The Beachcomber Paperback – 14 Oct 2003
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Josephine Cox has a truly devoted following for whom this bestselling author can do no wrong. So it's fortunate, therefore, that she so rarely deviates from the thoroughly engrossing narratives that are her stock-in-trade. Her new book, The Beachcomber, demonstrates all her considerable virtues: a grand, sweeping narrative, colourful and evocative scene-setting and (most of all) sympathetically drawn leading characters that pull the reader inexorably into her richly wrought story.
Set in the summer of 1942, The Beachcomber has two protagonists from disparate social settings, but both sharing the sense that something crucial is missing from their lives. In the quiet seaside town of West Bay, Tom Arnold is coming to terms with what many would deem a rash action--he has walked away from a prestigious job after his wife and children were killed when the car he was driving was forced off a precipitous cliff road by another motorist. Tom is convinced that the driver (who has never been tracked down) intended to destroy them all. As Tom contemplates his bleak future, Kathy Wilson similarly struggles with a sense of loss after a terrible argument with her mother brings home to her how unfulfilling her life of loneliness is. She has inherited a down-at-heel house in West Bay. Inevitably, the two find each other, and it's here that Cox's top-notch skills as a romantic writer are truly in their element. We are made to care for both of these well-drawn characters, and even without the return of the killer who destroyed Tom's family, we would still be pretty comprehensively gripped by the narrative. Josephine Cox fans will not need anyone to tell them that this is choice stufftheir favourite author is up to her usual standard. --Barry Forshaw
Praise for Josephine Cox:
'Cox's talent as a storyteller never lets you escape the spell' Daily Mail
'Impossible to resist' Woman's Realm
'Driven and passionate' Sunday TimesSee all Product Description
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I always defined good books, as a book that will not allow you to put it down; this book achieves that and so much more.
Based around two very different people brought together almost by destiny, the story follows Tom and Kathy's struggle to overcome their tortured pasts, each locked in the turmoil of their own mixed emotions and striving to find inner peace.
The author astounds you with her ability to make each emotion heartfelt while keeping a captivating mysterious story line.
Ever thought of totally escaping from it all, fleeing to your own paradise ?? This books charm and imagery will make this a reality.
Concluding this book is a supreme read, pour a hot drink, grab a few pillows and get ready for a long night!.
The style is infantile and tends to annoy (everyone says "eh" after a sentence, maybe some people talke like that, eh?, but not all the time, eh? Or am I wrong, eh?). Also, everyone in this book talks to themselves especially Kathy. "I must go and see Tom" she muttered. She got up and murmered "I so miss him". It is as if Josephine can only express her character's thoughts if she lets them talk to themselves, but like the "eh"-thing, it becomes annoying.
The storyline is too crap for words. And listen to what the writer says about Kathy: Her tiny waist mesmerised him, as did her large firm round breasts. ...Come on !
I cannot believe this writer is so popular, this book was just rubbish.
I would not recommend this book for anyone who likes their literature thought provoking, but would suggest it for all those housewives who don't have a clue about what is going on in the world outside their own polished front doors.
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