Tuesday, June 21, 2011

MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan & THE SILVER BOAT by Luanne Rice

WINNERS:
Maine:
Beverly Victoria


The Silver Boat:
Katie from Litchfield Beach in SC
Please email me your mailing address at stephanieelliot@gmail.com so that I can send you your book!



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It’s OFFICIALLY summer so I can officially bring out these two books which are BEACH BOOKS! The unique thing about The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice and Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan is they both take place in the family’s beachfront properties.


First up, Maine. Some of my most favorite childhood memories are from our trips to Scituate, Maine to visit extended family. I remember walking along the beach, and the craggled rocks along the shore, and racing to the dime store to get candy every afternoon with distant, distant cousins whom I loved but now cannot even remember their names. I have such vivid memories of those times and wish I had a beach house that I could take my family to every summer.

I LOVED J. Courtney’s first book Commencement, and the minute I heard she had a new one out, I had to get it. She’s one of those authors that I have come to love and crave. So, while I have not had a chance to read Maine yet, this one is coming with me on our trip to Chicago. It’s also a BIG book, which makes this one of the times I wish I owned a Kindle, but it’s also a book cover that I adore, so if I had a Kindle, I wouldn't be able to gawk and caress the cover as I have been doing! I have read the first chapter, and let me tell you, this family saga will suck you in.

Here is what Maine is about:

In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family.

For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.

By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.


I know how much you all love to read the first chapters, so here it is. But do be warned, once you read it, you will NOT want to stop!
MAINE FIRST CHAPTER

The Silver Boat
By Luanne Rice

Next up is Luanne Rice’s The Silver Boat, another beach house family story, but this time, they all congregate on Martha’s Vineyard. I bet many of you are familiar with Luanne Rice as she is the author of 22 consecutive NYT bestsellers! I have to confess here that I have yet to read a Luanne Rice, but I am very excited to be introduced to her. So see, even I get to find out new authors through MaNiC MoMMy!

Read the First Chapter Here: THE SILVER BOAT

Here is the book’s summary:

From the beloved New York Times bestselling Luanne Rice comes a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begin the difficult process of letting go. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth-especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland.

Transplanted into the unfamiliar, each sister sees life, her heart, and her relationship to home in a new way. But how do they let go of a place that contains the complicated love of their imperfect family? Without the house, where will they be together?

The novel is a season on Martha's Vineyard; a mission to Ireland; a cast of friends, including one wildly off-the-grid Zen genius; passionate love in the surf; and three very different sisters with lives filled with beauty, sorrow, and deep love they'd never been quite sure they could trust. The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best, complete with her singular talent for capturing a family in all its flawed complexity.


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115 comments:

Philadelphia said...

First to post! Whoo-hoo! Favorite Beach memory would have to be deciding to go to UC San Diego while walking on the beach by the school. Best decision ever!

Anonymous said...

I have now favorite beach memory. I'm not really in to water or sun, so the beach is one of the last places I spend time. Although, the Maine beaches seem like they would be nice, backdropped by much more interesting landscape. TaraUB in IN

Ally said...

I think it was actually this year. My daughter was almost two and it was so cute to watch her run away from the waves and squeal.

jdstec said...

I want these books! Both are on my wish list at Amazon. I LOVE the beach and picking a favorite memory would be like telling you which one of my children are my favorite. Can't do it.

Anonymous said...

My favorite beach memory is from last summer when I went to visit my sister in Boston. I asked her to take us to the beach. My two boys enjoyed playing in the sand and water while my sister and I sat and chatted. It was a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

My favorite beach memory is when I went to visit my sister in Boston. I asked her to take me to the beach. My two boys had fun playing in the sand and water and my sister and I enjoyed sitting and chatting. It was a fun day together.

-Donna W.

Sorry for the duplicate post. I forgot to sign my name on the previous comment.

Karen said...

My stepmother's family has had a beach house (actually two) that she recently inherited (along with a sibling or two) that we have gone to every year since I was ten years old...I'm now 48. It is never an easy trip, but it always has wonderful memories and we keep going in spite of everything. It has made me question a time or two if I'm adopted...but my mother swears I'm not. ktmixon315

Emma S. said...

I love the beach, but I don't have a favorite beach memory. My family vacationed at the Outer Banks in North Carolina for over 10 years. I loved going there because it's so peaceful and not crowded like some other touristy beaches. My favorite thing to do is park my beach chair in the surf, so I can read and tan.

erin said...

My favorite beach memory would be several years ago when my entire family - brother, sister, parents, uncle, granparents, etc. all vacationed on the Outer Banks for a week. That week has a mystical, childhood-like feel for me. As I get older, I realize how much effort it is to get everyone together like that and now that my brother has passed, it is a week to cherish forever.

EKB said...

cape cod...it still one of my favorite bach places in the world- summer or winter there is just something so magical about it. I grew up going to the cape and now take my family there...little piece of heaven!

Margie said...

We had a cabin when I was young. I remember fishing from the dock with my parents and grandfather.

Kristin Shelburne said...

Favorite beach memory is my honeymoon and my husband who had never seen the ocean before. First thing he did was drink and then exclaim, "That's really salty!" And he then proceeded to chase crabs on the shore with a little switchblade and then was chased in return!

Beverly Victoria said...

Favorite beach memory: Watching fireworks over Lake George in NYS. I also enjoy watching the dolphins swim up and down the shore in New Smyrna Beach, FL. It's so hard to pick!

lucy872 said...

I didn't really grow up with a "beach" near me, but we used to go to a state park in the summer time that had a giant pool and we called it "the beach". My aunt had 9 kids and she always was going as long as the sun was shining. I spent a lot of time with her there and loved every minute. To this day, when I think of "the beach" I can't help but smile!

Margaret said...

When my daughter was about 1 to 2 yrs, we (hubby & I) went to the beach and it is so memorable for me because it was her first time and our first time as a family.

Margaret(singitm)
singitm@hotmail.com

Juliet Farmer said...

a few years ago, my husband and i took our retired/rescued greyhound to the ocean for the very first time. she romped in the sand and splashed in the surf, all the while looking so happy, and it was the best time i've ever had at the beach.

Laura Kay said...

Favorite Beach memory...is walking along the beach telling my husband we were going to have another baby. We lived like a block away from the beach in RI for awhile.. I loved walking along the beach in the morning. I miss it.

Laura Kay

MonaLisa said...

I have so many beach memories from when I was a kid and we went to Myrtle Beach SC almost every summer. The most memorable was when I was about 4 and my family and about 12 assorted aunts, uncles and cousins went together. We got a huge beach house And it was so much fun. I was so young but I still remember it well.

Dani In Chicago said...

Summer of '85! I was starting high school, a whole new beginning, and my friends and I spent the summer at the beach! I had so much hope and excitement to start a new school and to finally be done with Catholic school!

Dani Patarazzi

Amy Nichole G said...

When I was in high school my mom's side of the family (grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) rented a house on the beach in Destin, Florida and spent the week laying on the beach, playing in the water, eating and just enjoying each others company. It's probably one of the best times I've had with my ENTIRE family.

Amy Nichole G

absolutahnie said...

there are far too many to mention but...a family day at the beach when i was very young... eating a bologna sandwich that had been wrapped in wax paper...napping on the blanket...my dad trying to teach me to swim...the smell of coppertone...a very happy day.

Krystal said...

My favorite beach memory was seeing the water and beach in Mexico for the first time. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I wanted to never leave!

Melissa said...

My favorite beach memory(ies) are being made right now. My boys are almost 3 and 6 and are at such fantastic ages that I think their carefree ways and excitement will be engrained in my brain for a long time. Melissa Rem

Logan Collins said...

Going in college to the beach late at night just because my bestfriend and I had rough days. We found a restaraunt that was still open and ate seafood. Then we walked on the beach in the dark and drove back home.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I actually grew up in the town that Luanne spent her summers in so I love that she's a part of your book giveaway!

My favorite beach memory was senior skip day in high school, when a group from my class went to a secluded beach in Old Lyme called Griswold point! It was such a blast to skip school and spend the day at the beach!

Hally said...

Ooooohhhh beach reads = love!

Favorite beach moment, when hubby proposed. :)

Thanks for the giveaway Manic!

Lynn B said...

Spending 2 weeks in Destin with my best friend and her family!!

val said...

we always stayed in the same motel growing up, and i loved it. it was so crappy once the ceiling fell into the bathtub, and my parents wanted to move to a nicer place and i threw a fit. it had a soda machine + a pool, so i was in heaven!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

My mother-in-law lives in La Jolla and is a member of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club---very exclusive and luxurious. We got married there in December 1994 and walked out on the beach in 70 degree weather for pictures!

Erin T. said...

My only beach memory is when we went to Myrtle Beach when I was 15. We stayed in a condo that was right off the beach and had an indoor pool and hot tub. We would be in the indoor pool or hot tub, then run out to the ocean and jump in there as fast as we could.

We also spent a great deal of time writing messages on the beach then running up to the condo to look off the balcony to see what it looked like from up there. More often than not the writing was too small or someone had come by and walked through the message before we got upstairs.

DaphneSFL said...

Favorite beach memory is the first vacation I took with my husband, who was then my boyfriend. We were in Jamaica, which is one of the best places on earth, and we were at a party on the beach at a restaurant near our resort. The music was great, the people were lovely, and I remember thinking I was dancing with the guy who would one day be my husband.

Crystal said...

I live about 45 minutes away from our Texas "beach" and had never been!! The first time I went to a beach I was in France. Come to think of it, I think it was a semi-nude beach (I know because the boys were all gaga eyed once we left). It was still pretty chilly, but the sand was fine and felt good between my toes. The water was blue (and cold) but still a million times better than our murky colored Galveston beach.

Crystal717

Jenn3128 said...

Three years ago we were able to rent a house on the east side of Oahu for 2 full weeks. Husband, myself & our 2 young daughters had the beach to ourselves. It was the trip of a lifetime. The girls look at the pictures and talk about our trip all the time.

buttah said...

Mine is not an "ocean beach" memory, but I grew up on the white sandy banks of a cold little river here in the deep south. Husband and I used to go on Saturdays and Sundays...B.C. of course (Before C-Man, our little one)and drink beer and soak up the sun!! Oh, and my other is the Beach on the Gulf where I had my first real conversation with him, and realized that day, that he was the man I would marry, almost 15 years ago!!

Emily said...

I've grown up going to Cape Cod every summer, so there are TONS of memories. I think my favorite beach memory is something that still occurs - the arrival of the ice cream truck and buying a snocone that inevitably melts all down my arm!

Kizzy said...

Going to the beach as a child when I was finally old enough to understand it all. I had no idea that standing on the shore would let the waves pull me further into the water. Finally I turned to look for my family, and realized I was way out in the water. I fell into the water and got a mouth full of salt! I had no idea the water tasted that way. Just when I thought I was a goner, my uncle pulled me out of the water and carried me to shore.

The Jagow Family said...

Well, I don't have many beach memories....mainly because I grew up in MN and we don't own a cabin. However, when I was a nanny (something new about me that you didn't know...:)) I lived with a family in KY and we traveled to the beach a couple of different times. Once to SC and once to Bald Head Island in NC. Bald Head was fun because there were other nanny's there too. We enjoyed a night out (unfortunately...or depends on how you look at it...ha!....none of us were old enough to drink)...and since the only way to get around on the island was by golf carts we had a blast driving around in the dark and thinking someone was following us (no one was...that we know of). The memory is funny....haha! :)

BTW...can't believe you haven't read a Luanne Rice book. Hope you enjoy this one. I like her writing. Can't wait to read both of these.

Thanks again MM!!
michelle jagow

Melissa said...

I used to go to Pompano Beach, FL when I was a kid. I remember floating on a raft in the ocean and how serene it felt.

Melissa A from CLC

Bethy said...

Treasure Island in St. Pete's Florida....sunset with my family...my kids were still young and so innocent.

Susan said...

My in-laws moved to a house on a lake when my kids were little. I have many fond memories of weekends there spending time in the water and sitting on the beach drinking whatever tripped our trigger at the time. And then in the evenings sitting around the bonfire roasting marshmallows for s'mores. Ahhh, heaven!

Books & Reviews said...

So excited and how I win one of these books! A fav beach memory (and I have many ...having lived near the beach in San Diego for 10 years) is when my husband and I took our engagement photos.

Carly said...

My favorite beach memory was when my Mom and I took my little sister to the beach. I believe we were in Central California (we were on a road trip so I don't remember) and we heard a crunching sound. My Mom and I looked at each other, confused. Then we realized that my three year old sister was eating shells. It was gross but hilarious.

Neckmeat said...

well having lived in Southern California my whole life. I've always had the beach close by. But my favorite memories by far are all the bon fires our HUGE extended family would get together for every year growing up. Until we got a little too big. :( We're just now trying to get everyone down there together again. :)

Melissa said...

Anytime I go to the beach is a great memory for me. I love going and watching my husband play with my daughter and build sandcastles.

I am so excited for you to read Luanne Rice, every time I see her books, I am reminded of reading tons of them with my sister and my mom, we're all huge fans of hers!!

-tmd636

BrendaL71 said...

Living in Chicago my whole life there are not very many beach memories but we did live in the city when I was a child and would go to Foster Beach all the time. I remember vendors would sell hot food and there was always someone selling ice cream. We ran around a lot. The lake was always way too cold.

Lizett34 said...

My favorite beach memory takes place in Hawaii. My sister and a friend ran the marathon there. Later on that night, to celebrate, we grabbed some beers and headed to the beach to watch the sunset. It was absolutely amazing!

Nancye said...

My favorite beach memory is when my family went to Marco Island, Florida. My husband, 6 year old son, and my mom flew there, our 1st time flying! We had SOO much fun on that trip! The funniest thing that happened is when a huge wave knocked my husband over and he did a 360! Too funny! He didn't know what hit him!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

girllovestoread said...

When we were kids my parents used to take all six of my sisters and myself camping on the beach in Montauk. The tradition stands and this year we will be 7 sisters, 6 husbands, 1 fiancee,1 grandmother, 5 nephews, 3 nieces and two twins in the oven waiting to join us on the outside world next year. Ahh beach life is where it's at!

Bridget said...

Well, I live in San Diego. I guess the best memory would be eating on the patio at the Hotel Del and listening to the band.
Iambtinrb

your invisible pixie said...

When I was in college there wasn't an actual beach with an ocean around for more than 100 miles, but we had a beach with a river. I went there with a few friends after we had baked some cookies and just relaxed. It was a lot of fun!

Kimmi said...

Sadly, I've never been to the beach. Maybe I can live vicariously through the books. lol

Carie Casey said...

My dad used to take us camping by the beach. At night we used to go crab hunting on the beach with nets and flashlights. Lots of screaming and lots of laughing.

Carie

Domesticated Gal said...

My fav Beach memory is from my honeymoon. Not because it was my honeymoon, but because we were at a Beach. The Big Man HATES beaches. With a passion. Something about still digging sand out of his sandals from 10years ago. (Although who wears leather man-sandals to the beach? Thats what Old Navy $1 Flip Flop sales are for...). But we were on a Caribbean Cruise, and I wanted to go to the beach. So he manned up, and for 2 whole hours we laid out on the beach. Without any bitching, moaning, or eye rolls. That? Is when I knew we were truly married...which was good, since the next part of the trip included a waitress hotter than I could ever hope to be wearing a bikini smaller than I'll ever be able to wear.

Anonymous said...

It is sad to say, but I have never been to a beach! jenniferb75

Leah B said...

My favorite beach memory is from my honeymoon. We were sitting out there the first night, drinking and staring at the stars. I was so happy to be there with my new husband and no one else.

Mom'sLove said...

I have so many beach stories... One is I drove myslef and my daughter to Cannon beach, Or from OC, Calif. We watched Goonies and we wanted to see the beach. So we drove... and drove... It is so beautiful! White sand and perfect weather..
Amanda

SweetMelissa said...

My favorite beach memory is from this past labor day when we went to Cape Cod and Nantucket. The beaches looked exactly how I imagined they would. So beautiful!
I want to go back again this year.

Melissa P. from CLC

Stark Raving Shannon said...

I took my kids to the beach somewhere off the Pacific Coast Highway. It was freezing, but I made them pose for a quick picture. Turns out that they were posed next to a dead seal. Oops!

Jencey said...

I loved spending time at the beach with old family friends down in Daytona. We body surfed in the waves.

jenceyg msn.com

Heidiopia said...

My grandmother used to take us to the Navy beach in Rhode Island when we visited her for summers. She would be impeccably dressed and sit up on the decking, while my sisters and I set up camp down in the sand with umbrella, snacks, books, etc. Lovely way to spend a day. :)
Thanks, MM, for more great reads!!

Megan said...

My favorite beach memory is with my Mom in Maine in Kennebunkport. I skipped my senior prom and took a Monday and Friday off from school and had way more fun.

Nanette said...

I've never read Luanne's work either! Maybe now is a good time to start. :) Anyway, one of my favorite beach memories would be from two years ago when my hubby, son, dad, and myself drove down to Seaside, Oregon from Portland. What a wonderful beach it was!! We flew a kite and had a wonderful time. It was the first time my husband and son had seen a beach like this since they've both grown up in Alaska....It was a glorious day and I'll never forget it. :) Nan

Christine in NJ said...

Favorite beach memory... so many to choose from but one that sticks out is going to Huntington Beach California with my 4 LITTLE kids (several years ago) and playing with them in the surf while my oldest kept talking about how amazing the Pacific Ocean is.... perfect weather, beautiful healthy innocent kids - I wish I could turn back time!

Christine

BRN2SHOP9 said...

my favorite beach memory is when i brought my cousins and grandmother with me. One cousin ate everything in site like he has never seen food before and then we all got stuck in the cabana while it thunderstormed out.

faithspage said...

Favorite beach memory is taking 3 teen girls to Destin on Spring Break. What a blast! And looking forward to the beach for my 40th.

holly wohle said...

Lying on the beach in Cancun with my boyfriend of 4 years, reading while he wrote his movie script. We finally got our beach vacation this past January!

holly wohle

Kristi said...

My family has a beach house at Edisto Beach, SC (outside Charleston) and we spend every summer there. So I have hundreds of great beach memories...

My favorite was probably in Mexico, though. My husband and I got married on the beach in Playa del Carmen 3 years ago!

Kristi Hooke

ludy2288 said...

favorite memory would be the first time I got to see and walk in the pacific ocean along the coast of mexico in college. I still have a picture & sand from that beach in my bathroom.

Tiffany Drew said...

One of my favorite beach memories just happened on Sunday actually. The kids and I were covering the husband up in dirt and my daughter surprised him with a bucket of cold water to the stomach. He squealed like a little girl lol.

jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

Joelle said...

Best beach memory is from my childhood and our family vacations to Lake Michigan. Camping ON the beach at Grand Haven State Park and just hearing the waves at night to lull us to sleep.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a beach person what with all the sand. I would much prefer lying by the pool. However I remember always going to the beach as a kid and building sandcastles and then jumping on them. That was pretty fun! yay for christmas vacations!

RebeccaE

EBrowning said...

My favorite beach memory is going to Floridia on spring break in college. Those days of laying on the beach and doing nothing but reading and relaxing were so fun! I am such a "beach person". I really would love to own my own beach house someday. :)

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I've only been to the beach twice, I believe. Once when I was 4 and once when I was 19. Both were family vacations. I don't really have any particular memories of either trip.
qweska8402

Kristi said...

My favorite beach memory? Boogie boarding in the ocean on my honeymoon. It was a blast until I remembered there were sharks in there.

Kristi Marie W.

The Poty's said...

When we took our 10 month old daughter to Hawaii and she experienced sand for the first time.

Erica said...

I was lucky enough to grow up at the beach. My favorite time was winter when the tourists were gone and the storms kicked up shells and beach glass. We had bonfires on the sand and made sand candles. Tons of fun.

Nearl said...

I grew up in Minnesota so I never really had a beach growing up. When I was 18 years old my two older sisters asked me to go on a road trip with them for a month. After mom said yes we packed the bags and did a full circle across the US. Once we hit Florida I was so amazed my the size of the ocean. I sat on the beach with a book for 4 hours straight. Needless to say I also burned the crap out of myself but it was worth it.

Dolly said...

Favorite beach memory is an overnight party on St. Augustine Beach, FL. I would very much like to spend time on New England beaches, as I am NOT a warm-weather person & think the North Atlantic scenery is beautiful.

denny144 said...

Best beach memory is the time I was visiting Freeport Texas on business and snuck away to the beach during the middle of the day to walk in the warm water with my dress pants rolled up.

(sorry if this ends up with multiple posts)

Anonymous said...

My favorite beach memory is from two years ago on Navarre beach. As I was carrying my one year old daughter, following my hubby and our four year old son, I noticed my sons footprints were exact miniature replicas of his dad's. I just felt so blessed and peaceful.

Colbey J

Joani said...

I live at the beach so I have many memories. One of the most amazing things I ever saw was this winter. We had so much snow in NJ and after a noreaster we went to the beach and all the sand was covered in about 4 feet of snow right up to the water.

Tina B said...

I met my husband at the beach!

Erin Goff said...

We just got back from visiting the beach - our kids got to go for the first time. It was so fun watching them play in the sand, and my oldest, who is 7, was enraptured by the ocean. It was great.

Mrs. Sweet Life said...

My story is more funny than sentimental. In Feb we took a trip to Fort Lauderdale from CT. After all the snow this summer we needed beach, sun, sand, water, and apparently boobies. Yes I said boobies. After walking forever with all our crap which included bags, cooler, and various other beach items, we found a spot. As my hubby and I were setting up our blanket I noticed a barely 20something that obviously has not had children yet, sitting straight up with no top on. Her boobs were out there for all the world to see. I, being the good wife, pointed them out to my huuby, but tried not to draw attention to it because of our son who is 11. Shortly after boob girl left, my son said "Hey Dad, did you see the boobs on the girl that was sitting over there?"

On a side note, if I looked 1/2 as good as that girl did, I might have done it too.

Terri said...

I used to travel with my family to Ithaca, NY all the time when I was little. My Uncle has a cabin on Lake Cayuga. I still remember the sounds of the waves crashing into the beach while we slept at night. On the 4th of July, each person would light a candle and float it on the lake. Kind of like floating luminarias. So beautiful!

Terri M.

Leslie said...

Mine was just two years ago...it was the first time I really enjoyed (relaxed at) the beach. I think mostly because the kids were big enough that I was able to park my bottom in a chair and read. Occasionally, I would get up, cool off, and then park it again! Oh, and I got to go parasailing as my birthday present :)

kathygold9778 said...

About 7 years ago my mother came into a little money and was able to get us 2 weeks in a great condo at the jersey shore. The whole family was there and it was just a nice relxing time that I'll a lways remember.

kathygold9778

Amy R said...

My favorite beach memory is from when I was younger and living in Thailand. My family is very large (including aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) so we would rent a huge greyhound bus to take us all to the beach. We'd sing and tell jokes over the bus' microphone to help pass the time. All of us kids would play at the pool and beach and we would stay in these cute bungalows. Oh how I miss those days!

Jeryl M. said...

My favorite beach memory is when my younger daughter was a baby and wouldn't go to anyone, she let my college roommate carry her on the beach.

Anonymous said...

Taking my daughter to the beach for the first time. She was 1.5, she absolutely loved it. She keeps asking to go this summer, but we have yet to make it there.

~Nattygirrl

Liz said...

I don't think I have any bad beach memories, I loooove the beach. One of my favorite memories is going to this beach in Wisconsin in high school - my mom let me drive there by myself, with my friends, and we thought we were the coolest. I mean, we knew it.

TinaPow said...

My favorite beach memory was the first tome I took my son to the beach and his face lit up with this amazing look of awe!

Alice said...

Our trip to Acadia and Bar Harbor. Had the best whale watching experience, though technically not on a beach for that. First vacation after honeymoon, and we visited every light house we could.

Ronda in bham said...

I am sitting in the airport heading home from the beach right now. So i have a new favorite beach memory. I spent two days on the beach in puerto rico by myself. My husband went for work and i tagged along. It was my first time i have travelled away from my kids in 4 years. It was so nice to just relax and not have to get up to do anything. It was just what i needed to get refreshed. But, i am definitely ready to get home to see my babies.

CAnative said...

The best beach memory is of my children the first time there. It was just great to see their reactions to the sand, water and waves or the different shells that we would find.
Nicole

Lesley Davis, Esq said...

I live in FL so it's really hard to have a fav memory. Guess it would be the week my husband & I spent there before we got married & had kids. The beach is not nearly as relaxing now as it was that summer!

Jennifer said...

Oh my favorite beach memory, its a good one. My newly wed husband and I were in Monterey CA for out honeymoon. We drove along the 17mile drive, and decided to stop at the beach to watch the sunset. As we both got out of the rental car, we shut the doors, and instantly realized we locked the keys in the car!! It was late evening by this time, and getting COLD! We waited for about 30minutes for someone to drive by, and nothing, so we decided to walk and hope that we found a pay phone. Thankfully about 1/2 a mile down the road we found one.
At the time the whole incident wasnt funny, but now its a great memory.

michelle m said...

sleeping under the stars, listening to the waves loll in...ah

Nicole Marie said...

Easter on Coco Beach when I was 6. Instead of baskets we got sand pails filled with beach toys :)

Ronit said...

Spending what seemed like almost every day at the beach with my friends the summer after graduating high school. Fun times!

Carol said...

A favorite beach memory would include a good book, some snacks, and a friend.

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Katy F said...

My favorite beach memory (memories) are from the many trips we made with friends and family. Love, love, love the beach. Can't wait to go back in August!

A.C. Morris said...

My favorite beach memory is when my family and I went snorkeling with dolphins when I was a kid! I never got close enough to touch one, but it was still amazing!

lizzybethdj said...

My favorite beach memory is seeing Okracoke Island for the first time with my best friend from college. She lost her battle with breast cancer 8 years ago at just 32 years old and I love thinking of that visit.

equinn726 said...

Favorite Beach Memory - South Haven Michigan. I must have been 9 or 10 and some friends of our family rented a beach house for the week. The waves were huge and we spent most of the day in & out of the water and bbq'ing. Everyone had a blast :)

karenk said...

favourite beach memory...spending time w/ my family in florida

karenk
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CChristyW said...

Two popped in my mind. The first was spending spring break on the beaches at Panama City with my family when I was 16. It was the last time we went because my parents divorced the following year. The second was also with my family when I was 13 and we spent Christmas week in the Keys playing in the warm waters there. Oh, I want to do that again!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the ocean and therefore the beach.....don't get to one often enough! My favorite memory is probably the time spent walking the beach with my husband on our honeymoon this year.

SPepper22

Katie said...

My favorite beach memory is when then boyfriend proposed to me on Litchfield Beach in SC! It was totally unexpected and wonderful! July 15th will be the 3-year anniversary of us getting engaged and we will be married two years in October!

Jessica said...

Hmm I don't like the beach much but my favorite beach memories are when my whole family gets together at the beach. They make the beach bearable. =]

Thanks
-Jessica

Kristin said...

My favorite beach memory is sitting on an empty quiet beach in St. Martin with my husband on our honeymoon. It was wonderful!

IandSsmom said...

My favorite memory is last summer my kids and I were at the zoo in Kenosha, Wi and we realized you could see the beach (Lake Michigan) from the zoo so we went to put our feet in the water and it was so much fun! Very simple but so fun and my kids were thrilled with it!
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keltban said...

My favorite beach memory is when I was at Miami South Beach back in 2004. The water was perfect...the weather was sunny and warm. I couldn't have asked for a better few days. I had no worries and I enjoyed every minute that I was there.

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