I was invited by the marketing agent, Mindbuck Media Book Publicity, to read A Week at Surfside Beach, by Pierce Koslosky Jr., in exchange for an honest review. This book is a collection of short stories about the people who stay in the same beach house in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from early summer through Christmas. I knew it was a collection of short stores, but somehow, still was not what I expected. I think I wanted more to each story.
It made me think what it would be like to be a fly on the wall all season, as different families or couples came and went every week or two. Some of them were escaping their demons. A delightful 82-year-old man slipped away to the beach to avoid the assisted living facility his children had arranged for him. A little girl had a wonderful week of fantasy. Some carried their unhappy marriages on vacation. Some simply could not relax and enjoy. Of course, some teenagers couldn’t stop themselves from either causing trouble or unexpectedly finding themselves in trouble.
An inspirational message was beautifully woven into each story. Several of the stories were really good, but I wanted more — much more — especially about the 82-year-old man. I was on his side, as the character did not appear ready for assisted living at all. That short story and even a couple of the others could be a whole book, or even a movie with the title, A Week at Surfside Beach, or something similar.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Recognizing the copy I read was the uncorrected final proof copy of the book, I expected some errors. Still, I think the editors could have done a much better job of proofreading. Every hyphenated phrase had a missing hyphen and the words were run together as one word. Here are a few examples:
- six-yearold twins,
- The word “Christmas” was not capitalized;
- multiple missing commas;
- a lot of split infinitives;
- unnecessary use of the word “that”.