Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Beach Dreams" by Trish Perry

I'm going to piggy-back on my last post. I knew that I would be reviewing this book, so I wanted to post what Christian Fiction meant before doing so. With that said here we go.

"So, what do I do? Just give up? Avoid him? Stop brushing my teeth and wearing deodorant? He's so sweet. And when he says something in that cute little accent and looks at me with those long -- lashed blue eyes and those dimples and that cleft thingy in his chin -- and have you ever noticed how perfect his nose is?"

Tiffany LeBoeuf has a problem. She has lost her job, her mother has recently passed away, and she has zero social life. And then she meets Jeremy. But Tiff is a new Christian and knows she should be attracted to this unbelieving ( but charming) Brit.

And then there's Eve -- Jeremy's girlfriend.

When Tiffany reserves a cozy beach house in San Diego for a much needed retreat, a mixup causes a double booking, and Tiffany ends up sharing the beach house with Eve. Then when Jeremy arrives to surprise Eve, he surprises Tiffany as well.

As Jeremy settles in at the house next door, events and secrets unravel that surprise everyone.

Trish Perry is the award -- winning author of The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True. She serves on the board of the capital Christian writers organization in the Washington DC area and edited its newsletter, Ink and the Spirit, for seven years. she has published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general -- market media, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

(This is the point in time when I usually give my take/review on a book. But this time I am going to do something a little different. I had two copies of Beach Dreams, and I gave one of them to my friend Douglas Rebecca to read. She finished reading her copy before I started on mine and she was so excited about the book and what some of the messages meant to her that she encouraged me to read mine ASAP. So, I have asked her to tell me a little of why she liked this book so much. The following is what she wrote.)

Beach Dreams

I found the characters in the book Beach Dreams to posses a real world quality.Those who had found a relationship with Christ were accepting of their friends who were in a diffenent place in the faith journey.There was no chatisment of previous sins or pushing for friends to "get saved so life will be wonderful".As a new reader of Christian fiction I find this very refreshing.I was most touched in the end of the book when Zeke tells Orville that we can always hope for redemption even on the death bed for we do not know what conversation the dying may have with the Lord before their last breath.I know my mother believed in God but she did not profess a personal relationship with the Lord.I have always had hope that she made her peace with Him before her death.

Thank you Douglas for sharing your words with us. I think it's been fun having another view on a book besides mine. Be sure and visit Trish at: and if you want to buy Beach Dreams click on Deborah's bookstore on the right side of my blog. As always:



  1. In this cold weather a beach book sounds nice. lol I like your friend's thoughts on the book. I'm still not sure where my book falls on the spectrum. I've revised it so many times, and each time it takes a slightly different path. I know that more than anything I want to honor God and hope that people are drawn to Him through the entire message in the book.

    Thank you for sharing this review and making me think so hard about my own writing. :o)

  2. Deborah, thanks so much for mentioning my book, and Douglas (cool name, btw), I'm touched that the scene you mention was something you needed to hear. When I hear about connections like that, it honestly makes me cry. God is so good.

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  4. Beautiful post from a great Christian author!
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