The bookshop at waters edge
Journey of a Bookseller: The Bookshop at Water's Edge by Patti Callahan HenryIf you are looking for the perfect summer read, this is the title for you. I hesitate to call it a beach read, for that description typically is used for a light, fluffy read. Yet, I personally yearn for titles with deeper themes for my summer reads. Bonny and Lainey met one summer when they were young teens; their friendship grew and was nurtured through the years. Their bond of friendship continued to withstand the test of time and distance; as soon as Lainey was able she moved to California, as far away as one can get from South Carolina. The author uses alternating time periods, fluctuating between those idyllic summers and the present day, to tell the story of the Summer Sisters. It is her point of view, and that of her daughter, Piper, that is focused on the most.
The Bookshop at Water’s End
Known as the Summer Sisters, they read, swam and wished for happy-ever-afters amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss. 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.
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It is that good, because the characters are that real and the plot is that involving. Henry has done good work in the past but this is her best novel to date. The story concerns two women who have been friends since they were eleven years old. They met when their parents summered together in Watersend, South Carolina. But in the summer when they were thirteen a tragedy occurred.