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Book Review: The Boardwalk Bookshop – Susan Mallery ****

If you’ve never picked up one of Susan Mallery’s book you are in for a real treat. She has a huge back catalogue and writes such relatable stories that it is really easy to feel empathy for her characters. She has a unique brand of witty, emotional storytelling. All of her books centre around relationships in all of their forms – romantic, family and friends. Typically all covered in the same book! The Boardwalk Bookshop is no different. Three strangers come together at a unit to rent that is right on the beach in a perfect location. It is too big and too expensive for them individually but a little creativity sees these three strangers becoming good friends and running their individual businesses in a complementary way. It is a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley and business is booming.

Unfortunately their personal lives are another story! Bree is a tough cookie. She had to be. Her parents were distant and uninterested and her dead husband was as manipulating as they come. She doesn’t “do” relationships now, especially when the interested party is the brother of one of her business partners. Ashley seemed to have everything going for her on the emotional front. She is in a committed relationship with a guy that she adores but as all her friends seem to be getting engaged or married she has a difficult conversation and realises that the love of her life is never going to marry her. Mikki has been divorced for three years. She gets on really well with her ex husband and her two near college age children are well balanced and know exactly what they want. Now its time for Mikki to step out of her comfort zone and launch into the boiling cauldron that is internet dating.

Set in southern California this book will give you some seriously sunny vibes. I was right there on the beach with the three women as they have their regular weekly champagne outings to the beach after work on a Friday. Putting the world to rights over a nice glass of fizz sounds like the perfect end to the week! You’ll even learn a little about choosing a good glass of champagne along the way…

Supplied by Net Galley and Harlequin Trade Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: 31 May 2022. 444 pages.

Categories: 4 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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