The Lemon Sisters
by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book #3 in the Wildstone series
Number of pages: 400
Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 7/27/19 to 7/28/19
Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.
Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? 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. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.
Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.
The tone of this story took me back around to the first book in this series, Lost and Found Sisters. Back to the story being just as much about the relationship between the sisters as it is about the relationships those sisters have with their love interests. And I LOVE it! Ms. Shalvis has a knack of writing the bond that sisters have, whether that bond is good or bad.
While this story is mostly about Brooke and her finding peace with decisions she made in the past, I was enthralled by Mindy’s story. I found myself getting mad at Mindy while also cheering her on. I could totally see where she was coming from, but wanted her to open her mind and her heart to other views. She is overly sensitive and it could drive me nuts…mostly because it reminded me of myself. Ugh!
As for Brooke, she would do well to see a therapist. She gets upset when people mention certain things to her, but doesn’t give them the full story so there’s no way they can know they are hurting her feelings. Lucky for her, Garrett doesn’t seem to be able to stay away from her. There’s something about her that touches him deep inside and he can’t turn his back when he knows she’s hurting…even when she would never admit her inner turmoil.
There are so many relationships at play here; Brooke/Mindy, Brooke/Garrett, Mindy/Linc. There are also more subtle happenings with Mindy’s kids and the whole cast of characters. The similarities between Brooke and her niece lead to a very special bond between the two. It also leads to Mindy starting to realize some truths about her sister that she never saw before. All of these connections, from the biggest to the littlest, are touching and enchanting. I wanted to stay in their world even after all of the resolutions.