Spotlight & Giveaway: The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

Posted July 12th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 36 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Patti Callahan Henry to HJ!

The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it…


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.
Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • #1. My childhood summer cottage in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, inspired this book. When I went to visit it after thirty-five years, I realized that memories were being unlocked by the landscape. I felt and saw how being in that place again meant I remembered things that had happened there – both good and bad. So as my character, Bonny Blankenship states, “Memory is landscape and landscape is memory.”
  • #2. My college education was medical – I was a nurse with a Master’s degree in Pediatrics. Yet, this is the first novel of my twelve in which the main character has a medical job. I imbued my love of that career into Bonny’s obsession with healing and Emergency Room work.
  • #3. The character, Mimi, who owns the bookshop, was also in my novel, THE IDEA OF LOVE. I fell so in love with her, as did the readers, that I brought her with me. This is the first time I’ve carried a character to the next story.
  • #4. The little boy, George, is named after my youngest son.
  • #5. My original title for this book as The Summer Sisters, but I quickly realized that the bookshop was the center for the novel – both physically and emotionally.


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Meet the Author:

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Idea of Love, The Stories We Tell, And Then I Found You, Coming Up for Air, The Perfect Love Song, Driftwood Summer, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Between the Tides, When Light Breaks, Where the River Runs and Losing the Moon. Short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Fiction, Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups.




36 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry”

  1. Rita Wray

    Yes a book can change your life. When you’re dealing with issues books can be very helpful.

  2. Danielle Hammelef

    Books definitely can change lives–just look at the Bible for example. But also, other books help us see how others deal with the same things we are dealing with and help us see the world in different ways.

  3. Maria D.

    Yes, I believe that a bookstore and a library along with a bookseller and a librarian can have a huge effect on your life – especially readers:)

  4. Nancy Luebke

    I worked at a library for 20 years. That place fueled my love of books and it helped to pass that on to my boys. Whatever any of us checked out, I could return the next day I worked. And don’t even get me started on the book sales.

  5. noraadrienne

    The right store and bookseller can make a big difference in someone’s life. Just by advising and helping a child or teen to find books that will not only entertain them but teach them about life.

  6. Burma Turner

    Yes, I definitely believe that books can affect your life. The best ones make you think and realize what is important in your life 🙂

  7. Amy Rickman

    Sure they do. Thanks to my local bookstore I found numerous new to me authors which expanded my love for reading and I now also attend a book club there monthly.

  8. Anne Marie Carter

    I think that books are a vital necessity in someone’special life. They can take you to new places and times. I love bookstores and I love it when I get a new book.

  9. wendy rinebold

    Anyone who is a reader has been affected by a book at some point. They can definitely change the way we see the world and whats in it.

  10. lesley McIntosh

    Yes especially if you read a lot, as it a compulsory visit when you are in town as is the library just to see what is new and meet like minded people

  11. laurieg72

    I think books can affect our emotions and stimulate us to make changes in our lives. They open us to places to go visit and explore, They teach how to do things, give us new ideas to make things. They offer us ways to change our diet with new recipes to try. Books open up a new world for you to experience.

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