The Boardwalk Antiques Shop by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobsen, Heather B. Moore

The Boardwalk Antiques Shop was a delightful read! It is a charming novel of love, hope, and finding happiness in ordinary, but unexpected ways. From the first chapter of Message in a Bottle I loved the surprises, the genuine characters, and the well written, seemingly effortless narrative that made up the 3 novellas of The Boardwalk Antiques Shop.

The three separate lives and three distinct stories of Jennifer, Abbie, and Cate intertwine in this most recent Tangerine Street Romance. I love how the authors take ordinary women, with ordinary challenges and life situations, and create stories of love, hope, forgiveness, and friendship.

Message in a Bottle introduces us to Jennifer’s deceased aunt Daisy who turns Jennifer’s life upside down when Daisy leaves Jennifer the Boardwalk Antiques Shop. Intent on dumping the shop and returning home, Jennifer meets Paul, immerses herself in stories from the past and rethinks her future.       I loved how Jennifer’s story inconspicuously shows why savoring stories from the past matter now.

Solving for X introduces us to Abbie who happily goes about her carefree life doing what she loves and doing it well. Enter the stuffed shirt Holden who meets Abbie, only to be bested by her and her outrageous cupcake appearance. What I like about this story is that both Abbie and Holden find that while appearance may matter sometimes what matters most usually compels us to look beyond appearances to find happiness.

Finally, A Stitch in Time takes Cate and Henry and weaves a touching story of grief and loss, hope and reclamation. I enjoyed reading all three stories but Cate and Henry’s story was my favorite of the three novellas. If you enjoy touching, unaffected stories, The Boardwalk Antiques Shop is for you.

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