Book Review: The Empty Beach #JodyClark #VacationlandBooks #TheEmptyBeach #IndieAuthor

Let me start this post out on a different note.  There are places in all of our lives that hold a special meaning…York, Maine is one of those places to me.  This little yellow house used to be in my family and we would spend family vacations here each summer.  The Empty Beach takes place in this lovely beach community.


When I read this, floods of memories came back of the York I would visit every summer (not so much now, living on the West Coast and all).  The descriptions of these locations were spot on so even if you have never visited York, you could still image it!

This story is about Josh and his summer in his beach town.  Warning: this book does hold a lot of strong language, however, this book is also absolutely hysterical.  Josh ends up managing a local restaurant and falls for one of the wait staff, Elise, but to be fair, he met her BEFORE she started working there.

Josh is a character all in himself.  If he likes a girl, he goes on the overkill…flowers, mixtapes, and overly babbles.  His friends try to give him guidance, but when one is hooking up with someone new every night and the others in relationships, it leaves little room for trusting romantic advice.  The silver lining is that his friends are ridiculously hysterical.  It made me wish I grew up in York and spent entire summers here.

We go through this whole book wondering if Josh and Elise will ever be a real thing…the suspense there will kill you.  He walks her to her car every night and they even go out on a few wewon’tcallthemdates dates.  My heart was pulled out of my chest at the ending and my fist was shaking.  Whether it was shaking at Josh or Elise, well, you’ll have to pick this book up yourself and read it to find out!

The story doesn’t stop here though…The Empty Beach is book one in a trilogy.  Don’t worry…Jody Clark isn’t a jerk and doesn’t leave us hanging by a thread for the next installment.  In fact, you could essentially read each book as a standalone and be ok, you would just miss some minor back stories, almost like inside jokes, that don’t affect the story at all.  If you want the ENTIRE story, start here.  Is there love for Josh in the cards?  We have 3 books to figure it all out!

Solid 4 star read.  Yeah, I might be partial because of my connection to York, however, it still could have sucked and it didn’t.  This is the perfect time of year to read about the mis-adventures of Josh and his friends…it will have you yearning to be on the beach!  I don’t read much from indie authors, but trust me when I say this is worth the read!  I’m practically standing on my room shouting to everyone to read this series!  Stayed tuned for my review of book two, Between Hello and Goodbye!


Title: The Empty Beach

Author:  Jody Clark

Publisher: Vacationland Books (self-published)

Release Date: June 10, 2017

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon


Versatile Blogger Award!

I was tagged for the Versatile Blogger Award and I was shocked and excited when this happened!!  Thank you to The Literary Elephant for the nomination!!  I am still in shock!  Go follow her now and check out HER seven facts…she has a CRAZY nail polish collection!  Here goes nothing…

Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. The first place I drove alone when I got my driver’s licence at 16 was to McDonald’s…a whopping 1 mile away from my house.  Mom was a nervous wreck!
  2. When I was in high school I would sing the National Anthem before local car races at 3 different racetracks, one time even included before a Monster Jam event!
  3. I have 2 Master’s Degrees…one in Special Education and one in Educational Administration.
  4. I post about books AND food on my Instagram account.  I love to eat!  If you ask me if I want to go out to eat at a restaurant I have ever been to before I am there before you finish asking the question!  I love it!
  5. I never re-read books.  I can’t do it.  I already know what happened and it takes all the enjoyment out of it for me.  Now I have read a book twice thinking it sounded similar only to realize at the end I had read it YEARS ago, haha.
  6. I love to sew.  I make quilts and I have started to dabble into making my own clothes.  Currently my best friend has taken over my sewing room (yes, I have my own dedicated sewing room) as she waits for her new house to be built so I’m taking a little time off from sewing for right now!
  7. We just bought our first travel trailer and are so excited to travel around the USA with our kids!  Right now we’re sticking to places close by Southern Nevada, Southern Utah, Southern California, Arizona so if you know of any awesome campgrounds or places to visit I’m all ears!


My Nominations (if you aren’t following them, go check them out, they’re AWESOME…please note, at first I was checking everyone to see if there was a previous nomination and I was only nominating those that have not been, then I stopped…because these are my FAVORITES that I follow and regardless if they’ve already been nominated, check them out!):

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog

Shalini @ Book Reviews By Shalini

Ms. Victorious @ Victorious Pages

Confessions Of A YA Reader

Love Books Group

Wishful Books Reviews

KayCKay Book Reviews

Bree @ In Love & Words

Novel Gossip

Flowers In The Brain

Melanie @ TBR & Beyond

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

Lucy @ A Novel Purpose

Denise @ Bookworm At The Gym

My nominees, please DO NOT feel obligated to participate, especially if you have in the past.  I am simply letting the wonderful people out there reading know about how wonderful you are!  I hope I tagged you how I was supposed to and if not, someone teach me the right way!  If you know someone on this list, make sure you let them know they’re here!!

If I haven’t tagged you on here and you’re interested, consider yourself tagged!!!!  Have fun, let’s learn about each other!