June 03, 2021

#BookReview: The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak






Synopsis: "A page-turner with a deep heart."--Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Summer 

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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Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: 
For me this one was kinda iffy. I loved parts of it but parts of it felt like it was too much. I think if the story lines of what happened to Mary in the past and what was happening with Autumn had been separated into two novels it would have been better. It felt like there was a bit too much drama squished into one book. I also would have loved more at the end, it felt like it ended abruptly.  Even with all of that I had a hard time putting it down as it was a great story overall. 







Review

"The Bookstore on the Beach is a page-turner with a deep heart. You’ll cheer for these admirable, complicated women. You’ll be breathless (and smiling) when you read the surprising end. (Don’t peek!)"—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Summer

"Novak handles difficult topics with sensitivity, making for a heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.”—Publishers Weeklystarred review

“Filled with mystery and drama, coupled with themes of family ties and secrets. This page-turner will not disappoint.”—Booklist

“The prose is fast-paced and exciting making this a breathless page-turner with the conclusion proving no problems are too difficult to solve.”—New York Journal of Books

"An abundance of heart and humor. The Bookstore on the Beach is an escapist treat with emotional heft."—Apple Books, Best Book of the Month selection

"This heartwarming story of sisters who bond as adults is sure to please the many fans of Novak as well as those who enjoy books by Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber."—Library Journal on One Perfect Summer

"I adore everything Brenda Novak writes. Her books are compelling, emotional, tender stories about people I would love to know in real life."—RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

"Heartwarming, life-affirming, page-turning...I can always count on Novak to make me weep, laugh and fall in love!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

"Brenda Novak is always a joy to read."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Fascinating characters, powerful conflicts and complex emotions make any Brenda Novak book a must-read for me."—Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Brenda Novak doesn't just write fabulous stories, she writes keepers."—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Whenever I see a new Brenda Novak book, I buy it and read it, pronto. I can always count on her for a solid, exciting story."—Linda Lael Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Brenda Novak has a raw talent for bringing her novels to life."—The San Francisco Book Review

"Beautifully crafted, exceptionally poignant."—Library Journal on Discovering You

"Potently emotional, powerfully life-affirming."—Booklist (starred review) on This Heart of Mine

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak has written over 60 novels. An eight-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best and other awards. She runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity that has raised more than $2.5 million for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). She considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life. www.brendanovak.com 









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