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Meet Me at Pebble Beach: Part Three – Sink or Swim

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I just love Bella’s writing, her characters, and her books in general. That this has come out in short parts built up my anticipation for this next instalment and I couldn’t wait to see what happened.

Just loved this as I do all of her books.

My thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins Publishers for the advance copy.
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I really can't get enough of this brilliant series from Bella Osborne, without question it is the best thing she has ever written. I've now reached part three Sink or Swim and after another cliffhanger at the end of part two, I didn't leave it waiting long on my Kindle to be read. Regan continues to stumble from one calamity to another, with her it's like she takes one step forward and then several steps back but she never gives up instead finding ways to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed in her way.

There are a wide range of sub plots which back up the main strand of the story and sometimes these can be weaker or just added in for the sake of it but I don't think this is the case at all with Meet Me at Pebble Beach. Everything seems to slot together so well and every character and sub-plot is given equal attention and you find yourself keen to read about everybody and everything where as usually I want to stick to one main idea. But as the writing and the portrayal of the characters feelings and troubles is so brilliantly done I just find myself thoroughly engaged with every strand of this wonderful series.

I expect certain cliffhangers or some problems to go a certain predictable way and then Bella Osborne throws in a curve ball and you find yourself thinking well fair play. The easy get out clause could have been used and things could have been wrapped up nice and easily but instead the characters are tested to the max and made to think through situations and approach them from all angles. I like the fact that they really do have to strive to achieve their ultimate goals in life and Regan is a prime example of this. I mightn't have been too happy with the outcome from the nail biting finale of part two but I think the author was brave to go in the direction she choose to as it opened more avenues for exploration. Regan learns an important lesson that life and all its problems along with the good times do carry on and how insignificant everything and everyone truly is.

Regan also comes to the conclusion that perhaps Charlie is right and that embarking on a relationship may not be the ideal timing at the moment but still you do want them to get together but the way things are looking now that possibility is even further away, now more than ever. I think that they would make a great couple as they work well as a team. Charlie is cool, calm and collected and steadies Regan when she has some hair raising idea that seems to be going out of control. Her jam making exploits still make me laugh but her strength and determination to succeed with her market stall deserve nothing but admiration.

Charlie is like an addiction for Regan, someone she can't get enough of but are these sentiments reciprocated by Charlie? It's hard to tell but he always seems to be there to pick her up when she falls as sometimes I think she rushes headlong into things without thinking everything through. But I suppose that's down to her kind hearted nature that she doesn't like to see people suffer and always wants to help in any way she can. But also I think Regan has existed in a state of panic since she quit her job as she believed that she had won the Lotto. The title Sink or Swim really is apt as now is the time for her either to make it or break it. Especially as her artist friend Cleo arrives home unexpectedly from her work trip to Japan. Regan will have to confess all as to what she has been up to and I wondered would this be the downfall of her and everything she has put into place in an attempt to claw her way back to some sort of normality in her life?

The Meet Me at Pebble Beach series has just been such a fantastic read so far. If at any time I see someone asking on social media for book recommendations I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this series that has truly captured my heart. Friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you are the main themes being explored and they are done so to perfection. At the risk of sounding like a broken record that last page in Sink or Swim, well I definitely never ever saw that coming. How on earth could the reader be left hanging like that? So cleverly done and it just goes to show Bella Osborne has utilised every character to perfection and created so many essential connections to the overall plot. Seas the Day is the aptly named final part and I am on tender hooks to see how everything will pan out.
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Lucky enough to get the chance to read part three which was just as well as part two left me having to know what happened! Part three was just as amazing as parts one and two and left me again just having to know what happened. Fortunately for me the full story then became available on netgalley and I didn’t hesitate to request a copy and was thankfully allowed to read and review. I just had to know what would happen. The ending didn’t disappoint! Brilliant book and highly recommended thank you!
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This is the 3rd book in the "Meet me at Pebble Beach" series.  I am still enjoying this series so so much! It's so good! So entertaining! There is so much going on in the main character life. There is no place for boredom in this book! It's so well written, there is always a touch of mystery and it makes you want to know more! Once again, Bella Osborne leave us with a big reveal at the end of this part (just like on part 1 and part 2) and you just want to know what happens next! Can't wait to read the 4th and last book in the series!
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If you read my review of books one and two in the series, you will know that I was looking forward to reading the next instalment.
If I was expecting book three to start off lightly, I was sadly mistaken.  The cliff-hanger, at the end of book two brought a tragedy as well as a new understanding of how Regan and Charlie could never be a couple.  Regan throws all her energy into a new furry friend and making her business a success.  Just the small matter of no customers and homelessness to worry about.
Bella Osborne has me hooked and I’m enjoying every moment!
I now just need the final book to complete the series.  I would certainly recommend reading the new version with all four instalments in one place, once it’s released
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Wow this installment really drove the plot forwards, literally so much happens in this latest part of the series I hardly know where to start. If you've read parts 1 and 2 you'll know that Regan has a lot of irons in the fire and a lot of plans in place and it was great that in this book we get to see all of those plans coming to ahead and some of those plans being executed. 



We finally get to see a bit more of Chloe in this installment too, I have waited to find out more about Chloe since we began the series and so I'm pleased to be able to put more of a face to a name so to speak. In 'In Too Deep' the drama really ramped up a notch and I would say that the drama stays high in 'Sink or Swim' so much happens. There are some sad moments and some happy moments and I would say that this author has stuck a good balance of emotions here. 



I don't want to say too much more about 'Sink or Swim' because I don't want to give spoilers. Regan is learning a lot about jam and a lot about herself and her own way of life in the meantime. I can see things being set up for the climax of this series all along the way in this episode and I really can't wait to see how Bella wraps things up in Meet Me at Pebble Beach.
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I have really enjoyed this series so far and I can’t believe this one has ended on another cliff hanger - I cant wait to read the final part (pretty please NetGalley).

After a sad start the story really picks up and is quite funny in places.  I could really bash Regan and Charlie’s heads together as I want them to finally take the plunge and be together, even if it may only be for a short time.

Definitely recommend reading and will look out for more from this author in future.

Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this series early.
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Lovely to return to Brighton to meet Regan and Charlie again.

I've really enjoyed the bite size books in this series and can't wait for part four!
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Wow. Just devoured part 3 of the 4 in this series. I absolutely love them all so far, and i am desperate to read the final book. Wonderful story, brilliantly written and without a doubt, my favourite series to date.
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Well, another enjoyable instalment of this fast paced story. A mystery is cleared up and Regan is still leading a very hectic life. Charlie, Penny and Malcom are there to support her, her dad’s relationship with his new woman concerns her and how on earth is she going to explain everything that’s been happening to Cleo. A fun enjoyable read and I’m so excited for book 4.
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The heroine, Regan, sure gets herself into a lot of trouble, but all of it a reader could imagine themselves experiencing too! I love Elvis the dog. We could do with some recipes for Regan's unusual jams. Hoping everything works out in Part Four - I can't wait!
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A sombre start to part three of Meet me at pebble beach sets the tone for much of this instalment in what has been up till now a very lighthearted read.
Although Reagan is continuing to tick off her lottery list the things she’d like to achieve, with the help of the oh so lovely Charlie, it is Elvis the Irish wolfhound who takes centre stage. He accompanies Reagan on all her exploits making me feel he may prove to some comfort to her if and when life takes a downward turn. Still determined to make a success of her fledging jam making business, it is Charlie (yet again!) and his mum who lend a hand since Reagan hasn’t quite got the grasp of the science behind jam making!! The humour that has made this such a lovely escapist read so far resurfaces in the market stall scenes. Unpredictable hairy dog + jam jars + market stall =recipe for disaster. Will Reagan ever sell her product or are her flavours too quirky for the the average taste buds?? 
Best friend Cleo also makes more of an appearance, upon her return from Japan, and she is the complete opposite to Reagan, they are like chalk and cheese but I’d like to see  her relationship with Reagan further developed in the final part. It is friendship kindness and humour that underpin this frivolous read although I hope the author treats us to a final helping of romance placing Charlie back in the limelight.
I completely didn’t bargain for the way the reader has been left wondering what is on the horizon for our effervescent, positive and caring protagonist but I CAN’T WAIT for the final part. Will she get her happy ever after or will the ending be bittersweet as I suspect? Whatever the author has in store I hope I won’t be disappointed as this has been a perfect way to unwind and distance myself (no pun intended!) from reality.
My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this bright and breezy novel.
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Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for sending the next book in the Pebble Beach series - my thoughts are my own.

Having been left on a cliff hanger at the end of book 2, we have a roller coaster ride of emotions at the start of book 3.

It was good to continue reading about Regan and Charlie - Bella Osborne has quickly made me care about the characters. There are lots of strands to the story all starting to come together and I'm now eager to read book 4.
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Wow! Part 3 of this brilliant series takes you from Low to high and everything in between.
In the aftermath of Kevin's accident Regan is left reeling. Still struggling with her relationship with  Charlie she feels lost and alone. Deciding to continue with her market stall idea Regan throws her energy into making it a success but, as ever, all does not go to plan.
Then Beanstalk asks her for a favour which will throw Regan and Charlie closer than ever. 
How will Regan cope and can she keep her heart in one piece?
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In part two we were left hanging on the edge of a cliff. What would happen to Kevin and Elvis, would they be OK? I won't spoil the book. Regan's friend Cleo comes back home to Brighton from her overseas trip and once again it looks like Regan will be out on the street, but she is lucky enough to secure a home for a further three weeks. As she will be a guest in Charlie's home, will they eventually become a more permanent item? Will have to wait for part four to find out
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I have been awaiting this part of the series, I can honestly say that it has lived up to expectations tugging at your heart strings and a few what ifs along the way developing the story to be a great. Cliff hanger.

Really looking forward to part 4 and the story continuing and developing to what I would imagine will be an emotional ending

Another Brilliant read By Bella Osborne
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Publication Date: 30 April 2020
Publisher: Avon Books UK

4 Star⭐⭐⭐⭐

“She’d never look at strawberry jam in quite the same way again”!! 

Part three of this four part series had me gulping back tears of devastation but just like the two first parts of this series it also continued to have me smiling and laughing out loud. 

Nothing seems to ever go right for Regan and even when things seem like they are looking up, it all comes undone again. Even through her grief she continues to battle on but can she hold it together long enough for things to get her life back in order?

And how long can Regan and Charlie deny themselves of each other? I cannot wait to see what happens with these two! 

As we head into the last part of the series, we are left with yet another cliffhanger! I love how each part of the series leaves us right at a point where we cannot wait to know what is going to happen next! 

Thank you Netgalley, Avon Books UK and Bella Osborne for the ARC in return for my honest review.
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I adore Bella Osborne. 
Her books are the perfect escape from reality and I have once again found this impossible to put down. This is an absolutely beautiful escape from reality which I have devoured in just one sitting
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Regan has got her new market stall up and running, but business is slow. Things with Charlie are on hold, and nothing seems to be going her way, she's still homeless. Hard to put down to find out what happens in Regan's hapless but hilarious life. Bring on part 4.
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After being left on a cliff hanger at the end of part two, I was eager to read part three which quickly picked up the story. In this instalment we have more jam making, the lovely Charlie and Regan getting involved in more escapades. It also builds to a brilliant ending leaving you eager to read part four.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and the author for the chance to review.
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