I’m so delighted to be part of the tour today for this gorgeous book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.
I was so sure I saw Sophie on the beach that day. But it couldn’t be her. Sophie’s dead…
Ever since we swore to be best friends at school, Sophie was there for me. When she married my brother, she became family. We shared everything.
At least I thought we did.
After she died, I was devastated. Everyone else has moved on, but I can’t. She was so quiet, those last few months. I’m sure there is something I don’t know…
Now I’m standing on the beach we visited when we were younger, and there’s a woman with long blond hair a few metres away, playing with a dog in the sunshine. She turns, and I see Sophie.
Heart racing, I run after her, but before I can reach her she’s vanished, leaving only footprints in the sand.
It can’t be Sophie… Can it? And do I want to know, if the answer will destroy everything?
A gripping emotional page-turner about the ways we lie to ourselves and how love and hope can heal us. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Susan Lewis will absolutely love The Woman on the Beach.
The prologue of this book caught my attention right from the start. I wasn’t sure who the narrator of this chapter was, but it really had me hooked and I wanted to know more.
When Liv sees Sophie on the beach, it doesn’t make sense. Sophie died three years before, so how could it be her? The story then weaves back and forth between two of the characters, and between the past and the present. I can’t tell you much more without spoiling the plot, but it’s very well woven, and it’s complex and compelling. When it all comes together near the end, it all makes sense.
There’s so much to this book that combines to make it such a good read. The characters are so well drawn, and the links between them all work so well. The plot flows perfectly, with snippets of the past intermingling with the present, and there are many poignant and moving scenes. We are kept guessing as to what happened to Sophie, and the truth comes to light gradually.
A really engaging and emotional read about friendship and love, this had me turning the pages so fast and totally captivated.
Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing.
Following roles as a hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since written seven full length novels, two novellas and several short stories.