They say it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Finn McGraw disagrees.
He was just 17 when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart - and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he's never forgotten her.
Now, 10 years later, he's got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.
Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family - but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.
And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.
The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances - and above all, of a love that never dies.
"The Seacrest is a poignant love story that will have you reaching for the tissues. Every woman needs a Finn McGraw!" - Victoria Howard, bestselling romantic suspense author of Ring of Lies
"At a time when many authors seem to crank out fiction by the numbers, Aaron Paul Lazar invests his whole heart in every book he writes. His stories shine with sensitivity, compassion, and the richness of deeply personal experience." - Michael Prescott, bestselling author of Grave of Angels
"This book is about love – first love, young love, unrequited love, lost love, and rediscovered love. Simply put, it's a good old-fashioned love story with an ending that will make your heart swell with joy." - Cindy Guest Taylor, notable book reviewer.
"I just finished reading Seacrest by Aaron Lazar. Let me tell you, ladies...you will LOVE this book! A love story of all love stories, and characters so easy to fall in love with! Aaron has a way of painting a world so descriptive you feel like you're really there. If I had a five star rating system to use, I would give him six!" - Heather McLaren, author.
©2013 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2013 Aaron Paul Lazar
First love forever
It's very difficult to switch time frames and make it work without jarring the reader, but Mr. Lazar does it beautifully in The Seacrest. Each chapter becomes a short story in itself, and the reader is taken back and forth as the story unfolds into the present. And what a story. There's something in the book for everyone: mystery, suspense, but it's mainly a love story that survives lies, mistrust, and misconceptions. Fortunately, I listened to it on a long drive, and I was totally caught up in the story and eager to find out what happened next.
Both reading a book and listening to one offers totally different experiences. Reading allows you to create the scenes and voices in your mind. Listening adds emotion, and Mr. Kuch does a fine job drawing the reader into the head of the main character. I felt the pain and joy and love through his narration. Fine job, Mr. Kuch.
Mr. Lazar is a fine writer. Period. End of story.
Yes because it avails you to listening opportunities that are not available to reading.
This book surprised me. The audio version narrated By George Kuch so caught my interest that I ended up taking my earphones into the office with me so I could finish the chapter before having to wait until the end of the workday to start listening again. [My usual reading and listening preference is mass-market historical romance and/or thrillers (for a change of pace) and The Seacrest is listed on Goodreads as a Contemporary Romance/Adult Fiction, which is neither.]
There are several life stories woven into one tastefully written novel.
It starts out with a tragedy, where Finn McGraw's wife and brother, die in a car accident together. The next chapter switches to 16 years ago and how Finn falls in love with his soul mate at the tender age of 16. The book alternates chapters between the past and the present, giving readers more insight into the characters.
After the car accident, Finn is left wondering why his wife and brother were together in the first place, as he didn't have a clue that his wife had ever met his brother with whom he has not spoken to in 10 years. His employer’s daughter, Libby, who herself is recovering from the death of her abusive husband, helps Finn to put his life back on track and to find the feelings that he experienced as a 16-year old boy again.
I haven't read the print version.
The most memorable moment involved Finn and Libby's husband, but I won't expand on it because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just know that it is exciting, terrifying, and incredible all at the same time.
My favorite character was Finn.
Love, Betrayal and Forgiveness
The author's captivating prose is enough to keep anyone's attention. The only problem is that sometimes the dates were wrong in the audio, so it made the timeline a bit confusing. Other than that, it was a great story.
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
This book along with The Seacroft (book 2) are the best books I've listened to in my many years of listening to audiobooks.
This book is a story within a story--telling about the life of Phen when he as a teenager and also telling his story in his current life. It's like peeking into his past and getting to know him from two perspectives. I was kept guessing for a long time trying to figure out who was his first love!
Since I am a die-hard romantic I loved the scene when Phen finally lost his virginity to his "secret" girlfriend. She had experience and guided him about the ways to make a woman happy.
I wish I could have listened to this all in one sitting. Everytime I had to stop and do other things I kept thinking about what might happen next and I couldn't wait to get back to the story.
The narrator has a very compelling voice and kept me at the peak of pleasure as he was telling about the ways they pleased each other. I am so looking forward to book 3 of this wonderful series !
The Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazarwas the first book I read by Lazar, so it is only fitting that it is my first Audible experience. Narrated by George Kuch, this book is perfect in every way. Kuch is a master of voices, keeping all of the different from each other, yet consistently the same throughout. This is a fantastic story, so it was a fantastic audible.
Complexity of family life
Too much sex, often excessively explicit (leave more to the imagination)
The love story was insufficiently developed, making it feel like "insta-love".
What does it mean to follow our dreams? Can we ever be truly happy pursuing someone else's aspirations?
Our young lead falling in love with a girl he doesn't know and can't trust.
Not likely. Very wooden, sounds too old (sorry, sir!) and accent is wrong for the setting.
Yes. To be myself, embrace my flaws and seek out meaningful relationships.
Yes, I definitely would! Exquisitely told in the manly voice of Finn McGraw, and charged with intrigue and emotion, this is a story of love, wrapped up in a riddle. The closer we come to solving it, the more reachable is the promise of gaining a second chance at that first love. It is that combination—the soft, romantic note and the sharp, quick one of finding a way to solve that mystery—that is essential in the story telling of The Seacrest. At the romantic mode, Aaron Paul Lazar infuses his descriptions with sensual details, such as the scent of the sea. “A fresh breeze laden with the scent of the sea rustled blue flowers…” At the mystery writing mode, he sounds a shrill note of alarm, for example in the very first sentence: “Life can change in the blink of an eye. This blink came when…”
Really enjoyed the voice of George Kuch as Finn. After listening to him reading Seacrest I checked out some of his other work, and I can hear that even when he does non-fixtion, such as in Write Like the Wind: Volume 1 and Volume II, he can be lift the text from the page and make it personal, even intimate. That, to me, is the mark of good narration.
“I held her, realizing with a start that in spite of the horror of what happened, our future now lay open…”
The story keeps alternating between two time frames: the past, when Finn first fell in love with Libby and lost her, and the present, when his wife, Cara and his brother Jax are found dead as her car goes off a cliff. Are these events, separated by time, connected? Can Finn put together the clues and gain an understanding, perhaps even redemption, so that love can blossom over the ruins of his past, as once it did?
Deborah J Ledford
This first class recording, rich with layers and visuals, is worthy of more than one listen. I found the audiobook to be the perfect companion to the print version of the book. George Kuch's voicing kept me on the edge of my seat for much of the recording.
The first book that comes to mind for comparison is John Hart's "The Last Child." Fraught with tragedy love won and lost, and regret, "The Seacrest" raises expectations from the average coming-of-age journey.
The fire scene was particularly compelling. Intense and terrifying, I could all but feel the flames.
I would have listened to the recording in one sitting if I possibly could have. I found Finn's journey from teenager to adulthood quite fascinating. The characters, locations and settings are rich and visual and narration by George Kuch is flawless and compelling.
I'm a big fan of Mr. Lazar's books and the audio version of this release brings the words to life--a satisfying, at times harrowing movie I could all but see and feel. Finn's tale is heartbreaking and I couldn't help but love this character.
Reading is a passion and an obsession.
This is the first book in the Paines Creek Beach series. I really enjoyed it.
I downloaded this book in audiobook format as I have listened to this author's work in this way before and really enjoyed it. This story is narrated by George Kuch. His narration was easy to listen to and his reading pace kept me engaged.
Finn McGraw is a wonderful character. I really liked this young man. He fell in love with a mysterious young girl he met on the beach when he was seventeen and had an affair. Ten years later he's married and working at the Seacrest, a horse farm, when his life is turned upside down by a tragic accident and his wife and his estranged brother are killed. As he delves deeper into his brother's life, he finds out secrets long kept hidden. With the help of his employer's daughter, he begins to realise that things are not all as they seem. However, Libby Van der Horne has her own secrets and demons from her past.
It is not often that I come across romance books told through the male POV, but I must admit that it makes a nice change. Each chapter is told through alternating time lines, flicking between 2013 to 1997. I did find myself wondering who the girl Finn met and fell in love with really was, as her identity was hidden for the majority of the story. Even Finn never really knew her real name until later (he gave her a nickname - Sassy). Nevertheless, their love story was extremely touching and made me a little teary-eyed at times.
There are a few story threads in this tale that weave into the whole. There is Finn's past and his one true love. Then there's the car accident that killed Finn's wife, Cora, and his brother Jackson, which creates a mystery that sees him trying to piece together the events leading up to the accident. Then there is Libby's past and her secret. All in all, this story is masterfully told with several twists and turns that kept surprising me. There is mystery, suspense, love, loss, forgiveness and redemption, along with a whole emotional roller coaster from start to finish. My only gripe is that I would have loved to have known the identity of "Sassy" long before it was revealed. However, that is only my opinion. Other readers may not have the same reaction. The ending, for me, was bitter sweet and something I didn't expect. I am looking forward to reading/listening to the next book in the series, The Seacroft, as soon as I can.
Aaron Paul Lazar has written a fantastic tale that captured my imagination. I love his writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. I also love the flow. He has found another fan. I am now looking forward to reading more of his books in the future.
Although this book doesn't have any bad language, there are some slightly explicit scenes of a sexual nature. Therefore, I recommend this book to older teen readers and to adults who love contemporary romance or romantic suspense genres. - Lynn Worton
Yes because it's all about love,second chances and betrayal
There were several memorable moments especially between Finn and Libby, and between Finn and his family
His narration brought the characters to life
Betrayal love and second chances
I really enjoyed Aaron Paul Lazar's depiction of family life
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