Thursday, July 09, 2009

REVIEW: Sunset Beach by Trish Perry

Sunset Beach by Trish Perry.

Sonny Miller is tired of not knowing who she is. Soon she’ll begin graduate school to earn her masters in Psychology. But how can she counsel future clients about their identities when she isn’t even sure about her own? To that end she has cooked up a little meeting at a certain beach house in San Diego.

Sonny’s mother, classical soprano Teresa Miller, isn’t aware she’s about to be reunited at the beach house with her sister, Melanie Hines, after 25 years of estrangement. And Sonny isn’t aware her mother has invited a surprise guest of her own. Russian adoptee, Irina Petrova, finds herself dragged along on a trip so tumultuous she summons her handsome concert violinist brother for moral support.

The four women converge on the funky little beach house in San Diego, each with her own disappointments and hopes about family, identity, and love. For Sonny, the trip reveals all she expected and more than she ever dreamed.

About Trish

Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written Sunset Beach (2009), Beach Dreams (2008), Too Good to Be True (2007), and The Guy I’m Not Dating (2006), all for Harvest House Publishers. She writes a monthly column, “Real Life is Stranger,” for Christian Fiction Online Magazine. She was editor of Ink and the Spirit, the newsletter of Washington D.C.’s Capital Christian Writers organization (CCW), for seven years. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media.

Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group and Romance Writers of America. Perry lives in Northern Virginia with her teenaged son.

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First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Trish Perry and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Sunset Beach" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Trish Perry has penned another wonderfully heartwarming and romantic story with her latest title “Sunset Beach”. This novel particularly spoke directly to where I am in relationship to several members of my family. Deception is at the heart of this charming and challenging story of a girl who knows nothing about her family because her mother has never told her anything. After discovering her mother has a sister, the aunt she’s never met, Sonny invites the newly discovered family member to a vacation home on the beach where she has invited her mom to spend a week with her to celebrate Sonny’s graduation from college…without telling mom.

This is a terrific read that finishes too quickly. If you’ve read “The Beach House”, you will remember the eclectic Mission Beach cottage and the godly neighbor Julian. Zeke is also back for an appearance that always seems to be just right with God’s timing. I’m almost tempted to begin it again right now.

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