By Patti Callahan Henry
4 out of 5 stars
Bonny Blankenship is an emergency room doctor, ready to leave her verbally abusive husband and begin a new life at a new hospital. Something happens one night in the emergency room and she is thrown out of her comfort zone. She heads back to Watersend, South Carolina and her family’s old summer home, Sea La Vie. (Loved the name) She enlists the help of her daughter Piper, who is also at loose ends, and her best friend Lainey. Lainey and her brother Owen spent their summers with Bonny’s family until an incident with Lainey’s mother changes everything. Lainey hasn’t been back to the house since then but has always been on a search for her elusive, missing mother. They all come together for a summer that will hopefully cure all their sorrows. Throw in Mimi’s Bookshop and you have the perfect summer read.
Summer and Patti Callahan Henry go hand in hand. How many times have I wanted to fly to the lowcountry and sit on one of the porches or walk the beach in one of her stories? I wanted to cuddle up in Mimi’s store and have her pick me the perfect book. (No doubt it would be one by Patti!) I love that there are happy endings. I look forward to them in her books. I love the happiness I feel when I turn the final page. I love how the women in this book are such good friends. She writes women’s friendships so well. I love how Bonny and Piper, though at odds at times, have such a deep bond. This is the perfect summer read so do yourself a favor and pick it up.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review.