First Line Friday — The Book Shop At Water’s End

26 May

Happy Friday! After a very hard read, my book club wanted a recovery book for its next selection. We chose The Book Shop At Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry. Early reports is that it’s good.

Do you ever need a recovery read following an especially emotional or difficult book?

Here’s the first line:

We are defined by the moods and whims of a wild tidal river surrounding our small town, cradling us in its curved basin.

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 tide.

3 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Book Shop At Water’s End”

  1. Nicole Santana May 26, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

    What a gorgeous cover!

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Jonas by Susan May Warren. SO good!
    “I’m sorry I got you into this.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Cindy Davis May 26, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

    I love the title and will be curious about this one!!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Danielle Grandinetti May 29, 2023 at 10:23 am #

    Pretty cover! I just finished A Nanny for the Rancher’s Twins by Heidi Main. The first line is: “Laney Taylor stepped out of her sedan and breathed in the earthy Texas air.” I hope you have a great week!

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