The Bookstore on the Beach
"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
This heartfelt novel about the tug-of-war between the past and the present is as enchanting as a small seaside town. It’s been a year and a half since her husband disappeared, and Autumn Divac doesn’t know if she should hold on or let go. Her teenagers, Taylor and Caden, are thrilled when she decides the three of them should stay with their grandmother in Sable Beach for the summer. But her coastal hometown proves to be full of gossipy whispers and conflicted emotions. We were captivated by Autumn’s journey even before she reconnected with her old flame Quinn Vanderbilt (who, it turns out, has plenty of his own baggage). This evocative listen has something for everyone as we follow three generations through the compelling narrative—and each has plenty of heart. Narrator Amy McFadden has a delightfully chatty delivery that makes her sound like she’s dishing about the neighbors down the block. If you’re looking for a romance, a family drama, or even a mystery, The Bookstore on the Beach gives you all of the above.