• The Boardwalk Bookshop

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"A book begging to be read on the beach, with the sun warming the sand and salt in the air: pure escapism."—Kirkus  

From number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2022 Susan Mallery (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • JB
  • 06-10-22

Not Your Finest Hour Susan....

To start this review, let me say this... I normally enjoy Susan Mallery. That being clarified, this was one of the worst books I have read in a long time. To begin with, one character in particular drove me nuts., that would be Bree.. Yes, her character's history is sad, but really? It was over the top obnoxious, she is supposed to be strong and independent, but acted as if she was the exact opposite, and was mean. The other characters were a bit annoying, but not to Bree's level.

I could parallel many emotional feelings, with my own life. in this book. But I was more annoyed with the content of the book, more so than the possible messages Susan was trying to convey. The language was over the top, the graphic sexual conversations, and content were disgusting, and did not need to be there. I know Susan's other books had elements of those things, but this book felt even more disgusting , and with the lack of charm I have read from her previous books. It was crude and almost like reading a porn novel. Way over the top.

There were VERY few comedic moments, that I come to expect with Susan's writing. The only noteworthy giggle I got out of this read was the following quote. Oscar said to Ashley "Drama Queen" and Ashley said back to Oscar "Felon". (I did giggle). I won't give anymore away, but that was funny.

Let's discuss Tanya Eby, I find her narration to be somewhat "whiny" in nature. Which is most of her narration style, and I find it a bit off putting / annoying. All the characters sound like they are whining (WAAA WAAA WAA). I wish she could work on that. I have been spoiled by Therese Plummer and a couple of narrators. I don't dislike Tanya, but I find she does not read the characters well, and the male voices are annoying. Maybe that is part of the reason Bree was an annoying character?


I am disappointed with this book and wish I could have enjoyed it more. But alas I did not. I wish I did not waste a credit on this read.

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X-rated

It’s been a few years since I listened to Susan Mallery book and was shocked to find it was more like listening to soft porn instead of romance.

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Don’t waste a credit

This book received great reviews so that is why I purchased it just for something light to read. However, this book is so boring it drags on the characters are not likable they’re whiny babies not a good book don’t waste your credit.

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Poorly written & poorly narrated

This was recommended based on my other books so I gave it a listen.

The story itself could have been so much better and more compelling. The writing felt poor and jerky.

At several points I wondered if it was narrated by AI.

How was this a best selling book? I just don't get it. Could have been sooo much better.

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Waste of a credit

Never figured out a plot. I always try to give books a chance to develop but this one never did and I couldn’t continue to the end. The characters are nothing special. To compare to reading this as a regular book, definitely not a page turner. As I said wish I didn’t waste a credit.

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Robotic narrator

I can't relax into the narration, the cadence is off, and nearly computer generated sounding. I finished it, but it was a hard go.

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Did not like it

Had miserable characters with terrible moms. I could not get enjoy it. I really tried.

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sadly disappointed

I was so excited when I bought this book, loving Susan Mallory in the past, but the descriptive talk of sex quickly took away from a great story of friendship. Sadly disappointing and sad I wasted money on a book I splurged on as a treat!

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Narrator is awful

Could only make it through 1 hour of book. Usually love Susan Mallory books but this one was not good.

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I did not like because of the narrator mainly

I should have known better than to listen to this narrator, I’ve known from past experience but for some reason she sounded better in the sample. I just can’t take listening to her any longer I still have several hours left in the book. I couldn’t get into the story because she irritated me so much so can’t give a good review on the story I’m sure it’s very good. Please find someone else to tell your stories. The narrator does make the book.