Read The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlin Online


Set in a picturesque Maine beach town, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin's heartwarming and insightful novel delves into the choices and changes faced by two families over the course of one eventful summer. . .Everyone in Yorktide, Maine, knows sixteen-year-old Sarah Bauer. She's a good student and a dutiful daughter, as well as a beloved best friend to Cordelia Kane. SoSet in a picturesque Maine beach town, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin's heartwarming and insightful novel delves into the choices and changes faced by two families over the course of one eventful summer. . .Everyone in Yorktide, Maine, knows sixteen-year-old Sarah Bauer. She's a good student and a dutiful daughter, as well as a beloved best friend to Cordelia Kane. So it's a surprise to all when sensible Sarah reveals that she is pregnant.Though shocked, Sarah's family is supportive. But while Sarah reconciles herself to a new and different future, the consequences ripple in all directions. Her father--a proud, old-time Mainer--tries to find more work to defray expenses. Her younger sister grapples with a secret she can't share. Cordelia feels abandoned, and Cordelia's mother faces the repercussions of a long-ago decision. As Sarah's mother, Cindy, frets about how she'll juggle childcare with her job at the local quilting store, she seizes on an idea: to band together and make a baby quilt. Piece by piece, a beautiful design emerges. And as it progresses, reflecting the hopes and cares of the women who create it, each will find strength in the friendship and love that sustains them, in hardship and in joy. . ....

Title : The Beach Quilt
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780758275363
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Beach Quilt Reviews

  • Janet
    2019-04-27 15:38

    I hate to write negative reviews, especially when it's on a giveaway book, but I simply did not enjoy The Beach Quilt. On the plus side, it was a quick, easy read. However, while it was easy to digest, it lacked depth and purpose.The Beach Quilt tells the story of sixteen year old Sarah who unexpectedly becomes (but who at sixteen EXPECTS?) pregnant by her older, deadbeat boyfriend. No one, including Sarah, saw it coming since Sarah is a smart, level-headed girl who follows the rules. If anything, her flighty best friend Cordelia is more likely to make a crazy, life-altering decision. What unfolds is the journey Sarah goes on in making the hard decision to keep the baby and be a single, teenage mom. For such a potentially weighty subject matter, The Beach Quilt was oddly... weightless. Although a long novel, nothing ever really HAPPENED (other than the main character getting pregnant, that is). What made the matter more confusing was that there was potential for conflict given the abundance of characters. For example, we hear how best friends Sarah and Cordelia are complete opposites, but no back story really lends itself to why they get along so well or why they remain such close friends. Then there's the attempt at conflicts injected midway through the story in the revelation that Cordelia's mom gave a child up for adoption years ago, or the foreshadowing of a forgotten child syndrome that could be a problem with Sarah's sexually confused younger sister. But instead of being story lines that are mined, instead they remain as planted seeds, never cultivated.As I was reading The Beach Quilt I kept shaking my head in the missed opportunities, convinced it was going to be a two star rating pretty early on. However, the attempt at a plot twist in the last hundred pages or so really left things on a sour note for me and just went downhill from there. I'll spare the details here, but I also wouldn't spare your time in reading this novel.

  • Susan
    2019-05-03 07:20

    Do not waste your time on this one! The story is so drawn out and filled with such stupid, inane details that add nothing to the story. I didn't like the authors style of writing, very juvenile. Just don't! Mad at myself for continuing to read it when I never liked it from the start!

  • Jamie
    2019-05-03 15:26

    I kept reading this book even though I never really felt connected to the people in it. I should have given up and moved on. The ending was terrible and completely out of the blue.

  • Connie
    2019-04-24 12:21

    I was excited to read this and hoped it would be heart wrenching and heartwarming all at the same time. The potential for both was there but I didn't feel it. The story centers around a teenage pregnancy and what this does to the relationships of the four main characters....Sarah, her best friend Cordelia and their Mother's Cindy and Adelaide. Mother/daughter dynamics....female issues...yeah! I thought this started out strong.....having all 4 narrate the progress of the story in quick chapters. But it only got weaker and weaker for me. I felt the characters were left flat, almost one dimensional and opportunity to dig a bit deeper was not taken. I also felt that there was a lot of repetitive dialogue among the characters....surface stuff.Chamberlin dropped in the topics of adoption and sexuality as side stories, but then just sort of left them there.....hanging when they could have been covered much more. It was like she wanted to cram more than one dilemma into this story but never went anywhere with them. I also felt she tried to give the reader all the drama they were waiting for in the last few chapters, which didn't work for me at all....too rushed. That said, after a couple very intense reads, this is just what I needed. A quick, sort of mindless read to pass a lazy, too hot to be outdoors kind of Saturday.

  • Denise
    2019-05-22 11:21

    Any book about the beach and quilting intrigues me. This book is more than a simple beach read. The complex struggle of teen pregnancy, adoption and family secrets are woven together as these women create a special quilt and bond together. The story occurs in a beach town in Maine in the Busy Bee quilt shop. "A quilt is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere. " 3.5 stars

  • Jessica
    2019-05-12 10:15

    I'm going to have to agree with the other reviewers on this one. I love some of Chamberlin's novels (like "Seashell Season"), but others just seem to be hit or miss. This book had so much potential, but it just fell flat, as there was too much time spent on silly and minute details. I wanted it to go so much deeper into the characters thoughts and struggles than it did.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-24 10:39

    I found the story drawn out. Too much time spent on details that were not integral to the story. I didn't hate it, just was disappointed. I received this book as an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-28 07:28

    Hard to get started on. It did show how one little mistake affects so many and in different ways. Each chapter was only a few pages and didn't let you get deep into the story. Struggled to finish.

  • Kate McDougall Sackler
    2019-05-01 07:24

    Ugh. Flat, uninteresting characters and a plot that had potential if handled differently. Then a twist--WTF. Almost as an afterthought, the book ends where it should have begun.

  • Kati
    2019-05-01 14:39

    I won this as a First Reads giveaway. I came at this book having been one of those smart-but-stupid teen moms (though I found out I was 3 weeks pregnant just 2 days before my 18th birthday, so a year+ older than the character Sarah) and having suffered some hemorrhaging in childbirth myself. Was, like Sarah, a good student who made a rather stupid choice. I found this book to be preachy (though not necessarily of the Christian sort of preaching), contrived, over-thought....It started with a total info-dump in the first 5 chapters, giving us each of the main characters in a chapter, each chapter from their point of view, and much too much more info in those chapters than was necessary. We learn about the strained relations between extended family members when such info could've been dropped much more casually further on in the book, and in most cases those minor-characters (relatives of the main characters) didn't come into play at all. We didn't need to know all about Cordelia's auntie who owns a rustic cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan. She wasn't mentioned more than twice more in the rest of the book. That kind of info-dump was the whole set-up of those first 5 chapters and it was unnecessary.The teen characters, Sarah and Cordelia are often much more thorough about their thoughts and feelings on certain issues and concepts than any teenager I've ever seen, or been. Again, having come at this book as a past teen mom, I see Sarah thinking through her pregnancy as even more "mature" than most 20-somethings would. It didn't ring true, it felt forced and overthought. It felt as though the author was contemplating all this and putting her thoughts in Sarah's or Cordelia's mind. If it had been a woman of Adelaide' or Cindy's age, those thoughts would've made more sense, but the depth and solid consideration of the experiences, problems, complications, frustrations, etc.... coming from these teen minds just felt fake. Sarah is portrayed as being very smart, but the way she thinks about things is mature on a level that most 30-year olds I know don't consider things. She became a very unbelievable character. Cordelia was unbelievable from another perspective. She was portrayed as being shallow and self-absorbed. I found her frequently very unlikable. But just about the time the author would have her being incredibly shallow and immature (even freaking out about a dentist appointment or any other doctor's appointment, to a degree that most people stop being terrified after about 10 or 12), Cordelia would spout something too well-thought out and contrived to be coming out her mouth even as a 40-year old. Stevie was the only teen who's thought-process felt reasonably real, though once or twice she also felt over-done.Cindy's secret-keeping from her hubby was not resolved in any way, and I felt like it should've been resolved in some manner, either with her hubby finding out by accident and being upset, or being sad that she didn't confide sooner after she finally does. She never does confide, and given the supposed strength of their relationship, this feels false.Adelaide is about the most likable of the character, though she gets rather preachy at times and is also sometimes very wishy-washy in her opinions and thoughts on Sarah's pregnancy and other incidences in the story. I felt that there was a situation involving Adelaide's parents that should've been resolved.I also really liked Stevie. I think she's the character that I came to care about the most. She felt the most real, the most well-rounded. The cat, Clarissa, was a bit of a device that didn't seem to really go anywhere.One thing I felt was positively ridiculous was that the author gave 4 of the 7 or 8 guys mentioned in the book names beginning with J. We had Cindy's hubby Joe, Adelaide's hubby Jack, Sarah's boyfriend -father-of-her-child- Justin, and Cordelia's crush John. Makes one wonder if the author knows that there are a million other names out there that can be chosen, some very "all-american, blue collar" names, and they don't all start w/ "J."The BEST part of this book was how quickly it went. Each chapter was no more than 5 pages long, which means that for all the contrived nature of this story, it did flow quickly.Finally, I found the events at the climax and following to be contrived as well. Suddenly there's a character who's not needed any more, kill them off. And in a way that had been made much of throughout the story, so yeah.... let's go with that mechanism of death. So many other ways that this character could've been killed off, that the author had to pick the one that had at least 2 of the characters scared through half the book just felt gimmicky.

  • Sojourner
    2019-05-20 10:35

    Insightful, intricate and yet heartwarming, The Beach Quilt by bestselling author Holly Chamberlin is set in the picturesque coastal town of Maine, and follows the story of sixteen-year-old Sarah Bauer, and how her actions will decisively change the course of her life and that of her family and those closest to her forever. The Beach Quilt is about friendship, family dynamics, home, choices and secrets. It is also about how one’s action and decision touches an entire family, and what it means to stand as one in the face of debilitating circumstances.Dutiful, obedient and loving almost to a fault, Sarah Bauer is adored by almost everyone. When she gets close to nineteen years old Justin, who is quite the opposite of Sarah, the unlikely friendship surprised many. When she reveals that she is pregnant, a situation no one dreamed possible, its import is felt by everyone close to her – her thirteen years old sister Stevie, her mother Cindy, her father Joe, her best friend Cordelia, Cordelia’s mother Adelaide and Adelaide’s husband Jack. They all reacted in their own different ways, each according to their relationship with Sarah.Putting their differences and initial shock behind them, they all join hands in making a baby quilt which helped them to overcome their own to find the courage and move forward as they await the birth of Sarah’s baby. The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlin is refreshingly different and the story is truly original in concept and characterization. This tender, heartwarming and passionate novel will touch your heart like no other story.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-13 13:25

    I borrowed this book from the library and read it on my Kindle.I debated finishing this book. The story showed promise, but became really bogged down in the middle. As someone else said, it reminded me of a YA book and I've read better in that genre. Something about the characters' personalities and how they spoke, thought, etc, did not ring true. The maturity levels did not match their ages. I disliked Cordelia and had no sympathy or patience for her. Too many disparate stories were crammed into the book, even though it dragged. I was beginning to think there would have to be a sequel, that the author couldn't possibly wrap it, especially after the twist very close to the end. I would have preferred to see those storylines fleshed out more than some of the minutia that was in the middle of the book. Even the twist was strongly foreshadowed.There were the obligatory social messages. Not needed for this book. I would not have read this if I'd known how I would struggle to finish it.

  • Penny
    2019-04-27 13:11

    I won this book and hate to give it a negative review. I was happy and looking forward to reading it. I wanted to read a new author to me and the book sounded like something one of my favorite authors, Kristin Hannah would write. Not so the case.......although, the book had potential to be a great read, teen pregnancy, a gay child coming out, the death of a daughter, and an adopted child finding his birth mother, the author failed to bring any depth to the story. I found the characters very boring and the ending just didn't fit........almost like the author just thought of a way to bring the story to an end. This book seemed like it was written by a new author not a Best Selling Author. I was very disappointed.

  • Polly A. Ortiz
    2019-05-09 15:26

    Worst written book everWorst written book everI don't know who edited this book, or even decided it should be published but they should be fired! this was the most disjointed book I have ever read. the information about teen pregnancy, death of the woman and all the bad things that happen to children of teens was presented like a textbook! don't waste your time!

  • Cindy
    2019-05-15 13:29

    What did I think? Boring and a waste of time! Oh, well. Every now and then you run across one of these books which only makes you appreciate the good ones!

  • Teena
    2019-05-23 09:23

    Another fluffy holiday read. This book tries too hard to address too many family issues and does not succeed with any of them.

  • Chloe
    2019-05-08 15:32

    I am clearly in the minority, but I really loved this book. It had short chapters and multiple perspectives so the writing style was exactly what I love. I also really liked both of the main characters and was very surprised by the ending.This book is about two girls in high school, Sarah and Cordelia, and their friendship. Their moms also work together in a quilt shop, so the families are very close. Sarah is an outdoorsy girl and Cordelia is a girly girl. They have very little in common aside from a lifelong friendship and somehow it works. Both are good girls. However, Sarah gets pregnant by her hunky college boyfriend and shocks everyone. He offers to marry her, but clearly out of obligation. She says no and they break up and he moves away. The book goes on and just follows their life throughout the pregnancy. Sarah decides to keep the baby and both families deal with what the repercussions my be (Financial strain, change in the friendship, etc.). Near the end, Sarah goes into labor and everyone is so excited. However, she dies during childbirth! Whoa! I did not see it coming. The first 80% of the book was pretty fluffy and cute and then that was just a shockingly dark turn. I sat there reading with my 2 week old daughter asleep next to me and I just had to pick her up and hold her. Life is so precious and I cannot imagine anything happening to my child or to me that would rob me of experiencing the awesomeness of birth and getting to know my child. Maybe its because I just went through pregnancy and childbirth, but I could totally relate to all the thoughts and excitement that come with bringing a new life into the world. It is so tragic that Sarah is gone and I think this will stay with me for awhile. I would recommend it and I am going to pick up another Holly Chamberlin book soon!

  • Becky
    2019-04-28 08:40

    I wasn't overly impressed with this book. Although it was a quick read with short chapters, I felt the writing style was lacking something. It seemed to touch on a number of issues, but just skimmed the surface of most of them. I wouldn't have minded the length of the book (nearly 400 pages), if it had more depth to it. So much of it seemed to be useless information that didn't really help the story along. At other times, the author skims over things that I wanted more clarity on.... like the birth of Henry....did Sarah get to hold him or at least see him? Was her mother with her? In a couple of spots, it felt like reading a pamphlet on teen pregnancy rather than a novel. The information just wasn't presented in a natural flow to the story line. The twist near the end really didn't come as any great surprise, and the final chapter had me repeating the words Cordelia spoke on the first page of the first chapter, "Poo poo, and poo." Because of all the unanswered questions, the ending left a great opening for a sequel, but I'm not buying it...neither figuratively or literally. On the bright side, having visited Maine a couple of times, (specifically the Portland/Brunswick area and also Bar Harbor), I loved the location and have even eaten at the DeMille restaurant mentioned, which it's always fun to come across places you've been, in a book.

  • Jenifer
    2019-05-22 14:36

    This book was bad. I am not sure how the author even got it published, so I went today and looked at her bio. She was an editor before she became an author, which is quite sad because the writing is SO BAD. There are over 50 chapters in this book and each one is like 10 pages. The writing is something of a middle-schooler. Short sentences with plain words. The story follows Sarah who is a teenager that gets pregnant, but all the book does is follow Sarah as she says to herself "I'm pregnant, I don't know what to do." It never weaves the characters together, for example putting together Sarah and Adalaide (who was a teenage mother herself and could give valuable information to Sarah). I cannot believe I wasted my time reading this book.

  • Linda Meador
    2019-05-22 13:40

    Good for a light read, but really wasn't drawn to the characters. Some of the dialog wasn't believable. Didn't feel that some of the conversations between characters would have taken place in real life. Probably won't read another book by Holly Chamberlin. Had read one other book by her and she seems obsessed with gay people. Reading her books you'd think half the population is gay. It's quite ridiculous. She IS a cat person though, so that's one good point. And having visited Maine, I do like the references to the state.

  • mandyfujita
    2019-05-07 09:34

    Two mothers are best friends in a small town in Maine. This is Adelaide Kane and Cindy Bauer. They each have a daughter who are best friends - sarah and Cordelia. Adelaide owns a quilting shop called the "Busy Bee' in which Cindy is an employee. Each mother struggles with the upbringing of their teenage daughters in which the craftsmanship of quilting helps smooth out the ups and downs of life.Writing was not that interesting. Think story. Could have been a lot shorter.

  • Sindy
    2019-05-10 15:10

    this book could have been a short story. it dragged on. i was on a plane with no other option so i finished it.

  • tbears
    2019-05-01 10:34

    Agree with others who thought it was boring, drawn out and flat. Didn't like the ending either. Was that so there could be a sequel?

  • Cathy
    2019-04-22 09:10

    I liked this book but I would judge it as a juvenile fiction rather than adult fiction.

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 12:37

    Slow and boring, sorry.

  • Shirley Collins
    2019-05-10 07:11

    Teen pregnancyUntil I read this book, I hadn't considered all the ripple effect of a teen pregnancy. This was excellent without judging the emotions of everyone involved.

  • Beth (Ducky)
    2019-05-16 13:36

    (I received this on Netgalley from the publisher for an honest review. Nothing that I say in my review is an exact quote from the book, per request from the author/publisher. The book is being published on June 24, 2014)This book was super cute. It was a light, summery, beach read. While reading it, I longed to be sitting on a beach somewhere drinking a nice lemonade and hanging out with the characters. When I found this book on Netgalley, it sounded so cute and just what I needed to get my mind off sad things in life for a few days. It didn’t disappoint.The Beach Quilt was written with four perspectives throughout the book. Cindy, Adelaide, Sarah, and Cordelia. Sarah and Cordelia are 16 year old best friends. Adelaide and Cindy are their mothers, respectively. I didn’t know how well this would work. Too many books plot women against each other, but this book did none of that. Throughout the whole book, it was apparent that all four loved and needed each other. Of course there were other characters. Stevie, Sarah’s 13 year old sister; Jack, Cindy’s husband; and Joe, Adelaide’s husband.It was apparent, though, that the four women were closest group. They would have to be after Sarah found out that she was pregnant. I was intrigued as to how this would play out. I wasn’t sure if she would get talked into having an abortion or adoption or having the baby. Chamberlin wrote about this so well. IT never felt forced. It never felt fake. When talking to my friends that were teenage parents, they said some of the same things that Sarah said.One thing I loved about The Beach Quilt is that it showed perfectly how when a group of lives are so entwined that one thing can change everyone. Even if that “thing”, pregnancy in this case, is happening to one person. The pregnancy brought some people closer and pushed others apart and it was written realistically. It sheds light on how a pregnancy can affect a whole family and the people closest to them- in good ways and in bad.I really liked some characters and others I could relate to but I just wasn’t fond of them. I really did feel for Cordelia. I can’t imagine how hard it would be for my best friend to become pregnant and not know how to take care of a child. I’m sure it would be difficult for me too, but I would also not be a spoiled brat about it. Cordelia, at times, made it all about her, her, her. She thought of how the pregnancy was going to change her college plans instead of how it’s going to forever alter Sarah. I had to remind myself that she is only 16 and I shouldn’t expect a 16 year old to be as mature as say a 22 year old.I think I connected the most with Stevie though. She wasn’t a “main character” per se. She didn’t have her voice heard. But she was real and raw and realistic. Being 13 is hard enough, but now she finds out that her sister is pregnant and everyone is paying attention to her sister and not her. That would be hard. Luckily she had the most hilarious cat in the world. I wish there was more Stevie in the book. I would love a 1.5 in the series (I think this is going to stay a stand alone though) and have it from Stevie’s perspective of after The Beach Quilt ends. I feel like there are some loose ends on her story that I may never get closure with. Maybe that’s okay and maybe it’ll eat me alive. I guess we’ll see.Since it’s called “The Beach Quilt” I was hoping for more beach and less winter, but it’s Maine so what can I expect? When the nature was talked about, the writing made it sound awesome (which is totally Cordelia’s word) and I now have it on my bucket list to go to Maine one day. This book was very good and cute. Any time I’m looking for a break, I would come back to this book and just relax for a few hours. We all need our vacation books, and this one is mine.

  • Elle
    2019-05-09 07:27

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.This was the first book I've read by author Holly Chamberlin.I read the description of the book before requesting it from NetGalley and thought it would be an interesting read. The book takes place in a small coastal town in Maine and follows two families: the Bauers and the Kanes. The focus of the story is on smart, quiet, nature-loving sixteen year old, Sarah Bauer and how her pregnancy affectsher family and her best friend Cordelia's family.Sarah's boyfriend, Justin Morrow, is not supportive of Sarah'sdecision to have the baby and neither is his family. Sarah finds herself feeling guilty that not only will her life change,but so will her parents and her sister Stevie's life once she has the baby.The beginning of the book gives a lot of descriptive details (sometimes way too much in my opinion) on the cast of characters.Each chapter is in either Sarah, Cordelia, Cindy (Sarah's Mom) or Adelaide's (Cordelia's Mom) voice. The story focuses on how eachwoman feels about the pregnancy and how it relates to each of them.I found myself wishing there were more dialogue and less descriptive writing in this book.One part of the book I found odd was when Sarah's Momwas making an appointment for her at an OBGYN."We have an appointment tomorrow morning with an ob-gyn in Wells,"Cindy said. "I found her online. She seems to be well regarded.I just hope she doesn't judge Sarah."Why wouldn't her Mom just take Sarah to her own ob-gyn?Possibly because she wanted to keep the news confidential so she decided to make an appointment in a different town?Another notable part of the book I liked was this passage:" Cordelia sighed, "My mother always says, 'don't be in a rush to grow up.You'll be an adult soon enough and adulthood lasts a long time.""She's right," Sarah said. "You're an adult a lot longer than you're a child.If you're lucky." "This is something I always try to relay to my own children, ages 11 and 7.Kids always seem to be in such a hurry to grow up and this part really spoke to me because I feel it is important to cherish childhood.The author was showing here how Sarah was thinking about how her childhood would be coming to an end because she would be a mother soon.I liked the storyline, I disliked that it felt slow-moving and that some descriptiveparts felt unecessary. I was also a bit shocked and disappointed by the ending. I don't usually read books about teen pregnancy, but this bookportrayed how this young woman's choice would affect not only her, buther family, best friend and unpleasant memories for her best friend's mother.

  • Amy
    2019-05-16 14:29

    Not really sure why this book didn't grab me. Writing was pedestrian, but I read lots of pedestrian writing. Just couldn't get into it.

  • Ann Boytim
    2019-05-19 07:30

    Sarah and Cordelia are best friends and their mothers are as well. It seems that sensible Sarah is now a pregnant teenager and her family is giving her support but money worries are in the family. Cordelila's mother owns a quilting shop and decides to go ahead with making a quilt for Sarahs baby hoping it brings people together.