The Bookshop at Peony Harbor (An Aster Island Novel) by Rosie Summers

The Bookshop at Peony Harbor (An Aster Island Novel)

Published: March 1st 2021

Publisher: Indie

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb: Eloise Paisley needs cash, and she needs it fast. Thanks to an unexpected divorce, Eloise is low on funds, and if she doesn’t figure out a way to make ends meet—soon—she’ll lose the beachfront cottage that’s been in her family for over three generations.

Then one morning, out of the blue, Eloise receives a mysterious letter from her grandmother who has been gone for over twenty years. Inside the envelope is the deed to a rundown bookshop on Main Street—a gift for Eloise. Is she up to the task of breathing life into the almost-derelict building, or will she have to sell the beloved property so she can afford to stay on the island near her children?

Fortunately, Eloise isn’t alone in her decision. She’s got three grown children on her side, though each has problems of their own.

Jack, the eldest, is running his own company. Despite his success, he finds that something in his life is missing. Next is Lilah, a mother of two young children whose husband has been spending unexplained late nights at the office, and she’s determined to find out why. The youngest, Angelica, is a free spirit traveling the world for her career. But when she encounters an old flame at home, is it enough to draw her back?

Come visit the Paisley family on Aster Island and follow their journey as they explore new love and second chances, as they travel far and return home, and as they throw their hearts and souls into making a dream come true. 

My Review:

Romance should not just be for the twenty/thirty somethings. I want characters of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone deserves their own romance story and that’s what this book is about. Its about a mature woman in her fifties discovering herself. Yes, there is romance but the main theme is discovering oneself. Eloise is a woman who for most of her life has defined herself as a wife and mother. Divorced with her children now grown adults its time for her to focus on herself.

I loved how the lives of her children were intertwined with the story with their own romantic entanglements going on in the background. I’m sure they will have their own stories at some stage,

If you’re looking for a relatable sweet and engaging book then this is one for you. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Aster Island and look forward to returning.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.

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