The bookshop at water's end / Patti Callahan Henry.

"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...

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Main Author: Henry, Patti Callahan,
Published: New York : Berkley, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
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Review by Booklist Review

Henry returns to Watersend, South Carolina, a sleepy town nestled between the ocean and the river, in this tale of mothers and daughters. Bonny Blankenship is a sought-after ER doctor who has the perfect escape from her loveless marriage a new job in Atlanta after a summer fixing up the old river house and putting it on the market. Her daughter, Piper, failed out of her first year of college for partying too hard, and she is less than thrilled at being exiled to the dinky town to babysit her mom's best friend's kids. Lainey McKay can't believe she let Bonny talk her into returning to Watersend, the place where her mother disappeared and her life fell apart. While Bonny's best-laid plans go awry, the women get a break from their punishing inner demons at the bookshop, on the beach, or in a makeshift art studio. Hints at the previous Watersend novel, The Idea of Love (2015), suggest a more fleshed-out backstory, and on the whole, this is a great beach read of the Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne River Siddons variety.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2017 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

When ER doctor Bonny Blankenship's life spirals out of control, she packs up her troubled teen daughter, invites her BFF and her two young children to join them, and heads to where her most memorable summers were spent, her family's Watersend, SC, vacation home. Piper Blankenship's bad choices have led to her mom dragging her to this small town. Will it be punishment or pleasure? Lainey McKay gets her bestie's urgent request and wants to say yes, but returning to the place where her mom disappeared without a trace years ago is a hard pill for her to swallow. With an eloquent and effective narrative, a realistic continuing theme of unbreakable relationship bonds, and a fantastic multilayered story line of secrets, regrets, and a good dose of teenage drama, this is a solid summer read. VERDICT Fans of Southern fried fiction will devour Henry's (The Idea of Love; The Stories We Tell; And Then I Found You) latest low-country treasure of new beginnings and an old mystery.-Debbie Haupt, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., St Peters, MO © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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