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  • A story of three generations of women

    Autumn Divac feels like her life is falling apart. Eighteen month ago her husband, Nick, went missing. She has no idea where he went and has been spending all of her free time trying to find him. When Autumn decides to take her kids, Taylor and Caden, to her hometown of Sable Beach to spend the summer with her mom, she never realized that her life was going to change in so many ways. When Autumn runs into Quinn Vanderbilt, all the old feelings come back and for the first time in a long time, she finally feels alive again. As Autumn and Quinn start to spend more time together, things escalate quickly. Autumn is feeling things with Quinn that she never felt with Nick. Just when it looks Autumn has finally found some happiness again, something big happens with her daughter, Taylor......actually two big reveals! Just when the family has finally accepted what is happening with Taylor, Autumn finds out another huge revelation about her mom. After finally coming to grips with everything Autumn and the kids decide they are all going to move from Tampa, FL to Sable Beach. Of course things can never go smoothly and another wrench gets thrown into the mix. It will take a lot of soul searching but in the end, Autumn will finally get her happy ending. I enjoyed this story. It was fun seeing a story about a family through three different generations : Mimi, Autumn's mom; Autumn and Taylor. All three went through a trying situation but in the end they ended up better for it. My heart went out to all three of these people. I also adored Quinn! He was just the perfect person and any woman would be lucky to have him. Overall, this was an enjoyable story with interesting characters and I would recommend reading it.

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  • Great Beach Read

    The Bookshop on the Beach by Brenda Novak is an amazing and heartwarming tale of a woman whose husband went missing and has yet to be found. This story takes us on a journey with Autumn Divac as she tries to start a new chapter of her life but who struggles since she still has no answers to help her reconcile and find closure with the one she’s been living. Then there’s her two teenage children dealing with their own fears, questions, and insecurities created by the situation. Autumn takes her kids home for the summer, to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She enjoys 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. Then there’s Quinn, the boy who stole her heart in high school who she encounters in town, and finds those old feelings return again. She has too many questions to deal with before she can move forward; many are unanswerable. 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. I absolutely loved the interactions and love between Autumn, her mother, her kids and Quinn. Each is dealing with major life challenges and trying to find solutions that will work for each of them. Ms. Novak did an amazing job of describing the setting and the characters in a way that makes them come to life. She wrote a story that reaches the soul; the soul of her characters as well the soul of her readers. This wonderful and amazing story was emotional, moving, tear inducing, filled with wonderful dialogue, and endearing characters that is must read. I highly recommend The Bookshop on the Beach to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • A wonderful women's fiction

    Autumn's husband has been missing for eighteen months. To help her teenage children cope, she takes them to spend the summer with her mother at a small town on the beach. There she meets up with her high school crush, who wants to date her. But can she move forward with her life when her husband's fate is uncertain? And what happens when she discovers the secrets her mother and daughter are keeping? This is an engrossing women's fiction with well-developed characters and a vibrant setting. I felt immersed in the conflicts and obstacles the family faced. If the book had ended at the 90% mark, it would have been a wonderful, uplifting romance. But a new complication was added that took it out of the realm of romance for me, and put it solidly into women's fiction territory. That shouldn't discourage anyone from reading it—it's a wonderful book—but adjust your expectations accordingly. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Intriguing - made me think and care

    The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak Three Women Three Generations Questions Discovery Choices Three Futures Which path will each one take? …. Complex, well-written, thought provoking story that had me wondering what I would do if in the position(s) of any of the characters in this story. The book is nearly five hundred pages in length because there is much to cover and yet all of it was necessary to make this story what it is. I am not sure I would have made the choices that were made and yet, if any of the choices made had been different all three of their lives would have been different. What I liked: * That the story made me think, feel, and care about the characters and the outcome of the story. * Mary: mother, grandmother, bookstore owner, secret keeper, strong, conflicted, survivor… * Autumn: mother, wife, dealing with the disappearance of her husband while raising her teenage son and daughter on her own. Strong, resilient, focused on what is best for family * Taylor: teenage daughter, worried, misses her father, dealing with more than one teenage issue * Caden: teenage son, outgoing, caring, good brother and son, full of potential * Laurie: business partner of Mary, friend, and more * Quinn: caring, romantic, wants more from life than what he has experienced, a good son, kind, good with people * The way the story was presented and how all the pieces linked together * The quirks of the various characters * The way issues were faced by the three generations…well…eventually faced and sorted out * The small town setting * The way the community pulled together for someone in need * The strong friendships * That the relationship between Caden and Taylor seemed believable * Realizing that no matter how nice it would be to find a solution that would allow everyone in a situation to be 100% happy and satisfied…life doesn’t always provide that option…mixed feelings on this one…kind of a like and a dislike but also reality. What I didn’t like: * The issues that the three women had to face and deal with – it is central to the story BUT would hate to face the issues myself. * Not a true dislike BUT I would have liked to have known more about the missing husband Nick and the relationship he and Autumn had together before he went missing…or…perhaps to have had an epilogue to see how everyone turned out down the road. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars

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  • Family Secrets

    This is more of a women's fiction book than romance. Yes there is a romance in the book but the book is more centered around three women. There are a lot of secrets that are unearthed during this summer. I did enjoy this book a lot. Who wouldn't want to own a bookstore right on the beach. I would love that. There is a lot of emotion in this book. A lot of fear of the unknown too. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I felt it was too short and left the reader guessing on a lot of things. I think an epilogue would have been great or even another book after this one telling what is going on would be wonderful. Overall this book is wonderful, emotional and heartwarming. I am leaving this review voluntarily after being sent a free book.

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