In Great Thoughts’ Valentines’ Series, today Patti Callahan Henry joins us with a Valentine to her readers. Patti’s next book, The Bookshop At Water’s End, comes out on July 11th.
From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love and Driftwood Summer comes a story about women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town that harbors secrets as lush as the marshes surrounding it…
Where a tidal river meets the ocean sits the house that shaped Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories—of the summers spent with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Known as the Summer Sisters, they read, swam and wished for happy-ever-afters amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss. . . 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.
A Valentines Day Love Letter to My Readers by Patti Callahan Henry
Happy Valentines Day!
My dearest readers, all of my stories are love letters to you and to the power of story. It is only love that brings me to the page every single day to pen a story that might or might not work out.
When I was twelve years old, my family moved far from my quiet, safe enclave of childhood. It was then that I discovered the sanctuary of libraries and of stories. I discovered a world that could transport me from my loneliness to adventures larger than I had imagined. It is still this way for me – reading taking me out of myself to then bring me back to myself in a different way. I hope it is the same for you when you read my novels.
I’m sure you each of you have your own tale of how you came to love books as much as I do. Stories are the place we come to read of a life we don’t have, but come to understand our own lives.
We might not ever meet – author and reader – but still I know we are linked through the page and the story. I can’t write without you, and on this Valentines Day I send my gratitude and love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Patti Callahan Henry