Amber Beach

Author: Elizabeth Lowellamber
Publisher: Avon Books
Date: 1997
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780380973170
Price: $7.99
Number of Pages: 387
Available Formats: Hardback, Paper back, E-book, Audio

Rating: 2Q, 4P

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Reader’s Annotation

Honor’s brother is missing and a mysterious stranger has just arrived.

Plot Summary

This book is from the perspective of Honor Donovan, a jewelry designer who has come to the state of Washington to search for her missing brother. Her brother Kyle has gone missing under suspicious circumstances as a shipment of priceless amber has disappeared with him. Honor is determined to find her brother, despite her family’s protests. Even though she doesn’t like boats, she hires a boating and fishing guide to teach her how so she can search the surrounding islands. The guide ends up being Jake who, unbeknownst to Honor, is also looking for Kyle and the missing amber. Jake believes Kyle betrayed him by taking the amber and wants revenge. However, he doesn’t expect to fall in love with Honor. The two grow closer, despite the fact that they are trying to conceal their true motivations.

Critical Evaluation

I wasn’t a huge fan of how this book turned out. I didn’t mind Honor as a character, but I what I didn’t like was how she was always in need of rescuing by Jake. I felt like Jake was a bit misogynistic at times, especially at the end of the novel. I also didn’t enjoy how much boating and fishing exposition was included. I felt like it slowed the pacing and was incredibly boring. Even the plot about the amber got to be a little too fact-heavy and I found myself skimming some of the detail. I also felt that the ending was a little anti-climactic. I felt like there was a lot of buildup and little payoff. The actual romance scenes were decent, but I don’t think I will read any other books by this author.

Appeal Factors

Fast-paced, suspenseful, steamy


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Discussion Ideas

• Discuss the amber room and the historical details of the novel.
• Discuss the role of women in the novel.

Justification of Selection

This was the romance group’s selection. I was interested in reading another romance author and expanding my horizon.


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