Industry News: Monarch Beach

20 June 2012

Books filled with mysteries, romance, and fantasy have been apart of my life since I was young. While other kids played in the merry-go-round and sandboxes, I spent my youth in a library. Books were my friends. They were my joy.

After the final bell signaled that school was over, I would zip up my backpack, collect my homework, and rush to the local library adjacent to my school to claim a large wooden table where I would camp out all afternoon until dinner time.  Sure, my parents were thrilled that I took such an interest in doing my homework, but little did they know that at the library I could fill hours reading the most amazing stories. There would be Beverly Cleary books, Nancy Drew novels.  From there I moved on to C. S. Lewis' Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I remember being fascinated with Judy Blume books when I was in my early teens, who could forget Deenie.


When I was in the 4th grade, my parents moved us to El Sobrante and again I found refuge at the local library which was less than a mile away. Those were good times for a young and impressionable girl. It was during this time that I started to branch out.    I was obsessed with grand tales.  Epics.  Yes, by my teens I had read The Thorn Birds, Windmills of the Gods, The Winds of War, A Woman of Substance - all epic novels.

Luckily today, my reading is more varied.  Along with Harlen Coben, J D Robb, Nora Roberts sits novels by Stephanie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Emily Giffin and Kristin Hannah.  I'm now reading a broader range of books including chick lit, thrillers, romance, teen fiction, women's fiction and much more.

When I think about writers and their magically ability to write stories, I'm always so impressed. Today, I'm truly thrilled to share a new novel by Anita Hughes. If you are wondering why I'm doing this, it's because Anita and her husband, Thomas Hughes have been great wedding vendors. Thomas is a consist joy to work with and he has built an incredibly wedding videography business. Love how he emails me the day before a wedding to say that he is looking forward to seeing me.  That's incredible customer service.

Thomas and Anita are such lovely people. When Thomas recently shared the news about Anita's new novels, I thought I would feature it for all of you. Read a review of her new novel Monarch Beach


Anita Hughes' Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again. When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life—and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention… and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.

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