Sunny Days at the Beach by Morton S Gray
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Sunny Days at the Beach

Published Date: August 18, 2020

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From party nights at the pub to sunny days at the beach …

Craft shop owner Mandy Vanes has always enjoyed a commitment-free singleton lifestyle — in fact, she’s well-known for her wild ways in her small seaside town on the coast.

But when local teenager, Nick Crossten, turns to her for help, Mandy has the opportunity to prove she can be a responsible adult. Although things get tricky when gin distillery owner Graham Frankley comes to town with some unexpected news.

Could this mean that Mandy the party girl is finally ready to grow up?

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Morton S. Gray

Morton S Gray

Morton S. Gray lives with her husband, sons and Lily, the tiny dog, in Worcestershire, U.K.

She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen, the plot of which closely resembled an Errol Flynn film.

Life got in the way of writing for many years, until she won a short story competition and the spark for writing was well and truly reignited. She carries a notebook everywhere as inspiration strikes in the most unlikely places.

She studied creative writing with the Open College of the Arts and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme in 2012.

Previous ‘incarnations’ were in committee services, staff development and training. Morton has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She has diplomas in Tuina Acupressure Massage and Energy Field Therapy.

She enjoys history, loves tracing family trees and discovering new crafts. Having a hunger for learning is a bonus for the research required for her books.

The Girl on the Beach was her debut novel with Choc Lit and winner of the 2016 Search for a Star competition.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Donna Morgan
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and not at all predictable. I also liked the way it dealt with sensitive issues and showed how people unknowingly let past trauma define the rest of their lives.
    I loved the character of Mandy. She has a “party girl” reputation but manages to come to the rescue of abandoned teenager Nick whose Mum has upped & left.
    Highly recommended.

  2. Barbara powdrill
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    This starts off as a standard bad girl makes good romance which I thought would soon bore me but how wrong I was. The story is a real heart string tugger. The characters are all so well portrayed that it is almost like reading a biography! Mandy is yes the archetypal village bad girl who, yes, does make good but what a rollercoaster of a journey she has. Nick and Graham are real people with real shortcomings. A lovely romance I really enjoyed.

  3. Yvonne Greene
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    One of the best books this year! Party animal Mandy takes in an abandoned teenage boy – that is a massive undertaking for anyone but especially for someone who has never had children. Throw in the discovery of the boy’s previously unknown possible father and you have a wonderful read that is a rollercoaster of emotions – from humour to really deep feelings. I did have to get the tissues out. Highly recommend!

  4. Gill Leivers
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    I wasn’t sure about this book initially, with the hint of self harming – not something I need to read about for pleasure, but that turned out to be a minor glitch, and once I got going, I couldn’t stop, read the whole thing in one sitting. I have enjoyed the previous Borteen Bay books, but I have to say that I think I like this one the best – I thoroughly enjoyed the story – Mandy is a most likeable and human heroine. So, what more can I say? Another winner for me, and an easy 5 star rating.

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