I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry
Published by Berkley Books on July 11th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
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The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it... Bonny Blankenship's most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey's mother disappeared. Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide. READERS GUIDE INSIDE
How I love this time of year when a beach read seems inevitable and going to the beach actually is a reality. The thing that I loved most about this book was Mimi’s bookshop, it seemed like such a nice peaceful old fashioned type of bookstore, the kind that we really do not see often anymore. Then there was the mystery of what happened to Lainey’s mother all those years ago when she disappeared, where did she go? Did she drown? This is entangled up in Lainey’s everyday life as she tries to find out what happened to her. Then there is Bonnie, the ER doctor who may or may not have caused a mans death. I was so rooting for a great outcome for Bonnie and someone nice to come into her life , Bonnie was in need of a good romance and needed to be rid of her jerk of a husband. Bonnie’s husband was the character that I disliked the most. What a mean bully! Piper , Bonnie’s daughter seemed so lost with really no direction for her future, I kept rooting for her to clean up her act and to her credit she does try and do the right thing. Everything does eventually come to a head and my questions are answered. Along the way, as the pages turned to this books conclusion, I truly enjoyed the story. It was a nice book, I felt like I was along for the ride bumpy and smooth.