The Summer Sisters
by Sara Richardson
Release Date: July 6, 2021
Book #2 in the Juniper Springs series
Number of pages: 352
Source: NetGalley ARC
Women’s Fiction/Romance M/F
Ages 15 and up
Read 6/17/21 to 6/18/21
The Buchanan sisters share everything—including their inherited Juniper Inn. But when their mother won’t let go of a decades-long feud with their Aunt Sassy to attend the inn’s grand re-opening, the sisters decide a family reunion is long overdue.
Youngest sister Rose is determined to put together an extravagant celebration. Only she needs to convince a certain surly hardware store owner to help finish the inn’s renovations.
After a heartbreaking end to her marriage, Dahlia and her kids are just starting to rebuild their lives. Dahlia’s even considering opening herself up to love again, but will that upset the stability she’s worked so hard to give her children?
Sassy McGrath has never stopped missing her sister, Lillian, and though they’ve both been too stubborn to reconcile, some shocking news might finally change everything. As family bonds are tested, will these two very different generations of women find the strength to believe in themselves and each other?
This story is a continuation of the story told in Home for the Holidays. While I don’t think you have to read that one in order to read this one, I really think you’d be missing out on a lot of the depth of the relationships in this book. I’m going to review and rate this story as I read it; someone who read the first book. Just know, I truly don’t think you’ll get the same level of enjoyment if you are reading this book first.
I was a bit disappointed to not have Magnolia play a bigger role in this book, yet it makes sense. She had a beautiful HEA in the first book and never intended on living in Colorado with her sisters. Rest assured, we do get to see her and her family a bit. This story centers on Dahlia, Rose, and their Aunt Sassy. Each of these wonderful women are finding their way in their new normal, and possibly even finding love.
Once again, this author does a great job with weaving the stories together. I love seeing Rose so independent and determined, and her growing feelings for Colt were a perk of this story. The awkwardness and pining were spot on. I really wanted Colt and Rose to have it out and really air their feelings. When Rose finally got desperate enough to speak her mind, it was hilarious and sweet and just perfect.
Sassy also had a sweet romance going. I love reading about older generations finding love again. There was a lot going on with Sassy and her troubles really helped to drive this story forward. That didn’t make her journey any less interesting to read.
We already had quite a romance brewing between Dally and Ike. But her kids have thrown a monkey wrench into that relationship. Ike is so patient and kind and understanding. Dahlia’s insecurities, along with her determination to be the best mom possible, have really held her back. The most heart-wrenching scenes are between Ike and Dally. They broke my heart more than once.
While I love the storytelling and the relationships, this story also flows very smoothly. I had some issues with the ages of Dally’s children and had to even go back to make sure I was correct in what their ages were. At times I found her son to speak and act and do things much older than his age, and I found her daughter to be a bit immature about certain matters. But hey, every kid is different.
If you read Home for the Holidays, I think you will really appreciate and enjoy this story.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**