[Patti Callahan Henry] ✓ The Bookshop at Waters End [roman PDF] Ebook Epub Download ☆ A summer home that has been left abandoned for years, but a summer home that Bonny now desperately needs to return to regardless of the pain and memories it holds.
The town of Watersend, South Carolina, was quaint, a treasure from childhood, and had the best bookstore with a marvelous bookstore owner that could pick out a book you need not a book that you want We meet many likable and believable characters except one in THE booksHOP AT WATER S END You are able to empathize with the characters as well as want everything to turn out for them.
The main character, Bonny, was a successful doctor, but a tragic mistake in the emergency room one night caused Bonny to be put on sabbatical and has her deciding to return to the childhood summer home that contains secrets and some happy and not so happy memories.
A happy memory was the friendship between Bonny and Lainey They were labeled the summer sisters They had made a pact to always be there for each other Bonny needed Lainey now, and Lainey came back to the house with her two children even though she also had some bad summer memories and really didn t want to.
The bookstore and its owner were definitely a happy memory Mimi, the bookstore owner was marvelous Any book that has a bookstore and a book club in it definitely makes the story line even appealing.
Two not so happy memories and ones that were difficult to forget gnawed at both women The disappearance of Lainey s mother and Bonny s love for Lainey s brother, Owen, who was the love of her life, but a love she could never get to stay were memories difficult to get over.
The book s setting was perfect, and the descriptions of the house, the town, the beach, and the ocean put you there with the characters sharing their days and their feelings both good and bad.
THE BOOK SHOP AT WATER S END was a warm, inviting read bringing women together for what we do best support each other.
This was my first book by Ms Henry, and it was a delightful, summer treat.
ENJOY 5 5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Best book of her career Loved it
THE booksHOP AT WATER S END is an engaging story about two fifty something friends at a crossroads in life who return to their childhood vacation home to face the ghosts of their past Lainey and Bonny were known as the Summer Sisters around the idyllic waterfront town, and they had the happiest times together until tragedy struck Lainey s mom disappeared without a trace, something that has haunted her for nearly 40 years Bonny is dealing with her own issues, including a crumbling marriage and a medical career on the line due to a careless mistake, plus a troubled collage age daughter and a lifetime of unrequited love for Lainey s brother Owen Yep, there s a lot going on here This was a beautifully written, character driven novel, and the descriptions of time an place were gorgeous The characters were real and easy to empathize with Even when obstacles seemed insurmountable, they did the best they could and persevered Woven throughout the book is the mystery of Lainey s mother s disappearance which kept me intrigued, though the conclusion left me with mixed feelings I m not sure I accept the reasoning behind it Maybe.
THE booksHOP AT WATER S END is a lovely story of friendship, forgiveness, and starting over, and a great choice for summer reading.
Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is a sweet story of two grown women who are now mothers Bonny is an ER doc trying to find her way out of a loveless marriage After an accident in the ER, she needs some time to regroup, so she returns to Watersend, a small sea side town where she and Lainey became friends when they were thirteen years old Back then, they had been inseparable They were known as the Summer Sisters They had the Girls Detective Club, inspired by Nancy Drew mysteries, and their safe haven was a bookstore run by a woman named Mimi Bonny brings her teenage daughter, Piper, with her to Watersend, and, even though Lainey has terrible memories of Watersend, Bonny convinces her to leave her husband in California for a few weeks and bring her two small children out to the beach house Initially, Piper feels like she s being punished because she flunked out of her freshman year of college In addition to that blow, she s also reeling from her boyfriend not just breaking up with her but immediately falling for another girl and taking off to Europe with her By making friends with a local boy and Mimi and babysitting Lainey s six and four year old children, Piper slowly begins to heal Bonny has to decide what to do with her career and her life Lainey wants to solve the thirty five year old mystery of what happened to her mother.
Told from multiple first person points of view, the complexity of the characters are good I also like the mystery of Lainey trying to figure out what happened to her mother, a search that has played a large role in her life The novel is not a completely fluffy summer read, although it does have a sweet mostly happily ever after ending Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book For of my reviews, please visit 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.
My Thoughts Bonny s journey back to Watersend would resurrect old memories, secrets, and the pain of the past, but it would also remind her of the magic she always felt there And she needs that magic now, just after a tragedy in her job as an ER doctor leaves her floundering.
With Piper still healing from a broken relationship, the two of them wait and are soon joined by Lainey, who has her own wounds from the past The pain of the summer that her mother went missing For years she has searched, but to no avail The art she creates helps her express the pain and communicate to those who see it.
Owen, Lainey s brother, is the love Bonny has longed for ever since those days in Watersend, but the they draw together, the they seem to part Owen s urges take him on journeys that she cannot follow Adventures that help him push away the pain of the past.
Mimi, as the owner of the bookshop, is the source of all wisdom to Bonny, Lainey, and especially Piper She offers a refuge, some suggestions that feel like treasures, and, in the end, she has the answers to some very deep questions.
How do Mimi and her friend Loretta fill in some gaps for Lainey What will Piper find in the small town that will heal the wounds of loss Will Owen finally come to stay, or will he constantly be on the move again What does Bonny decide about the old life she left behind in Charleston Multiple narrators carry us along and fill in the missing pieces of their stories A beautifully wrought tapestry combining art, medicine, and books the stories would offer meaning and magic for their souls 5 stars My e ARC came from the publishers via NetGalley This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in books.
I really enjoyed this book I was really pulled in by the writing and ended up loving the characters The story was a little bit different than I had thought it would be based on the title but it ended up being a good surprise Once I started reading this book, I found myself picking up this book every free moment I had until I reached the last page I am really glad that I decided to give this book a try.
Bonny and Lainey called themselves the Summer Sisters when they were children Their families would spend the summer together at a little house on the water in Watersend every year They both looked forward to those summers and became lifelong friends even after a tragedy ended their summers together When Bonny hits a difficult time in her life, Lainey suggests that she spend some time at the summer house and they end up returning together.
This story is told from three points of view Bonny is an emergency room doctor that is forced into taking a leave of absence She is in the process of leaving her husband and all of her plans seem to be going wrong Piper is Bonny s 19 year old daughter who seems to be having a difficult time Her first year of college has not went well and she feels somewhat trapped at the house with her mom Lainey is an artist that is happily married with two young children I really liked each of the three voices and thought all of their stories were unique and well developed.
I think that thing that really made this book hard to put down was the quality of the writing The book had such a nice flow and I always wanted to read just a bit I thought that the story had a very realistic quality to it I feel like all of the events in this story could happen anywhere I really enjoyed the way that the past and present came together for Bonny and Lainey There were a few scenes that were really filled with emotion and I felt myself really empathizing with these characters.
I would recommend this book to others I enjoyed this story of three women really discovering who they are and what they want out of life This was the first book by Patti Callahan Henry that I have read but I would love to read of her work in the future I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
Initial ThoughtsI really enjoyed this book The characters were wonderful and the things they were going through just felt very real.
For some reason I feel like I never connected with this book I wanted to quit at the half way mark but kept going and it just didn t get much better.
The Women Who Spent Their Childhood Summers In A Small Southern Town Discover It Harbors Secrets As Lush As The Marshes That Surround It 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 TideADERS GUIDE INSIDE All of my reviews can be found on www.
comThe bookshop at Water s End is told from multiple perspectives giving four different women all the chance to narrate and tell their personal story Bonny and Lainey have been best friends since they were children and Piper is Bonny s troubled daughter, and finally Mimi is the owner of the bookshop These women ranged in age from nineteen to eighty and the author did such a brilliant job of creating distinct and powerful voices for each of them As I write this, I m trying to decide who my favorite character is and I m struggling, which only proves my point that the characterization is amazing This is mainly told in the present day as Bonny, Lainey and Piper all spend some time at Bonny s parents house in Watershed There are also a few chapters that flashback to the late seventies early eighties during the three summers that Bonny and Lainey spent there together Watershed was a fantastic setting and the author truly brought it to life I kept going back and looking at that beautiful cover while I was reading and it just fits perfectly with the setting she created The main focus of the story surrounds the three women as they struggle with their own personal problems, but the past plays a heavy role in their current dilemmas Lainey s mom disappeared and was never seen again and the addition of this mystery added something special and heartbreaking to the text This was a wonderful summer read with depth, there are some lessons to be learned from it and the themes were also beautiful The power and beauty of female relationships played a heavy role here and the friendship between Bonny and Lainey was just lovely There was such a good, strong flow to the writing, it was so easy to get caught up in the characters lives and be swept away to Watershed At it s heart, it s the story of women finding their place in the world and finally finding their true home There is just something magical about this book that I really enjoyed, it s special.