Thursday, April 8, 2021

Review: The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

The Bookstore on the Beach
by Brenda Novak

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Autumn Divac has spent the last year and a half looking for her husband who went missing on a work trip that went very different from what he predicted.  After losing a year and a half of her life to a search, she decides to escape Florida for the summer and go to her mother's home in a beach town in Virginia and just get away from it all for a summer.  Little does she know that her mother has some secrets that are about to come to light and her kids will have more than a transformative summer than she could have predicted.  

My favorite thing is when an author hints at secrets, but lets the reader in on the secret before the characters.  On the other side of the coin, I don't love when a secret is hinted at and the reader is left in the dark!  Brenda Novak lets the reader in on the secrets and the anticipation is more about how the characters will react when these secrets come out.  While there were a lot of characters with secrets, for me this didn't feel over the top.  

This was one of those great stand alone books that I suggest taking on a vacation or to the beach or pool because it is easy to get into, but also easy to put down and pick back up when/if an interruption happens!  The characters were easy to get to know and each storyline was easy to keep apart and the plot kept moving, so there wasn't a dull moment in the story.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 36 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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