Monarch Beach

Anita Hughes

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 lifewhat 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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Chapter One
 
 
The day my life changed forever started like any other Tuesday. I liked Tuesdays. My appointment book stayed blank on Tuesdays. Sometimes I wondered how the other days filled up so quickly. You’d be surprised how ladies’ auxiliary lunches, PTA committee meetings, and library fund-raising can occupy your time. Not to mention the karate lessons, piano, and chess club Max had after school. Like many stay-at-home moms I was a full-time chauffeur for my son and fund-raiser for his school. Tuesdays were mine.

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"A novel that cries out to be read by the surf with a cocktail and a cabana boy… Anita Hughes is an author of women’s literary fiction who delivers sex on the beach without insulting the reader’s intelligence."—Thelma Adams, author of Playdate

"With honesty and heart, glamour and grit, Anita Hughes tells the inspiring story of an unusual woman discovering life on her own terms and finally spreading her wings. Loved it." —Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

"Absolutely riveting and brimming with emotion. Monarch Beach charmed me from the very first page." —Jane Porter, author of She's Gone Country


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Anita Hughes

ANITA HUGHES attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes has lived at The St. Regis Monarch Beach for six years, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Monarch Beach
Anita Hughes

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312643041
ISBN10: 0312643047
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250015846
ISBN10: 1250015847
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$9.99
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