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July 20, 2017 / Leslie

Book Review and Giveaway

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

About the Book

Publisher: Berkley Books | July 11, 2017
Format: Paperback | 352 pages

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.

My Thoughts

This was an enjoyable, engaging novel about two childhood friends, Bonny and Lainey, who reunite in Watersend, the small southern town where they spent their summers many years ago. Using multiple narrators and occasional flashbacks, their story unfolds as Lainey solves a mystery from the past and Bonny resolves a crisis in the present.

This is the type of women’s fiction I enjoy. The plot was multi-layered and believable enough to hold my interest; an overall entertaining, easy read, and nice change of pace from my usual genres. The characters were realistic and by the end, I felt like I knew Bonny and Lainey. The secondary characters were not as highly developed, but that could leave room for a welcome sequel that I will be eager to read.

Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, I have one copy to give away to my readers. Fill out the form below on or before midnight, July 27th. I will draw one random winner (US only) and they will be notified by email.

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Source: Review copy from the publisher through TLC Book Tours.
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July 19, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Wildflower Garden

Almost wordless: The phlox and purple coneflower are putting on a spectacular show in the front yard wildflower garden after all the rain we’ve had the last few weeks.

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July 17, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ July 17th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
There was nothing in my physical mailbox last week, but I have plenty of books waiting to be read, so this is not a bad thing. I did receive a few more audio books.

Audio Downloads

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon from PRH Audio.
A gripping novel of psychological suspense centered on two sisters whose lives have taken them apart, and the shocking family secrets that bind them together.

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon from PRH Audio.
A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.

The Body by Hanif Kureishi from PRH Audio.
A provocative story of an older man whose brain is surgically placed in a younger man’s body by a network of underground doctors.

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July 12, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Eastern Kingbird

Almost wordless: Eastern Kingbirds are a summer migrant and spend their winters in South America. I saw this one while monitoring the prairie for the forest preserve’s breeding bird survey.

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July 10, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ July 10th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
A few new books arrived last week.

New Arrivals

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry from Tandem Literary.
The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it…

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey from Grand Central Publishing ..
In a suspense thriller to rival Paula Hawkins and Tana French, a detective with secrets of her own hunts the killer of a woman who was the glamorous star of their high school.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan from Atria Books.
An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

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July 5, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Almost wordless: Another prairie wildflower. When I took a closer look, I saw there were two little insects sharing the flower.

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July 3, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ July 3rd

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
 
With the Holiday Weekend upon us, I almost forgot today is Monday!

I received a nice assortment of books from Flatiron last week. I’m looking forward to digging into those psychological thrillers.

New Arrivals

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
A psychological thriller with a killer twist you’ll never forget.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.
A fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
A feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
A dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense.

Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron.
A collection of interviews from Marc Maron’s talk show.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas.
A story about sacrifice and motherhood, the burdens of expectation and genius.

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