The Beach Trap by Ali Brady
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
When 12-year-olds Kat Steiner and Blake O’Neill meet at Camp Chickawah, they have an instant connection. But everything falls apart when they learn they’re not just best friends—they’re also half sisters. Confused and betrayed, the girls break off all contact.
Fifteen years later, when their father dies suddenly, Kat and Blake discover he’s left them a joint inheritance: the family beach house in Destin, Florida. The two sisters are immediately at odds. Blake, who has recently been demoted from regular nanny to dog nanny, wants to sell the house, while social media influencer Kat is desperate to hold on to the place where she lived so many happy memories.
Kat and Blake reluctantly join forces to renovate the dilapidated house, with the understanding that Kat will try to buy Blake out at the end of the summer. The women clash as Blake’s renovation plans conflict with Kat’s creative vision; meanwhile, each sister finds herself drawn into a summer romance. As the weeks pass, the two women realize the most difficult project they face this summer will be coming to grips with their shared past—and learning how to become sisters.
As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I wanted to listen to it. Then I read the synopsis and knew it would jump to the top of my tbr list as soon as I finished my current book.
This was a 5* for me. I loved it. The girls first met at a summer camp and it reminded me of the times spent with my Girl Scout Troop, I loved every minute of those times. Kat and Blake became the best of friends right away. They felt like sisters. Then Kat learns that her dad is coming to pick her up because of a death in the family and both girls learn that they’re more than “feel like sisters”, and all contact is broken off.
They meet again 15 yrs. later when their father dies and leaves each of them 1/2 of the family beach house.
Both girls are still hurt and angry. Kat is more so because she doesn’t think Blake deserves any part of the house. So much goes on with these two and then you add in boys they each start seeing and things go from bad to worse.
I liked both girls but Blake was my favorite. Kat had an attitude problem that really aggravated me at times. She was also always jumping to conclusions that were way off. Then at the end things happened that made them very close again. This book is very good and I would definitely read more from this author.
Brittany Pressley did a great job with the narration.
FYI: There are some scenes in the book that weren’t for me but you can fast forward through them.