This was such a heartwarming read!  A mix of family drama, mystery, heartbreak and romance this book has it all.  I loved the mystery aspect of figuring out where Autumn’s husband disappeared to and why her mother, Mary, wouldn’t tell her who her father is.  Two mysteries in one book what a ride!  I enjoyed getting points of view from Autumn, Mary,  Autumn’s daughter and more!

There is just something about a coastal small town setting that makes me want to visit.  The fact that Mary helps run a bookstore is just icing on the cake.  I liked that her mother’s house is the only place Autumn feels like she can rest after trying unsuccessfully for 18 months to find her husband.  His disappearance affects her two kids as well, but going home to Sable Beach changes all three of them for the better until Autumn is told the boy she pined for when she was in high school has moved back to their small town.  Now she is torn between staying in the past with her missing husband or moving forward with someone who is right in front of her.  Meanwhile Mary believes this could be her last chance to tell Autumn about her horrible past because someone has arrived in Sable Beach looking for the girl she used to be.  The secrets and the hard truths are front and center at the end of this page turner.

I really enjoyed this book.  I flew through it, and was pleasantly surprised that the author did not leave any questions unanswered.  Thank you Uplit Reads and Author Brenda Novak for my #gifted copy.  You don’t want to miss this perfect summer read when it comes out on April 6, 2021.

Book Rating: 5/5

Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Goodreads Synopsis

How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?

Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.

Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again. Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heart…and hope it won’t lead her astray.