Book Review of
The Bookshop at Water’s End
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.
The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry was published in 2017, includes romance, summer vacation, the beach, the river, a bookstore, and complicated families. That pretty much sums up a good beach read.
If I had to describe this book in just a few words, I would say it is a pretty typical beach read. The problem is that I don’t love what many would consider a beach read.
This book was fine. It was a little too pg-13 in some parts for me, but overall it was a good read if you love beach reads. I thought it was very predictable. I also wish that the bookstore would have played a more prominent role in the story. It was in the story, but since the title is The Bookshop at Water’s End, I thought it would play a bigger role. Overall if you love what many would consider a beach read, you will probably love this book.