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Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Sophie Lawson should be enjoying her sister’s wedding day. But nothing could have prepared her to see the best man again.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance.

When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?

Denise Hunter is the internationally published, bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won the Holt Medallion Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Carol Award, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking chai lattes, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are now enjoying an empty nest and two beautiful granddaughters. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: @AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: @deniseahunter.

What do you get when you combine a small beach town, a bookshop and exes stuck together in the midst of a hurricane? The makings of the ideal summer beach read, of course! 

Anytime I pick up a book by Denise Hunter I know that I am in for a fantastic Hallmark-esque romance story. Bookshop by the Sea is absolutely no exception. I loved getting to know Sophie and Aiden, and seeing them rekindle their romance. There's always something about a second chance romance that I find so enjoyable, and the chemistry between these two was just fantastic. Both were quite flawed and it was great seeing them overcome their issues from the past to allow themselves a much deserved second chance. The story had a perfect blend of small town charm and romance to draw me in, and I simply couldn't get enough. Fans of the author will also enjoy getting a little peek at a few recognizable characters from one of her previous series too. 

Overall, this was a great read. If you're looking for a perfect beach escape, this is certainly one worth checking out. 


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