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FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Posted May 4, 2022

Dear Reader,

The Boardwalk Bookshop release is right around the corner! My next book—a standalone friendship story that will wring every emotion out of you while you read—will land in stores on May 31. When three strangers sign a lease on a beachfront space, The Boardwalk Bookshop is born . . . along with a friendship that will change their lives forever.

Join me and internationally bestselling author Kristin Harmel live (virtually) for the launch party on Wednesday, June 1 at 9 pm Eastern – 8 pm Central – 6 pm Pacific. Kristin and I will have a deeply personal conversation about our latest books, what inspires us, and what we’re working on next. And we’ll have a Q&A and lots of giveaways, including a door prize raffle.

The launch party will be hosted by Third Place Books in Seattle. There will be no purchase necessary to join, but Third Place Books will be the only place you can purchase a signed copy of The Boardwalk Bookshop*. These won’t be bookplates. I will personally sign each copy purchased through Third Place Books. I encourage you to support this premier indie bookstore.

RSVP requested HERE:

Purchase a signed copy: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780778386087
Important: In the comment field during the purchasing process, write “Signed copy, please.”

*Subscribers to Brenda Novak’s book box will also receive signed copies.



There are more open slots on the Review Crew than we’ve had in some time, so now’s a great time to give it a shot! Sign up now on the Contest page of my website. With apologies to international readers, Review Crew members must have a US mailing address.



From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery—a story of friends who become family, giving each other courage to start over…

When fate brings three strangers to a charming space for lease on the California coast, the Boardwalk Bookshop is born. Part bookstore, part gift shop, part bakery, it's a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley. But while their business is thriving, their personal lives are…not.

Bree, wounded by brilliant but cold parents and her late husband's ultimate betrayal, has sworn to protect her heart at all costs. Even from Ashley's brother, a writer and adventurer who has inspired millions. He's the first man to see past Bree's barricades to her true self, which terrifies her. Mikki has this divorce thing all figured out—somehow, she's stayed friends with her ex and her in-laws…until a new man changes how everyone looks at her, and how she sees herself. Meanwhile, Ashley discovers that the love of her life never intends to marry. Can she live without being a wife if it means she can have everything else she's ever wanted?

At sunset every Friday on the beach in front of the Boardwalk Bookshop, the three friends share a champagne toast. As their bond grows closer, they challenge one another to become the best versions of themselves in this heartachingly beautiful story of friendship, sisterhood and the transformative power of love.

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