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Sunday, May 31, 2009

I'm giving away Sunset Beach by Trish Perry with a BONUS review!

In order to win a copy of this book simply read the review and comment on it. Also, toss in whether or not you've ever been to San Diego or Mission Beach, and if not, if you have a favorite beach. This contest is for people living in the USA and Canada ONLY. I will choose a winner next Sunday, June 7th.

About the book:

Meet Sonata Miller, a recent college graduate with plans to get her master's degree in psychology. With the intention of resolving some family drama and putting her academic interests to the test, Sonny cleverly invites her mother, Teresa, and her mother's estranged twin, Aunt Melanie, to the quiet and quirky beach house. They both show up...and with surprises of their own. Teresa, a successful opera singer, brings her latest protige, Irina, and Melanie brings along secrets about Teresa and the identity of Sonny's long-gone father.

My review:

Sunset Beach is a sweet romance between two young people who are recent college graduates. But it's more than just a romantic tale. It's a story of healing and revealing secrets. It's a story of wounded people learning to love and support each other...and learning to trust and be honest about how they feel. There are many beautiful, Biblical themes in Sunset Beach that make it well worth the read. The hero was yummy, and the heroine was loveable. You couldn't help but want to see things worked out in her family. I found the conflict to be very realistic and well-done. The character arcs were gradual and satisfying as well. I didn't cry my eyes out like I did with Trish's last book, Beach Dreams, but I managed a satisfied sigh at the end of this one. This is a great beach read. For real. Check it out!

Sunset Beach was published by Harvest House and released June 1, 2009.


Holly O said...

I'm glad to know that Sunset Beach isn't quite and heart wrenching as Beach Dreams was. The plot sounds intriguing. I have never been to California, although I would love to someday. I can't pick just one beach, because I've lived in two beachy places. In Massachusetts, my favorite beach was Long Beach in Gloucester; in Florida, my favorite beach is Playalinda in Titusville.


LuAnn said...

Gosh, this sounds like a wonderful story. I'd love to read it.
My very favorite place to visit is San Diego, although I don't think I've never been to that beach. I love the ocean and my husband and I were married on the beach at Ocean Shores, Washington.

lollipops said...

I've never been to either of the beaches you mentioned, but my favorite beach is either the Muskegon Beach, with the lighthouse there beside the swimming area, or the one on the south side of Muskegon, where the nature center is. Oh, wait, there is also the Holland Beach, with the Big Red lighthouse right there...

I'd love to win a copy of this book

lighthouse.lover (at) gmail (dot) com

sugarandgrits said...

I have the other 3 books in this series and would love to add this newest addition to my collection ~ it sounds like a great read!

Unfortunately, I've not been to San Diego or Mission Beach. My husband is not fond of travelling, but I would love to "see the world". *sigh* My favorite beach would have to be Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, since it's one of the few I've actually had a chance to visit! LOL



Donald James Parker said...

Trish is one of my favorites. Please enter me in the drawing!!
Donald James Parker
Author of Love Waits

Sherry K said...

Michelle, sounds like a great book. Whenever you say a hero is makes me want to read it!

I lived in Fountain Valley, CA. (next to Huntington Beach) and Rancho Santa Margarita for many years. One of my favorite places to go was Coronado Island in San Diego. It's a beautiful place and Hotel Del is something to see.

I now live in Kansas and love it. It got to be a little to crowded for me in So CAL.

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks Michelle.

Sherry K

Stacey said...

I love BOTH San Diego and Mission Beach! I grew up loving the ocean on the east coast, but nothing can compare to the blue water of the Pacific Ocean! I supposed I should set my sights on visiting Hawaii...


Abi said...

No, I've never been to San Diego or Mission Beach. This sounds like a good book though. Beaches always give for a romantic time.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good book! l am sure l will cry... oh the beaches of Calif, how l remember them, to many to count but never been to San Diegos beach.. Montery is lovely though... Percy

Jo said...

I love both San Diego and Mission Bay. We visited San Diego a few years ago and stayed at a hotel where our room faced Mission Bay and it was so beautiful!


Andi said...

Lived in San Diego for twelve years and know Mission Beach like the back of my hand. Would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance.

Carmen7351 said...

Some of my most favorite books (Leota's Garden by F. Rivers, and Color the Sidewalk for me by B. Collins) are those that incorporate reconciliation in families.
Sunset Beach sounds just like one of those that does just that. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

mez said...

I love both places, San Diego is beautiful. My favorite beach is in Hawaii on Waialua Bay. Wonderful place to live for your first two years of married life!

To bring two estranged people together and try out your new degree would be interesting! Please include me in the drawing for Sunset Beach. Thanks.


Carmen7351 said...

This is carmen7351:

I've never had the chance to go to any beach. From everyone I've talked to who has, it is a treat that everyone should enjoy at least once.

Forgot to add this to my initial comment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the entry.

I have not been to either beaches, but my favorite beach is in Nova Scotia, Canada. Melmerby Beach.

This book looks like a fun read.

tea said...

Sunset Beach sounds wonderful. I would love to read and review it.

email addy is

Anonymous said...

I've never been San Diego or any beach for that matter. One of the problems of living in the middle of the US.

Debra Ullrick said...

I love Trish Perry's stories. Please add my name to the drawing.


Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls
Déjà vu Bride
Dixie Hearts

Cheri2628 said...

Great review! It makes me want to grab this book and head to the beach right now! I have been to San Diego, and it is a beautiful city.

Thanks for the chance to win this book. :-)

Renee said...

Sunset Beach sounds great. I've never been to a beach in CA.... I would have to say that the beach outside the Hale Koa in Hawaii is my fave

Jourdan said...

Hi Michelle! I've never heard of this book but it sounds really great! I looove Christian fiction and can't wait to read this book. Thanks for offering this chance on goodreads. -Jourdan (

Miralee Ferrell said...

Wow! That's an awesome line up of books you're giving away!

Nope, I'm not a coffee drinker...never have been, never will be. Hated the smell growing up and had to get used to it when I waitressed at the age of 17 and was around it all the time. Can't understand what people see in it, LOL!

Please enter me in your drawing. Miralee Ferrell

miralee at gorge dot net

Miralee Ferrell said...

I've been to San Diego a couple of times and my hubby and I love the beach area down where the boats are docked, and the big aircraft carrier is...not sure of the name of the beach, but it's a beautiful area.

I enjoy Trish's books and don't have this one, so would love to enter your drawing. Thanks!

Miralee Ferrell
miralee at gorge dot net

~Ley said...

Oh, I would love to win this book. I love all of Trish Perry's books! This one sounds like it will certainly live up to expectations. :D


Cherie J said...

Wonderful review! I have enjoyed greatly the two books of Trish's I have read and this one sounds like another enjoyable read. The plot sounds so touching. i have never been to either of the beaches you mentioned. My favorite beach is Pensacola Beach.


Patricia said...

The mention of "beach" in the title warms my heart. I am holding out hope that summer will eventually arrive; it has been raining and cold for weeks now. I have been to San Diego but never on the beach. My favorite beach is on the Gaspe coast (Quebec) and located in a small village, Barachois. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

Lela Fox said...

Have never read any of her books but sounds like I might need to read Beach Dreams! Sounds like a really deep book. Love books that get to your heart and make you sit up and take notice. Would love to be entered in this contest. Thank you!

bubbysgammaw (at) peoplepc(dot) com

Anonymous said...

I've never read anything by Trish Perry, but after reading your review, I'd like to.

I have been to San Diego, but it was definitely not beach weather when we were there.

Thanks for entering me!

Little Missus Sunshine said...

I haven't been to either of those beaches. I can't say that I really have a favorite either...anything with some hot sun is good enough for me!!

Barb said...

Sounds like a wonderful story. The main character caught my attention as my dd is about to grad college and head to get her master's in Pychology and Counseling. I have never been to CA, but my niece just did an internship with Invisible Children in San Diego and sent me lots and lots of pix.. WOW! Gorgeous beaches! My favorite beaches are in FL... San Destin and Fort Walton area.

windycindy said...

I love the setting of the story!
Beaches and Beach houses are so romantic and at the same time, peaceful to me. The romance and the family lines sound very good. I love the beach at the Outer Banks in
North Carolina. Thanks, Cindi

amweeks said...

I've been looking for a new beach read, and this looks like it could be it! I've been to San Diego (there's nothing like the Hotel del Coronado and the SD Zoo!) but never to Mission Beach. My favorite beach is the one not far from where I live here in Florida: Honeymoon Island. I also LOVE Ocean City, MD!

Sheila said...

This sounds good! I am always in for a great Christian read and adding a beach to it is all the better!
I dont know that I have a favorite beach. Living in Minnesota they are pretty populated and few and far between. However, my dream home would be on a secluded beach where I could forever be curling up in a chair or on a blanket, basking in the son with a good book.

Carlene said...

Wow - This sounds like a great book. I love books that make you cry like Beach Dreams but I bet this one is as good. I have never been to San Diego or Mission Beach. I have been to several beachs in FL. Please include me in your giveaway.

scottsgal said...

Sounds like the perfect summer read - a warm love story. Please count me in for this too. Love the cover!
I've been to San Diego sailing and loved it and my favorite beach is Trunks Bay in St. John USVI

msboatgal at

Anita Yancey said...

Loved the review. This book sounds great. I have never been to San Diego or Mission Beach. My favorite beach is Panama Beach,FL.


Stephanie Reed said...

I love Trish's books. I've never been to the places mentioned, but oddly enough, my favorite beach in the world is...Sunset Beach! But mine is in North Carolina.

stef dot reed at gmail dot com

Janna said...

My favorite beach is Wailea Beach on Maui and I love all the Trish Perry books I've read so far, I'm looking forward to this one!

ryanx6 at msn dot com

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...


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