Series: Wildstone #3
Published by Harper Collins on June 18th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.
Jill Shalvis’ Wildstone series is a shining gem in the world of contemporary romance reads. Each one has introduced readers to a group of characters who are realistic and endearing. With the sisters Lemon, Brooke and Mindy find a strength in each other that has long been muted. To get there, one sister will need to take a short break from home, and the other will need to travel there.
I absolutely adore these two and I loved what brought them back together. When Mindy shows up at Brookes, her hilarious and delightful kids in tow, Brooke only hesitates slightly, but when she steps in to help Mindy through her crisis (allowing Mindy to get the much needed”mommy alone time”), the years of neglect give way to a new path towards friendship and affection. And Brooke gets the much-needed chance to atone for some emotionally driven poor choices she made almost a decade earlier. As Brooke faces her past, her future begins to reshape itself. But she is a stubborn woman and running comes too easily to her.
As with all books by Jill Shalvis, her stories have some of the best characters out there. Let’s start with the fact that with two sisters in Wildstone, we get two pretty great men. Two sexy, sweet, funny and loyal men; Lincoln and Garrett. Mindy has some things to work out with Lincoln; misunderstandings and miscommunications, and some of the typical neglect of a marriage that occurs with 3 children and demanding jobs. Brooke and Garrett haven’t spoken in years and with an apology comes the chance to heal their hearts and close the divide. With double the fun and hotness from these men, there’s also double the emotion. I rooted hard for both couples to find their way back to each other and they do so in spectacular fashion.
But, some of my favorite characters in this book are Mindy’s and Lincolns children; three-year-old Maddox, four-year-old Mason, and eldest at eight, “Princess” Millie. Between Maddox’s propensity for going without clothes and barking in lieu of talking, Masons’ love of unicorns and pink (Salmon) colored shirts, and Millies need to be called Princes and her all consuming OCD, there’s a lot of giggling going on in my reading corner
As with all books by Jill Shalvis ( and one again), I highly recommend this book. If not for you, then for your sisters. By blood or by position in your life, this is a wonderful feel great book that will warm your soul and give you laugh lines. 5 Stars!
~Review by Cyndi
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Read 1st ch here: https://jillshalvis.com/books/the-lemon-sisters/#excerpt