The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery

June 17th, 2022 Kimberly Review 7 Comments

17th Jun

Three strangers become friends and store owners who give each other courage in this standalone women’s fiction. Narrated by Tanya Eby, The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery is the perfect beach listen for fans of the genre.

The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
The Boardwalk Bookshop
by Susan Mallery
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes
Genres: Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery—a story of friends who become family, giving each other courage to start over…

When fate brings three strangers to a charming space for lease on the California coast, the Boardwalk Bookshop is born. Part bookstore, part gift shop, part bakery, it's a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley. But while their business is thriving, their personal lives are…not.

Bree, wounded by brilliant but cold parents and her late husband's ultimate betrayal, has sworn to protect her heart at all costs. Even from Ashley's brother, a writer and adventurer who has inspired millions. He's the first man to see past Bree's barricades to her true self, which terrifies her. Mikki has this divorce thing all figured out—somehow, she's stayed friends with her ex and her in-laws…until a new man changes how everyone looks at her, and how she sees herself. Meanwhile, Ashley discovers that the love of her life never intends to marry. Can she live without being a wife if it means she can have everything else she's ever wanted?

At sunset every Friday on the beach in front of the Boardwalk Bookshop, the three friends share a champagne toast. As their bond grows closer, they challenge one another to become the best versions of themselves in this heartachingly beautiful story of friendship, sisterhood and the transformative power of love.

Beach Read friends Sweet well written

Bree Larton, Mikki Bartholomew and Ashley Burton didn’t know each other six months ago, but fate brought the three together when they bought a beachfront property in Los Angeles. Individually, the rent was too high, but together the three of them took their stores; Driftaway Books, The Gift Shop and Muffins to the Max and created The Boardwalk Bookshop. Sounds like paradise, right?

Mallory shares their lives from relationships to the storefront. Bree has commitment issues, Mikki is divorced and has just started dating and Ashley, who has been expecting an engagement ring, learns her long-term boyfriend has other plans for them.

The three soon become fast friends and I loved their Friday afternoon wine chats. Mallory made me feel a part of it and I loved seeing the women encourage each other and following all the happenings.

Narrated by Tanya Eby, I quickly became caught up in the different threads from books to kisses with complications. The author did a lovely job of pulling me in and sharing everything from the mundane to the unexpected.

Tanya Eby was delightful as the narrator, giving voice to Bree, Ashley and Mikki. This is a great summer listen and the perfect women’s fiction for those who like a touch of romance.

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About Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

About Tanya Eby

Tanya Eby

Tanya Eby is an Audie-nominated and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. AudioFile magazine says, "Listening to Tanya Eby is like listening to a full-cast recording." Tanya has a BA in English language and literature and an MFA in creative writing. Besides narrating, Tanya blogs and works on her own novels. She has published four novels and is at work on her fifth.

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7 Responses to “The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery”

  1. Paula Puddephatt

    I love Susan Mallery’s novels, particularly in audiobook format, narrated by Tanya Eby. I’m currently listening to The Sister Effect, and I also very much like the sound of the book reviewed here, so will keep the title in mind.

  2. Katherine

    I have loved the Susan Mallery stand alones that I’ve read and I love the sound of this one. The title alone is enough to grab me.

  3. Wendy

    Nice review, Kimberly. I read this one and really enjoyed it. It is a great beach read.

  4. Felicity Grace Terry

    How funny is that! I’ve literally just been reading another blogger’s thoughts on this very book.

    Give me a book with book/library/book store in the title and I’m all ears. … and that it has such a summery cover helps. That said I’m always a bit dubious about a book written by/recommended by any #1 {add publication} Best Selling author.

    Not a fan of the audiobook as you know but I have to admit that to be sitting on the beach/pool side listening to a summer read does sound kind of nice.

    Felicity Grace Terry recently posted: {THE HISTORIES OF SPHAX 3}: THE HOSTAGE OF ROME.