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The Bookstore on the Beach

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  242 reviews
How do you start a new chapter when you haven’t closed the book on the last one?

Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers—she still has no idea where he went or why. After being happily married for twenty years, she can’t imagine moving forward without him, but for the sake of their two teenage children, she has t
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by MIRA
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Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband of twenty years disappeared after a trip to the Ukraine. She’s spent those months tirelessly searching for him in vain and decides to return to her hometown for the summer. Autumn and her two teenaged children stay with her mother, Mary Langford, who operates a bookstore on the beach along with her sister Laurie. She’s looking for a respite after the despair of husband Nick’s disappearance but runs into a bit of turmoil when her high school “first,” Qu ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars, rounded up
I picked this book up for two reasons: one, that the main character Autumn's husband had disappeared without a trace eighteen months previously and she was trying to find him and what had happened to him. Two, it featured a bookstore and books about books/bookstores/libraries are some of my favorites. This book turned out to be an overall decent read, but it definitely has some shortcomings.

The main thing wrong with this book is that it is so incredibly uneven and tries to i
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
That ending... not cool. I needed more there. ☹️
This book is filled with scenarios that just really tug at your emotions. Who can even comprehend how they would feel let alone emotionally handle someone who was just missing.

There are a lot of different layers in this story and totally not just about a bookstore and the lives involved there. It is a much deeper story with it’s complexity. It’s about heartbreak and learning how to move past and try to live your life.

It’s a
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2021
I’m kind of stuck on how I feel about this book hence the 3 stars. I wasn’t completely in love with all parts of the story. When I started the story I wasn’t pulled in. I kept reading but it took a bit of time to get me to the point that I didn’t want to put it down. Usually it takes me about 5-7 days to read a good book. This one was double that.
At a point a little over half way through, I lost that connection and started skipping paragraphs, then pages. There was just so much drama for one sm
Sherri Thacker
This book has a lot going on and a lot of characters to keep track of. I enjoyed this book and would love to own a book store on the beach. What could be better than that? It was fast paced and it made me feel like i really was on the beach living this story. This author never disappoints. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
This book might look like a cute beach book but there’s a lot of extra drama too. I’ve never read this author before and wouldn’t have known what to expect.

Three generations of women spend the summer together at the beach.
Mary is happy that her daughter Autumn and her great children Taylor and Caden are going to come spend the summer again. Autumn hasn’t brought the family out recently because her husband disappeared and she’s been trying so hard to find him.

Each of the three women has been thro
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a little something for everyone. There’s a little mystery, a little romance, contemporary issues and great character development. This book was hard to put down for long.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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THE BOOKSTORE ON THE BEACH by Brenda Novak is a women’s fiction story featuring three generations of women in one family. Each woman is facing emotional secrets and decisions which can break apart a family as well as heal it with understanding and forgiveness. This is a standalone read.

I am very torn about how I feel about this book. I love the setting and I love any book centered around a bookstore. The three women all have storie
How much drama can you pack into one story? A missing husband, a past family scandal, a second chance romance, cancer, an unexpected pregnancy, etc. This book has it all. Easy to follow even with three main narratives. Autumn's husband has been missing for 18 months when she travels to her hometown with her 2 kids for a summer visit with her mother. She runs into a past love and reconnects. Mary, her mother, has hidden scandal that comes to head that summer.

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Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of three women, all of whom face huge challenges in life, was written with so much powerful emotion that it carried me along, much as the tide carries the shells with it. Mary, the mother of Autumn and grandmother of Taylor, is hiding a terrible secret that she fears others will discover. Autumn’s husband of a couple of decades is missing after a trip to Ukraine and she is undone by his disappearance. Finally, Taylor, Autumn’s daughter, has some serious drama of her own to deal with. J ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2021
This book had a lot going on. Three generations of women all having a secret to deal with. It was hard to put down this book, at times I couldn’t read fast enough. I enjoyed the book! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2021
After 18 months of searching for her husband who's gone missing and finding fewer clues as time goes on, Autumn packs up her two teenage children and goes to her mother's house in Sable Point for the summer. The women in this story- Autumn, her mother Mary, and daughter Taylor- all have secrets to keep. And when the truth is finally revealed it will change everything.
This felt more like a family drama than a romance story. There was a romantic element involved, but the main story revolved aroun
Jamie Degler
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! You think oh what a cute and cozy little book this is. I couldn’t put it down! It took so many turns and went down roads you never imagined. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak is filled with interwoven depths of love along with many levels of drama. There are three generations of women, and each is facing life-changing events in their lives. Mary, Autumn, and Taylor have secrets they are not sharing and life seems to be forcing them to come to terms with new decisions,
Mary has a past she does not want her daughter Autumn to know about. Is it fair to keep her parentage a secret? Mary wants to wait just a bit longer before tell
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am not sure where to begin with my review for The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak. The story was about grief, loss, family, second chances and so much more. Autumn’s husband has been missing for over a year. I can’t even imagine how that would feel. In her case, she felt as if she was in limbo, but in the end, she has to think of her children. So she goes to visit her family and the bookstore they run to find some peace. And yet, life seems to throw more at her at every turn. Now she is ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can never go wrong with a Brenda Novak book and this one is no exception.

Autumn’s husband has been missing for over a year, this has not only affected her but her children, Taylor and Caden as well. Hoping for a change of scenery as well as much needed down time, they head to her mothers house in Sable Beach for the summer.
While this will be a chance to think how to move forward, situations and life will move faster than they want. Everyone including her mother has secrets that are about to
Jodi Golis
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t be deceived by the cute title... There is a lot going on in this book! Autumn and her high school children are trying to navigate a new normal with their husband/dad missing for over two years. They are summering at the beach where their mother/grandmother, Mary, owns a bookstore with her sister.

In this book, when it rains it pours. Each character has her/his own major drama going on. I expected this to be much fluffier of a read than it was and was pleasantly surprised that the storyline
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak and within 3 pages I was hooked. The stories and the characters are so well done. The stories run concurrently are interwoven so well. There are many twists and quite a few oh no’s and bated breathe moments. Oh, there were some tears as well.
This is a book of family, love and relationships. There are struggles that test the characters’ mettle. I was able to identify with the characters as the book progressed. I highly recommend this book. It h
This book is an emotional rollercoaster that you just can't get off until you find out how it ends up. This story and all the secrets & challenges that the family in it face were just wow!!!!!!! Totally blow you're mind wow!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this book so much!!!!!!!! I highly highly highly recommend this book to everyone of every genre fans. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin, Mira Edition for my honest review ...more
Sarah  Bittel
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is everything you want in a Brenda Novak romance. In this story, secrets are being kept by many of the characters and they are slowly revealed by the author. Set in a beach town, this story has all the elements of a good romance, but the mystery drives it along. I enjoyed the story and it was prefect for what I was hoping to read right now. Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of The Bookstore on the Beach from Harlequin MIRA via NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

There was a lot to enjoy in this novel, compelling characters, a main story line that was quite strong, and a setting that was so nice I want to travel there.
However, there were also several things that didn't work for me completely.

Full review to come.
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookstore. Beach. That's all I needed to know I wanted to read it. Reading the description made it sound like it would be a sweet, heartwarming second chance at romance kind of story. I really liked that it involved a love interest from a very formative point in her younger life. I was really looking forward to a grown woman coming to terms with a sudden and tragic change to her life and family and finding the courage to open her heart again. At least, that's what the description made me think. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Brenda Novak but won’t be my last. So many interwoven storylines and lots of suspense! I was really worried about the ending but it all ended the way I wanted - in the last 1%!

Some of the dialogue was a little stilted. As a high school teacher, I found the teenagers voices to be a little inauthentic.

Thankful to NetGalley for a digital ARC in return for an honest review.
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

The bookstore on the beach in Sable Beach belongs to, let’s call them late-middle-aged sisters Mary and Lauren. As this tumultuous summer opens, Mary is waiting for her grown-up daughter Autumn to arrive for one last summer with her kids, her daughter Taylor and son Caden.

There’s more than a bit of bittersweetness in Mary’s anticipation, and in Autumn’s as well as she makes the drive up from her home in Tampa. Taylor will be a senior in high school in the f
Nancy Lepri
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have reviewed this title for New York Journal of Books where it will be posted on their site the evening prior to the release date.

"The Bookstore on the Beach" by Brenda Novak
April 6, 2021
448 Pages
Women's Contemporary Fiction

Autumn Divac has been living in limbo for more than 18 months. Her husband Nick, who allegedly worked with the Security Service in the Ukraine, never returned from his assignment. Residing in Tampa with her teenage children, Taylor, age 17, and Caden, 16,
This was an emotional roller-coaster of a book, a story of three generations of women at crossroads in their lives. Each woman faces a life-changing decision that will impact her and those around her. Though the combination of events stretched likelihood, I felt that each one was handled realistically.

Autumn, the mom, needs a break. Her husband Nick disappeared a year and a half earlier while on a business trip to Ukraine. She spent the time since then using every means at her disposal to find
A summer at the beach, brings more heartbreak and healing than can be imagined for a woman and her family. Heartfelt, family-focused, and another chance at love fill this latest of the author's books and challenge the reader to feel so much.

The standalone The Bookstore on the Beach begins when Autumn Divac reaches a decision. Her husband left on a business trip and disappeared more than eighteen months before and this has been her primary focus at the expense of her two teenage children and hers
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Mary – ☆☆☆☆
As with most Brenda Novak stories, there is a lot going on in this great story. Autumn and her children are going to her mother's for the summer. After her husband has been missing for 18 months, she thinks it might be time to let him go, that he might be gone forever.

Mary, Autumn's mother, and her Aunt Laura own a bookstore on a beach i
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It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a

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