Highcliffe House by Megan Walker

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Book Review of Highcliffe House by Megan Walker

I love the ocean—everything about it! I love the sounds, smells, breeze, sand between my toes, and how relaxing it is. Unfortunately, I live in the desert. I have beautiful mountains surrounding me, which I love, but I miss the ocean! My favorite vacations include an ocean. Now, there was that one time when I got stung by a jellyfish on my honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. Yeah, I don’t want to repeat that experience! Other than that, though, I need more ocean in my life. I relate to Anna because we both feel alive and restored when we’re by the sea. Learn more about Anna and her story in Highcliffe House by Megan Walker. 
 

Blurb:

 

The daughter of a wealthy investor and a handsome young businessman clash in this enemies-to-lovers romance from the author who brought you Lakeshire Park. 
 

1813, Brighton, England
When Anna Lane offered her heart to Alexander Lennox, she did not expect to learn he had secretly promised his suit to another. Hurt and embarrassed, Anna begs her father to take her to the seaside where she can escape the gossip of the ton and recover, but her father insists they remain in London so he can attend to some business. Feeling the sting of rejection again, Anna longs for the day when she can dictate her own future and find a companion who will love her for who she is. 

Born into modest circumstances, Graham’s hard work and ability to spot a good investment has allowed him to provide for his mother and younger sisters. Now, with a new opportunity in his sights, Graham approaches Mr. Lane, his business partner and mentor, hoping to persuade him to travel to Brighton to close the deal. Graham must act fast or else he might lose his chance to turn his meager earnings into permanent financial stability. 

To Graham’s relief, Mr. Lane is interested in his proposal, but he counters with one of his own. He has business elsewhere, so Anna—whom he trusts with his business affairs—will accompany Graham to Brighton, and if she gives a good report, he will invest. Both Anna and Graham hesitate. Though they have a passing acquaintance through Anna’s father, the two have never truly got along. Anna feels that Graham is only interested in money, while Graham feels that Anna is stubborn and self-absorbed. 

The two reluctantly travel to Brighton together, and Anna is determined to find fault with every inch of the seaside town—including Graham. She is tired of feeling like a pawn being moved about by other people’s desires. But while staying at Highcliffe House and seeing the kind and gentle way Graham treats his family, Anna wonders if there is more to her rival than she thought. 

But it will take more than a day at the beach for these two headstrong hearts to admit that if they set aside their misconceptions about each other and be vulnerable enough to share their true selves, they might have a chance at real love. 

 

My Book Review:

What a fun book! Anna and Graham may be my new favorite book couple! Plus, it takes place by the ocean, so there’s that! Anna can come across as hoity-toity, mean, and spoiled, but underneath that facade she has a sincere and kind heart. She wants something and is very determined to get her way! She will do almost anything to make it happen. 

Graham also has something he wants. Like Anna, he is quite persistent and will work hard enough to make his wants come to fruition. Graham works hard, is intelligent, and cares about his family.  

The problem is, they hate each other. Hate may be a strong word, but it is applicable in this situation. They despise each other. Why? Well, Graham is the stumbling block in Anna’s way, and she does not like it! Oh, and Anna is the stumbling block in Graham’s way, and he doesn’t like it either! Yep, they stand at a stalemate…until a deal is struck that puts both of them out of their comfort zones and forces them to put each other’s needs first. 

 I loved this story line! It’s so fun! I love the tension between Anna and Graham because it brings a fun element to the story. The characters make this story! Each of them is stubborn and determined, but they don’t know each other’s secrets, which form their protective outer shells. I love their dialogues; sometimes they’re argumentative and sometimes banter, but either way they are a good match for each other. 

One of my favorite parts was watching both Anna and Graham grow and progress as characters throughout the story. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I’ll just say they come a long way by the end of the book! They had some experiences together that I’m pretty sure I have not seen in a proper romance before, and it made it quite exciting! 

I thoroughly enjoyed Highcliffe House! It has a little something for everyone! Think investments, eels, flower gardens, accounting, romance, the ocean, secrets, betrayal, stolen kisses, a cool library, and goat cheese. You want to read it now, don’t you? It’s so fun; I highly recommend it! 

PG-13 Rating

Content Rating: PG-13

  • Profanity: None
  • Intimacy: None (Kissing)
  • Violence: None

Age Recommendation: YA+

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

 

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
 

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