BOOK REVIEW: The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

Today I am very happy to bring you my review of The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman.

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!
The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.
If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

When I read the synopsis for this, it really spoke to me – I have been wanting to join or form a book club for a long time, but there has always been the fear that the books I’ll be asked to read will be, well, overly serious! There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a good rom-com or other such light hearted genre – it really bugs me when readers get a little pretentious about those of us who love a little escapism from our chosen novels. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy a hard hitting, serious novel but I’m a big advocate for an easy read too!

So back to The Beach Reads Book Club; Lottie Watt is an electrician by day, and an avid book reader by night! When she finds herself kicked out of her local book club, she takes it upon herself to set up her own! Lottie finds herself surrounded by like minded people who want to read for enjoyment, whilst forming friendships, drinking gin and eating cake!

Matthew Steele is the new incredibly attractive but slightly mysterious bookshop owner. He’s left his old life behind to buy a bookshop and start afresh with his father and sister, neither of whom seem particularly happy about the move. With Lottie dive bombing into his shop with her new bookclub, it might be just what he needs to loosen up and finally bring his family together.

The books are spicy, the cake is sweet and the gin is strong – this is my kind of book club! There are plenty of books, some laughs, some hot romance – I’m not sure what more you need from a book! I really enjoyed this novel – so much so that not only did Netgalley and the publisher kindly provide me with an ARC, but I went off and bought myself a copy too! If that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is! So go grab yourself a chilled glass of wine, get comfy out under the last of the summer sun and lose yourself in this lovely novel.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Netgalley and One More Chapter for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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