Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Guest Post with Emily Henry - Beach Read

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Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.


  • 1. I wrote Beach Read because I had a bad case of writer’s block, and wanted to see what a main character would do if she were in my position.
  • 2. The setting of North Bear Shores is fictional, but it’s largely based on the Michigan towns of Holland and Saugatuck.
  • 3. The donut shop in Beach Read is inspired by a real place I love—including the owner’s… peculiar wardrobe.
  • 4. I wrote this book for my own enjoyment, and didn’t even tell my agent about it for at least a year afterward. Not even my husband knew what I was working on.
  • 5. Shadi is based on one of my real life best friends, who intentionally let her driver’s license lapse because she was such a bad driver and didn’t want that kind of pressure.
  • 6. In the earliest draft of the book, there was a very unconvincing love triangle, which was quickly scrapped. No way would January have eyes for anyone but Gus.
  • 7. This is the only book I’ve ever written that has kept the same title since its very first word.
  • 8. What January eats while she’s drafting a book is, unfortunately, very close to what I eat when I’m working on a book.
  • 9. Pete and Maggie are two of my favorite characters I’ve written. I often found myself writing their scenes to be much too long just so I could spend more time with them.
  • 10. If I could visit any scene or setting from the book, I’d choose the Red, White, and Blue Book Club.

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

Praise for BEACH READ

"Once I started Beach Read I legit did not put it down." —Betches

One of...
Entertainment Weekly’s Hottest Summer Reads of 2020
Oprah Magazine's most anticipated romance novels of 2020
Betches’ 20 Books to read in 2020
Shereads’ Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020

“Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is a breath of fresh air. My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for - a steamy, smart and perceptive romance. I was engrossed!” —Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

“This is a touching and heartfelt book about love, betrayal, grief, failure, and learning how to love again. I adored going along on Gus and January’s journey, and I closed this book with a satisfied sigh.” —Jasmine Guillory, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Proposal

"Beach Read is original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling. Has trying to see the world through your long time crush/rival’s eyes ever been this potent and poignant? If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you’ll adore this book." —Sally Thorne, USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine

"Beach Read is exactly the witty, charming, and swoony novel we always want; it also happens to be the unexpected wallop of emotional wisdom and sly social commentary we need right now. I adored it." —Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year

"Beach Read by Emily Henry has everything the title promises--a romping plot, family secrets, and the thrill of falling in love, all set on the sweeping shores of eastern Lake Michigan. I cannot wait to read what Henry writes next.” —Amy E. Reichert, author The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

“Delightfully romantic and slyly poignant, Beach Read is brimming with crackling banter and engrossing prose. It has every flavor of booklover catnip: rivalry, creative struggle, family secrets, and the sweet head-over-heels tumble into love. Emily Henry's Beach Read is 2020's perfect anywhere read.” —Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

“If you liked Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game and Linda Holmes’s Evvie Drake Starts Over, you will definitely be into this, which feels like their spawn. (No one asked me to say this, by the way. I’m just high on that happy-sad feeling of finishing a book I enjoyed, that I wish wasn’t over.) Well played.” —Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, best-selling authors of The Royal We

"Readers are sure to fall hard for this meta, heartfelt take on the romance genre." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A heartfelt look at taking second chances, in life and in love." —Kirkus Reviews

“This will still sweep readers off their feet. January’s first-person narration is suitably poetic and effervescent, the small-town beach setting is charming, and the romance is achingly swoony.” —Booklist

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you EMILY HENRY for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Beach Read by Emily Henry.


  1. Riding horses on my honeymoon along the ocean on the empty beaches.

  2. I was once on a beach, and I beachcombed for shells!

  3. Logas beach in corfu is beautiful and had the most beautiful restaurant sitting ontop of a hill

  4. On a Caribbean cruise vacation excursion, sitting in a chair enjoying a drink with an umbrella in one hand & a good book in the other, looking up to see my hubby & children playing in the water!

  5. Being at the beach with my entire family for a week. It was a blast.

  6. There is nothing like when my husband and I visited uninhabited Bull Island. There’s nothing better than a natural beach. I was the first to jump off the boat and run around on the virgin sand. I’m crazy like that. There’s so many favorite moments I can’t single out one. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

  7. When I went to visit my sister out on the west coast in Oregon with my husband. I had fun walking around the beach and looking at the ocean.

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