Beachcombing introduces us to Jillian Hunter – an independant middle aged woman who has been through divorce, raised two sons by herself, runs her own small business, and has restored a cottage on the beach. During a trip to London, she finds herself face to face with an old flame, and finds herself falling in love all over again.
Jill’s life starts to change as she grabs hold of the past, and enters a new romance. Is she willing to give up her life and her friends for Colin, and has the past blinkered her to what’s really going on?
At the beginning of the book there is a little jumping around, as Maggie introduces us to Jill, and also her history with Colin, but things soon settle down. Jill’s character is just adorable, and the sort of person I’d like to have as a friend – but she’s also flawed, especially as she finds herself blinded by love.
In fact, all of Maggie’s female characters are well written – some are likeable, others not so much.. but all are people you could imagine bumping into, or finding in your life.
The various settings are also well written. Maggie takes us to London, Cornwall and Connecticut, and the little cottage on the beach sounds absolutely ideallic, from the picnics on the beach, to the heavy snow storms! I could almost pack myself up, and move there myself!
Stepping away from chick-lit, and into the more satisfying world of women’s fiction, Beachcombing is a funny, warm story for ladies of all ages. Fans of Linda Gillard should also enjoy Maggie’s style, and I look forward to her next offering.