Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter has Sophie Lawson within days of her dream of owning a bookstore becoming a reality. She must first get through her sister’s wedding and prevent any disasters from occurring. Sophie must also deal with seeing her ex-boyfriend, Aiden Maddox for the first time in seven years. She is still angry over how and when he left all those years ago. After the wedding, Sophie falls to sleep in the beach house she is borrowing until her apartment over the bookshop is completed. She hears noises during the night and finds Aiden entering the house. A hurricane is bearing down on the town which means his flight was canceled and all the hotels are booked. Sophie has no choice but let Aiden stay until the storm is over. Sophie still cares for Aiden, but she does not know if she could trust him again. She is also worried about getting the bookstore ready in time for her opening. The day is set, and a famous author will be arriving to do a book signing. Aiden’s feelings for Sophie have not changed in seven years. Can Aiden convince Sophie that he has changed? The pair have a lot to talk over and plenty of time with a hurricane on the way.
Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter is a sweet Christian romance. It contains Denise Hunter’s conversational writing style which draws the reader into the book. The book has realistic characters. I like that the characters were not perfect. It gave them a chance to learn from their mistakes and grow. I just love Pippa, Sophie’s dog. She was such a sweetie. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Piper’s Cove. It sounded like a quaint town where I want to live. The residents are just great. This is a special community where people help each other in time of need. They are a welcoming bunch. Sophie had a vision for the bookshop that was special. I could relate to her love of books. My favorite phrase from Bookshop by the Sea came from Sophie when she said, “I love how books can transport you to another place.” For those who love Christian romances, you will thoroughly enjoy this charming tale. While it is a lovely story, it is predictable and there are repetitive details. I like how the Christian elements were woven into the book. There are good life lessons learned by our characters. We see that we are never too old to learn from our mistakes and change our ways. I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up the book. Bookshop By the Sea is a story about healing, forgiveness, realizing dreams, and second chances.
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