The Old Bookshop of New Beginnings by Joanne Boden
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The Old Bookshop of New Beginnings

Published Date: March 21, 2023

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320 pages


Can two lost souls find themselves in Little Bluewater Bay?

In the space of a single day, Harry Taylor achieves the impressive feat of losing a girlfriend, his London flat and his bookshop job. So, when his cousin Lucas invites him to his home in the seaside village of Little Bluewater Bay to recuperate, Harry jumps at the chance.

Beth Smith works at a diner and is quickly overstaying her welcome sleeping on her friend’s sofa. Overhearing a conversation about Little Bluewater Bay reminds her of better times, and she decides to throw caution to the wind and try her luck for happier memories in the coastal village.

Could a bookish business proposal and oldest new bookshop in Little Bluewater Bay lead to the new beginnings Beth and Harry so desperately need?

Book 2 – Little Bluewater Bay. Book 1 – Escape to Little Bluewater Bay.

Available as an eBook & audiobook on all platforms. Paperback available from Amazon.  

Joanne Boden

Joanne lives in Lancashire with her husband and their two sons. When she is not busy writing, she likes to take her boys to the local museums, cafes and for walks in the countryside.
Joanne has published 4 non-fiction works aimed at parenting children on the Autistic spectrum, based upon her experiences as a mother of an autistic son. She has also self published a contemporary romance novel, Picking up the Pieces.

Joanne writes contemporary romances with gorgeous heroes.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Anne Eckersley
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    Joanne has brought us back to Bluewater Bay to meet Harry and Beth and I was so glad to be back to share their stories. This is a couple perfect for each other, even if it does take them a while to realise how good they are together! A really lovely page turner with great characters, in a great setting. I wish Bluewater Bay was real, then it could be on my holiday list and I’d definitely give Harry’s bookshop a visit. I look forward to hearing more from this author.

  2. Barbara p
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    I loved this book! A charming and gentle romance bringing together two souls who both had been severely tested by things outside their control. The feelings and reactions were so believable I felt part of their story. Beth and Harry came over as lovely people who were so right for each other but overcoming their history was an almost insurmountable problem. Read and enjoy with a comfy seat and some chocolate!

  3. Ruth
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    4* What an ideal book for a rainy afternoon

    Harry Taylor is having the worst possible Monday morning. He’s dumped by his girlfriend via text, becomes soaked in the pouring rain on the way to work, where he’s promptly sacked. Returning home, his landlord announces the building is sold and Harry has a week to move out. And all this before lunchtime. When cousin Lucas invites Harry to join him in Little Bluewater Bay, he seizes the opportunity to leave London. On the way to the island Harry meets Beth Smith who intends to stay at the small seaside village for a holiday and hopes to sort out her troubled life. Beth immediately receives a job offer and finds friendship at The Seashell Cafe, while Harry joins his cousin Lucas in a new business venture.

    Set during the winter-time about fresh starts , this is book 2 of the Bluewater Bay series, many of the main characters from book 1 feature in this book, understandably as it’s a small village.

    Fingers crossed that Lucas from the General Store will features in book 3.

  4. Gill Leivers
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    I said I was looking forward to the second instalment of the Bluewater Bay saga, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed – I think it is at least as good as the first novel in the series and possibly better. The hero is something of a stuffed shirt to start with – and it makes a change for the hero to be the one who loses the job, the girlfriend and the home all at the beginning! It held my interest from start to finish – a most enjoyable easy read and I am happy to be recommending it.

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