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.
Source: NetGalley, Summer Reads, and Purchase Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: It will be a cold day in Hell before I bypass a book set in a bookstore 😊 The Bookshop at Peony Harbor is a special sort of place given the fact it comes to Eloise from her long-deceased grandmother at just the right moment in Eloise’s life. With her three grown children home to help her navigate this great surprise in her life, Eloise decides to make a go of the bookshop. Eloise has her hands full with the remodel and renovations of the bookshop, but her hands aren’t so full that she can’t see the troubles of each of her children. As the family comes together to help Eloise, each child must also make some hard decisions about their own lives. I truly enjoyed this first in a series book and see so much potential for the series. With the bookshop and the small family cottage as a backdrop for the continuation of the series I am looking forward to moving forward. Thankfully, I stumbled upon this book at a time when there are already at least two more book available. YAY for me and my love sweet stories in idyllic settings and family sagas.