Published by MIRA on May 31, 2022
FINAL DECISION: The story was good enough to keep me reading to find out what happens, but honestly, the endings were pretty obvious from early in the book. I did enjoy the journey as a reader, but nothing in this would encourage me to return for another read.
THE STORY: The story of three women who have adjoining businesses. The story is how they build their friendship and also deal with their romantic relationships, which are a mess for each in different ways. Bree is wounded from a lifetime of being used and emotionally abused and is determined to never let anyone close again. Then she meets the brother of one of her business neighbors. Mikki has the perfect divorce. Her ex and she have managed to deal with everything in an adult mature manner. But when Mikki begins dating, her ex decides he wants her back. Ashley is happy with her live-in love, until she realizes that she wants marriage and he wants a commitment, but not marriage.
OPINION: I enjoyed this book overall but I really don’t like this format of books. I didn’t feel like I got to know enough about any of the three (why is it always three these days?) women. The book is more like three novellas combined in one with much of the stories kept separate from one another (with the exception of Bree and Ashley). My biggest complaint is really about the focus of the book (which is my fault and not that of the book itself). I prefer romance over women’s fiction precisely because the romance only goes so far in women’s fiction. Unfortunately, I really could have read more about Bree and about Ashley’s romances. (I thought that Mikki’s story was pretty good in this book). So while I kept reading this book to find out what happened, I wouldn’t pick it up again.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book would be properly categorized as Women’s Fiction rather than romance.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE BOARDWALK BOOKSHOP is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.