Published: June 19, 2019 by William Morrow
Dates Read: June 19 – 20, 2019
Genre/Category: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction
Read For: ARC from William Morrow
4 1/2 stars
The Lemon Sisters? Jill Shalvis? OK, I’ll read it, sounds pretty good…..
So I get a free copy of Jill Shalvis’ upcoming novel The Lemon Sisters while at BookCon because I purchased an older copy of one of her books. (The other book had a cute dog on it, I couldn’t pass it up). Truthfully I hadn’t heard of her, but her books sounded good, so I figured I would give them a try. Being a reviewer, I couldn’t pass up an ARC, so why not?
The Lemon Sisters is about two sisters, Brooke and Mindy (yes, their last names are Lemon). Brooke has been estranged from her sister and her parents for a few years now after experiencing a work related traumatic accident that left her shattered and broken. When out of the blue her perfect sister Mindy shows up at her door frazzled and a total mess, her 3 small children in tow, about to have a mental breakdown, Brooke is shocked. It seems Mindy needs a few days to pick up the pieces of her life and asks Brooke if she would trade her places, just let her stay at her house for a few days and get some rest. Mindy relents and decides to take the kids and let Brooke stay, not telling her that she’s been battling through her own mental breakdown herself. After seven years, Brooke finally returns to her hometown taking Mindy’s children back to their home and their father, and also coming face to face with her past, Garrett Montgomery. As long kept secrets start to unfold between the sisters and friends, they wonder if they can overcome their past.
This book is so much more than just the synopsis on the back cover. It’s not just your typical cute – romance – sister – drama novel. There are actually some issues here, some of them pretty deep, that really are involved and really cut through the heart. Brooke really needed some support after her accident, Mindy and her husband Linc require help with themselves and their children, and Garrett is every woman’s dream and nightmare all rolled into one. There is so much I have to say about this entire book, but to delve into it would be a spoiler and I don’t do that in my reviews. The most important thing to take away from this is how important communication is, in any relationship, be it friends, family, or lovers. We waste so much time when we just don’t talk to each other. To say I devoured this book is so cliché, but that’s just it, that’s what I did, I devoured it, inhaled it, feasted on and was voraciously engrossed by it, the novel was amazing. I thought about the characters long after I finished the book, and wished I could go back to it and read more. Jill Shalvis where have you been all my life? Yes, this was my first Shalvis novel, but it will not be my last. The Lemon Sisters is actually book #3 in the Wildstone Series, but it can be read as a standalone. I already have book #2 Rainy Day Friends (it was the book with the cute dog on it that I couldn’t pass up) and you can count on me reading book #1 Lost and Found Sisters, as well.
I think I just found another guilty pleasure author.
Thank You so much to William Morrow and Jill Shalvis for the ARC of The Lemon Sisters for an unbiased and honest review.