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How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?
Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.
Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again. Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heart…and hope it won’t lead her astray.
"A heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak has written more than sixty novels and has won the National Readers' Choice, Booksellers' Best, and other awards. She is a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
Amy McFadden has narrated more than two hundred titles in many different genres. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has acted on stage throughout Michigan for more than twenty years and in commercials and film for ten years. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"A page-turner with a deep heart."-- "Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08D3R45CG
- Publisher : MIRA; Original edition (April 6, 2021)
- Publication date : April 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1698 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 470 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021
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Mary owns a bookstore half and half with her best friend Laurie. She lives a private life and is excited that her daughter Autumn is coming to visit with her two grandkids, Caden and Taylor. As Autumn starts to ask questions about her father, Mary worries that the past she has kept secret will come out. Autumn’s husband went missing 18 months ago. When she runs into an old high school flame, she feels like perhaps she can move on. Should she try to start afresh or continue to search for her husband? Taylor misses her father, but at the beach, she makes a new friend and realizes that she may want to take a different plan in life.
I loved the multi-generational story of The Bookstore on the Beach. Mary, Autumn, and Taylor’s story line were all equally strong and very engaging. The story was very dramatic. I loved the family relationships, but I also loved the look into how secrets can change your life and impact your family. The big reveals in the story pulled on my emotions and kept me looped into the story. I liked the mystery of a couple of the storylines as well as the contemporary issues. I also loved the great romance that was in the story as well. I’m being a little vague here as I LOVED the surprises, and I don’t want to ruin them for anyone else. There is a great epilogue you also get if you sign up for Brenda Novak’s newsletter.
I read this in April for the Brenda Novak Book Group. We had the book club meeting last month and it was fun as always. You can still access it on Brenda Novak’s Facebook page. There will be a deeper discussion on Brenda Novak’s Birthday on May 15th.
“She’d never forget wandering down the aisles, touching the spines of the books she’d already enjoyed. As an only child, the fictional characters they contained were her first friends, and even though she had plenty of real friends as she grew older, she was always eager to retreat into the imaginary world created by a good storyteller.” - I love this description of the bookstore and reading!
Overall, The Bookstore on the Beach is a great multi-generational family drama that makes the perfect beach read.
Book Source: Purchased from Amazon.com
As one would expect Autumn's two teenage children have been shaken by their father's disappearance. Although they live in Tampa, Florida every summer the whole family goes to Sable Beach. Autumn's mother and family live there and it is always a pleasant vacation for all of them. This year may be different without Nick who is Autumn's husband and the children's father. But things take a pleasant turn.
The children, Caden and Taylor, have each made some good friends. Autumn has reconnected with her high school crush. There are many surprises, twists and turns as everyone explores new territory. I really cannot say more with out spoilers. I think The Bookstore on the Beach is Brenda Novak's best work yet. I loved every minute of this book and didn't want it to end.
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Sacrificing one person’s happiness for someone else’s is hard but does it solve anything in the end?