From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love and Driftwood Summer comes a story about women who spent their childhood summers in a small Southern town that harbors secrets as lush as the marshes surrounding it. Where a tidal river meets the ocean sits the house that shaped Bonny Blankenship s most treasured memories of the summers spent with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Known as the Summer Sisters, they read, swam, and wished for happy-ever-afters amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss. . . until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey s mother disappeared.
Now, in her late forties, 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.
Published July 11th 2017 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Four stars: A book that explores the lives of three women as they endure heartache, hope and life lessons.
Bonny Blankenship is falling apart. Her marriage is over, her career is in trouble and her college age daughter is flunking out of school. Hoping to find her way again, Bonny returns to her parent’s beach house, but she isn’t going alone. Bonny brings along her daughter, Piper. She also convinces her best friend, Lainey, to return to the beach house and confront the ghosts of the past. As the summer unwinds in the lazy, scenic Southern town, the three women grow and change, and they learn what is important to each of them. Will they find their way again?
What I Liked:
- The Bookshop at Water’s End is a lovely book that bursts with hope and change. It is gorgeously written, entertaining and the perfect read for when you want a good old fashioned comfort read.
- I loved that this book featured three different women. Bonny is falling apart, her life is in shambles and she is lost. In desperation, she packs up and heads to her parent’s long abandoned beach house, in hopes of finding herself. While she is there, Bonny learns what is important, and she finds her way. Piper, Bonny’s daughter, is drowning. She is trying to recover from a nasty breakup. She drinks too much, and she can’t seem to get anything right. Her summer brings her new love, new perspective and new beginnings. Lainey, Bonny’s best friend, reluctantly agrees to return to the beach house where her past nearly broke her. Lainey has spent years desperately searching for her mother, often forgetting what is important to her. While at the beach house, Lainey finally learns the truth about the past and she finally realizes what is most dear to her. Watching each of these women transform as they overcame their troubles was a delight. I loved all three of them and their journeys.
- The setting is magical. It was easy to transport myself to this calm, scenic beach town. The book shop with its cozy interior, eccentric and kindly owner, and piles of books was a huge draw. I couldn’t get enough of the setting.
- I appreciated that the message of this book was finding what is most important. This is a book that is all about the important things in life and accepting change.
- The writing is gorgeous. I was enchanted by the rich metaphors and delightful descriptions.
- The ending is a bit open but it satisfactorily closes most of the story lines. I liked seeing how each woman transformed during the summer. It closes in a good spot.
- I listened to the audiobook version, and I enjoyed the narration. This audiobook incorporates four different narrators to properly capture the voices of all the different women, which I liked. I highly recommend the audiobook version.
And The Not So Much:
- I was disappointed with the whole story line regarding Owen. There was all this buildup from the beginning, and I was expecting something to happen. When all was said and done, this portion of the story was left undone. Such a disappointment. I wanted it settled one way or another.
- I found myself wishing for more of Mimi and the bookshop. The title is a bit misleading because the bookshop is only a minor part of the story. I wanted more Mimi and more bookshop.
- Lucas is just awful. He dragged down the story.
The Bookshop at Water’s End is a lovely book perfect for when you want a comfort read. This is a book that features three different women undergoing a journey of transformation. This is a story with heartbreak and hope, second chances and new beginnings. I loved the positive messages and the gorgeous writing. Pick this one up!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.