THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END by Patti Callahan Henry
Publisher Berkley/Penguin Random House, July 11, 2017
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.