The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis (Book Review)
The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis
The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.
When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.
Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.
But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.
The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.
Mass Market, 400 Pages
Publishing imprint: HarperCollins | William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication date: June 18, 2019
The Lemon Sisters
Seven years ago, Brooke Lemon’s life took a serious and drastic turn. Afterward, she pulled away from everyone and everything, including her family and the guy she could never let herself fully love. No goodbye. No explanations. Just gone. But in the aftermath of tragedy and in the absence of good coping skills, decisions borne out of pain and suffering rarely make sense. It’s only in echo that clarity and wisdom arrive, and Brooke Lemon is finally ready to right some of her past wrongs, starting with the sister who arrives on her doorstep begging her for help.
What can I say about The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis other than I completely loved it? Beautiful, heartwarming, poignant, and filled to the brim with themes of family, love, trust, betrayal, sacrifice, forgiveness, and hope, this story hit everything I love about romance and women’s fiction. Bigger story, more characters, deeper issues, and a larger world to play in, it covers it all, and then some. With the added addition of traumatic stress and how it can effect a person’s whole world and personality.
Going back home is never easy, and it’s made ten times harder when the pain of the past and the blunders of a broken heart get in the way. Brooke knows that better than anyone, and yet, she has no idea if she’s as a ready as she wants to be for what awaits her in Wildstone.
Garrett. Her past. Her future. It’s all a jumbled-up mess, and the longer Brooke stays in her hometown, the more she realizes just how messed up she’s become. And how much further there is to fall.
I loved Brooke, Garrett, Mindy, Linc, and the kids. Every single one of them were such dynamic and magnetic characters, drawing me further and further into their story. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I wanted to smack them upside their lovely, prickly little heads at times, too, but even in annoyance, I adored and loved them. They carried me away to another place, and I loved them for that. I love Jill Shalvis for that. She’s such a great storyteller, and this story is another prime example of all the reasons why.
Absolutely loved it!
Category: Adult | Genre: Women’s Fiction
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About JILL SHALVIS
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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