IN-PERSON: Brenda Novak with Kristan Higgins

Brenda Novak is pulling into Plainville in a 19’ vintage Airstream renovated into a cute bookstore/coffee shop for an event to celebrate The Seaside Library with Kristan Higgins! Grab a cup of coffee from the Airstream or a glass of wine in the Second Story event space! Brenda will discuss The Seaside Library with Kristan, answer audience questions and sign books.  

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer, Brenda Novak's newest standalone women's fiction trade follows three friends who reunite twenty years after a tragic incident changed the course of their lives, and discover the lengths to which they'll go to protect the ties that bind them.

Three friends--Ivy, Ariana and Cam--reunite in the touristy beach town where they grew up together, coming together at the local library at which Ivy works. Twenty years ago their town, mostly frequented by tourists in summer but with a small local population, was shattered when a young girl went missing and Cam was accused, as he was the last person to be seen with her. His two best friends, Ivy and Ariana, knew their friend could never have kidnapped or harmed anyone, so they believe him and stand up for him--go so far as to lie for him. Then, partially based on their testimony, he got off, and the girl who went missing was never found.

Now, twenty years later, someone else goes missing, and the circumstances lead Ivy and Ariana to wonder if they were wrong all along. But even though they have begun to suspect Cam might really have been the culprit, and that he's now committed the same crime again, they are both in a terrible situation. If he's innocent, their defection and admission could destroy his life. And if they're right, they're complicit in what happened this time, because they covered for him so many years ago.

Brenda Novak, a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, has penned over sixty novels. She is a five-time nominee for the RITA Award and has won the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Bookbuyer's Best, and many other awards. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.5 million. For more about Brenda, please visit

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Entertainment Weekly, People, Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.

The happy mother of two snarky and well-adjusted adults, Kristan enjoys gardening, mixology, the National Parks and complimenting strangers on their children. She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, cuddly dog and indifferent cat. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762