cove series was by far one of my favorite series.  I have read nearly every book that she has written.  This is why I was eagerly awaiting to read her soon-to-be-published book “A Walk Along the Beach”.  I was chosen to receive an advanced electronic copy from NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are in no way influenced by NetGalley

Debbie Macomber lives in Port Orchard, Washington.  She has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Romance Writers of America, and a RITA award.   She has had six of her novels turned into movies, and her Cedar Cover series was turned into a television series. Macomber’s style of writing is characterized as women’s fiction. 

Macomber has a varied writing style.  In this particular novel, she writes in first person point of view.  The sentence types are varied, allowing for a more fluid reading experience.

The setting of the story is predominately a small beach community called Oceanside, in Western Washington.  We have visited this community in her previous novel “A Cottage by The Sea”.  The setting was not described in a lot of detail.  I couldn’t picture the locations, but this didn’t distract from the story line, it just made the reading experience less engrossing.

Willa is the owner of the Bean There coffee shop.  She is the oldest sibling with a younger brother and sister.  After the death of her mother, her father fell apart, and left her caring for them all.  Her sister Harper is in remission from Leukemia and has been for three years.  Her brother Lucas lives in Seattle and becomes engaged to Chantelle. 

Willa has a regular customer, Sean, whom she has been crushing ob.  Her sister forces the two into a conversation, and soon after it is revealed that Sean has admired Willa from afar.  Sean is a photojournalist whose job has him always on the go.  This proves to be problematic for Willa as she needs him, and he isn’t there.

My favorite character is Harper, the younger sister of Willa.  She was spunky, energetic and fun.  I felt more entranced by her story line than that of Willa.  For me, Willa lacked in depth and complexity.  Sean was self-absorbed, and selfish. He showed a lot of growth, and in the end was more likable, but wasn’t a character that I loved. I really liked Chantelle and hoped that she would have been in the story more. 

I don’t have a love-hate relationship with this story.  I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it.  It was a good read, but not one that I would classify as a favorite.  It was average for me, which is why I would give it a three. 

There are two sensitive areas that could be triggers for readers.  The first is alcoholism.  The main characters father is an alcoholic.  This has left him lacking in his parenting roles.  The second sensitive area is that this story entails one of loss.  If a reader is looking for a light-hearted read, this is not it.

“A Walk Along the Beach” will be released on July 14, 2020.  It is available as a hardcover pre-order for $19.99.

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