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Book 3: The Seaside Strategy – eBook

Book 3: The Seaside Strategy – eBook

(74 customer reviews)

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Lauren Keller understands strategies. She adores them and never enters a marketing meeting without Strategy A, B, and C tucked away in the back of her mind. She’s one of the top executives at her firm…until it all comes crashing down with the news that her boss has been stealing money from their clients for almost a decade.

After narrowly escaping indictments herself, Lauren finds herself, at age 43, standing in the parking lot of her office building, a box with a stapler, a sad plant, and a couple of photos as her only companions.

She needs a new strategy, and she decides she can map everything out from the beaches of Hilton Head.

It’s not an exit strategy.

It’s a seaside strategy.

Relax more. Worry less. Find out what she really wants in her life.

While trying to do that, all with the ocean breeze and her friends for support, Lauren meets Blake Williams. The man is movie-star gorgeous, witty, and looking for someone to help him run his successful financial planning business on the island.

But Lauren doesn’t want to work for him, especially not in strategic investments. She’s had enough of the high-profile, corporate life. Can she strategically insert herself into Blake’s life without compromising her seaside strategy and finally get what she really wants…love and a lasting relationship?

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After narrowly escaping indictments herself, Lauren finds herself, at age 43, standing in the parking lot of her office building, a box with a stapler, a sad plant, and a couple of photos as her only companions.

She needs a new strategy, and she decides she can map everything out from the beaches of Hilton Head.

It’s not an exit strategy.

It’s a seaside strategy.

Relax more. Worry less. Find out what she really wants in her life.

While trying to do that, all with the ocean breeze and her friends for support, Lauren meets Blake Williams. The man is movie-star gorgeous, witty, and looking for someone to help him run his successful financial planning business on the island.

But Lauren doesn’t want to work for him, especially not in strategic investments. She’s had enough of the high-profile, corporate life.

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74 reviews for Book 3: The Seaside Strategy – eBook

  1. di115

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Inspiring

    This was an inspiring story, you learn Lauren’s story and what made her the way she is. In her Seaside Strategy she comes up with a plan to make her life better. Losing her job the way she did would have demoralized a person but she uses it to better herself. I loved her and Blake’s story. Blake makes some bad choices but redeemed himself each time. This is a book to read this summer. I still want friends like the supper club. They make you laugh and cry. An inspirational story that I would recommend. Cannot wait for Joy’s story.

  2. jcrew

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quick read

    A most enjoyable read! Loved it!

  3. Marianne K.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really lovely..

    This is a really lovely contemporary romance.. I loved it.. Lots of charm, wit, and heartfelt scenes..

  4. Ginger Perkins

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn’t Put it Down

    I always enjoy Elana Johnson’s stories. I’m a sucker for a happy ending and she always delivers. Lauren’s character was so compelling, I couldn’t stop reading. It’s a good read.

  5. Word Mechanic

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting storyline.

    I cannot remember reading a book that held my interest as tight as this one did. A plot full of twists and turns so firmly keeping my attention is rare, but this one did just that.

  6. MJ

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Great Series

    I’m totally enjoying this series and getting to know the women of the Supper Club. I had been waiting for Lauren and Blake to get their story and Elana Johnson did not disappoint. I love how her characters come alive on the pages and you feel like you know them. A captivating read that I read straight through.

  7. Authors Show Linda

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everyone needs a strategy

    Lauren is a planner, never been married, big shot at a corporate entity and not sure where she fits anymore. Half of her friends are in Hilton Head and the other half back in Texas, but she’s drawn to a certain handsome man in Hilton Head so she decides to bite the bullet, buy a house and relocate her life. During this time, her company gets closed down by the FBI for embezzlement and fraud. Whatever is a girl to do?Blake is single, having divorced his ex years ago, although they get along great. They have a thirteen year old son who spends time with both. Blake is taken with Lauren and she with him, so when she decides to make the move, he plays a prominent role in that decision.The women’s Supper Club is a bit topsy turvy as well, meeting in Texas sometimes and in Hilton Head at others. The women are very close and it seems like they gravitate toward each other as natural as family. They are all very supportive of Lauren’s decision, even when she sells her Texas house and makes the move permanent.In the meantime, she’s developing a relationship with Blake’s son and the three are starting to feel like the family Lauren has never had.Once again our author delves into relationships and friendships among women in a very special way. I loved how this book ended, but you have to read it to find out more. The perfect summer beach read.

  8. VVV

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it!

    Lauren had a rough childhood and it taught her that she needs to make plans and execute them well because she is the only one she can depend on. It was working pretty well for her until all of a sudden, it wasn’t. Handsome and charming Blake has already learned that life is messy and sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned. I loved their story of learning to understand and lean on one another. There were lots of sparks and romantic kisses. I also really have enjoyed the ongoing stories of the ladies in the supper club that run throughout the series. Their friendships are inspirational. Loved the book! I received an ARC from the author and this voluntary reviews contains my honest opinions.

  9. debbie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Such a good read!

    This is such a good read. This time we meet Lauren who thinks that everything in her world is great when all of a sudden BaM it’s not and everything is turned upside down. So what do you do when you need to figure things out? You head to the seaside and your friends for help in sorting everything out. Whilst there she meets Blake who runs a successful business on the island and is so impressed with her that he offers her a job but it isn’t what she wants is it? It’s a wonderful read, it’s sweet, it’s fun and I very much enjoyed it.

  10. Mindy Clayton

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love these women!

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I love that these women have already been through so much together and are continuing to be there for each other as their lives are shifting. I am so glad that Lauren finally found someone that she fits with. It took a lot of changes, but it paid off.

  11. di115

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Inspiring

    This was an inspiring story, you learn Lauren’s story and what made her the way she is. In her Seaside Strategy she comes up with a plan to make her life better. Losing her job the way she did would have demoralized a person but she uses it to better herself. I loved her and Blake’s story. Blake makes some bad choices but redeemed himself each time. This is a book to read this summer. I still want friends like the supper club. They make you laugh and cry. An inspirational story that I would recommend. Cannot wait for Joy’s story.

  12. Linda A W

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    WONDERFUL BOOK AND AUTHOR

    I loved Lauren and Blake’s story! I highly recommend this book and author!

  13. MaryEllen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great story!

    This is my voluntary review of a copy I received from the author.The relationships seem realistic and the situations they find themselves in all too common. There’s a bit of drama from the couple, but also a lot of believable romance.Lauren hides her insecurity pretty well, but somehow Blake sees it. As their friendship grows and deepens he understands her fears and her coping mechanisms and doesn’t let her pull away. He tells her with actions first and then words that he loves and values her… and it’s exactly what she needs.She, in turn, loves him and his son… all in. She accepts them as a bundle and that the boy’s needs sometimes come first… even if she has to fight off her insecurities first. 🙂

  14. Sandy H

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Part of a series

    I had an ARC for this book, but this is my voluntary and honest opinion. Lauren Keller moved to Hilton Head Island, but when she was called back to Texas by her boss she found the company in disarray and her job gone and narrowly escaping indictments herself. Her boyfriend Blake Williams also has his own problems with his ex-wife’s boyfriend being nasty to his son. The plot features trust, self-concept, and fighting for family. An interesting and heartwarming book.

  15. LeAnn

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Friendship, romance and sunsets

    Another good read from Hilton Head. This series of best friends in their middle to late forty’s. They have raised their children, been through divorce, lost a spouse or hadn’t found the right one yet. This story is focused mainly on Lauren. She is a career woman that had never had a man sway her like Blake did. But she lives in Texas and he lived in S. Carolina. When a shocking event happened with her job, she was at a loss. The sweet romance is filled with life changing decisions, custody battles, and many tender moments. I encourage you to read these books in the order written, and follow these wonderful friends as they navigate change that comes with everyday living. Well written and very engaging 4.5 stars

  16. Topmom52

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Story and Series

    Thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are delightful and more mature. Great interaction both between Lauren and Blake and his son Tommy. The story is sweet and clean and moves along quickly.I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary, honest review.

  17. Elaine Kiefer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great story

    Another great story from the supper club. Lauren is dealt a big blow when the company she has worked for is shut down because of embezzlement. She keeps it from her friends because she doesn’t want to spoil Cass’s wedding. She decides to give Blake Williams another chance and things heat up quickly. Lauren tends to close off when things get difficult and has a hard time believing she is worthy of love. Blake is loving and patient and able to break down her walls. It is so sweet to watch these “older” women find love. I look forward to Joy’s journey to happily ever after.

  18. jcrew

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quick read

    A most enjoyable read! Loved it!

  19. Kristen Lewendon

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This book has one of the most unexpected beginnings

    This book has one of the most unexpected beginnings, but Lauren needed something drastic to spark changes in her life. And for me, that felt like the theme of Lauren and Blake’s story: change. All the ways it happens, how we handle it, (or don’t handle it,) and the good and bad things that can come from it. I enjoyed this pairing. I particularly liked seeing them building their new family unit around Blake’s son. It both hurt my heart and drove me completely batty to watch Lauren battle the demons in her own mind that told her to leave before she was left. I was so glad to witness the truly adorable ending they were able to achieve, and I can’t wait to see what this has set the stage for next.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

  20. debbie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Such a good read!

    This is such a good read. This time we meet Lauren who thinks that everything in her world is great when all of a sudden BaM it’s not and everything is turned upside down. So what do you do when you need to figure things out? You head to the seaside and your friends for help in sorting everything out. Whilst there she meets Blake who runs a successful business on the island and is so impressed with her that he offers her a job but it isn’t what she wants is it? It’s a wonderful read, it’s sweet, it’s fun and I very much enjoyed it.

  21. Ginger Perkins

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn’t Put it Down

    I always enjoy Elana Johnson’s stories. I’m a sucker for a happy ending and she always delivers. Lauren’s character was so compelling, I couldn’t stop reading. It’s a good read.

  22. Authors Show Linda

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everyone needs a strategy

    Lauren is a planner, never been married, big shot at a corporate entity and not sure where she fits anymore. Half of her friends are in Hilton Head and the other half back in Texas, but she’s drawn to a certain handsome man in Hilton Head so she decides to bite the bullet, buy a house and relocate her life. During this time, her company gets closed down by the FBI for embezzlement and fraud. Whatever is a girl to do?Blake is single, having divorced his ex years ago, although they get along great. They have a thirteen year old son who spends time with both. Blake is taken with Lauren and she with him, so when she decides to make the move, he plays a prominent role in that decision.The women’s Supper Club is a bit topsy turvy as well, meeting in Texas sometimes and in Hilton Head at others. The women are very close and it seems like they gravitate toward each other as natural as family. They are all very supportive of Lauren’s decision, even when she sells her Texas house and makes the move permanent.In the meantime, she’s developing a relationship with Blake’s son and the three are starting to feel like the family Lauren has never had.Once again our author delves into relationships and friendships among women in a very special way. I loved how this book ended, but you have to read it to find out more. The perfect summer beach read.

  23. D

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    More from the Supper Club!!

    This is book 3 in the series and I love how the author is featuring one of the women in each book, yet she continues to develop the story about the rest of the group as well. Having been a part of a group of friends like this, I can really relate to some of the changes happening in their lives. They gather to celebrate the good things as well as support each other the best they can during the hard times. They feel the loss and separation when someone moves away.Lauren, who is featured in this book, struggles with trusting others to not let her down and finds it easier to be self reliant than to be vulnerable. Thankfully, Blake comes to realize this and doesn’t let her withdraw completely the second time he disappoints her by not showing up for a date. Life is hard at times, but thankfully by standing together and open honest communication they get through to the good times.Though I did receive this book as an Advanced Reader Copy, this is my honest and completely voluntary review.

  24. Ellen M. Hogan

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved It

    Lauren lives her life through making strategies about everything. Blake is not that ridged, they are opposites. Now Lauren has lost her job and is moving to Hilton Head like a couple of other Supper Club members. I am really enjoying this series. All the inter relationships between Lauren and her friends and all the men in their lives. I particularly like the relationship Lauren has with Blake’s son Tommy. This is a great series and I would highly recommend it.I was given this advanced copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntar

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  25. Kindle Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps you interested

    I really liked this book. You wanted to know more about the characters. They felt like they could be family.

  26. Jane

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Story, Intelligent Characters, Great Friends

    Elana Johnson does it again! A believable plot and delightful characters make The Seaside Strategy a novel to enjoy and savor. As summer draws to a close, I lost myself in the Hilton Head setting and characters who were so like my own friends. Wonderful, Elana, just wonderful. Many thanks.

  27. VVV

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it!

    Lauren had a rough childhood and it taught her that she needs to make plans and execute them well because she is the only one she can depend on. It was working pretty well for her until all of a sudden, it wasn’t. Handsome and charming Blake has already learned that life is messy and sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned. I loved their story of learning to understand and lean on one another. There were lots of sparks and romantic kisses. I also really have enjoyed the ongoing stories of the ladies in the supper club that run throughout the series. Their friendships are inspirational. Loved the book! I received an ARC from the author and this voluntary reviews contains my honest opinions.

  28. JESSICA J. SANDERSON

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean, romantic, full of realistic life

    Blake and Lauren’s story was awesome! I loved every minute and loved learning about them. I also enjoyed Lauren’s relationship with Tommy and the other ladies in the supper club.

  29. Elaine Kiefer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great story

    Another great story from the supper club. Lauren is dealt a big blow when the company she has worked for is shut down because of embezzlement. She keeps it from her friends because she doesn’t want to spoil Cass’s wedding. She decides to give Blake Williams another chance and things heat up quickly. Lauren tends to close off when things get difficult and has a hard time believing she is worthy of love. Blake is loving and patient and able to break down her walls. It is so sweet to watch these “older” women find love. I look forward to Joy’s journey to happily ever after.

  30. Mindy Clayton

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love these women!

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I love that these women have already been through so much together and are continuing to be there for each other as their lives are shifting. I am so glad that Lauren finally found someone that she fits with. It took a lot of changes, but it paid off.

  31. MaryEllen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great story!

    This is my voluntary review of a copy I received from the author.The relationships seem realistic and the situations they find themselves in all too common. There’s a bit of drama from the couple, but also a lot of believable romance.Lauren hides her insecurity pretty well, but somehow Blake sees it. As their friendship grows and deepens he understands her fears and her coping mechanisms and doesn’t let her pull away. He tells her with actions first and then words that he loves and values her… and it’s exactly what she needs.She, in turn, loves him and his son… all in. She accepts them as a bundle and that the boy’s needs sometimes come first… even if she has to fight off her insecurities first. 🙂

  32. D

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    More from the Supper Club!!

    This is book 3 in the series and I love how the author is featuring one of the women in each book, yet she continues to develop the story about the rest of the group as well. Having been a part of a group of friends like this, I can really relate to some of the changes happening in their lives. They gather to celebrate the good things as well as support each other the best they can during the hard times. They feel the loss and separation when someone moves away.Lauren, who is featured in this book, struggles with trusting others to not let her down and finds it easier to be self reliant than to be vulnerable. Thankfully, Blake comes to realize this and doesn’t let her withdraw completely the second time he disappoints her by not showing up for a date. Life is hard at times, but thankfully by standing together and open honest communication they get through to the good times.Though I did receive this book as an Advanced Reader Copy, this is my honest and completely voluntary review.

  33. Word Mechanic

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting storyline.

    I cannot remember reading a book that held my interest as tight as this one did. A plot full of twists and turns so firmly keeping my attention is rare, but this one did just that.

  34. Michaela

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parenting and more beaches

    I enjoyed this next installment in this beachy romance series. I’m loving how they are all transitioning to this beach town. I liked the parenting aspects put into this book. It was a lovely addition. I’m excited to see more of these friends!I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  35. JESSICA J. SANDERSON

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Clean, romantic, full of realistic life

    Blake and Lauren’s story was awesome! I loved every minute and loved learning about them. I also enjoyed Lauren’s relationship with Tommy and the other ladies in the supper club.

  36. Pauline Frost

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great read

    A well written perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start. It was hard to put this book down because the characters were as believable as friends. The struggles that both Lauren and Blake deal with are real life issues. Friends help bring the story to life.

  37. MJ

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Great Series

    I’m totally enjoying this series and getting to know the women of the Supper Club. I had been waiting for Lauren and Blake to get their story and Elana Johnson did not disappoint. I love how her characters come alive on the pages and you feel like you know them. A captivating read that I read straight through.

  38. Jane

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Story, Intelligent Characters, Great Friends

    Elana Johnson does it again! A believable plot and delightful characters make The Seaside Strategy a novel to enjoy and savor. As summer draws to a close, I lost myself in the Hilton Head setting and characters who were so like my own friends. Wonderful, Elana, just wonderful. Many thanks.

  39. Amanda Austin

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Out of his league! Or is he?

    This is a sweet summer romance that is a perfect blend of good friendships and sweet romance. It’s about what family means and looks at what what we do when things get tough.I enjoyed the main character Lauren- a strong woman who knows what she wants, but hides her insecurities. Leaves you anxious to read more!I received a free copy and left this review voluntarily!

  40. Kristen Lewendon

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This book has one of the most unexpected beginnings

    This book has one of the most unexpected beginnings, but Lauren needed something drastic to spark changes in her life. And for me, that felt like the theme of Lauren and Blake’s story: change. All the ways it happens, how we handle it, (or don’t handle it,) and the good and bad things that can come from it. I enjoyed this pairing. I particularly liked seeing them building their new family unit around Blake’s son. It both hurt my heart and drove me completely batty to watch Lauren battle the demons in her own mind that told her to leave before she was left. I was so glad to witness the truly adorable ending they were able to achieve, and I can’t wait to see what this has set the stage for next.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

  41. Marianne K.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really lovely..

    This is a really lovely contemporary romance.. I loved it.. Lots of charm, wit, and heartfelt scenes..

  42. Kindle Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps you interested

    I really liked this book. You wanted to know more about the characters. They felt like they could be family.

  43. Pauline Frost

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great read

    A well written perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start. It was hard to put this book down because the characters were as believable as friends. The struggles that both Lauren and Blake deal with are real life issues. Friends help bring the story to life.

  44. LeAnn

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Friendship, romance and sunsets

    Another good read from Hilton Head. This series of best friends in their middle to late forty’s. They have raised their children, been through divorce, lost a spouse or hadn’t found the right one yet. This story is focused mainly on Lauren. She is a career woman that had never had a man sway her like Blake did. But she lives in Texas and he lived in S. Carolina. When a shocking event happened with her job, she was at a loss. The sweet romance is filled with life changing decisions, custody battles, and many tender moments. I encourage you to read these books in the order written, and follow these wonderful friends as they navigate change that comes with everyday living. Well written and very engaging 4.5 stars

  45. Michal

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it

    What a great book about Lauren and Blake falling in love through difficult circumstances. She finally got her turn at love!I gladly received and reviewed this ARC.

  46. Linda A W

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    WONDERFUL BOOK AND AUTHOR

    I loved Lauren and Blake’s story! I highly recommend this book and author!

  47. Ellen M. Hogan

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved It

    Lauren lives her life through making strategies about everything. Blake is not that ridged, they are opposites. Now Lauren has lost her job and is moving to Hilton Head like a couple of other Supper Club members. I am really enjoying this series. All the inter relationships between Lauren and her friends and all the men in their lives. I particularly like the relationship Lauren has with Blake’s son Tommy. This is a great series and I would highly recommend it.I was given this advanced copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntar

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  48. Wren Woodland

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Life gets messy, maybe together they can manage it all

    This definitely is a mix of woman’s fiction and beach romance, even if she never gets wet at the beach. The Supper Club ladies have all been married before and had children except for Lauren, she’s the successful career woman. That is until she steps into her office that’s been ransacked and met by federal agents questioning her on whether she’s is on a huge embezzlement scheme there. With her professional life bottomed out, her summer getaway on Hilton Head island looks much more attractive year long. But Cass is getting married and she really doesn’t want to go alone and Blake’s name comes up in contacts. He stood her up the year before because of his son and he was sure he had lost his chance, so he’s more than willing to play along as her arm candy and wants a chance at more. Lauren has issues behind the gorgeous, put together facade she shows the world and it’s hard to make herself vulnerable to have a relationship, especially when life gets messy which it does. She retreats and puts up walls keeps trying to wall off Blake. As he starts to understand her, he’s willing to keep tearing down her walls, especially when she connects with his struggling teenage son. This is no fairytale, but real and messy and complicated, as life is. Lauren strategy for Hilton Head is to relax and find herself, can there maybe be the family she never really had there too? There are adult conversations here but that’s all it is, conversations so it stays in the sweet and wholesome category.I received this as an ARC and it’s fun watching these friends overcome adversity and find happiness with the support of each other.

  49. Marilyn

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Change is good

    Lauren is at Hilton Head for a wedding when her boss calls her to come to Texas. When she arrives at the office, it is in turmoil and there are Federal Agents accusing her of embezzling millions. However, after they search her phone, they conclude that she wasn’t involved in this. She goes back to Hilton Head and runs into Blake. They have met before, but now she is interested in him. What will happen to her job prospects and her love prospects? I am enjoying the Supper Club series. I received an ARC of this book and am giving it an honest review.

  50. Shadowell

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet, clean, and crazy.

    This has been a very enjoyable series. I love all the characters and their continuing stories. She makes it so smooth and easy to follow. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  51. Michal

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it

    What a great book about Lauren and Blake falling in love through difficult circumstances. She finally got her turn at love!I gladly received and reviewed this ARC.

  52. LCsigns4u

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I’m loving these Beach stories

    Lauren and Blake make a great couple. I love the interaction with Blake’s son and Lauren. She has no kids of her own but she makes a connection with him. Great story.

  53. Elaine Kiefer

    Another great story from the supper club. Lauren is dealt a big blow when the company she has worked for is shut down because of embezzlement. She keeps it from her friends because she doesn’t want to spoil Cass’s wedding. She decides to give Blake Williams another chance and things heat up quickly. Lauren tends to close off when things get difficult and has a hard time believing she is worthy of love. Blake is loving and patient and able to break down her walls. It is so sweet to watch these “older” women find love. I look forward to Joy’s journey to happily ever after.

  54. [email protected]

    I’m totally enjoying this series and getting to know the women of the Supper Club. I had been waiting for Lauren and Blake to get their story and Elana Johnson did not disappoint. I love how her characters come alive on the pages and you feel like you know them. A captivating read that I read straight through.

  55. [email protected]

    This is my voluntary review of a copy I received from the author.
    Great story!

    The relationships seem realistic and the situations they find themselves in all too common. There’s a bit of drama from the couple, but also a lot of believable romance.

    Lauren hides her insecurity pretty well, but somehow Blake sees it. As their friendship grows and deepens he understands her fears and her coping mechanisms and doesn’t let her pull away. He tells her with actions first and then words that he loves and values her… and it’s exactly what she needs.

    She, in turn, loves him and his son… all in. She accepts them as a bundle and that the boy’s needs sometimes come first… even if she has to fight off her insecurities first. 🙂

  56. Teresa

    I loved this book! As a strategist and list maker myself, I could relate to a woman who creates a strategy and uses it to guide her every move but then realizes that there are strategies that can be altered, revised, or reversed without giving up on who she is and can find hppiness and acceptance for who she is. The underlying themes df step-parenting, dealing with exes and friends who may not understand, but are there anyway, gives all of us hope. Her fear of sharing, even with her friends is something many of us struggle with, but can overcome everything, after all, isn’t that what we all long for? Love and acceptance. Great job!

  57. Diane M.

    This was an inspiring story, you learn Lauren’s story and what made her the way she is. In her Seaside Strategy she comes up with a plan to make her life better. Losing her job they way she did would have demoralized a person but she uses it to better herself. I loved her and Blake’s story. Blake makes some bad choices but redeemed himself each time. This is a book to read this summer. I still want friends like the supper club. They make you laugh and cry. An inspirational story that I would recommend. Cannot wait for Joy’s story.

  58. Topmom52

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Story and Series

    Thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are delightful and more mature. Great interaction both between Lauren and Blake and his son Tommy. The story is sweet and clean and moves along quickly.I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary, honest review.

  59. Connie

    Loved this book. These characters are very relatable and the storyline is great. I like that they are older and have lived some life, have had some good and some bad experiences. Blake is so perfect for Lauren, patient, understanding and compassionate. I really like how Tommy and Lauren connect too. Wonderful read!

  60. LCsigns4u

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I’m loving these Beach stories

    Lauren and Blake make a great couple. I love the interaction with Blake’s son and Lauren. She has no kids of her own but she makes a connection with him. Great story.

  61. Sandy H

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Part of a series

    I had an ARC for this book, but this is my voluntary and honest opinion. Lauren Keller moved to Hilton Head Island, but when she was called back to Texas by her boss she found the company in disarray and her job gone and narrowly escaping indictments herself. Her boyfriend Blake Williams also has his own problems with his ex-wife’s boyfriend being nasty to his son. The plot features trust, self-concept, and fighting for family. An interesting and heartwarming book.

  62. Amanda Austin

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Out of his league! Or is he?

    This is a sweet summer romance that is a perfect blend of good friendships and sweet romance. It’s about what family means and looks at what what we do when things get tough.I enjoyed the main character Lauren- a strong woman who knows what she wants, but hides her insecurities. Leaves you anxious to read more!I received a free copy and left this review voluntarily!

  63. Marilyn

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Change is good

    Lauren is at Hilton Head for a wedding when her boss calls her to come to Texas. When she arrives at the office, it is in turmoil and there are Federal Agents accusing her of embezzling millions. However, after they search her phone, they conclude that she wasn’t involved in this. She goes back to Hilton Head and runs into Blake. They have met before, but now she is interested in him. What will happen to her job prospects and her love prospects? I am enjoying the Supper Club series. I received an ARC of this book and am giving it an honest review.

  64. Wren Woodland

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Life gets messy, maybe together they can manage it all

    This definitely is a mix of woman’s fiction and beach romance, even if she never gets wet at the beach. The Supper Club ladies have all been married before and had children except for Lauren, she’s the successful career woman. That is until she steps into her office that’s been ransacked and met by federal agents questioning her on whether she’s is on a huge embezzlement scheme there. With her professional life bottomed out, her summer getaway on Hilton Head island looks much more attractive year long. But Cass is getting married and she really doesn’t want to go alone and Blake’s name comes up in contacts. He stood her up the year before because of his son and he was sure he had lost his chance, so he’s more than willing to play along as her arm candy and wants a chance at more. Lauren has issues behind the gorgeous, put together facade she shows the world and it’s hard to make herself vulnerable to have a relationship, especially when life gets messy which it does. She retreats and puts up walls keeps trying to wall off Blake. As he starts to understand her, he’s willing to keep tearing down her walls, especially when she connects with his struggling teenage son. This is no fairytale, but real and messy and complicated, as life is. Lauren strategy for Hilton Head is to relax and find herself, can there maybe be the family she never really had there too? There are adult conversations here but that’s all it is, conversations so it stays in the sweet and wholesome category.I received this as an ARC and it’s fun watching these friends overcome adversity and find happiness with the support of each other.

  65. Shadowell

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet, clean, and crazy.

    This has been a very enjoyable series. I love all the characters and their continuing stories. She makes it so smooth and easy to follow. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  66. Lisa Quiller

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved this book

    I am ready to head to the beach! Great book even though I hadn’t read the other books in the series, it wasn’t hard to follow. Great author.

  67. Lisa Quiller

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved this book

    I am ready to head to the beach! Great book even though I hadn’t read the other books in the series, it wasn’t hard to follow. Great author.

  68. Sasha

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect beach/pool book!

    Lauren and Blake struggle through life and still manage to find each other. Watching Lauren figure out her career and Blake deal with parenting issues made them seem like friends and not just characters in a book. Reading this book is like visiting with friends.

  69. Sasha

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect beach/pool book!

    Lauren and Blake struggle through life and still manage to find each other. Watching Lauren figure out her career and Blake deal with parenting issues made them seem like friends and not just characters in a book. Reading this book is like visiting with friends.

  70. Abigail Reece

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Part of a series but can be read by itself

    I really enjoyed this book! It is a clean read in both plot and language. The characters are multi-dimensional and engaging. I know it would be better to read the books in order but they can be read as stand-alone books. I’ve read many of Ms. Johnson’s books and this is one of my favorites! I received an ARC of this book and this is my unbiased, voluntary review.

  71. Michaela

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parenting and more beaches

    I enjoyed this next installment in this beachy romance series. I’m loving how they are all transitioning to this beach town. I liked the parenting aspects put into this book. It was a lovely addition. I’m excited to see more of these friends!I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  72. Abigail Reece

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Part of a series but can be read by itself

    I really enjoyed this book! It is a clean read in both plot and language. The characters are multi-dimensional and engaging. I know it would be better to read the books in order but they can be read as stand-alone books. I’ve read many of Ms. Johnson’s books and this is one of my favorites! I received an ARC of this book and this is my unbiased, voluntary review.

  73. Denice

    This is such a wonderful series; I am loving the Supper Club. I love hearing about all of their lives and friendships. Lauren has never been married and is very focused on her career until something shocking happens to her. She is a woman who liked to strategize everything in her life. Blake owns his own business and has a teenage son. Elana has such a way with character building and making stories so real to life. I loved how Lauren and Blake both grew so that they could fall in love. I really love the relationship between Lauren and Blake’s son. I haven’t read a book by Elana that I didn’t love!

  74. Sharon M. (verified owner)

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