Bookshop by the Bay

Pamela Kelley

Contemporary Fiction

The Bookshop by the Bay is a breezy, escapist beach read from powerhouse bestselling women’s fiction author Pamela Kelley.

Two lifelong friends. One bookshop by the beach. And the summer that could change everything.

Jess loves her work as a high-profile lawyer in the respectable and austere city of Charleston. But when she finds her husband, Parker, has been cheating on her with his assistant, she retreats, with her thirty year-old daughter Caitlin for support, to her childhood home on Cape Cod, in Chatham. Caitlin has always been bright but directionless, looking for her passion but keeps coming up blank. And Jess needs to regroup with the help of good food and wine, the company of her best friend, Allison, and come up with a plan for the future.

Allison’s career has hit a low. After twenty years as an editor for the Chatham magazine, circulation is dwindling and though her boss and long-time friend, Jim, does everything to keep her, she has no choice but to take a step back. With a career on hiatus and her main relationship being with Chris, her ex-husband who is still a good friend, Allison is at a pivotal point in life. Her daughter Julia opened her own artisanal jewelry shop a year prior, and she has the kind of day-to-day fulfillment Allison yearns for.

When Allison stops into her beloved local bookstore one day and learns that the owner wants to sell, a long-held dream turns into a reality, thanks to Jess. Allison and Jess set a plan in motion and what was once a place that held warm childhood memories is now theirs to run. As the two friends, along with the help of their daughters, reopen the doors of the cherished bookstore and adjacent coffee shop to the community, they also open themselves up to the possibility of romance, the bonds of mothers and daughters, and the magic of second chances.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“I don’t think love is supposed to be that hard. It shouldn’t take that long to realize you love someone. I think most people realize it a lot sooner, and then fight that feeling because it seems too fast.” 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) When Jess finds her husband cheating on her, she takes time off to visit her best friend Allison in Cape Cod.

Each are confronting large life changes and choices. Jess brought her adult daughter along also and she goes through similar.

I love a book where people find themselves, find their true calling and do what they can to make it happen. Each woman is struggling, searching and changing during this time together.

While this moved a bit slow for me, I think many will love it as a light beach read or a feel-good happy ending. It was a bit predictable but in the best way.

General content summary: little to no language, infidelity, divorce, pregnancy, alcohol (multiple), m/f kisses. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy!

The book releases June 6, 2023.

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