The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround itBonny 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 aThe women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround itBonny 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
The Bookshop at Water s End The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround itBonny Blankenship s most treasured memories are of idyllic summe
This is a novel of female friendship, tragedy and new beginnings in a wonderful setting.This is the story of Bonny, Piper and Lainey Bonny Blankenship is an ER doctor who has been suspended from her job and is under investigation for her role in the accidental death of a patient Lainey is Bonny s best friend and an artist Piper is Bonny s daughter who has recently come into some trouble The three of them move into Bonny s river house for the summer, located in the town of Water s End This was th [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 themselv [...]
Best book of her career Loved 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 thr [...]
All of my reviews can be found on novelgossipThe 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 writ [...]
When young Bonny Blakenship and Lainey McKay spent their summers together with the families at Watersend, they called themselves the summer sisters They promised to always be best friends and be there for each other The disappearance of Lainey s mother put an end to those summers, even though the friends keep in touch by mail and phone as they grow older When in the Emergency Room of the hospital where Bonny is a doctor, she encounters Owen, Lainey s brother and the one she had always been in lo [...]
How I love this time of year when a beach read seems inevitable and going to the beach actually is a reality The thing that I loved most about this book was Mimi s bookshop, it seemed like such a nice peaceful old fashioned type of bookstore, the kind that we really do not see often any Then there was the mystery of what happened to Lainey s mother all those years ago when she disappeared, where did she go Did she drown This is entangled up in Lainey s everyday life as she tries to find out what [...]
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.
3.5 Stars This rating seems really low for a novel with such great writing but I really didn t connect to any of the characters or the plot You start off with a prologue to Mimi, the Title Wave s bookshop owner, and Piper, Bonny s daughter s first encounter in the bookshop Mimi s narrative I feel was the strongest in all of the novel and I was very disappointed to see that her perspective is only given a couple of times when it seemed like Mimi s character was where Henry did her strongest writi [...]
This book had so many different levels and layers to peel back, I just don t even know where to start So I guess at the beginning is a good place.This is the story of two best friends who spent summers at the beach and their lives became intricately woven together over the years But then the happiness fell apart over a tragedy that changed their lives forever.Fast forward to today Dealing with a tragedy at work, a loveless marriage, the only place to escape to is the water and the house where ha [...]
When Bonny and Lainey were girls their families were summer friends in the small coastal town of Water s End They did everything together and were even called the Summer Sisters by some of the locals The summer they were 13 something horrible happened and their families never returned to Water s End Bonny s family owned the house where both families stayed and now Bonny was the owner She d fixed it up and rented it out over the years but now she was going to prepare to sell it That was the plan [...]
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher Berkley in exchange for an honest review This is a great summer read, not to heavy but still there is depth to the story of two friends who reunite at the river house where one of the friends lost her mother Bonny s parents bought the house when she was a child and each year they would return for the summer It was here that she met Lainey and her brother Owen who would also along with their parents come to the house each year Bonny and Lainey [...]
Bonny is a well respected ER doctor, married, with a 20 year old daughter who is a bit of a train wreck When a blast from her past disrupts her life, she loses focus and makes a fatal error.Now on suspension, she escapes her bad marriage taking her daughter to the summer river house in Watersend, South Carolina She has so many fond memories of the summers she and her best friend spent there and once considered it home until a tragedy, and she and her family never returned The other part of the S [...]
Books and the beach Two of my favourite things And you ll find them both in Patti Callahan Henry s new novel, The Bookshop at Water s End Bonny and Lainey were known as the Summer Sisters when they were younger and spent summers in Watersend, SC But those idyllic days ended when Lainey s mother disappeared one night Now in their fifties, they are still friends, but have never gone back to Watersend Bonny is a doctor, but a tragic mistake may cost her her career Her marriage is also on the rocks [...]
This is a great read You will fall in love with the characters You will want a copy and cuddle down and enjoy.
I love Southern fiction and have read all of Patti Callahan Henry s books and will tell you that this book was another fantastic book by a great author I have been in a reading slump lately and this is the book that ended that slump I thought it was Southern fiction at it s best.Bonny and Lainey had been friends since childhood when they spent three summers sharing a beach house with their families They were now in their 50s and Bonny, an ER doc who has made a terrible mistake, begs Lainey to re [...]
A warm hug of a bookMessed up people Hurt people Wonderful people.Human.Friends Family Friends are family.Death Loss Hope.I fell into this book and breathed in the corner of the river house watching the lives unfold.I ll read this book again It s going on my MAKES MY HEART HAPPY list
Patti Callahan Henry is one of the best storytellers around, and it isn t only because of her fascinating plots and relatable, real characters It is also because her beautiful, lyrical prose weave together in a way that makes the stories even poignant, emotional and moving I love all of her books, but I think this might be my favorite yet Henry adeptly balances four protagonists, ranging from 19 to 80, in a believable, authentic way There are a few plot twists in this one, and the ending actu [...]
I won this novel in the Giveaways I m such a sucker for beach reads that take place in the Low Country and this book did not disappoint I was thrilled to win this book The book is told from three different female perspectives Bonny, her summer sister Lainey, and Bonny s nineteen year old daughter Piper After a medical procedure gone wrong and in the midst of a bad marriage, ER doctor Bonny heads back to Watersend, SC to the summer home her parents had left to her She also brings her daughter who [...]
The Bookshop At Waters End a juicy southern novel, and another fantastic summer read It s main setting is a river ocean cottage in Watersend, South Carolina which reunites the Summer Sisters for one heck of a sentimental girls vacation before the cottage is put up for sale The storyline is sizzling with shocking family secrets, lifelong friendships, love and books, of course I rated all the stars.
A superbly and beautifully well written story by one of my favorite Southern fiction writers
I adore a book that is character driven, one that lets me see in to a life and helps me understand what makes that person tick This book did just that for me I came to love the characters in this book, especially Bonny, Lainey and Piper As the story unfolded and I came to understand why each one made the choices they did and what drove them, I just loved them even .The setting of WatersEnd was pure perfection, and a little town I d love to live in myself I can see why it was special to each of t [...]
First, I d like to thank Netgalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advanced copy of The Bookshop at Water s End I was intrigued by both the cover and the title, as I had never read anything by Patti Callahan Henry Besides recommendations from some of my friends, this is usually how I like to try new authors I was not disappointed Told from different character s perspectives and different time periods, this was a story of two women, Bonnie and Lainey, who spent summers as young girls in Wate [...]
3.5 stars I enjoyed this little beach read It is told from the perspectives of Bonny, her teenage daughter, and her childhood friend Lainey, which added some depth to the story The mystery is surrounding Lainey s mother, who disappeared when Lainey was just a child Overall, it was a little predictable and cozy The word bookshop in the title caught my eye originally I would have liked scenes there I loved Mimi, the bookshop owner who always knew just the right thing to say or the right book to r [...]
Every line in The Bookshop at Water s End is soulfully written in seamlessly crafted chapters Beginning in the emergency room of a Charleston, South Carolina hospital, this enchanting story never loses its page turning sense of urgency, and yet it is delivered softly, as a deeply insightful, thought provoking character study on two women, whose lives are significantly entwined Author Patti Callahan Henry knows her way around the nuances of women, and writes with uncommon fearlessness, as she tel [...]
Talk about a book written with calculation This book is certainly geared to readers like me sucker for books about books and bookstores, and a mystery involving longtime friends , but the bookstore really was insignificant to the story any meeting place would have done , and the mystery totally unrealistic and anticlimactic In addition, the characters were fake and annoying, all seemed to hold onto long ago trauma some if it not really so traumatic and overreact to everything The book seem to be [...]
Will be one of my favourite books of 2017 I am sure the audiobook version.