The bookshop at water’s end is the perfect beach read and I regretfully read it before our beach trip. However, if you have a beach trip planned you can still grab this book for your trip.
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.
Time has passed since Lainey’s mothers tragedy years ago. Though going back to Water’s End brings back memories to the girls as if it were yesterday.
I really enjoyed this book written by Patti Callahan Henry. It was my first read by her but won’t be the last. I felt the characters were strongly developed and felt a deep connection with Bonny. I also enjoyed hearing thoughts from Piper, daughter of Bonny, and watching her grow a relationship with MiMi the bookshop owner. Mimi is one wise woman.
As Bonny & Lainey are escaping reality they come to learn the truth of what really happened to Lainey’s mother years ago. While I wanted things to be differently the book was still wonderfully concluded. I’m still left thinking of this book even days after finishing it.
*Thank you Tandem Literary for sending me a copy for review!