Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Emma's Review: Meet Me at Pebble Beach: Part Three - Sink or Swim by Bella Osborne

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Regan has just started to find her groove when tragedy strikes – threatening to send her right back to square one. But with her new market stall confirmed, she has plenty to keep her busy… and that’s before you add a hot fireman, a new four-legged friend and some sticky situations to the mix. 
But business is slow, and Regan is starting to doubt whether this is the right path for her after all…

Can she get her new business out of troubled waters?

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Many thanks to Avon Books via NetGalley for my copy of Meet Me at Pebble Beach: Part Three: Sink or Swim to review and to Sharon for having my review on the blog.

I really can't get enough of this brilliant series from Bella Osborne, without question it is the best thing she has ever written. I've now reached part three Sink or Swim and after another cliffhanger at the end of part two, I didn't leave it waiting long on my Kindle to be read. Regan continues to stumble from one calamity to another, with her it's like she takes one step forward and then several steps back but she never gives up instead finding ways to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed in her way.

There are a wide range of sub plots which back up the main strand of the story and sometimes these can be weaker or just added in for the sake of it but I don't think this is the case at all with Meet Me at Pebble Beach. Everything seems to slot together so well and every character and sub-plot is given equal attention and you find yourself keen to read about everybody and everything where as usually I want to stick to one main idea. But as the writing and the portrayal of the characters feelings and troubles is so brilliantly done I just find myself thoroughly engaged with every strand of this wonderful series.

I expect certain cliffhangers or some problems to go a certain predictable way and then Bella Osborne throws in a curve ball and you find yourself thinking well fair play. The easy get out clause could have been used and things could have been wrapped up nice and easily but instead the characters are tested to the max and made to think through situations and approach them from all angles. I like the fact that they really do have to strive to achieve their ultimate goals in life and Regan is a prime example of this. I mightn't have been too happy with the outcome from the nail biting finale of part two but I think the author was brave to go in the direction she choose to as it opened more avenues for exploration. Regan learns an important lesson that life and all its problems along with the good times do carry on and how insignificant everything and everyone truly is.

Regan also comes to the conclusion that perhaps Charlie is right and that embarking on a relationship may not be the ideal timing at the moment but still you do want them to get together but the way things are looking now that possibility is even further away, now more than ever. I think that they would make a great couple as they work well as a team. Charlie is cool, calm and collected and steadies Regan when she has some hair raising idea that seems to be going out of control. Her jam making exploits still make me laugh but her strength and determination to succeed with her market stall deserve nothing but admiration.

Charlie is like an addiction for Regan, someone she can't get enough of but are these sentiments reciprocated by Charlie? It's hard to tell but he always seems to be there to pick her up when she falls as sometimes I think she rushes headlong into things without thinking everything through. But I suppose that's down to her kind hearted nature that she doesn't like to see people suffer and always wants to help in any way she can. But also I think Regan has existed in a state of panic since she quit her job as she believed that she had won the Lotto. The title Sink or Swim really is apt as now is the time for her either to make it or break it. Especially as her artist friend Cleo arrives home unexpectedly from her work trip to Japan. Regan will have to confess all as to what she has been up to and I wondered would this be the downfall of her and everything she has put into place in an attempt to claw her way back to some sort of normality in her life?

The Meet Me at Pebble Beach series has just been such a fantastic read so far. If at any time I see someone asking on social media for book recommendations I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this series that has truly captured my heart. Friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you are the main themes being explored and they are done so to perfection. At the risk of sounding like a broken record that last page in Sink or Swim, well I definitely never ever saw that coming. How on earth could the reader be left hanging like that? So cleverly done and it just goes to show Bella Osborne has utilised every character to perfection and created so many essential connections to the overall plot. Seas the Day is the aptly named final part and I am on tender hooks to see how everything will pan out.

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