Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; Sunny days at the beach by Morton S. Gray. Firstly thank you to Liz at Choc Lit for my complimentary copy, now on to the book.
Sunny Days at the Beach by Morton S. Gray
Series: Borteen Secrets / Genre: Contemporary, women’s fiction, romance / Publisher: Choc Lit Publishers / Release Date: 18th August 2020
From party nights at the pub to sunny days at the beach …
Craft shop owner Mandy Vanes has always enjoyed a commitment-free singleton lifestyle — in fact, she’s well-known for her wild ways in her small seaside town on the coast.
But when local teenager, Nick Crossten, turns to her for help, Mandy has the opportunity to prove she can be a responsible adult. Although things get tricky when gin distillery owner Graham Frankley comes to town with some unexpected news.
Could this mean that Mandy the party girl is finally ready to grow up?
Full disclosure first, this is actually the first book I have read by Morton Gray, even though I have a couple of her books on my kindle, I just haven’t had the time to read them. All book lovers will know exactly what I mean, there are only so many hours in a day, but I will read them.
This is apart of the Borteen Secrets series, now as I said previously I haven’t read any of Morton Gray’s book before this, so I have missed out on the previous instalments to the series, but to be honest, the story is so well developed and beautifully written that I wouldn’t have thought it was apart of series, it’s very much a stand-alone.
Sunny Days at the Beach is all about starting afresh, learning from mistakes, getting those second chances and finally realising your own self-worth and finding your feet again. I thoroughly enjoyed following Mandy on her journey, hers is a pretty relatable tale of a woman who has more or less everything only to find there is something missing, she is a woman who has never quite grown up and is still living her life as though she is that selfless, free teenager again. Only to find that the late-night drinking and partying, the constant stream of unknown faceless men are now taking its toll on her. She is realising that she can’t really go on as she is unless she has a gallon of concealer and enough dry shampoo to put a hole in the ozone layer. Come on ladies who haven’t woken up to a rats nest for hair and panda eyes? I know, I do most days…LOL!
Mandy, the local craft shop owner is well and truly the ‘wild-child’ of her quaint little village, she is the sort of woman who no-one really takes seriously she is like an adult child, she hasn’t quite grown up yet even though all the signs are there for her to see it really is time she did. Then when young teenager; Nick is in need of a little help, you can instantly see that Mandy really wants to do right by the young artist, she wants to prove that she isn’t just an empty-headed young woman out for a good time and now is the chance to prove that.
I do like Mandy, she is very likeable and relatable, you are either like her or you know someone like her, her journey of self-discovery is so heart-warming, I love how she re-discovers just what is truly important as the story progresses. Her young artist Nick just wants this party girl needs to really put her life into focus and make her grow up that much faster and rather surprisingly she does an excellent job at stepping up and temporarily being his foster mum.
This is such a feel-good, heart-warming story which is all about second chances and proving your worth. I loved the simple message of everyone has the chance to make amends for whatever has happened in their lives, the plot steadily takes the reader on a gentle journey which is all about love and friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Borteen Bay and I am looking forward to returning again very soon.