Brenda Novak’s new novel, The BookStore on the Beach, Is told from three points of view. The prominent plot is the story of Autumn. Autumn’s husband has been missing for over 18 months. She has tried desperately to find out what happened to him but has been unsuccessful. On a trip home for the summer to visit with her mother, she meets up with Quinn whom she had a crush on since high school. Taylor is Autumn’s daughter. Her story is really a coming of age tale as she struggles with many things, including her sexual identity. Mary is Autumn’s mother. Mary has a past that she has kept secret for many years. Revealing those secrets could change everything for her family.
Although this story is told from three points of view, it melds together seamlessly. I particularly liked the suspense the author placed within Mary’s story. I found the characters believable, but I found the situations they found themselves in a bit too far-fetched. There was way too much “drama” going on for my liking. I have to say though, the author did do a great job drawing me into the story emotionally. The language was also too strong for my tastes. There is quite a bit of foul language and some of it is vulgar. There are some sex scenes and adult situations in the book as well. For these reasons, I would not recommend it for the younger reader.
How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?
Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.
Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She seeks comfort 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. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again. 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.