Sand, surf, and a sweet British man all combine into one crazy vacation for Tiffany LeBoeuf in Trish Perry’s novel, Beach Dreams. When Tiffany, a new Christian, meets Jeremy, a handsome British man, she discovers just how hard it can be to trust in the Lord and to resist taking matters into her own hands. A relaxing vacation at a beach house goes awry for Tiffany and her father when Jeremy and his girlfriend show up at the same location. Through several laughable situations, Tiffany has to learn how to give her desires, actions, and attitudes to the Lord in order to honor Him (and get through the vacation alive without losing her sanity).
II Corinthians 5:17 is the main theme for Tiffany throughout the novel: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come.” Praying and following God’s will are exemplified in the novel above submitting to the desires of the human nature. Also commendable is Tiffany’s realization that a woman cannot change a man’s spiritual life simply by being in a relationship with him. Tiffany’s friends provide her with encouragement and sound biblical advice about living as a new creation in Christ.
Although the underlying message of Beach Dreams is evident throughout, too many disconnected and unnecessary subplots clutter the novel. Unrealistic situations and dialogue rob it of any substantial depth, making it hard for the reader to connect with the characters. The means to finding salvation is presented well and adequately discussed in the novel, although I would have liked a mention of baptism or church membership or Christian fellowship to complete the message of discipleship. Additional points worth mentioning include: an inaccurate depiction of alcoholism, which is distasteful to those who are familiar with the ugliness of such an addiction, one use of the slang word “freakin,’” and light sexual innuendo found throughout the novel.
In conclusion, Beach Dreams has the foundational values of a good book, but lacks a stimulating plot, character depth, and practicality, which will cloud the skies for readers of this third installment of the Beach House series. Emily Morgan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Following up on Sally John’s bestselling Beach House series (The Beach House and Castles in the Sand—nearly 45,000 in combined sales) is a brand–new Beach House book from veteran Harvest House novelist Trish Perry.
Tiffany LeBoeuf recently lost her mother to cancer. Still grieving, Tiffany seeks rest for her body and soul at a cozy beach house in San Diego. A scheduling mix–up causes a double booking, and Tiffany ends up sharing the house with a woman named Eve. When Eve’s boyfriend, Jeremy, arrives to surprise Eve, he’s surprised to see Tiffany as well. He settles in at the beach house next door, and what happens after that surprises them all.
A fun, contemporary romance about how God uses even our mistakes to bring about His divine purposes. Beach Dreams is the perfect get–away read.