“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.
This was actually my first book from author Patti Callihan Henry. I did enjoy very much her style of writing; conversational & witty. The story is set around the summer house at Watersend, South Carolina called “Sea La Vie” (very clever). This house has been like a safe haven for (protagonists) Bonny & Lainey since they were teenagers.
Fast forward to a few years later and Bonny, who eventually went on to become an ER doctor and made a mistake, which she cannot seem to get past, returns to Watersend with her daughter and is getting ready to sell the house, with the help of a an old friend. Soon enough, events will begin unfolding and new characters will come to play a big role in this beautiful tale. You’ll fall in love with the bookstore and the bookseller, who has been there for generations. You’re likely to walk into Starbucks and pretend it’s the Title Wave Bookshop.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. The plot was interwoven intricately and masterfully to bring us some really great heroines and take you through a journey of self-discovery and how we, as individuals, can handle conflicting situations that bring us at a crossroads in our life.
“You don’t know who you can be, or what you can do, until you have to be and do.”