The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak
Release Date - April 6, 2021
Autumn Divac and her two teens have been feeling lost since her husband (their father) disappeared 18 months earlier. He left on a business trip and hasn't been in touch with anyone since. Autumn's spent a lot of money on a private detective, but there's since the initial sighting after he arrived in the Ukraine, he's never been seen again.
For a change of scenery, Autumn brings her teens to her mom's house in her beachside hometown. It's a summer they can spend enjoying the ocean, helping out at her mom's bookstore, and moving on. It's also going to be a summer of changes for the three women.
Autumn reunites with a high school crush, who is back in town and single for the first time in decades. Can she move on when no one knows if her husband is alive or dead? Autumn's mom has hidden a secret for most of Autumn's life, and her past may soon catch up with her. Autumn's daughter has a secret of her own that can change her future.
I loved most of The Bookstore on the Beach. Treading carefully without giving spoilers, there are aspects that annoyed me and felt completely unnecessary. I'll leave it there. Read it and you'll know what bothered me.
The town and its residents were delightful. I wanted to be in the local restaurant, the cozy bookshop, and the beach. I dream of living in a town like that. I loved watching the three women come to terms with their life path and figure out what they wanted now and in the future. Now that it's over, I do have hopes that one character will be revisited. It seems only fair at this point.