"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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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With more than 60 novels to her name, Brenda Novak knows her way around a juicy family drama, and her latest delivers exactly that. Still reeling from her husband’s sudden disappearance more than a year ago, Autumn brings her two teenage children to stay with her mother in her seaside hometown. This homecoming sets the stage for the rekindling of a high-school romance and the slow reveal of a devastating, long-held secret—not to mention a slew of other great twists. As Novak’s relatable cast of characters fall in love and navigate a range of serious issues, including teen pregnancy and PTSD, she presents their stories with an abundance of heart and humor. The Bookstore on the Beach is an escapist treat with emotional heft.
Shocking family secrets and sweet second chances animate this stellar small-town contemporary from Novak (the Whiskey Creek series). Autumn Divac has spent the last 18 months searching for her husband, who disappeared while on assignment for the FBI. Now struggling to move on, she and her teenage children, Taylor and Caden, return to Sable Beach, Va., to spend the summer with Autumn's mom, Mary, and work at Mary's beachfront bookstore. Also back in town is Autumn's high school sweetheart, the recently divorced Quinn Vanderbilt. Quinn is dealing with his mother's cancer prognosis and trauma over his ex-wife's attempt on his life—but reconnecting with Autumn makes him remember happier times. As their rekindled friendship evolves into romance, the budding couple faces some serious issues: Taylor, who's questioning her sexuality, may be pregnant by her brother's archenemy; Mary's finally ready to come clean about the traumatic circumstances of Autumn's conception; and a private investigator arrives in town, digging up secrets from the town's gossipmongers. The drama only brings Autumn and Quinn closer together in strength and solidarity—but their true test is the return of Autumn's husband. Novak handles difficult topics with sensitivity, making for a heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.