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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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7 Comments

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  1. Lloyd Russell / Jul 20 2017 3:57 pm

    I’m seeing this all over the place. But the reviews have been good.

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    • Leslie / Jul 20 2017 7:12 pm

      It is good! It tackles some real issues and makes you think, but at the same time is a very readable and enjoyable book.

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  2. BermudaOnion / Jul 20 2017 6:54 pm

    This sounds like a good one.

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    • Leslie / Jul 20 2017 7:13 pm

      I think you would enjoy this one.

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  3. sagustocox / Jul 26 2017 10:25 am

    I can’t remember if I entered this the first time I saw it, but if I did, disregard the second entry.

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